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Kelvin Jimenez Jersey

A New York man is facing drug trafficking charges after authorities seized more than 3 kilograms of fentanyl from a truck he was driving in the parking lot of a Market Basket store in Woburn, Massachusetts.

The truck driver, Kelvin Jimenez, 28, of the Bronx, New York, was taken into custody Thursday by Woburn police detectives and members of the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force.

Authorities said that after receiving information that a large amount of fentanyl was going to be delivered to the Market Basket plaza, units were deployed.

As a result, Jimenez was arrested for trafficking and the truck he was driving was seized.

Police said the approximate weight of the fentanyl seized was 3,238 grams.

It’s unclear when Jimenez will be arraigned or if he has an attorney.

Tyler Collins Jersey

The Royals have released outfielder Tyler Collins, according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic (via Twitter). He was playing at the organization’s top affiliate on a minor-league deal.

Collins, 27, had seen MLB action over the past four seasons with the Tigers. He has had his share of opportunities, but has only managed a .235/.299/.380 slash in 552 plate appearances in the majors.

It seemed that Collins might have a shot at earning some time in the K.C. outfield mix, but he turned in a tepid performance in the Cactus League. And he never got going at Triple-A Omaha, where he has managed just seven base hits — all singles — in his 62 plate appearances.

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President Donald Trump wanted to get his hands on Air Force slugger Nic Ready last week.

“I want to feel this guy’s muscles,” Trump joked as he invited Ready on stage during his graduation speech at Falcon Stadium. Ready was alerted to expect a shoutout as Trump referenced his record-breaking performance last summer at the college baseball home run derby.

He didn’t expect that.

“I was told to just real quickly stand up, give a simple wave and then sit down and shut up for the rest of the ceremony,” Ready said. “Obviously the way it unfolded went a little different and he went a little freestyle off the script and decided to pull me up on the stage. Took me completely by surprise when he did that.”

It was a pleasant surprise, to be sure. His mom cried. He received stunned reactions from friends and he’ll have a story to share for the rest of his life.

With the Major League Baseball Draft beginning Monday, Ready is hoping to be pleasantly surprised again if a team similarly decides it wants to get its hands on the Falcons’ all-time home run leader.

Ready is not alone in that that hope among players in the Pikes Peak region as this could turn into the most prolific baseball draft the area has ever seen.

Pine Creek pitching phenom Riley Cornelio is rated as the No. 20 high school prospect in the nation by Baseball Factory and No. 86 overall according to MLB.com.

Assignments for Air Force athletes from the Class of 2019: Where they are going
The area has seen players taken early in the draft in recent years – Air Force pitcher Griffin Jax went in the third round in 2016 and Pike Creek’s Ryan Warner went to the Rockies in the third round in 2012. But never have potential picks like Cornelio and Ready been eligible in the same year for this area often stigmatized because of the cold weather that restricts the baseball calendar.

Cornelio said that stigma works to his advantage as a pitcher, as his arm doesn’t carry the wear and tear of some from areas that play year-round. Four or five scouts attended nearly all of his games this year and many more had the chance to see him play last year for Team USA’s under-18 squad.

He faced some of the top projected picks in this year’s draft, including Bobby Witt, Jr., Riley Greene and CJ Abrams, and he felt he fared well.

The No. 86 pick has a budgeted slot bonus of $699,700, a potential figure Cornelio might have to weigh against a scholarship to play at TCU.

“I think we have talked it over and that when that day comes, hopefully we’re going to make the best decision,” said Cornelio, whose advising team largely consists of his parents, John and Stephanie Cornelio, and Blake Hawksworth, who works with famed agent Scott Boras. “I don’t want to say anything too much right now with it only a day away, but we feel like we’ve put ourselves in a good position over these next few days.”

