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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Clinching heroics net Altuve ALCS MVP honors

José Altuve was in the running for the ALCS MVP Award entering Game 6 on Saturday night, but his pennant-clinching walk-off homer in the ninth inning of a 6-4 win over the Yankees sealed it.

Altuve finished the series with six runs scored, a .348/.444/.652 line and two homers, including the biggest hit of the series.

Altuve became the first second baseman ever to win both a regular-season MVP and a postseason-round MVP Award.

Congratulations to both Altuve and the Astros.

 

QLE Posted: October 20, 2019 at 12:47 AM | 34 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alcs mvp, astros, jose altuve

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   1. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: October 20, 2019 at 01:08 AM (#5892262)
The bat speed from his frame is astonishing.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: October 20, 2019 at 01:15 AM (#5892265)
TINY TERROR TOT!
   3. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: October 20, 2019 at 01:39 AM (#5892267)
Altuve became the first second baseman ever to win both a regular-season MVP and a postseason-round MVP Award.


Ryne Sandberg hit .400/.458/.800 in the 1989 LCS. but even if the Cubs had won, Mark Grace hit .647/.682/1.118
   4. Fancy Pants Handle struck out swinging Posted: October 20, 2019 at 01:53 AM (#5892270)
I could not make it through last night, from the other side of the Atlantic. But I would like to salute the Astros for vanquishing true evil.
   5. Lest we forget Posted: October 20, 2019 at 05:27 AM (#5892273)
I woke up this morning in Denmark just in time to see Altuve make his way into the batter's box.

Talk about lucky timing.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: October 20, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5892294)
Ryne Sandberg hit .400/.458/.800 in the 1989 LCS. but even if the Cubs had won, Mark Grace hit .647/.682/1.118

Yeah, that series was determined more by the Cubs giving up 30 runs in 5 games, thanks to Greg "Future HoFer" Maddux's 12 runs in 7.1 IP.
   7. Tin Angel Posted: October 20, 2019 at 12:24 PM (#5892314)
Ryne Sandberg hit .400/.458/.800 in the 1989 LCS. but even if the Cubs had won, Mark Grace hit .647/.682/1.118


And Will Clark hit something like .850/.975/1.700.
   8. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: October 20, 2019 at 12:45 PM (#5892320)
10 runs, 14 pitchers & 249 minutes.
   9. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 20, 2019 at 01:50 PM (#5892329)
First World Series to not feature an AL team. Go National League!
   10. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: October 20, 2019 at 01:54 PM (#5892331)
First World Series to not feature an AL team. Go National League!


Pretty sure the Senators are in the AL.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: October 20, 2019 at 01:59 PM (#5892332)
The New York Red Bulls - who played/play in New Jersey won Major League Soccer's Western Conference championship in 2008.

But the Eastern Conference champion Columbus Crew - located more than 500 miles west of New York (and most of New Jersey) - knocked off the Red Bulls to win the championship.
   12. Swoboda is freedom Posted: October 20, 2019 at 02:33 PM (#5892338)
Joe Morgan hit .333/.412/.733 against the Yanks is the 76 series. Bench hit .533/.533/1.133 and won the MVP
   13. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: October 20, 2019 at 04:40 PM (#5892350)
Yeah, that series was determined more by the Cubs giving up 30 runs in 5 games, thanks to Greg "Future HoFer" Maddux's 12 runs in 7.1 IP.

That series gave a lasting legacy to MLB: The tradition of guys covering up their mouths when talking on the mound. During one mound visit, Greg Maddux said something to his pitching coach (or catcher. Whatever) and Will Clark read it -- and whammed it out of the park.

Going by Peter Morris's two "Game of Inches" books - that's what began the cover your mouth practice during mound chatter.
   14. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 20, 2019 at 05:22 PM (#5892354)
Going by Peter Morris's two "Game of Inches" books - that's what began the cover your mouth practice during mound chatter.

Interesting. I always assumed it was due to the advent of Fox's super hi-def super-zoom Nasal Hair Cam view.
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: October 20, 2019 at 08:27 PM (#5892378)
First World Series to not feature an AL team. Go National League!


When were the Dodgers an AL team?

   16. bobm Posted: October 20, 2019 at 11:02 PM (#5892407)
When were the Dodgers an AL team?

Is being an AA team close enough? :-)

Per Wikipedia:

The Dodgers were founded in 1883 as the Brooklyn Atlantics, taking the name of a defunct team that had played in Brooklyn before them. The team joined the American Association in 1884 and won the AA championship in 1889 before joining the National League in 1890.
   17. bunyon Posted: October 21, 2019 at 07:06 AM (#5892424)
13: what did Clark learn from the word, Fu(k, which is I believe the only word maddux ever said on the mound?
   18. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 21, 2019 at 10:03 AM (#5892460)

And Will Clark hit something like .850/.975/1.700.


