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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Updated: November 3, 1:54 PM ET
Were 2008 playoffs a dud? Ranking the MLB postseasons

By David Schoenfield
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Phillies fans were dancing, hugging, celebrating, laughing and maybe even crying after their team won the World Series on Wednesday night.

As they should have been. It was their year. It was an October that belonged to Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge and Shane Victorino and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard and, yes, Eric Bruntlett and Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz and a 45-year-old left-hander who, in his first major league game 22 years ago, faced a Phillies lineup that included Rick Schu, Juan Samuel, Mike Schmidt, Von Hayes, Steve Jeltz and Steve Carlton. (Jamie Moyer beat Carlton that day, by the way).

As for the rest of us, the whole postseason was kind of a dud. Only one series went the maximum number of games. For the fifth straight year, the World Series ended in five or fewer games. It was cold and wet. Signature moments seemed sparse.

So how good an October was it? We went back and ranked all the postseasons since wild-card play began in 1995. We started by giving one point for each game played (2008 saw 31 of a possible 41 games played), then awarded and subtracted points for various memorable moments, classic games and exciting World Series to arrive at a final score.


2008
World Series: Phillies over Rays (4-1)
League Championship Series: Phillies over Dodgers (4-1), Rays over Red Sox (4-3)
Division Series: Phillies over Brewers (3-1), Dodgers over Cubs (3-0), Rays over White Sox (3-0), Red Sox over Angels (3-1)

Total games: 31 (76 percent of possible games)

Signature moments: Brad Lidge makes the final out of Game 5 of the World Series to finish his season with no blown saves (+2); B.J. Upton steals second base in Game 5 in a mud bath worthy of the wrestling scene from "Old School" (-3); B.J. Upton fails to run out two ground-ball double plays in Game 1 of the World Series (-1); Joe Maddon's glasses (+1); David Price introduces himself to the world by getting the final four outs of Game 7 of the ALCS (+3); Cole Hamels' changeup (+3); flap caps (-1); Matt Stairs beats the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS with a pinch-hit home run (+2); Pat Burrell turns a triple off the center-field wall into a double in World Series Game 5 (-1); the Phillies plate that run anyway (0); 45-year-old Jamie Moyer wins a World Series (+2); the Phillie Phanatic runs onto the field to celebrate (-1).

Games to save on your DVR: ALCS Game 5 (Red Sox rally from 7-0 deficit to beat Rays, +3), ALCS Game 7 (+2).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: None.

World Series bonus points: Lasts only five games; the lead never changes hands; more hours of delays than actual playing time; bad baserunning and bad defense throughout (-5).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Favored Cubs flame out in three straight in NLDS (-5). Can't even break our hearts in dramatic fashion.

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: The Game 5 rain delay (-3).

TOTAL POINTS: 29





2007
World Series: Red Sox over Rockies (4-0)
LCS: Red Sox over Indians (4-3), Rockies over Diamondbacks (4-0)
DS: Red Sox over Angels (3-0), Indians over Yankees (3-1), Rockies over Phillies (3-0), Diamondbacks over Cubs (3-0)
Total games: 28 (68 percent)

Signature moments: The midges attack Joba Chamberlain (+5); Eric Gagne wins a ring (-1); Jonathan Papelbon's dancing (-3).

Games to save on your DVR: The midges game, especially if voiced over with the Yankees' radio broadcast (+2).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: None.

World Series bonus points: Red Sox outhit Rockies .333 to .218 (-5).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Cubs get swept, Lou Piniella draws ire for lifting Carlos Zambrano early (-3 for the sweep, +1 for the Big Z controversy). Red Sox win World Series … with second-highest payroll in baseball (-2).

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Rockies stink up the World Series after not playing for eight days (-3).

