Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Worst-to-First World Series? 10/9/15

Hey baseball fans!

Wow! I would have never expected the 2015 MLB Postseason to end up like it did! So many teams that no one expected to do exceptionally well, like the Cubs, Astros, Mets, Rangers, Blue Jays, and Yankees, made it to October! Speaking of upstart teams in the postseason, did you know that the 1991 World Series featured two worst-to-first teams? I know, right? Insanity!

The 1990 Minnesota Twins went 74-88, 29 games back of the AL West champions, the Oakland A's. The 1990 Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, finished the season at 65-97, 26 games back of the NL West champion Reds. No one really expected the Twins and Braves to do well in 1991, until they did!

In the offseason, the Minnesota Twins acquired Chili Davis, who led the team with 23 homers and 93 RBIs. Kirby Puckett batted .319 and Scott Erickson led the league in wins in '91 with 20. Chuck Knoblauch was voted the AL Rookie of the Year. Another positive contributor for the Twins who was acquired during the offseason was Jack Morris, who led the team with 163 strikeouts. Minnesota went 95-67 in 1991 and won the AL West by eight games. The 1991 Braves also had a nice turnaround from the season prior. Ron Gant hit 32 home runs and drove in 105 runs, Terry Pendleton batted .319, and Otis Nixon stole 72 bases! Tom Glavine and Steve Avery won a combined 38 games while Glavine had an ERA of 2.55. The Braves won 94 games and the 1991 NL West by a game.

These teams may have done badly one year, but they managed to rebound the next year. So don't get discouraged if your favorite team finished last in a division this year because next year could be a whole different story. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

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