On this day off, I promised a crazy list and I think I have delivered.

Take a good look at the current Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres uniforms.

They aren’t good.
It’s not that they are ugly or garish. They are just completely unmemorable.
Someday, and I am guessing that day will be soon, the Blue Jays will abandon the JAYS across their chest jersey for another design. (I’ve been advocating the throwback jerseys.)
And the Padres will no doubt do their fourth uniform overhaul since the brown and yellow Taco Bell uniforms of the 1984 World Series.

Wait WHAT? you say.
They’ve changed their uniforms how many times?

A lot… and chances are you have forgotten some of their uniforms.
Which brings me back to my original observation.
Some uniforms are classics and have stood the test of time.
The Yankees, the Red Sox, the Dodgers, the Tigers, the Cardinals, the Cubs and the Giants all wear uniforms that are classic and bring back memories of the past.
Some uniforms are so ugly or unusual that they too have become classics in a different way.
The orange rainbow unis for the Astros, the aforementioned brown and yellow combos for the Padres, the lapels and shorts of the 1976 White Sox and the horrific S-O-X across the chest of the 1983 White Sox come to mind.
And then there are the others… the completely forgettable uniforms. The ones that when you see them in an old clip or on a baseball card you say “Oh man… I forgot they ever wore those!”
This is Sully Baseball… which means I am going to list them.
Setting up a criteria for the most forgettable uniforms, I am only going to include those worn in my baseball watching life. I have no memories of old K.C. Athletics uniforms nor St. Louis Browns jerseys.
I started really watching baseball in 1978… that’s my start off point. And these are all uniforms no longer in use.
And again, these aren’t the worst… just the blandest and most forgettable.
Although no doubt the current Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres uniforms will be on a future edition of this list.

Giving credit to where it is due… I used the National Baseball Hall of Fame website as my source, specifically the Dressed to the Nines – Uniform Database. It is a wonderful time waster!


1972-1982 Texas Rangers

Lots of charismatic players, a few Hall of Famers and managers like Ted Williams, Billy Martin and Whitey Herzog all wore these unis… and I can’t still can’t remember these threads.

They are just white tops and bottoms, frontier Texas font and nothing at all worth remembering.
The hat is only memorable because it is identical to the Toledo Mud Hens hat that Klinger would wear.

1973-1982 Kansas City Royals (Away Jerseys Only)
The home jerseys are fine, if a little too close to the Dodgers for my liking.
But the away uniforms… the powder blue and block letters… they were so boring that it actually made an impression on a 7 year old Paul Sullivan.
How often does a 7 year old think “Man, those are dull”?
Just to show I am not just picking obscure or bad teams here, the Royals made their first 5 post season appearances with these. They finally won when they changed their road uniform.

1978-1985 Cleveland Indians

Bland block letters. CLEVELAND on the roads. INDIANS on the home. Upper case C on the hat.

It didn’t have the ugly maroon tops and bottoms. The hat didn’t have the c shaped like a tomahawk. It doesn’t have the racist Chief Wahoo.

This could be any minor league team’s uniform.

1981-1986 Atlanta Braves
Was there ever a less memorable uniform than the pajama pullovers and the blue caps?
Gone was the lower case “a” to bring back memories of Hank Aaron’s 715th homer.
And they hadn’t brought back the tomahawk across the chest.
Yeah the Braves won the 1982 Division in these unis, but they sure didn’t look exciting. I am sure a lot of people flipped past TBS when guys wearing these threads played in an empty Fulton County Stadium.
These are best remembered as the uniform worn in The Slugger’s Wife. In other words they are not remembered at all.

1983 Texas Rangers
I truly did completely forget about this uniform.
For one whopping season, the Rangers of 1983 changed their font to all caps and had an awkward TR on their belly where the number should be.
As far as I know TR means Texas Rangers and not Theodore Roosevelt.
I am guessing these didn’t exactly fly off of the rack. If you own one of these, give your pal Sully an e mail at
1985-1986 Oakland A’s

I guess these were the airlock years between the bright green Charlie O uniforms of the 1970s A’s and the more stately script Athletics uniforms.
Seeing the team was about to have an identity change, I guess it makes sense to leave the team name off of the uniform all together.
But exactly how much thought was put into the block OAKLAND across the home and away chests?

1985-1990 San Diego Padres

I guess a lot of people complained during the 1984 World Series that the Padres Taco Bell uniforms were kind of ugly. Instead of embracing their ugliness, the Padres took a right turn to dullsville.

They kept the brown in their uniforms, but without the yellow in the cap, it just looked like a boring minor league uniform.

