Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland A’s I’m back with the next installment of Eliminate The Playoffs. In 1975, the Cincinnati Reds were the best team in the Majors, hands down. At 108-54, they won their division by 20 games. The NL East division winner, the Pittsburgh Pirates, were 92-69…15 1/2 games behind the Reds. The Reds swept the Pirates, 3-0, and easily deserved to be in the 1975 World Series. In the American League, however, the best team at the conclusion of the regular season was the Oakland Athletics. At 98-64, they won the AL West by seven games and were
Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Dodgers The 1974 Baltimore Orioles finished the regular season with the American League’s best mark, beating out the Oakland A’s by a single game in the standing. Thanks to the playoffs, the Athletics defeated the Orioles, three games to one, in 1974 en route to their World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, how would the Orioles have fared against the Dodgers in the World Series? Los Angeles posted the best record in the National League at 102-60, with the Cincinnati Reds finishing four games back. Let’s continue our look into how the
Cincinnati Reds vs. Baltimore Orioles “Sooner or later, it was bound to happen.” That’s the first line from This Great Game about the 1973 season. A season in which a “backdoor champion” would take the pennant, thanks to the playoffs. The National League would give the World Series that champion in 1973 in the form of the New York Mets (82-79). The Mets managed to beat the Cincinnati Reds (99-63), three games to two, to steal the pennant. To their credit, the Mets outscored the Reds 23-8 in the five game series. Meanwhile, I’m sure the Los Angeles Dodgers (95-66) and San
Oakland A’s vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Once the playoffs were formed in 1969, the results were as they were suppose to be. The team with the best record in both the American and National League went on to face each other in the World Series. That changed in 1972, when the Cincinnati Reds came from behind in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates to advance to the Fall Classic, three games to two. Now, honestly, the two teams were very evenly matched, with the Pirates finishing with a record of 96-59 to the Reds’
A Look At The World Series Without The Playoffs There was a time in baseball where there were no playoffs. The winner of the American League played the winner of the National League in the World Series to decide the champion of Major League Baseball. In 1969, the playoffs were introduced. This was done due to expansion, keeping fans interested in the teams and, of course, for the owners to make more money. But here at BaseballScenarios.com, it’s time to Eliminate The Playoffs. Why, you might ask? Because the playoffs have watered down the regular season. The only thing the
The first World Series was played in 1903 when the Boston Americans of the American League defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League five games to three. The stage was set for another “world’s championship” match-up in 1904 as the season was drawing to a close. In the American League, the Boston Americans were in a fight for the pennant with the New York Highlanders, with both teams agreeing to play against the National League if they became champions. But, the National League’s New York Giants owner John Brush, and manager John McGraw, would have nothing to do with it.
With the debate about whether Shoeless Joe Jackson should be reinstated by Major League Baseball, it is time to travel back to 1919 and the World Series between Jackson’s Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. Most every baseball fan knows the story about how Shoeless Joe and seven teammates took money from gamblers and threw the series, leading to their banishment from baseball following the 1920 season. Now, favorites have lost to underdogs throughout the history of sports. Could the Reds have taken the series without the White Sox helping them out? On paper,
Thirty years ago, the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals faced off in the 1985 World Series, in what would commonly be called the I-70 Series. The Cardinals fell short in 2014 of making a rematch a possibility, but the 2015 season is looking promising. Will there be a rematch this year? I guess we’ll find out. For this Series Scenario, the 1985 World Series between the teams will be replayed. Will the Royals take the Series in seven games as they did in real life or will the Cardinals redeem themselves and show they were really the