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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.