The interlocking SD on the away jersey was a nice idea… but seriously, would you rush out to buy one of these or the brown and yellow Steve Garvey specials?

1987-1990 Chicago White Sox

Between the all red uniforms of the early 1970s, the lapels and Bermuda shorts of the late 1970s and the S-O-X uniforms of the 1980s, the White Sox have had some of the most memorable bad uniforms in history.

Then they went back to their classic uniforms and eventually won a World Series.

But in between they tried out a totally forgettable boring script uniform that featured an unusual cursive C hat.

How forgettable were these? The Official White Sox website has a page devoted to the history of their uniform… and they forgot to include it in their time line!!!!

1987-1993 Houston Astros

Look, if you are going to have an ugly uniform… have an ugly uniform! Don’t do it half way!

From 1975 to 1986, the Astros had the Orange Rainbow uniforms that were so garish and so ugly that they came right back around to beautiful. I even owned one! They were distinct… and the Astros played 2 of the greatest NLCS in history wearing them.

But after the 1986 NLCS, they reduced the orange to a stripe down the sleeve but kept the rest of the uniform the same. So now it was just a bland “Astros” and a star.

It’s like seeing a coloring book before your kids can color it. Someone throw some orange on those threads!!!!

1988-1992 New York Mets (Away Jerseys Only)

The Mets won a World Series with away jerseys that just said “Mets” scrolled across it. Then in 1987 they changed their away jerseys to a terrific script “New York.”

Inexplicably they changed it the very next year to a generic ugly block letter “NEW YORK” that resembled the Yankees away jerseys.

They lost the 1988 NLCS in these uniforms and devolved from a potential dynasty in the late 1980s to the worst team that money can buy in the 1990s.

1992-2004 Montreal Expos

The Expos were a cool and kind of exotic franchise that I truly miss.

Their announcers spoke French, their logo was unusual and they had the great three color “beach ball” hat and wonderfully understated uniforms.

Then they changed into a more generic uniform. Gone was the beach ball cap and replaced with a single color hat. And they went indecisively with a script with a flourish AND pinstripes.

They spent more than a decade in these bland threads.

1992-1994 San Diego Padres (Away Jerseys Only)

Actually the home uniforms that the Padres introduced in 1992 are my favorite San Diego uniforms. I could do without the pinstripes, but the new color scheme and the two colored S and D on the hats are the best they’ve ever had. I wish they’d go back to those.

The road jersey was a generic, no imagination, should have been worn by Cool Hand Luke on the chain gang.

In 1995 they changed the uniform and gave “SAN DIEGO” a nice outline, ergo creating the best uniform combination in their team’s history. Of course they changed it eventually.

1993-1998 Cincinnati Reds

I know the Reds were trying to go back to traditional uniforms… but I ask why for three reasons:
1. They were only three years removed from a World Series title where the team wore the same unis as the Big Red Machine. Why mess with success?
2. The old fashioned hats and sleeveless uniforms looked anachronistic in the ’70s cookie cutter park Riverfront Stadium.
3. Let’s face it. Those white hats made the players look like the Good Humor Man.

1993-1994 New York Mets

The Mets wore these uniforms for two miserable seasons. For some reason the standard script Mets now included a flourish underneath it. It never quite looked right… and in its first season they had a big payroll, had Vince Coleman chucking fire crakers at kids and Anthony Young seemed to lose all 103 of their games.

Met fans would like to pull an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and erase their memories of that season… and those uniforms for that matter.

1994-1996 Chicago Cubs (Away Jerseys Only)
Man, the NL Central around the time of the strike was a division of some lousy threads.

The home jerseys of course are the classic Ernie Banks specials (and they weren’t wearing the blue tops with the bear on it… that top stinks.)

But look at that awful away jersey. The script Cubs with a flourish? Can you imagine if the Cubs had finally won wearing that ugly jersey? Could Cub fans even enjoy it?

(Then again, Broncos fans seemed pretty happy seeing Elway with two Super Bowls in the ugly new helmets, so what do I know?)

1994-1999 Houston Astros
The Astros used to have a wacky George Jetson identity. They had a futuristic name, they played in a futuristic stadium with futuristic grass and they had wacky futuristic uniforms.
And for whatever reason (taste?) they decided to abandon the orange color scheme for possibly the blandest and least colorful uniforms since the advent of color television.
Seriously, which ones are the road uniforms?
Granted, not everyone was thrilled with the orange horizontal lines… but maybe a little color to break it up. Perhaps they were emulating silver jumpsuits… which are always futuristic.
1994 Milwaukee Brewers

Now I’ve already written about this… but it is worth bringing up again.

The Brewers should NEVER have abandoned the M-B baseball glove hat.

