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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by usnspecialist » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:24 pm

RANK: 69
YEAR: 1988
TEAM: Los Angeles Dodgers
TOP WAR: 424.9
PLAYOFF RESULTS: Won World Series 4-1 over Oakland Athletics
TOTALS:
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Comments: Dear lord this offense is bad, like really really bad. I guess there is a reason it was such a shocking upset when they took out Oakland who (spoiler alert) is quite a bit further up this list. Any time half of your fulltime starters have 3.2 WAR or less, and they are not balanced out by anyone remotely close to HOF caliber, that is probably a sign that you are reliant on your pitching to win. Fortunately for the Dodgers, their pitching was very very good, led by guys like Orel Hershiser and Fernando Valenzuela in their primes, and the ageless one in Don Sutton hanging on in the 5th spot. Other solid guys like Tim Belcher, Jesse Orosco and Alejandro Pena fill out the staff. Buried on the bench are old timers in Rick Dempsey and John Tudor, along with Ramon Martinez who while he is the 2nd best pitcher in his own family, he is still a pretty good one.
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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by usnspecialist » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:55 pm

RANK: 68
YEAR: 1991
TEAM: Minnesota Twins
TOP WAR: 429.2
PLAYOFF RESULTS: Won World Series 4-3 over Atlanta Braves
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Comments: A paper thin team that played in the worst stadium in MLB history, this team had no depth but managed to win one of the most memorable and tightly contested World Series in recent memory. Once you get beyond the starting nine on offense, the leader in WAR was Paul Sorrento with a whopping 5.6 and he still doubled up all but 1 of his teammates. Fortunately for the twinkies, a team led by 2 Hall of Famers (at least in title if not worthiness) had enough to get the job done. A balanced offense led by Kirby Puckett and a young Chuck Knoblauch scored just enough runs for a pitching staff that is on the young side except for Jack Morris (in the first of his 3 appearances on this list) to get the job done.
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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by usnspecialist » Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:47 am

RANK: 67
YEAR: 1969
TEAM: New York Mets
TOP WAR: 430.2
PLAYOFF RESULTS: Won World Series 4-1 over Baltimore Orioles
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Comments: Ladies and gentlemen, meet the worst pennant winning offense of the wild card era. I can only imagine one of the reason this team was called the “Amazin Mets” was because it was amazing that offense was able to score more than two runs a game. They were also the youngest offense on the books, so there was probably some potential there that just never panned out. The pitching meanwhile, was fronted by a dynamic duo of inner-circle HOFer Tom Seaver and the very very solid Jerry Koosman, with solid youngsters Tug McGraw and Nolan Ryan operating out of the pen. The bench had a couple of decent vets on it, but the true find there is a very young Amos Otis, who earned his notoriety a decade later on some very good Royals teams.
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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by Ted » Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:11 am

May as well be the 1969 Tom Seavers. He really was the franchise that year. (nod to Koosman and a very young Nolan Ryan). I wonder how Ryan was perceived as a 22 year old reliever.
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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by Ted » Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:12 am

Also regarding those Braves from a few posts back, I always recall Otis Nixon looking like an old man. Looked up some pictures, was literally an old man the entire time he played. Also named Otis Nixon, which I assume prematurely aged him.
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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by usnspecialist » Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:44 am

Ted wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:12 am
Also regarding those Braves from a few posts back, I always recall Otis Nixon looking like an old man. Looked up some pictures, was literally an old man the entire time he played. Also named Otis Nixon, which I assume prematurely aged him.
I felt the same about Otis. Also worth noting that ryan split time in 69, 15 relief appearances 10 starts.

EDIT: jeff blauser was another guy from those Braves teams who was always just old to me.
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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by Dington » Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:54 am

Ted wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:12 am
Also regarding those Braves from a few posts back, I always recall Otis Nixon looking like an old man. Looked up some pictures, was literally an old man the entire time he played. Also named Otis Nixon, which I assume prematurely aged him.
Haha I remember him the same way. Always envision a toothless old guy sitting on a porch in the south.
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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by RonCo » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:45 pm

This is an amazing bit of work. Much fun. I am certainly sensing considerable bonus PPT. :)
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Re: Ranking the Pennant Winners

Post by usnspecialist » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:29 am

It is easier for me to put together the summaries when I'm at the office, and given that I have a 24 hour weekend shift coming up in a few weeks there will likely be a large dump then.
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Landis Champion- 34
Johnson Champion- 34
Frick Champion- 36, 37
Johnson League Southern- 34
Frick League Pacific- 37, 39
,Wild Card- 33, 35, 36, 40, 43

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