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Old 08-27-2018, 01:47 PM
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Default 1994 MLB playoffs simulation

Everyone check out the podcast my friend and I did a month ago of what might have happened had the 1994 postseason happened.
http://confessionsofasportscaster.bl...-1994-mlb.html
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:06 PM
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Very interesting. One of my greatest sporting disappointments is the 1994 Players Strike. I thought the Sox had a really complete team and could get to the World Series that year. Of course anything can happen in the Playoffs and there are no guarantees.



I was so hurt by the cancellation of the 1994 season and post season, I boycotted in 1995 (only attended a couple of games, I had a left over credit on my season tix and I wanted to keep my consecutive streak of attending Opening Day alive and I wanted to see Cal Ripken play that year as well) I listened to the game on the radio the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak record, but I didn't watch the ESPN Broadcast that night.



I pretty much stayed away in '96 as well and didn't start going back to the Park on a regular basis until 1997. By 2000 all was forgiven in my eyes after we captured the Central Div Championship by complete surprise. I don't anybody saw that coming before the season started.



But to this day, I still think of the 1994 season and what might have been. The Sox and Indians locked in a great Pennant Race. Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr having Triple Crown type years, Tony Gwynn flirting with .400 and Matt Williams challenging the Babe. *(and Maris)

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Old 08-27-2018, 03:17 PM
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The 94 team was the best Sox team in my lifetime. Interesting that they think Atlanta would have beaten Montreal for the NL pennant. That Montreal team was stacked.
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Old 08-29-2018, 11:22 AM
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I actually shed a tear when I found out that they were cancelling the season. I had lost my job earlier in the summer and was having a hard time finding a new one. Baseball was keeping me going. I couldn't believe that the season was actually being cancelled.
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McDowell, Alvarez, Fernandez, Bere. Helluva group of young pitchers.

Better or worse than Rodon, Giolito, Kopech, and Lopez?

I hope and believe that our current group is better.
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Old 09-01-2018, 08:48 AM
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Very interesting. One of my greatest sporting disappointments is the 1994 Players Strike. I thought the Sox had a really complete team and could get to the World Series that year. Of course anything can happen in the Playoffs and there are no guarantees.



I was so hurt by the cancellation of the 1994 season and post season, I boycotted in 1995 (only attended a couple of games, I had a left over credit on my season tix and I wanted to keep my consecutive streak of attending Opening Day alive and I wanted to see Cal Ripken play that year as well) I listened to the game on the radio the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak record, but I didn't watch the ESPN Broadcast that night.



I pretty much stayed away in '96 as well and didn't start going back to the Park on a regular basis until 1997. By 2000 all was forgiven in my eyes after we captured the Central Div Championship by complete surprise. I don't anybody saw that coming before the season started.



But to this day, I still think of the 1994 season and what might have been. The Sox and Indians locked in a great Pennant Race. Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr having Triple Crown type years, Tony Gwynn flirting with .400 and Matt Williams challenging the Babe. *(and Maris)
I’m still of the belief that once they went on strike, Ripken’s consecutive games streak should have ended.
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McDowell, Alvarez, Fernandez, Bere. Helluva group of young pitchers.

Better or worse than Rodon, Giolito, Kopech, and Lopez?

The former are better than the latter based on empirical evidence.
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The former are better than the latter based on empirical evidence.
Agreed. It’s also possible that the current group could eventually outshine the 93/94 quartet; their talent - while yet unrealized - is immense.
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:33 PM
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McDowell, Alvarez, Fernandez, Bere. Helluva group of young pitchers.

Better or worse than Rodon, Giolito, Kopech, and Lopez?

I hope and believe that our current group is better.
I'm sorry, but this is nuts.

Carlos Rodon is 25. He's had a nice year this year. He's a career .500 pitcher who would be a #4 pitcher at best on a playoff team. Jack McDowell was 25 in 1991. He was 17-10 that year, an all-star, pitched 15 complete games, and would be the best pitcher in the American League the next 2 years.

Lucas Giolito is 23. He's pitched better lately. He's also 10-10 and leads the AL in walks and earned runs allowed. He has a -0.6 WAR. Alex Fernandez was 23 in 1993. He was 18-9, pitched 247 innings and only walked 67 batters, and was a 5+ WAR player.

Michael Kopech is 22 and has thrown 14 innings in the majors. He won't throw another pitch in MLB until he is 24 if he is lucky. Jason Bere was a 22 year old rookie in 1992 who would finish 2nd in RoY voting. The next year he would go 12-2 and be an All-Star.

Reynaldo Lopez is 24. He is 5-9 with a 4+ ERA and has allowed 24 HRs this year. Wilson Alvarez was 24 in 1994. He was an All-Star that year. He was coming off a 15-8 season and a sub 3 ERA in his 23 year old season.

Rodon/Giolito/Kopech/Lopez is a group of nice young pitchers. To think they are better than the best group of young pitchers the White Sox have ever had, and a group that I would put up there with Contreras/Buehrle/Garland/Garcia, is to not understand the history of the franchise.
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