The result was the mess of a uniform unspooled in 1994. The M-B interlocking on the hat was too cluttered… as I said before looked like Motre Bame.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, on the uniform they included the MB but thought “It’s not busy enough!” So they put the M-B in a diamond and then stuck two bats in there just to make it a complete travesty.

1995-1996 Baltimore Orioles (Hat Only)

Remember the premise of this post is uniforms that completely slipped my mind. And in looking through old uniforms I have stumbled across a few that made me actually say “Wow! I have NO MEMORY of that!”

Case in point, the alternate Oriole cap.

It’s bad enough they abandoned the smiling bird, but I covered that already.

But they wore gray hats sometime? REALLY? I watched a hell of a lot of baseball in 1995 and 1996. ’95 was the year Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record. They made the ALCS in 1996. And they wore gray hats sometime? Cal Ripken wore that dull cap with the sideways bird during his streak?

I don’t think I forgot that… I plum never knew it!

1995-1996 Florida Marlins (Away Jerseys and Hats only)

Fans of ugly baseball uniforms rejoiced with the creation of the Florida Marlins in 1993.

They wore TEAL HATS! TEAL HELMETS! They had a big Marlin jumping over their name. They were truly ugly.

Then just two seasons later, they muted their home jerseys adopting the black hats. Yet, they kept the teal caps, but only for the road uniforms.

Don’t they know that you have the colorful hat for home and the dark cap for the road?

1995-1996 Milwaukee Brewers

The final two seasons of the M-B hat were just as bad as the first.

But here’s the forgettable part:

Did you remember the Brewers had a green bill on their away cap?

You did?

To quote Joe Wilson, “YOU LIE!”

1997-2001 Anaheim Angels

The California Angels uniforms of my lifetime were always cool. The A with a halo on it and the lower case letter looked good on Reggie and Rod Carew (but not Fred Lynn, but that is just me.)

And then in the mid 1990s, they brought back the CA on their hat for their best ever uniform.

Then Disney bought the team from the Autrey’s the name was changed to Anaheim and this uniform was vomited on the field.

Angel wings on the hat? An overly busy “ANGELS” logo across the chest with pinstripes working against it? It gives me a headache looking at it. It isn’t even worthy of a fun Hall of Shame a la the White Sox shorts or the Brown and Yellow Padres unis.

It’s just a horrible example of marketing people trying to design a new uniform and failing miserably. I went to Angels Stadium this year… didn’t see ONE of these hats or uniforms.

1997-1999 Milwaukee Brewers

Man the Brewers had a run of forgettable uniforms… and I will argue that the 1997-1999 uniforms were the most forgettable of my lifetime.

The bland M hat.

The lifeless uniforms.

These look like uniforms they would use in a beer commercial where they couldn’t get the rights to MLB logos and want to have a generic looking team play.

1997-2000 Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates have always been pretty reliable in their uniforms. They currently wear the sleeveless uniforms and black caps that Roberto Clemente or Ralph Kiner could have worn.

And in the late ’70s during the We Are Family title years, they were wonderfully wacky with the different uniform combinations and the flat caps with the Stargell stars.

But in the mid ’90s they altered the font of PIRATES, making the P and S bigger and giving it a curve like the Giants uniforms of the late 1980s. And like the 1995-1996 Orioles, they inexplicably would alternate to a gray cap that I have no memory of.

Then again, the 1997-2000 Pirates were hardly teams of legend.

1997-2003 Toronto Blue Jays

Why do teams mess with uniforms that are already working???

The Blue Jays had a cool logo and unusual fonts on their uniforms… and they wore those during the George Bell years and the back to back World Series titles years…

You know, their GLORY YEARS!

So naturally they altered the cap to have the Blue Jay sitting in a giant maple leaf. Yeah, we know you are from Canada.

The cool font from the original jersey was scrapped… and the hat even had an awkward red bill.

People love the old uniforms. DON’T MESS WITH SUCCESS! (And have more retro jersey nights!)

1998-2000 Arizona Diamondbacks

Supposedly manager Buck Showalter had a hand in designing these uniforms.

Yeeesh! Nothing screams “Arizona Fall League” more than the DIAMOND Back home jersey.

Plus could we have SOME consistency in the color scheme? Or did Showalter have a thing for Purple… and Teal… And Black… And Orange?

By the time Showalter was canned, they mainly played with the A on their chest and mercifully the cumbersome DIAMOND Backs home uni was phased out.

2001-2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays

The original Tampa Bay Devil Rays uniform was so ugly that the Walt Disney Company (the people who brought you the wings on the Angels hat) fudged history in the movie The Rookie.

