The NLCS sports similar stats.
But two NL games in particular are off the charts – and they both happened in the same (fated) season – 1996.
The Braves followed that up in what would be the biggest blowout in NLCS history – a 14-0 annihilation in Game 5. They won Game 6, too, and finished it all off with an even bigger win: 15-0 in Game 7.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1996||Atlanta Braves||15||St. Louis Cardinals||0||Game 7||15|
|2.||1996||Atlanta Braves||14||St. Louis Cardinals||0||Game 5||14|
|3.||1984||Chicago Cubs||13||San Diego Padres||0||Game 1||13|
|4.||1974||Los Angeles Dodgers||12||Pittsburgh Pirates||1||Game 4||11|
|4.||1993||Atlanta Braves||14||Philadelphia Phillies||3||Game 2||11|
|4.||2009||Philadelphia Phillies||11||Los Angeles Dodgers||0||Game 3||11|
|7.||1985||St. Louis Cardinals||12||Los Angeles Dodgers||2||Game 4||10|
|8.||1992||Pittsburgh Pirates||13||Atlanta Braves||4||Game 6||9|
|8.||2003||Chicago Cubs||12||Florida Marlins||3||Game 2||9|
|8.||2011||St. Louis Cardinals||12||Milwaukee Brewers||3||Game 2||9|
|8.||2012||San Franciscso Giants||9||St. Louis Cardinals||0||Game 7||9|
|8.||2013||St. Louis Cardinals||9||Los Angeles Dodgers||0||Game 6||9|
But today, let’s switch to baseball and the American League Championship Series. How about blowouts there?
Thirteen times has a team won an ALCS game by at least nine runs, headed by a whomping involving the two greatest rivals in the game’s history.
In 1999, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in Game 3 by 12 runs, 13-1. The Yankees got the last laugh, though, taking the series in five and then sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
Two other times has a team won by 11.
But we haven’t gotten to the crazy stuff yet – and that’s the next item on today’s list. In 2004, the Yankees went up on the Red Sox three games to none with an epic 19-8 Game 3 spanking.
We all know what happened after that. History.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Boston Red Sox||13||New York Yankees||1||1999||Game 3||12|
|2.||Seattle Mariners||14||New York Yankees||3||2001||Game 3||11|
|2.||New York Yankees||19||Boston Red Sox||8||2004||Game 3||11|
|4.||New York Yankees||13||Oakland A’s||3||1981||Game 2||10|
|4.||Baltimore Orioles||11||Chicago White Sox||1||1983||Game 3||10|
|4.||Boston Red Sox||12||Cleveland Indians||2||2007||Game 6||10|
|4.||Texas Rangers||15||Detroit Tigers||5||2011||Game 6||10|
|8.||Baltimore Orioles||11||Minnesota Twins||2||1969||Game 3||9|
|8.||New York Yankees||12||Seattle Mariners||3||2001||Game 5||9|
|8.||Boston Red Sox||11||Cleveland Indians||2||2007||Game 7||9|
|8.||Tampa Bay Rays||13||Boston Red Sox||4||2008||Game 4||9|
|8.||New York Yankees||10||Los Angeles Angels||1||2009||Game 4||9|
After over 100 years of professional baseball, and 72 years after the unification of the National and American Leagues into the Major Leagues we know today, an extra “position” was added to a baseball team in 1973 – the Designated Hitter.
For the first time, at least in the American League, a pitcher would no longer bat (at the team’s discretion. The pitcher is still allowed to bat). The DH would take his place at the plate.
Each year since, either the Associated Press (1973-1999) or the Baseball Writers Association of America (2000-present) has given the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award to the best DH that season. It was renamed (perhaps prematurely) to the Edgar Martinez Award.
Martinez won it five times, but David Ortiz sits at the top with seven honors.
|OUTSTANDING DESIGNATED HITTER AWARD WINNER||TEAM(S)||SEASON(S)|
|1.||David Ortiz||7||Boston Red Sox||2003-2007, 2011, 2013|
|2.||Edgar Martinez||5||Seattle Mariners||1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001|
|3.||Hal McRae||3||Kansas City Royals||1976, 1980, 1982|
|4.||Dave Parker||2||Milwaukee Brewers||1990|
|4.||Don Baylor||2||Boston Red Sox||1986|
|New York Yankees||1985|
|4.||Greg Luzinski||2||Chicago White Sox||1981, 1983|
|4.||Harold Baines||2||Chicago White Sox||1987, 1988|
|4.||Paul Molitor||2||Minnesota Twins||1996|
|Toronto Blue Jays||1993|
|4.||Willie Horton||2||Seattle Mariners||1979|
|10.||Adam Lind||1||Toronto Blue Jays||2009|
|10.||Aubrey Huff||1||Baltimore Orioles||2008|
|10.||Billy Butler||1||Kansas City Royals||2012|
|10.||Chili Davis||1||Minnesota Twins||1991|
|10.||Dave Kingman||1||Oakland A’s||1984|
|10.||Dave Winfield||1||Toronto Blue Jays||1992|
|10.||Ellis Burks||1||Cleveland Indians||2002|
|10.||Jim Rice||1||Boston Red Sox||1977|
|10.||Orlando Cepeda||1||Boston Red Sox||1973|
|10.||Rafael Palmeiro||1||Texas Rangers||1999|
|10.||Rusty Staub||1||Detroit Tigers||1978|
|10.||Tommy Davis||1||Baltimore Orioles||1974|
|10.||Vladimir Guerrero||1||Texas Rangers||2010|