TOTAL POINTS: 19





2006
World Series: Cardinals over Tigers (4-1)
LCS: Cardinals over Mets (4-3), Tigers over A's (4-0)
DS: Cardinals over Padres (3-1), Mets over Dodgers (3-0), Tigers over Yankees (3-1), A's over Twins (3-0)
Total games: 30 (73 percent)

Signature moments: The gunk on Kenny Rogers' hand (+2); Tigers players celebrate first-round win over Yankees by dancing on the dugout and spraying champagne on fans (+3); Oliver Perez starts Game 7 of the NLCS (-1); Perez actually pitches well (+1); Endy Chavez's highlight-reel catch that game (+2); Yadier Molina's two-run home run in the ninth inning of that game (+3); Carlos Beltran strikes out looking to end that game (-1); shots of Jim Leyland chain-smoking (+1); Tigers pitchers try to field (-2); Cardinals win World Series with rookie closer (Adam Wainwright) who had saved just three games during season (+1, for destroying the closer myth); David Eckstein wins World Series MVP (+1).

Games to save on your DVR: Game 7 of the NLCS as Cardinals beat Mets 3-1 (+3).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: None.

World Series bonus points: Ends in five games; Tigers hit .199 and score just 11 runs; Tigers can't beat Jeff Weaver in Game 5 (-4).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Neither team in postseason (+1).

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Joe Torre drops Alex Rodriguez to eighth in the Yankees' batting order as he hits .071 in the ALDS (+1).

TOTAL POINTS: 41





2005
World Series: White Sox over Astros (4-0)
LCS: White Sox over Angels (4-1), Astros over Cardinals (4-2)
DS: White Sox over Red Sox (3-0), Angels over Yankees (3-2), Astros over Braves (3-1), Cardinals over Padres (3-0)
Total games: 30 (73 percent)

Signature moments: Scott Podsednik homers in bottom of the ninth to win World Series Game 2 after hitting none during regular season (+3); it comes off Brad Lidge (+1); Geoff Blum's homer in 14th inning wins Game 3 (+3); it comes off Ezequiel Astacio (-1); Ervin Santana relieves an injured Bartolo Colon in the second inning of ALCS Game 5 and beats the Yankees (+2); Albert Pujols crushes 800-foot home run off Lidge in NLCS (+4); Braves' run of 14 straight playoff appearances ends with sixth straight first-round exit (-2).

Games to save on your DVR: World Series Games 2 (+4) and 3 (+4).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: Astros beat the Braves 7-6 in 18 innings in Game 4 of the NLDS. In that game, Roger Clemens pitches final three innings in relief and Chris Burke wins the game with a home run. We recommend the title "Last Night of the Braves' Dynasty" (+5).

World Series bonus points: It's a sweep, but Games 2 and 3 are classic, Game 4 is 1-0 and the White Sox end an 88-year World Series drought (+3).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Red Sox get swept in first round and are outscored 24 to 9 (-2).

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: A.J. Pierzynski/Josh Paul/dropped third strike controversy in ALCS (+3).

TOTAL POINTS: 57





2004
World Series: Red Sox over Cardinals (4-0)
LCS: Red Sox over Yankees (4-3), Cardinals over Astros (4-3)
DS: Red Sox over Angels (3-0), Yankees over Twins (3-1), Cardinals over Dodgers (3-1), Astros over Braves (3-2)
Total games: 34 (83 percent)

Signature moments: Foulke to Mientkiewicz (+3); Dave Roberts steals second base (+2); Big Papi's heroics (+5); Johnny Damon's grand slam (+4); Carlos Beltran goes nuts (+4); hearing Red Sox fans cry after losing Game 3 of the ALCS 19-8 (-3); Roger Clemens loses Game 7 of NLCS (+1); A-Rod tries to swipe the ball from Bronson Arroyo (+2); Red Sox commit four errors in World Series Game 1 (-1); win crazy 11-9 game anyway on Mark Bellhorn's home run (+3); "Fever Pitch" actors allowed on the field during World Series celebration (-2).