Jim Morris in real life wore the laughable pajama top with the Ray on it, but in the movie he wore the lower key “Tampa Bay” jersey that they started wearing 2 years later.

While the new uniforms were no longer embarassingly ugly, they were flat and generic. It didn’t even say DEVIL on it and hid the swimming ray under the RAYS. Like the Astros before them, if you are going to have an ugly uniform, embrace it… don’t do it half assed.

So there you have it. A closet full of forgettable tops and bland hats.

Granted with a few exceptions these were uniforms for teams that weren’t any good. But the Royals, Astros, Orioles and Diamondbacks played in October in these threads.

But if any of you readers wear any of these often, please e mail me at

First one who doesn’t know me personally to e mail me a photo wearing one of these jerseys gets a prize!
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No game last night or today…

No better way to build momentum for the baseball playoffs than to have a few days of no games on.

Yeah I know there were a bunch of sweeps… but the NBA and the NHL get their next round of playoffs earlier if there are no other games to play.

Well, on this rainy Southern California day I promise an off day Sully Baseball list that will be worthy of my insanity.


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It still makes no sense that there is no MVP awarded for the Division Series.

Last year the staff at Sully Baseball sought to right that wrong by awarding THE DIVISION SERIES MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS… and we listed the winners from the 2008 Division Series all the way back to 1995.

Well, the tradition will continue this year as we add the newest members, the 2009 Division Series MVPs.

But I need to add something I neglected last year.

In 1981, the first ever Division Series was played between the first half and second half champions. Actually it was the “Who was in first place when the strike ended?” versus “Who had the best POST strike record?” series… and it screwed over the Reds and Cardinals, who had the best records overall in the National League, but finished in second at the time of the strike and after the strike.

But that is neither here nor there… they did play a Division Series that year and I should include THOSE MVP’s retroactively here.

OK, enough yapping… there are awards to hand out!


American League

ALEX RODRIGUEZ, New York Yankees

Twins fans have no clue what people are referring to when A-Rod is called an October choker. After almost single handily eliminating Minnesota in 2004, A-Rod dominated once again in 2009.

He batted .455 with an OPS of 1.500 in the three game sweep, driving in 6 runs. But also showed a flair for the dramatic. He crushed a 9th inning game tying homer off of All Star closer Joe Nathan in the wild Game 2. And then hit another game tying shot in the 7th inning of the clinching Game 3.

All this after driving in 1 run in his previous 16 playoff games combined!

BOBBY ABREU, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Abreu’s numbers were eye popping enough in the Angels’ sweep over the Red Sox.

He batted .556 with an OPS of 1.470. But his 2 out 2 strike RBI double in the 9th inning of Game 3 brought the Angels to within 1 run and set up the dramatic Vlad Guerrero 2 run single.

National League

CLIFF LEE, Philadelphia Phillies

As I wrote earlier, Lee’s Game 1 was a tour de force. He threw a complete game, got a hit and stole a base.

And while he didn’t get the win in the Game 4 clincher, he pitched into the 8th inning holding the Rockies to 3 runs in Coors Field… no small feat.
Ethier hit an even .500 with a 1.905 OPS in the Dodgers startling three game sweep of the Cardinals.
He homered in the Game 2 come from behind win and hit a 2 run homer in the Game 3 clincher that helped break the Cardinals’ back.

American League

JASON BAY, Boston Red Sox
Bay batted .412 with a .882 slugging, 2 homers and 5 runs batted in during his first post season. But that only tells part of his impact in the Red Sox 4 game victory over the favored Angels.

His 6th inning 2 run homer put the Angels on their heels seemingly for the rest of the series.
His 3 run shot in the first inning gave the Red Sox a 4-1 cushion early.
And he scored the series winning run after his 1 out 9th inning flair bounced into the stands for a ground rule double.


Yes, Evan Longoria’s home runs were almost as sexy as Eva Longoria. But Iwamura hit a key triple in game 1, hit the go ahead homer in game 2, gave the Rays an early lead with a single in game 3 and went 2-5 in the game 4 clincher against the White Sox.

In all, Iwamura batted .389 with a .722 slugging in the series.

National League

MANNY RAMIREZ, Los Angeles Dodgers
As if his numbers weren’t gaudy enough (2 homers, a .500 average and a 1.743 OPS in the stunning three game sweep of the Cubs) his presence was even a bigger threat.

With 2 outs and a 2 run lead, Ryan Dempster walked Ramirez in the 5th inning… which set up the James Loney grand slam.

Manny simply changed the series by being Manny.

