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March Madness — Bay’s Ball Edition

It’s all about bracketology at this time of year _  go UCLA, Texas, Kansas, North Carolina in your brackets, with Kansas taking home the ring _ and last year we broke down a 64-team field that pitted the best A’s players in history against the best of the Giants.

Gonna do something a little different this time. This year, I’m gonna pit some of the greatest moments in the respective teams’ history against each other. Would love to get some reader participation in this, and you’re vote can sway the results. In this tourney, though, 64 is too much, so i’m gonna go with 32. Here we go.

HOME RUN DIVISION

1) Barry Bonds’ 756th home run (2007) vs. (8) Mark McGwire’s upper-deck home run off Seattle’s Randy Johnson (1997)

(4) Scott Hatteberg’s “Win Streak to 20″ walk-off home run vs. Kansas City (2002) vs. (5) Will Clark’s career-starting home run off Nolan Ryan (1986)

(3) Willie Mays’ 4-home run day at Milwaukee (1961) vs. (6) Jason Giambi’s walk-off HR vs. Yankees (2001)

 (2) Reggie Jackson’s home run off the light tower in Detroit (1971) vs. (7) Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run (2001)

PITCHING REGION

(1) Catfish Hunter’s perfect game (1968) vs. (8) John Montefusco’s no-hitter at Atlanta (1976)

(4) Mike McCormick’s Cy Young Season: 22-10, 2.85, 185 K’s vs. (5) Vida Blue’s Cy Young Season: 24-8, 1.82 ERA, 301 K’s (1971)

(2) Juan Marichal’s 6 20-win seasons (1963-66, 1968-69) vs. (7) Bob Welch’s 27-win season (1990)

(3) Dave Stewart’s 4 straight 20-win seasons (1987-90) vs. (6) Robb Nen’s 4 40-save seasons (1998, 2000-02)

POSTSEASON DIVISION

(1) Rickey Henderson 1989 ALCS MVP (.474, 8 R’s, 7 BB’s, 3 RBI, 3 SB) vs. (8) Kenny Lofton’s 2002 pennant-winning single against Cardinals

(4) Will Clark’s 1989 NLCS MVP (.650, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R’s) vs. (5) Jose Canseco’s ALCS upper-deck HR against Toronto (1989)

(2) Barry Bonds’ 2002 postseason (.356, 8 HR, 16 RBI, 18 R, 27 BB) vs. (7) Mark McGwire’s World Series walkoff HR (Game 3, 1988)

(3) Reggie Jackson’s 1973 World Series MVP (.310, 1 HR, 6 RBI) vs. (6) Dave Dravecky’s 1987 NLCS (15 IP, 1 ER, 14 K)    

 MISCELLEANEOUS DIVISION

(1) Barry Bonds’ 71st HR (2002) vs. (8) Rick Lanford’s 28 complete games (1980)

(2) Rickey Henderson’s 130-SB season (1982) vs. (7) Bill Swift’s 2.02 ERA for Giants (1992)

(3) Kevin Mitchell’s barehanded outfield catch at Cardinals (1989) vs. (6) 18-1 “Billy Ball” start for A’s (1981)

(4) Dennis Eckersley’s Cy Young/MVP Season: 51 Saves, 1.91 ERA, 87 K’s, 9 BB (1992) vs. (5) Jason Schmidt’s 16-strikeout game against Florida (2006)

Have fun: I’ll give you some “results” next Monday.

rhurd

  • http://www.timelinemp.com Danny

    OK, here we go…
    HR Division
    1v8=McGwire, RH power vs. LH power and the RH power totally dominated. Made me stand up and cheer.

    4v5=Hatteburg, the culmination of a game that the A’s led 11-0, then was 11-11? Plus it completed the greatest streak in modern baseball.

    3v6=Giambi, but mostly because I was sitting 7 rows back from where that ball landed. Awesome game.

    2v7=Jackson, when you hit a ball so far the camera can’t follow it, that’s a great home run.

    8v4=Hatteburg
    6v2=Jackson
    4v2=Hatteburg, but just barely, probably because I was alive to watch this game.

    Pitching:

    1v8=Hunter, a perfect game will always beat a no-hitter

    4v5=Blue, look at that line, more wins, lower ERA, and over 120 more K’s.

    2v7=Welch, but barely, 6 20 win seasons may happen again, but I don’t think anyone will ever be able to watch a 27 win campaign again.

    3v6=Stewart, 3 straight 20 win campaigns led to three straight postseason apperances and a ring. Nen, not so much

    1v5=Hunter
    7v3=Stewart

    1v3=Hunter, plus he’s got his number retired, immortal.

    Postseason:

    1v8=Henderson, a series altering performance.

    4v5=Clark, absolutely dominating.

    2v7=McGwire, walkoff HR? for the series? better than 8 HR in a losing effort anyday.

    3v6=Jackson, because it was in the World Series, bigger stage and more on the line.

    1v4=Henderson
    7v3=McGwire

    1v7=McGwire with the upset.

    Misc Division:

    1v8=Lankford, 28 complete games? incredible. Never happen again, someone else will surpass 71.

    2v7=Henderson, 130 is an almost untouchable number, we won’t see that many thefts in the bay for a long long time.

    3v6=Mitchell, that was one of the best recoveries from a bad break and horrible route that I’ve ever seen. He made a terrible mistake look brilliant.

    4v5=Eck, That was one of the most dominating years ever by a pitcher and no one else today has that untouchable feel that he did.

    8v2=Henderson
    3v4=Mitchell, barely
    2v3=Mitchell, becuase it makes more highlight reels, and reminds us of a time when the outfielders for the Giants were somewhat young.