Games to save on your DVR: ALCS Game 4 (Big Papi wins it in the 12th!); ALCS Game 5 (Big Papi wins it in the 14th!); ALCS Game 6 (Schilling, blood, sock) and ALCS Game 7 (Sox beat the Yankees 10-3!); NLCS Game 5 (Jeff Kent's game-ending home run) and Game 6 (Jim Edmonds' game-ending home run in 12th inning). Five classic games plus Game 7 of the ALCS (+25).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: Greatest ALCS ever? (+10)

World Series bonus points: Although it's a sweep (-3), the Red Sox finally end the curse (+5).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Red Sox not only end the curse but also do it by becoming the only team to rally from a 3-0 series deficit. And they do it against the Yankees (+5). As ESPN's Tim Kurkjian said, "This is the greatest story baseball ever told." (+1)

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Curt Schilling's bloody sock (+5).

TOTAL POINTS: 100





2003
World Series: Marlins over Yankees (4-2)
LCS: Marlins over Cubs (4-3), Yankees over Red Sox (4-3)
DS: Marlins over Giants (3-1), Cubs over Braves (3-2), Yankees over Twins (3-1), Red Sox over A's (3-2)
Total games: 38 (93 percent)

Signature moments: Pedro, Grady, Aaron Boone (+5); Bartman (+5); ground ball botched by Alex Gonzalez (-1); Jack McKeon (+2); Josh Beckett's fastball (+3); Derek Lowe's crotch grab (-2).

Games to save on your DVR: World Series Game 4, in which Marlins beat Yankees in 12 as Torre doesn't use Mariano Rivera (+3); World Series Game 6, in which Josh Beckett shuts out Yanks 2-0 (+3); Game 7 of the NLCS, in which Cubs can't hold 5-3 lead (+2); Game 5 of the ALDS, in which Red Sox beat A's 4-3 (+3).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: ALCS Game 7, one of the greatest games ever played (+5); NLCS Game 6, one of the most surreal games ever played (+5).

World Series bonus points: Goes six games; Beckett pitches the finale on three days' rest (+3).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: The cruel fate of the red-stitched cowhide (+10).

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Manny Ramirez charges Roger Clemens in Game 3, then benches clear, guys push and shove and Pedro throws Don Zimmer to the ground (+5).

TOTAL POINTS: 89






2002
World Series: Angels over Giants (4-3)
LCS: Angels over Twins (4-1), Giants over Cardinals (4-1)
DS: Angels over Yankees (3-1), Twins over A's (3-2), Giants over Braves (3-2), Cardinals over Diamondbacks (3-0)
Total games: 34 (83 percent)

Signature moments: Dusty Baker's kid (+1); ThunderStix (-3); enthusiasm for which Angels fans banged them together (+2); the Rally Monkey (+1); Angels hit .376 to beat Yankees (+1); Adam Kennedy belts three home runs in ALCS game (+2); Barry Bonds goes off (+2); Bonds blasts mammoth home run in World Series (+1); Bonds fails to deliver in Game 7 (+1); Scott Spiezio's at-bat in Game 6 of World Series (+3); Scott Spiezio's red soul patch (-1).

Games to save on your DVR: World Series Game 2, a crazy 11-10 win for Angels (+2); World Series Game 6, when Giants blow 5-0 lead with seven outs to go (+4).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: None, although you could make a case for World Series Game 6.

World Series bonus points: Underrated World Series with four one-run games, including a classic Game 6. But the finale is a 4-1 snoozer, as no runs score after the third inning (+3).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: None.

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Angels rookie reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who had pitched just five career games, wins five games in the postseason while striking out 28 batters in 18 2/3 innings (+4).

TOTAL POINTS: 57





2001
World Series: Diamondbacks over Yankees (4-3)
LCS: Diamondbacks over Braves (4-1), Yankees over Mariners (4-1)
DS: Diamondbacks over Astros (3-0), Braves over Cardinals (3-2), Yankees over A's (3-2), Mariners over Indians (3-2)
Total games: 35 (85 percent).