BRETT MYERS, Philadelphia Phillies
Any hope for the Milwaukee Brewers winning the Division Series hinged on the left arm of CC Sabathia. Not only did he beat Sabathia in the 5-2 Phillies win in game 2, but his gritty at bat in the second inning where he kept fouling off two out two strike pitches to ultimately coax a walk set up Shane Victorino’s game winning grand slam.

Myers 7 inning, 2 hit performance loomed even larger when the Brewers won the next game but were eliminated in game 4.

American League

DAVID ORTIZ, Boston Red Sox
Everyone remembers Manny standing at home plate after his walk off homer in game 2… but that was set up by the intentional walk to Big Papi.

Ortiz hit .714 with an OPS of 2.417 in the three game sweep of the Angels. Plus he hit homers in games 1 and 3.

GRADY SIZEMORE, Cleveland Indians
Batted .375 with an OPS of 1.212 from the lead off spot.
Scored the tying run on Joba Chamberlain’s insect inspired wild pitch and hit the lead off home run in game 4 that sunk the Yankees 3 games to 1.

National League

STEPHEN DREW, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hit a key homer off of Carlos Zambrano in game 1 and doubled and scored in the heart breaking first inning at Wrigley.

Finished the three game sweep of the Cubs at an even .500 with an OPS of 1.643 and 4 RBI

KAZ MATSUI, Colorado Rockies
Matsui erased a 1 run deficit with a 2 out 4th inning grand slam in game 2. The Phillies never recovered and were swept away in 3.
He also hit a 2 out RBI triple in the clinching third game.
In the end he batted .417 with a 1.583 OPS.

American League

FRANK THOMAS, Oakland Athletics
With his 2 home runs in game 1 (including one off of Johan Santana) Thomas crushed the Minnesota Twins’ late season momentum and turned the series into a surprising 3 game sweep.

In the end, Thomas batted .500 with an OPS of 1.783

An o-fer in the fourth and final game of the Tigers upset over the Yankees made his numbers less eye popping than some of his teammates. (Especially Carlos Guillen’s .571 average and 1.625 OPS.) But make no mistake, it was Granderson who hit the key home runs, started the key rallies and basically drove the Yankees nuts.

By the time he went 0-5 in the finale, the Yankees were already reeling.

National League

Delgado went 4-5 in his first ever post season game, including a home run and the game winning hit in the 7th inning.

He finished the series with a .429 Average and a 1.072 OPS.

CHRIS CARPENTER, St. Louis Cardinals
Went 2-0 in the 4 game upset of San Diego.
Pitched 7 strong innings in the game 4 clincher

American League

BENGIE MOLINA, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Hit the game tying single and then a key home run in game 2 and then homered off of Randy Johnson in the game 3 win in Yankee Stadium.

In all he batted .444 with an OPS of 1.418 with 3 homers and 5 RBI in the Angels 5 game win over the Yankees.

A. J. PIERZYNSKI, Chicago White Sox
Pierzynski homered twice in the 14-2 game 1 rout of the Defending Champion Red Sox.
Doubled to lead off the 9th inning of game 3 and scored a critical insurance run to complete the 3 game sweep.

Finished with a .444 average and a 1.878 OPS.

National League

LANCE BERKMAN, Houston Astros
Batted .357 with 5 RBI in Houston’s 4 game victory over the Braves.

Brought the Astros back to within one in game 4 with an 8th inning grand slam. The Astros would tie the game in the 9th and go on the 18 inning marathon before clinching on Chris Burke’s homer.

REGGIE SANDERS, St. Louis Cardinals
Sanders drove in an incredible 10 runs in the three game sweep of the San Diego Padres.
6 of those runs were driven in game 1 with a 2 run single and a grand slam.

American League

DAVID ORTIZ, Boston Red Sox
Pretty cut and dry choice here.
Ortiz hit .545 with a 1.688 OPS for the three game sweep of the Angels… and ended the series with a dramatic 2 out 2 run walk off 10th inning home run that sent Fenway into a frenzy.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ, New York Yankees
It was strange for me to type the words Alex Rodriguez in a post about October heroes…
But lest we forget (and no doubt Scott Boras would remind us) A-Rod won his first Yankees post season series almost single handedly.

He batted .421 with an OPS of 1.213 in the 4 game victory over the Twins. He drove in 3 runs in the extra inning game 2 victory including a one out game tying double in the 12th. In the clinching game 4, he doubled in the 11th, stole third and scored what would be the series winning run on a wild pitch.

Between his heroics against the Twins and his .368 average with a 1.244 OPS in the first 4 games against Boston, A-Rod’s post season legacy in New York looked down right heroic… little did we know!