Ready, whose father, Randy, played 13 years in the major leagues, is projected to go anywhere from the sixth to 22nd round and has already submitted paperwork to serve under the World Class Athlete Program. That program allows qualified athletes to serve on active duty with the assignment of training for a possible spot on an Olympic team. Ready could serve in that capacity through June 2020, when the team is selected for that summer’s games in Tokyo.

He didn’t use his chance meeting with Trump as an opportunity to prod the president further on his suggestion a month ago to Army football coach Jeff Monken that he might alter the policy and allow service academy athletes to defer active-duty service to pursue professional sports.

Ready, who will go to South Carolina as a logistics officer if his baseball plan hits a snag, joked that his brief handshakes with Trump didn’t allow time for policy discussion.

“I didn’t want to make any quick movements,” the third baseman who owns Air Force’s records in home runs and RBIs said. “You might get shot up there.

“If Trump wants to reverse that decision it would only help me out down the road.”

Air Force could potentially have two players drafted, as 6-foot-8 pitcher Jake Gilbert and his 96-mph fastball could draw enough interest to cause him to delay his pilot training slot to pursue the World Class Athlete Program.

The draft begins at 5 p.m. Monday with the first two rounds on MLB Network and MLB.com. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday on MLB.com, with rounds 11-40 being starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday on MLB.com.

Keith Johnson Jersey

Metairie, LA – Keith Johnson will take over in the New Orleans Baby Cakes’ dugout for the 2019 season as the 16thmanager in franchise history, and will be joined on the coaching staff by pitching coach Jeremy Powell, hitting coach Justin Mashore, defensive coach Chris Briones, athletic trainer Greg Harrel, and strength and conditioning coachRobert Reichert.

Johnson has accumulated 679 career wins as a manager, two-thirds of which have come at the Triple-A level in seven seasons at the helm of the Salt Lake Bees. Johnson debuted as a manager in 2008, the first of three seasons managing a the Single-A level in the Angels organization, culminating in a California League Championship Series appearance with Rancho Cucamonga in 2010. The 2013 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, Johnson compiled a 468-504 record as the Bees manager and was just three wins shy of equaling Phil Roof’s franchise mark for managerial victories when he was promoted to the Angels’ major league staff last August. A fourth round selection by the Dodgers in the 1992 draft, Johnson spent the final two seasons of his 12-year playing career in Salt Lake, having reached the majors with the Anaheim Angels in 2000.

Powell returns to New Orleans for his second season as pitching coach and his eighth season in the Marlins system. He previously had two-year stints at Single-A Advanced Jupiter, where his 2017 pitching staff ranked second in the Florida State League in ERA and shutouts, as well as Single-A Greensboro and the Gulf Coast League rookie-level affiliate after making his coaching debut in 2010 in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Selected by the Montreal Expos in the fourth round in 1994, Powell pitched in parts of three seasons (1998-2000) in Montreal before playing in Japan for Nippon Professional Baseball from 2001-08, where he recorded four seasons with at least 10 victories.

Mashore comes to the Marlins after seven seasons in the Texas Rangers organization, the last three of which were spent as the major league assistant hitting coach. After four years in the minors, including 2014-15 at Triple-A with Round Rock, Mashore helped the 2015 Rangers become the first team in MLB history to have nine players hit at least 17 home runs. He started his coaching career in 2003 in the Toronto Blue Jays system following an 11-year playing career, which began in 1991 when he was a third round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers.

In his second stint in the Marlins organization, Harrel is back for his third season in New Orleans following 10 years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the last two of which were spent with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was on the Dodgers’ major league training staff from 2012-13, and previously worked as the Marlins’ Triple-A athletic trainer in Albuquerque in 2004.

Reichert has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the Marlins organization since 2012 after receiving a kinesiology degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and was with Double-A Jacksonville in 2016-17 before joining the Baby Cakes’ staff last year.

Article courtesy of New Orleans Baby Cakes Information Department.

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RANDOM FACTS AND STATS

Ian Kinsler, who announced his retirement on Friday, will have finished his career with 1,999 hits. Hall of Fame infielder Jimmy Collins also finished with 1,999 hits. A total of 287 players have 2,000 or more hits.