Signature moments: Luis Gonzalez with arms raised (+5); Tino Martinez's home run (+3); Derek Jeter's home run (+4); Scott Brosius' home run (+5); Byung-Hyun Kim (+1, for the agony of defeat as witnessed on national television); Bob Brenly for bringing him in again (-1); the joy of 55,000 fans at Yankee Stadium who stay long after Games 4 and 5 had ended to sing "New York, New York" (+5); Randy Johnson enters in relief in Game 7 after winning Game 6 (+1); the pounding noise in Arizona as the Diamondbacks set to hit in the bottom of the ninth (+1); Mark Grace hits single to lead off against the invincible Mariano Rivera (+1); Rivera throws away a sac bunt (+1); Tony Womack's double (+1); Jeter's flip play in Game 3 of the ALDS (+3); Jeremy Giambi fails to slide (-1).

Games to save on your DVR: Jeter flip game (+1); Game 5 of NLDS, Arizona beats St. Louis 2-1 in bottom of ninth (+2); World Series Game 4 (+5); World Series Game 5 (+5).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: Buster Olney already did! Game 7 of the World Series (+5).

World Series bonus points: One of the best World Series ever. It goes seven games and features three classics. Arizona becomes the only team to rally from a deficit in the ninth inning of Game 7 when it ends the Yankees' run of three straight World Series titles (+5).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: None.

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Are Mystique and Aura dancers or members of the Yankees' postseason roster? (0)

TOTAL POINTS: 87





2000
World Series: Yankees over Mets (4-1)
LCS: Yankees over Mariners (4-2), Mets over Cardinals (4-1)
DS: Yankees over A's (3-2), Mariners over White Sox (3-0), Mets over Giants (3-1), Cardinals over Braves (3-0)
Total games: 30 (73 percent)

Signature moments: Roger Clemens hurls broken-bat shard at Mike Piazza (+5); Timo Perez fails to run (-2); Rick Ankiel loses it, throws five wild pitches (-3); A's give up six runs in first inning of ALDS Game 5 (-2); David Justice goes yard off Arthur Rhodes in ALCS Game 6 (+3); Mariners win ALDS on squeeze bunt in bottom of ninth (+1); Subway Series hype (-1).

Games to save on your DVR: World Series Game 1, in which Yankees tie the game off Armando Benitez in ninth, win it in 12 (+2); Roger Clemens' 15-strikeout one-hitter in ALCS (+2).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: None.

World Series bonus points: Only five games, but Game 1 is a 12-inning classic, and Yanks win Game 5 with two runs in the ninth, 4-2 (+2).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: None.

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Roger Clemens. Mind. Lost. (+5)

TOTAL POINTS: 42






1999
World Series: Yankees over Braves (4-0)
LCS: Yankees over Red Sox (4-1), Braves over Mets (4-2)
DS: Yankees over Rangers (3-0), Red Sox over Indians (3-2), Braves over Astros (3-1), Mets over Diamondbacks (3-1)
Total games: 31 (76 percent)

Signature moments: In the rain, Robin Ventura hits 15th-inning grand-slam single to end Game 5 (+3); Mets use nine pitchers in that game (+1); Kenny Rogers walks in the winning run in the NLCS (-2); Red Sox fans boo Roger Clemens in ALCS Game 3 (+1); Red Sox pound Clemens 13-1 (+1); Yankees win every other game in the series (-2); Jose Offerman/Tim Tschida blown-tag call (-1); Pedro Martinez tosses six innings of no-hit relief in ALDS Game 5 (+3); Todd Pratt hits game-ending homer to win NLDS for Mets (+3); Walt Weiss makes amazing diving play to save NLDS Game 3 for Braves (+2); Journeyman Chad Curtis ends World Series Game 3 with a home run in the 10th inning (+2); Roger Clemens finally gets a World Series ring and wins Game 4 (-2).

Games to save on your DVR: ALDS Game 4, in which Red Sox win crazy 23-7 game (+1); ALDS Game 5, in which Troy O'Leary hits two home runs and drives in seven (+2); NLDS Game 4, in which Pratt's home run wins series for Mets (+2); ALCS Game 1, in which Bernie Williams' homer in 10th inning wins game for Yankees (+1); NLCS Game 5 (+3).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: NLCS Game 6, when Braves score five in first, Mets tie it at 7, both teams score in eighth, both teams score in 10th, Braves finally win 10-9 in bottom of 10th (+5).

