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1995: Won World Series in six games over the Cleveland Indians
What's interesting about the one title is that it probably wasn't the best Braves team of this era. This club went 90-54, a .625 winning percentage... The Braves had a better winning percentage in 1993 (.642), 1998 (.654), 1999 (.636) and 2002 (.631).
And when a hitter has lesser stats in the postseason, it's said not to be surprising because playoff teams tend to have better pitchers than the league as a whole.
I suspect that in the current playoff format, the "improved competition" effect would be much lower than when it was 2 teams or 4 teams.
But has anyone ever actually researched this to see if it's, you know, true?
Why didn't the Braves win more titles?
BTW, do the Braves hold the record for tBTW, do the Braves hold the record for the longest World Series losing streak at 8 games?
But if an external factor - weather is mentioned in this thread - plays a significant role, that changes everything. If runs really are hard to come by on chilly October nights compared to long shot summers, for instance, it could easily be the case that the bulk of hitters do a bit worse in postseason stats while pitchers would tend to fare better.
Just in case anyone does not remember just how horrific Eric Gregg was as a home plate ump, I highly recommend the clip of the final out in the Livan Hernandez game that is linked in TFA.
Wow! that was some truly horrific umpiring. Apparently the strike zone stretches all the way to the other batter's box.
Braves fans complaining about a Gregg strikezone is precocious.
If you're going to try to be condescending, you should probably check first to make sure that you know the definitions of all the words that you're using.
since Luis Gonzalez put Aura and Mystique to bed
I'm pretty sure you are one of those who rant on Alanis Morrisette and ironic, or one of those idiots who dislike impact as a verb or who literally turns into a raging a-hole when someone mis-uses literally.
I want to know the workplace where the 'how dare you insist I use words correctly' defense is effective.
While I agree "begs the question" should be used correctly, the phrase has always been rather fey and superior and should simply die anyhow.
But that last strike to McGriff is so far off the plate...
Meanwhile, the word "precocious" doesn't mean "precious". THAT would be an actual mistake.
And as an observer, I would just agree with a few others: randomness. Sucks for Braves fans though. But one is a lot more than zero.
The other day in a Rose Garden speech, President Obama used the phrase "begs the question: when he meant "raises the question". Now, as someone here brought up, that battle has been lost,
It's probably used incorrectly even more often than "decimate" is, which is saying something.
People say decimate when they mean devastate. I'm not sure why. Devastate even sounds the same.
Same reason they say orientate instead or orient.
One of the ones that infuriates me is when people write "dominate" instead of "dominant". E.g. "He delivered a dominate [sic] performance..."
"He delivered a dominate [sic] performance..."
Road signs which say "Reduced Speed Ahead."
Why Didn't the Braves win more titles?
Were the Red Sox championship teams of 2004, 2007 and 2013 better teams than the Sox teams that all lost the WS in 7 games (1946,1967,1975,1986)?
Were the Sox championship teams of 1903, 1912, 1915-1916 and 1918 better teams than the ones that lost in the WS?
Should the 1946, 1967, 1975 or 1986 teams have managed to win at least one of those WS?
Is David Ortiz really the second best hitter in Red Sox history behind Ted Williams?
Should he actually be considered the best hitter because he's been so good in so many postseasons?
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