Dallas Keuchel had the highest ground-ball rate (60.1%) among pitchers who threw at least 100 innings in 2019. His sinker had the most vertical drop, relative to league average, among full-time starters. The 31-year-old lef-thander signed a three-year deal with the White Sox yesterday.

C.J. Cron had 25 home runs in 499 plate appearances last year. Jonathan Schoop had 23 home runs in 464 plate appearances. Brandon Dixon led the Tigers with 15 home runs. Cron and Schoop reportedly signed with Detroit yesterday.

Alex Avila has swung at the lowest percentage of pitches outside of the strike zone of any player over the past five seasons (min. 1,000 plate appearances.) Avila’s O-Swing% since 2015 is 15.3%.

Wilmer Flores is the only player in MLB history to have played at least 143 games at every infield position: first base: 155, second base: 165, shortstop: 162; third base: 143. (per ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.)

Derek Jeter started 2,660 games at shortstop, the only defensive position he played. Pete Rose started games at six different defensive positions: first base (905), left field (652), third base (627), second base (600), right field (581), center field (70).

Alan Trammell had 412 career doubles. Barry Larkin had 441 career doubles. Orlando Cabrera had 459 career doubles.

On December 23, 1958, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded Sparky Anderson to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Rip Repulski, Jim Golden, and Gene Snyder.

On December 23, 1975, an arbitrator’s ruling made Dave McNally and Andy Messersmith baseball’s first free agents. Messersmith signed a three-year, $1M contract with the Angels the following April. McNally opted to retire.

Pinky Higgins, Red Kress, Scat Metha, Bobo Newsom, Cotton Pippen, Schoolboy Rowe, Birdie Tebbetts, and Dizzy Trout all played for the 1940 American League champion Detroit Tigers.

Danny Barnes Jersey

The Blue Jays made a nice pick-up by signing Freddy Galvis on Tuesday, but then made the surprising decision to designate Danny Barnes for assignment in order to make room on the 40 man roster.
With just a couple of weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, I expected that the Blue Jays would be adding potential bullpen arms this week, not subtracting them.

So while I was pleased and even impressed with the signing of Freddy Galvis to shore up the middle infield for the 2019 season, I was very surprised to see that Danny Barnes was the player removed from the 40 man roster in order to make room. Someone had to go, but I did not expect it to be a reliever, nor did I think that Barnes would be the one chosen.

To be clear, the 29 year old wasn’t good last season when he put up a 5.71 ERA across 47 appearances and 41 innings pitched, but he had shown promise prior to that. In 2017 he threw 66 innings and even worked some late-game spots as well, finishing the year with a respectable 3.55 ERA. He also posted a WHIP of 1.091 and a K/9 of 8.3, which seemed to be trending in the right direction. Personally, I thought that Barnes would take a step forward into a late-inning role last season, but his struggles prevented him from getting that opportunity.

While his recent numbers would suggest that the decision to designate him for assignment isn’t that surprising, the state of the Blue Jays bullpen made me believe that he would be safe, at least for the time being. As things currently stand the Jays have a depth chart that should include Ken Giles, Ryan Tepera, David Phelps, and possibly others like Tim Mayza and Joe Biagini, but there doesn’t seem to be a group of seven or more guarantees for the bullpen, which is why allowing Barnes to potentially leave for nothing is surprising to me.

In fact, I would have assumed that he sat ahead of someone like Biagini on the depth chart, but obviously that’s not the case. Beyond someone like Biagini though, I’m also surprised that the Blue Jays are holding 40 man roster spots for so many outfielders, especially ones that they don’t seem to have in their immediate plans. A good example is Dalton Pompey, who I personally hope to see get another shot in Toronto in 2019, but last year it seemed like that ship had sailed and a separation was inevitable. As of this writing he remains on the 40 man roster, as do others like Jonathan Davis, and Dwight Smith Jr.