National League

EDGAR RENTERIA, St. Louis Cardinals
In a line up full of power threats like Pujols, Walker, Rolen, Edmonds and Sanders, it was Renteria who put up the biggest numbers. He batted .455 in the 4 game victory over Los Angeles with a 1.236 OPS.

Hit key RBI double in game 1, a big RBI single in the clincher and seemed to be involved in rallies throughout the series.

CARLOS BELTRAN, Houston Astros
Beltran’s spectacular cameo in Houston included blasting 4 home runs in the Astros’ 5 game victory over Atlanta. 2 of those homers took place in the do or die game 5.

In all, Beltran’s amazing salary drive included a .455 average, a 1.591 OPS, 4 home runs and 9 RBI

American League

ANDY PETTITTE, New York Yankees
Down 1-0 to the Twins, Pettitte pitched a solid game 2 and held Minnesota off long enough for the Yankees to rally for 3 7th inning runs to win the game.

The Yankees responded by winning the next two games in Minneapolis, but who knows how the series would have unfolded if New York was down 0-2?

TODD WALKER, Boston Red Sox
Smashed 3 home runs in the 5 game series with Oakland, including one in a possible elimination game 4 that brought the Red Sox to within 1.

He picked up the slack for the slumping Ortiz and Ramirez with a .313 average and a 1.228 OPS.
Now someday I’ll understand why Grady kept pulling him in the late innings.

National League

IVAN RODRIGUEZ, Florida Marlins
Sure his numbers in the Marlins 4 game victory over the heavily favored Giants were great (.353, 6 RBI, 1.038 OPS) but his flair for the dramatic was even better.

His 2 out 2 run walk off single capped a come from behind rally to win a critical game 4 in 11 innings. His collision at the plate with Yorvit Torreabla allowed himself to score the go ahead run and let an important insurance run come home as well.

And the series ended with J. T. Snow crashing into home with the potential tying run, but Pudge held onto the ball and ended the series.

KERRY WOOD, Chicago Cubs
Facing the 101 win Atlanta Braves, Kerry Wood pitched road victories for game 1 and the clinching game 5.

He pitched into the 8th inning striking out 11 in game 1.
He then threw 8 innings letting up only 1 run in the clincher… the only post season series victory for the Cubs since 1908.

American League

TIM SALMON, Anaheim Angels
Drove in 7 runs in the shocking 4 game upset of the Yankees. His 2 run double started the Angels come back rally from a 6-1 game 3 deficit.

BRAD RADKE, Minnesota Twins
Won game 1 and the clinching game 5 in Oakland as the Twins stunned the heavily favored A’s.

Finished the series with a 2-0 record with a 1.54 and only one walk in his two starts.

National League

FERNANDO VINA, St. Louis Cardinals

Gave the Cardinals unbelievable production from the top of the order as they swept the defending champion Diamondbacks in 3 games.

He finished with a .600 average and an OPS of 1.225 and was always on base as sluggers like Pujols and Edmonds slugged the Cardinals past Johnson and Schilling.

RUSS ORTIZ, San Francisco Giants
Won the opener of the series on the road in Atlanta by pitching 7 solid innings letting up only 2 runs and 5 hits.

Came back to win the clinching game 5, pitching into the 6th inning letting up a single run as the Giants upset the Braves.

American League

DEREK JETER, New York Yankees
His .444 average and .976 OPS would be enough for consideration… but his miracle flip play to nail Jeremy Giambi at the plate probably prevented an Oakland sweep.

He made a crashing catch into the stands for good measure.

ICHIRO SUZUKI, Seattle Mariners
Batted .600 with a 1.269 OPS in the 5 game victory over Cleveland. Got 12 hits in the short series including a key RBI hit in the series saving 7th inning rally in game 4.

National League
CURT SCHILLING, Arizona Diamondbacks
Schilling threw complete game victories in game 1 and the clinching game 5 over the St. Louis Cardinals. He let up a total of 9 hits and only 2 walks while striking out 18 to a 0.50 ERA.

CHIPPER JONES, Atlanta Braves
Jones’ 3 run 8th inning homer gave the Braves the lead in game 1 and they never looked back in their sweep of the Houston Astros.

Jones finished the series with a .444 average, a 1.694 OPS, 2 homers and 5 RBI/

American League

MARIANO RIVERA, New York Yankees
With the Yankees stumbling into the 2000 playoffs, the 2 time defending champs looked vulnerable to the upstart A’s. Joe Torre needed to call on Rivera to come into the 8th inning three different times.

In game 2, Rivera came in the 8th with the tying run at the plate and got out of the jam.
In game 3, started the 8th and pitched 2 shut out innings for the save.
In the game 5 clincher, Rivera came in with the tying run at the plate and only one out and finished the game without letting up a run.

