A Historic Fluke? My latest for The Hardball Times

In my latest article for The Hardball Times, I take a look at a historic oddity regarding Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia and Ozzie Guillen.

Each of them managed a World Series winner without a clear Hall of Famer on their playoff roster. And the only other teams to have won the World Series without a future Hall of Famer (the ’81 and ’88 Dodgers and the ’84 Tigers) had Hall of Fame managers.

So is this a fluke? Or are Leyland, Scioscia and Guillen putting together Cooperstown resumes?

You can read the article here.

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Looks like the Rays have a 2005 fetish as well

First the Yankees had their odd 2005 obsession.

Now it is Tampa’s turn.
Damon and Manny are teammates for the first time since 2005.

I am not saying the Red Sox don’t have some holes. I am not saying the Red Sox off season has been flawless.

But their off season requires a lot usage of the phrase “If they played like they did 6 years ago…”

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