World Series bonus points: America's nightmare -- Yankees over Braves in a sweep (-4).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Red Sox win wacky ALDS (+2) but fall to hated Yankees in ALCS (+2, for helping bump this rivalry to new heights).

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: John Rocker versus Mets fans, topped by this quote from Rocker: "A majority of Mets fans aren't human. The bottom line is that 80 percent of Mets fans are Neanderthal." (+4).

TOTAL POINTS: 58





1998
World Series: Yankees over Padres (4-0)
LCS: Yankees over Indians (4-2), Padres over Braves (4-2)
DS: Yankees over Rangers (3-0), Indians over Red Sox (3-1), Padres over Astros (3-1), Braves over Cubs (3-0)
Total games: 30 (73 percent)

Signature moments: Tino Martinez hits grand slam off Mark Langston in World Series Game 1 (+3); Rich Garcia blows call on the previous pitch, a pitch right down the middle that would have struck out Martinez (see 1996, -2); Scott Brosius' home run off Trevor Hoffman in World Series Game 3 (+2); Chuck Knoblauch argues with ump instead of chasing down errant ball in ALCS (+2); Cleveland pitcher Dwight Gooden gets ejected in first inning of his ALDS Game 2 start (+1); Astros hit .182 in NLDS as Killer B's wilt (-2).

Games to save on your DVR: Kevin Brown whiffs 16 in 2-1 victory in NLDS Game 1 (+2); in NLCS Game 1, Braves tie it against Hoffman in the ninth but Padres win in 10 (+1).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: None.

World Series bonus points: It's an undramatic sweep, although the 114-win Yankees can lay claim to Greatest Team Ever (+1). But it's an expansion year (-1).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Cubs get swept (-2), pitch Kerry Wood in Game 3 even though he hadn't pitched since Aug. 31 (-2). Red Sox win first game of ALDS but lose next three (-2).

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Yankees fall behind 2 games to 1 in ALCS. Would Greatest Team Ever blow it? (-1)

TOTAL POINTS: 30





1997
World Series: Marlins over Indians (4-3)
LCS: Marlins over Braves (4-2), Indians over Orioles (4-2)
DS: Marlins over Giants (3-0), Braves over Astros (3-0), Indians over Yankees (3-2), Orioles over Mariners (3-1)
Total games: 34 (83 percent)

Signature moments: Edgar Renteria delivers World Series-winning hit in Game 7 (+2); Livan Hernandez strikes out 15 in NLCS Game 5 (+4); umpire Eric Gregg's strike zone is as big as Montana (-3), World Series Game 3 is played in cold with snow flurries (-2), game lasts more than four hours (-2); Florida wins 14-11 with seven runs in ninth (+1); Mariano Rivera blows a save, something he didn't do in his next 23 postseason opportunities (0); Cleveland's Tony Fernandez hits teammate Bip Roberts with a ball in batting practice, knocking him out of ALDS Game 4 (-1); Fernandez hits series-winning home run in 11th inning of ALCS Game 6 (+3) off Armando Benitez (+1).

Games to save on your DVR: ALCS Game 3, in which Mike Mussina fans 15 for Baltimore but trails 1-0 before Orioles tie it in ninth, only to see Cleveland win it in 12 on a controversial missed squeeze/wild pitch/foul bunt (+2); ALCS Game 6, in which Indians win clincher 1-0 on Fernandez's homer (+2); World Series Game 7 (+5).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: You could make a case for Game 7, but writing a book about the Marlins won't generate many book sales.

World Series bonus points: Game 7 has a lot to offer -- a ninth-inning comeback, extra innings, Indians blow chance for first World Series title since 1948 -- but the rest of Series is pretty unmemorable (+2).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: None.

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Marlins' title is tainted after winter fire sale destroys baseball in Miami (-3).