In all, Rivera let up no runs, no walks and only 2 hits in 5 innings as he saved all 3 wins.

EDGAR MARTINEZ, Seattle Mariners
Martinez hit a 2 run game winning 10th inning home run off of White Sox pitcher Keith Foulke.
In all, Martinez hit .364 with a 1.189 OPS in the three game sweep of the White Sox.

National League

JIM EDMONDS, St. Louis Cardinals
Batted .571, homered twice, drove in 7 runs and finished with an OPS of 1.886 as the Cardinals massacred the Braves in 3 games.

BOBBY JONES, New York Mets
With the Mets up 2-1 in the series after two thrilling extra inning wins over San Francisco, Jones shut down the Giants once and for all in the game 4 clincher.

Jones let up a double to Jeff Kent and a walk to J.T. Snow in the 5th inning… but was perfect in the other 8 as his 1 hit complete game shutout crushed the Giants and propelled the Mets to the NLCS.

American League

Blink and you would miss the 1999 division series between the Rangers and the Yankees. The tone of the series was set early by El Duque who shut down the mighty Rangers to only 2 hits over 8 shut out innings in the opener.

The Rangers would score a single run in the SERIES as they were swept in 3.

Yes Nomar got some big hits… and Valentin drove in 12 runs in the 5 game series against the Indians… and O’Leary’s 2 homers sealed the deal.

But the spectre of Pedro loomed over this entire series.
When Pedro got hurt in game 1 after throwing 4 shut out innings, it gave the Indians a fighting chance.
And when he came in the 4th inning as a reliever in the deciding 5th game, their fate was sealed.

Pedro threw 6 no hit innings to finish the series and combined for 10 innings, only 3 hits and 11 strikeouts.

National League

KEVIN MILLWOOD, Atlanta Braves
Millwood let up a second inning home run to Houston’s Ken Caminiti in game 2. He didn’t allow a hit nor a walk for the rest of the game as he threw a complete game one hitter.

That performance would be enough for consideration but the next game, he came out of the bullpen and threw a 1-2-3 12th for the save.

The Braves would clinch the next day.

“Fonzie” homered 3 times in the 4 game victory over the Diamondbacks. His second one was a 9th inning grand slam that put the Mets ahead and set the tone for the series.

He would finish the series with a 1.243 OPS and helped turn 5 double plays.

American League

SHANE SPENCER, New York Yankees
Spencer didn’t even start the first game of the three game sweep of the Rangers.
But he hit the go ahead homer in game 2 and put the clinching game 3 away with a three run shot…
giving him a .500 average and a 2.000 OPS.

KENNY LOFTON, Cleveland Indians
Lofton finished the series with a .375 average and a 1.225 OPS including 2 homers in the 4 game series win over the Red Sox.
His single and stolen base set up the 2 run rally that gave the Indians the 2-1 series ending victory in game 4.

He also hit the go ahead run in Cleveland’s game 2 victory and homered to put the Indians ahead for good in game 3.

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JOHN SMOLTZ, Atlanta Braves
Smoltz threw into the 8th inning, letting up only 1 run, 5 hits and walking none as the Braves slowed down the Cubs momentum and took control of the series early.

Despite a scare in game 2, the Braves would go on to sweep.

KEVIN BROWN, San Diego Padres
Out dueled Randy Johnson in a thrilling game 1 showdown. Brown went 8 innings letting up only 2 hits and no runs while striking out 16 in the Padres 2-1 victory.

Combined with his game 3 start where he threw into the 7th inning, Brown had a 0.61 ERA in 14 2/3 innings while striking out 21 as the Padres beat the Astros in 4.

American League

SANDY ALOMAR, JR, Cleveland Indians
Batted .316 with 2 homers, 5 RBI and an OPS of 1.000 in the Indians tense 5 game victory over the Yankees.

But no hit was bigger than his game tying home run off of Mariano Rivera with the Indians just 4 outs from elimination in game 4.
Cleveland would go on to win games 4 and 5 by one run each.

MIKE MUSSINA, Baltimore Orioles
Out pitched Randy Johnson at the Kingdome for game 1 and then beat him again in the clinching game 4 in Camden Yards.

Finished the 4 game series with a 2-0 record, a 1.93 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 14 innings as the Orioles beat the star studded Seattle team for a trip to the ALCS.

National League

GREG MADDUX, Atlanta Braves
Astros pitcher Darryl Kile held the mighty Braves to only 2 hits and 2 runs in the opening game in Atlanta.
And it wasn’t good enough as Greg Maddux threw a complete game and held the Astros to a single run. Having avoided the Astros biggest threat, the Braves swept Houston in 3.