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There’s also the fact that Barnes remains pre-arbitration eligible on his contract, which means he would have earned a relatively small salary for 2019 if he had been on the roster throughout the season. Last year he made $561,000, and he won’t be eligible for arbitration until 2020, so salary wasn’t the issue by any means. Not that budget should be a concern for the Blue Jays at this point anyway, but that obviously wasn’t the problem here.

If Barnes had been removed from the 40 man because of a bullpen upgrade then the decision would make more sense to me, but at this stage I’m pretty surprised. Perhaps it’ll all make sense in a few weeks once the Blue Jays had added a few more pieces, but there’s no guarantee that’ll happen before Spring Training begins, or before Opening Day either.

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The 1920s was one of the worst decades in the history of Major League Baseball for starting pitcher stats. It is the worst, except for the 1890s, 1930s, and 2000s (now).

It’s especially interesting because it followed one of the best decades in history for starting pitcher numbers—the 1910s.

The 1910s is the best decade for starting pitcher numbers, other than the 1870s and the first decade of the 1900s.

The 1920s was the first decade of the live ball era.

Every starting pitcher on this list pitched at least part of their career in the 1910s, and this needs to be adjusted for, because pitching in the 1910s obviously positively affected their numbers. The more they pitched in the 1910s, the more adjustment is needed.

Another thing that makes this decade interesting is the fact that there are nine starting pitchers in the Hall of Fame from the 1920s. That is more than any other decade in the history of MLB, along with the nine from the first decade of the 1900s.

Seven of the nine HOFers make this top 10. So two of them don’t make the top 10; that only leaves three spots for non-HOFers.

There were 60 starting pitchers from the 1920s who pitched in at least 200 games.

If a player does not appear on the list of the 60 eligible players list, then they either didn’t reach 200 games, or I consider them a pitcher from the 1910s or the 1930s.

The 1930s will be covered in a separate article, and I just wrote an article on the 10 best starting pitchers from the 1910s.

Pitchers will only be in one decade. For example, Grover Alexander will appear in this article. So, he will not appear in my 1930s article, which I will write at a later date, and he did not appear in my 1910s article.

An Explanation of the Stats

The statistics used will be Games Pitched, Games Started, Innings Pitched, ERA, ERA+, W, W percentage+, H/9 (OBA), WHIP (OOB percentage), SHO, SHO/40 (per 40 games started), K, and K/BB (ratio). I will also letter-grade their length of career.

First, I will include their raw career numbers. These are simply their career numbers.

Second, I will include their adjusted career numbers, if they had a long career (which most have).

Adjusted career is this: Let’s take Red Faber, for example. Faber is a starting pitcher from the 1920′s that had a long career. So in order to find his real numbers, I have to exclude some late seasons during his career to find the numbers that he really carried during his career, since he pitched past his prime.

With Faber, I’d exclude his 1927 season. That is his adjusted career. Again, this can only be done with long career players. If I don’t list an adjusted career under a player’s raw career numbers, then it means they didn’t play long enough to adjust for their long career or it means they didn’t have any bad seasons.

Third, I will include peak career numbers. Many like short peaks, but not me. I include the best seasons equaling at least 200 games for a peak. It takes away the possibility of a pitcher having one or two lucky seasons. The 200-game peak will let us know how good the pitcher was at his best.

Note: W percentage+ is a statistic that I have invented. It takes the team’s winning percentage into account. It is very complicated as different weights are applied to seasons depending on how many games and innings pitched a pitcher accumulated during a single season. Having said that, here’s the simple version.

If a starting pitcher has a career .500 W percentage during the 2000s and that pitcher pitched for the Yankees. Well, .500 is not good. But, if that pitcher pitched for the Royals, then .500 is good.

This is the reasoning behind W percentage+. It is to W percentage what ERA is to ERA+. It’s not foolproof, but neither is ERA+, just another piece of the puzzle and far, far more important than raw W percentage.