The two first basemen in that series went a combined 24 for 39, which is .615. They had six doubles, two triples, three homers, six walks, and 16 RBIs in five games.
   19. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 21, 2019 at 10:04 AM (#5892461)
First World Series to not feature an AL team. Go National League!


What about 1982?
   20. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:59 PM (#5892547)
I'm waiting for the time when the Brewers play the Astros in the World Series, and Milwaukee's had two AL teams and two NL teams to make it even more interesting.

On a related note, here's one of the world's easiest trivia questions: Counting the regular season and/or World Series, what 11 stadiums since 1901 have been the home venues of both NL and AL teams?

   21. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: October 21, 2019 at 01:25 PM (#5892561)
Fenway, Minute Maid, Shea, Polo Grounds, Dodger Stadium, County Stadium, Shibe Park, Sportmans' Park, RFK

That's 9 off the top of my head - I think I'd have to look up the other 2.
   22. Nasty Nate Posted: October 21, 2019 at 01:33 PM (#5892565)
Braves Field - and maybe some Chicago park
   23. Lest we forget Posted: October 21, 2019 at 01:35 PM (#5892566)
" 14 pitchers & 249 minutes."

my thoughts exactly
   24. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 21, 2019 at 01:37 PM (#5892568)
Fenway, Minute Maid, Shea, Polo Grounds, Dodger Stadium, County Stadium, Shibe Park, Sportmans' Park, RFK

Braves Field

10 down, only 1 to go. I said it was easy.
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: October 21, 2019 at 01:54 PM (#5892575)
On a related note, here's one of the world's easiest trivia questions: Counting the regular season and/or World Series, what 11 stadiums since 1901 have been the home venues of both NL and AL teams?


I assume you mean regularly, since both Miller Park and Hiram Bithorn have hosted AL and NL games.

   26. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: October 21, 2019 at 02:19 PM (#5892581)
I assume you mean regularly, since both Miller Park and Hiram Bithorn have hosted AL and NL games.


I don't think he does, because both Fenway and Braves field qualify only for the WS.
   27. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: October 21, 2019 at 02:22 PM (#5892582)
Tokyo Dome, and whatever the stadium in Monterrey is called also count.
   28. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 21, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5892588)
I assume you mean regularly, since both Miller Park and Hiram Bithorn have hosted AL and NL games.

I meant to include both regular season and postseason games, but I guess I should've spelled out the condition that in either of those cases the team would have to have been considered the home team in that park, either for the entire regular season or for the duration of one or more postseason series. I wouldn't have thought of Hiram Bithorn, and I'm not aware that the Brewers ever were the home team in Miller Park while they were still in the American League. So that still would leave one stadium not yet named.

(Example: The Red Sox were considered the home team in Braves Field when they played there in the 1915 and 1916 World Series.)
   29. SoSH U at work Posted: October 21, 2019 at 03:02 PM (#5892590)
I'm not aware that the Brewers ever were the home team in Miller Park while they were still in the American League.


They weren't, but an Indians-Mariners (I think) series was moved there when an early-season series was snowed out, and Miller was the only place Bud could think of to handle hosting duties.

Edit: Memory was half-right. They lost a series to the M's due to snow, but it was a series with the Angels that got shifted to Milwaukee.

On the other hand, that was the one time when this guy was being semi-honest.

   30. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 21, 2019 at 03:15 PM (#5892592)
Okay, I didn't know that about the Indians playing in Miller, and if you want to add that, it makes 12 parks rather than 11, with one still unaccounted for.
   31. Hank Gillette Posted: October 21, 2019 at 03:29 PM (#5892599)
First World Series to not feature an AL team. Go National League!


What about 2017?
   32. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 21, 2019 at 10:21 PM (#5892683)
FTR the 12th park was Comiskey, where the Cubs played their home games in the 1918 World Series. Babe Ruth won game 1 there with a 1-0 shutout, and had to wait until 1932 to get to play in Wrigley Field.
   33. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: October 21, 2019 at 10:25 PM (#5892685)
Braves Field - and maybe some Chicago park
The Cubs played in Comiskey in the 1918 World Series. It would've been more fun if the Sox had borrowed Braves field again for that series but, alas, they played in Fenway.

EDIT: I refuse to give a soda to the person asking the question. That's just not right.

For the record, I was convinced that the Angels played in the LA Coliseum as well, which is completely wrong.
   34. Howie Menckel Posted: October 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM (#5892688)
who threw out the first pitch in the first Angels home game in 1961?

Ty Cobb.

iirc, Ken James had a film cameo of it in his "Nine Innings" series. he had a few old-timers as elderly coaches, and it was so cool to see them as living, breathing - even if barely - human beings.

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