TOTAL POINTS: 45





1996
World Series: Yankees over Braves (4-2)
LCS: Yankees over Orioles (4-1), Braves over Cardinals (4-3)
DS: Yankees over Rangers (3-1), Orioles over Indians (3-1), Braves over Dodgers (3-0), Cardinals over Padres (3-0)
Total: 32 (78 percent)

Signature moments: Charlie Hayes catches foul pop to put Yankees back on top of the baseball world (+4, hey, it was a nice story at the time); Wade Boggs celebrates by riding a horse (-1); Jim Leyritz hits home run off Mark Wohlers (+3); 19-year-old Andruw Jones hits two home runs in World Series Game 1 (+2); can't help but think of 2008 Andruw Jones (-1); Jeffrey Maier walks through the Yankee Stadium turnstile in ALCS Game 1 (-3); that Derek Jeter home run that Maier caught came off Armando Benitez (+1); Richie Garcia blows the call (-1); Yankees win that game on Bernie Williams' homer in the 11th (+1); first sightings of Rudy Giuliani and annoying son during World Series (-2); Giuliani orders helicopters to dry the field at Yankee Stadium (+1).

Games to save on your DVR: World Series Game 4, in which Leyritz homers in eighth, Yankees win in 10 to tie series (+3); Andy Pettitte outduels John Smoltz 1-0 in World Series Game 5 (+2); ALCS Game 1 (+3).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: None.

World Series bonus points: Braves take 2-0 lead; Yankees storm back for first title since 1978; Game 3 features key decision by Joe Torre to leave in David Cone to pitch out of a sixth-inning jam, Game 4 is a classic (+4).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Red Sox fans cry when seeing Boggs riding the horse (-1).

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: 12-year-old kid plays key role in Yankees' return to prominence (+3).

TOTAL POINTS: 50





1995
World Series: Braves over Indians (4-2)
LCS: Braves over Reds (4-0), Indians over Mariners (4-2)
DS: Braves over Rockies (3-1), Reds over Dodgers (3-0), Indians over Red Sox (3-0), Mariners over Yankees (3-2)
Total: 31 (76 percent)

Signature moments: Baseball regionalizes first-round television coverage (-3); Ken Griffey Jr. peeps out from under the dog pile at home plate after Mariners rally to beat the Yankees (+5); the great Edgar Martinez hits a grand slam off John Wetteland in Game 4, then delivers the winning hit to score Joey Cora and Griffey (+3); the Kingdome goes nuts as Randy Johnson enters in relief (+2); Don Mattingly's only postseason appearance (+2); Braves clinch at home in Game 6 (+2) even though The Rembrandts (the guys who sing the theme song from "Friends") sing the national anthem (-1); Cora cries in the Mariners' dugout after his error helps Cleveland win ALCS clincher (+3).

Games to save on your DVR: World Series Game 3, in which Indians win 7-6 in 11 innings (+2); Tom Glavine's one-hitter in 1-0 World Series clincher (+3); ALDS Game 2, in which Yankees beat Mariners 7-5 in 15 innings on Jim Leyritz's game-ending home run (+4).

Games to save and that bloggers could write a book about if they were to get off the couch: ALDS Game 5, a contest that leads to Buck Showalter's getting fired and replaced by Joe Torre, helps save baseball in Seattle and helps baseball return to prominence after the 1994 postseason had been canceled (+5).

World Series bonus points: Series goes six games, with five games decided by one run; Braves finally get over the hump (+4).

Cubs/Red Sox bonus points: Red Sox lose Game 1 of the ALDS in 13 innings (+2); get swept (-2), marking 13 consecutive playoff defeats (-1).

Unpredictable story line that loomed large: Indians hit .291 during season, swat 207 home runs in 144 games, but hit just .179 in World Series (-1); Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Orel Hershiser, Brad Clontz, Paul Assenmacher, Alan Embree -- bonus point for nerdiest-pitched World Series ever (+1).

TOTAL POINTS: 61



FINAL STANDINGS
1. 2004: 100 points
2. 2003: 89 points
3. 2001: 87 points
4. 1995: 61 points
5. 1999: 58 points
6. 2002: 57 points
7. 2005: 57 points
8. 1996: 50 points
9. 1997: 45 points
10. 2000: 42 points
11. 2006: 41 points
12. 1998: 30 points
13. 2008: 29 points
14. 2007: 19 points

David Schoenfield is an editor for Page 2.