GARY SHEFFIELD, Florida Marlins
Finished the 3 game sweep of the Giants with a .556 average, an OPS of 1.714.
Homered in the game 2 win and always seemed to be on base as the Marlins won 3 heart stopping games.

American League

Truth be told, I almost gave this to Juan Gonzalez… who hit 5 homers in 4 games for the Rangers and was a one man wrecking crew. But I couldn’t give it to a player on the losing team! I just couldn’t.

Besides, Bernie did his share of damage… including scoring the tying run in game 2, driving home the tying run in the 9th inning of game 3 and homering twice in the come from behind game 4 clincher.

B. J. SURHOFF, Baltimore Orioles
Surhoff homered twice in game 1 and finished the series with 3 homers, a .385 average and an OPS of 1.462 as the Orioles stunned the defending AL Champion Indians in 4 games.

National League

JOHN SMOLTZ, Atlanta Braves
In a series dominated by pitching, nobody pitched better than Smoltz who shut the Dodgers down to 1 run over 9 innings in the opening game. Smoltz would get the victory as the Braves won in 10 and would sweep Los Angeles despite hitting only .180 for the series.

DENNIS ECKERSLEY, St. Louis Cardinals
In a tight series where all three games could have gone either way, Eck came through with 3 save, letting up no runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Cardinals swept the Padres.

American League

EDDIE MURRAY, Cleveland Indians
Batted .385 in the three game sweep of the Red Sox.

In game 1 hit a go ahead single in the 8th.
In game 2, his 2 run shot put the game away.
In game 3, he singled twice, walked twice and scored twice in the clincher

EDGAR MARTINEZ, Seattle Mariners

Yes Griffey homered 5 times in 5 games and yes Big Unit won 2 of the Mariners 3 games against the Yankees… but it was Edgar Martinez’s grand slam that set up the mind boggling game 5… and it was Edgar Martinez’s 2 run double that won the series for the Mariners.

His numbers, .571 average, 1.000 slugging, an OPS of 1.667, 10 RBIs in 5 games, would merit the award even without his flair for the dramatic.

National League

CHIPPER JONES, Atlanta Braves

Marquis Grissom had gaudier numbers, but Jones’ home run won game 1 against the Rockies… and he seemed to be driving in runs or scoring runs in every big Braves rally in a series that was a lot closer than it had any business being.

HAL MORRIS, Cincinnati Reds
Batted an even .500 in the three game sweep of the Dodgers.
He drove in the first 2 runs of a 4 run first inning outburst in game 1 that set the tone for the series.
Started the rally in the 6th inning of game 3 that knocked Nomo out of the game and put the game (and the series) out of reach.

And now for the MVPs for the 1981 Division Series held after the strike.
American League

OSCAR GAMBLE, New York Yankees
Gamble batted .556 with a 1.933 OPS in the 5 game victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
His homer off of Moose Haas tied Game 1.
Then in the clinching Game 5, Gamble homered off of Haas again to put the Yankees up for good, sending them back to the ALCS.

Billy Martin had his starters work out of their own jams… and his #2 starter got into a whopper of a jam against the Defending A.L. Champion Royals in Game 2.
Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 8th, McCatty let the first two batters reach. Instead of going to the pen, Martin let McCatty face Amos Otis, Hal McRae and Clint Hurdle. He worked out of the jam and then finished his complete game victory giving the A’s a 2-0 series lead.
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With the Dodgers down 0-1 to the Astros, Reuss came up big in Game 2 throwing 9 shutout innings scattering 5 hits. Unfortunately for Reuss, Joe Niekro shut down the Dodgers as well and the Astros won it in 11 innings.
In the deciding Game 5, Reuss got the ball again. He threw 9 shutout innings again, but this time the Dodgers pulled off a 6th inning rally to take the lead. His complete game shutout clinched the series that he finished with 18 scoreless innings.

Rogers had the daunting task of facing the era’s best pitcher, Steve Carlton, in Game 1 of the Division Series. Rogers let up 10 hits but only 1 run over 8 2/3 innings to get the win.
In the do or die on the road Game 5 against the defending World Champs, Rogers was again matched up against Carlton.
He was up for the task, throwing a complete game shut out, getting Mike Schmidt, Gary Matthews and Manny Trillo out in order to clinch the series and end the Phillies’ dreams of repeating as World Champions.
So there it is… updated until next year.
Who knows which Hall of Famers (like Eddie Murray) will make this list in the future?
How many obscure heroes (like Shane Spencer or Todd Walker) will find October glory?
Once again, I am happy to send them a prize… if only I could think of one.
If you can think of a good prize, e mail me at

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