Figured I would share this one here too, since so many there have liked it.
I would be nice for the Brewers and Tigers to win at least one more game in their LCS…and set the stage for two Game Sevens, no?
What club? This one.
In case you’re interested, here are the Yankees, all-time, to win 15+ games in a season during their 1st or 2nd year in the big leagues:
Well, he was if you look at it this way.
Which five is better than the other?
There’s just eight to do this. Three former Yankees made the list. Can you name them before peeking at the answer?
Not too many Hall of Fame careers on this list. Some close, yes – but, only one “for sure” guy…and that’s Jeter.
Think of all the things that Mets fans had to put up with since losing Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Talk about a franchise falling into the crapper. Wow.
By the way, for the record, since 1919, the Yankees have started a season 4-11 only twice:
But, still, it was a Yankees record for most GIDP in a game of 9 innings of less, since 1919.
Hopefully, one of these days, Willie will get his propers.
If Freddy Garcia ends up pitching for the Yankees this season, that would give New York more than (albeit slightly) one-third of the pitchers on this list…having pitched for them at one time or another. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Garcia pitching for the Yankees this season is a good thing.
I’ve written in the past about the singular greatness of Alex Rodriguez’ 2009 post-season.
And, if my narrative on that was not enough. How about some stats that support just how great it was? Click here to see how A-Rod was a machine during that run. And, click here to see how clutch he was during that post-season.
Bottom line, there is an extremely strong case to be made that A-Rod’s 2009 post-season was one of the best overall offensive performances by a single player on a team who won a World Championship in the last 30 years of baseball history – if not the best “such season” ever.
Sure, we all know about Barry Bonds’ 2002 post-season - but, the Giants didn’t win it all that year. And, David Ortiz was super for the Red Sox post-season of 2004. But, he didn’t do it day-in and day-out, consistently, for Boston in that run like Rodriquez did for the Yankees in ’09. Another player to consider would be Troy Glaus in 2002. He was a monster who carried the Angels that post-season to their ring - but, he was not quite at the level of A-Rod in ’09. (It is interesting that Bonds, Ortiz, Glaus and A-Rod are in the team picture here – since they all have been linked to PED-usage in the past.)
Seeing all this, what would you say? Was Alex Rodriguez’ 2009 the best overall post-season by a player on a World Series winner ever? If not, how about over the last 30 years? And, if not, why?
It’s interesting how many of the guys on this list played for the Yankees at one time or another.
To be candid, really not that much at all.
He’ll probably break this record by Opening Day 2013.