The 60 Starting Pitchers

Here are the 60 starting pitchers from the 1920′s that reached at least 200 games (listed in alphabetical order): Vic Aldridge, Grover Alexander, Jesse Barnes, Virgil Barnes, Larry Benton, Sheriff Blake, Ted Blankenship, Joe Bush, Hal Carlson, Rip Collins, Stan Coveleski, Bil Doak, Pete Donohue, Howard Ehmke, Jumbo Elliott, Red Faber, Alex Ferguson, Dana Fillingim, Milt Gaston, Joe Genewich, Dolly Gray, Burleigh Grimes, Jesse Haines, Slim Harriss, Waite Hoyt, Bill Hubbell, Elmer Jacobs, Sam Jones, Tony Kaufmann, Ray Kremer, Dolf Luque, Carl Mays, Hugh McQuillan, Doug McWeeny, Lee Meadows, Jake Miller, Clarence Mitchell, Johnny Morrison, Art Nehf, Joe Oeschger, Herb Pennock, Jesse Petty, George Pipgras, Jack Quinn, Jimmy Ring, Eppa Rixey, Dutch Ruether, Jack Scott, Joe Shaute, Bob Shawkey, Bill Sherdel, Urban Shocker, George Smith, Allan Sothoron, Lefty Stewart, Sloppy Thurston, George Uhle, Dazzy Vance, Elam Vangilder, and Tom Zachary.

The Honorable Mentions

Here are the 10 starting pitchers that just missed the top 10 for various reasons (listed in alphabetical order): Bill Doak, Jesse Haines, Sam Jones, Ray Kremer, Art Nehf, Herb Pennock, Jack Quinn, Bob Shawkey, Bill Sherdel, and Tom Zachary.

The Top 10

10. Urban Shocker (1916-1928) Career Length Grade: C-

Raw Career: 412 G, 317 GS, 2,681.2 IP, 3.17 ERA, 124 ERA+, 187 W, 117 W%+, 9.1 H/9, 1.26 WHIP, 28 SHO, 3.5 SHO/40, 983 K, and 1.5 K/BB

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PITTSFORD — What do dinosaurs have in common with the Catholic Church?

Both count Peter Dodson among their biggest fans, for one thing. An accomplished paleontologist and a committed Catholic, Dodson is a professor of vertebrate paleontology and veterinary anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He traveled to the Diocese of Rochester in March to talk with more than 150 local Catholics about the connection between faith and fossils, noted Deacon Dennis Donahue, new-evangelization coordinator at Auburn’s St. Mary Parish as well as Ss. Mary and Martha Parish.

Deacon Donahue, who coordinated Dodson’s visit in conjunction with officials from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, said the paleontologist’s presentations were well-received by people of all ages. Dodson spoke to 70 middle-school students March 29 at Siena Catholic Academy in Brighton and to 35 younger children March 30 at Auburn’s Hilton Garden Inn, where the children had the opportunity to touch some of the fossils Dodson has unearthed over the years.

Adults also had the chance to touch a fossil — a vertebrae more than 150 million years old — after listening to Dodson’s March 28 presentation at St. Bernard’s as well as a March 29 talk at the Auburn hotel. The talks geared toward adults focused more intently on the alleged conflict between science and religion.

These days there’s a popular misconception that science and religion contradict each other, Dodson said, noting that he was unaware of this belief when he embarked on his scientific career path. A lifelong Catholic, Dodson had never noticed any potential conflict between science and religion, so he was taken aback when he attended a seminar during which a respected evolutionary biologist put forth what Dodson termed “an atheist manifesto.”

“He said that this is what evolution shows us: There is no God, there is no soul, there is no life after death, there is no such thing as free will. (He said) a scientist who believes in God is a hypocrite, and you must check your brains at the back of church,” Dodson recalled.

The speaker maintained that the number of evolutionary biologists who believed in God could be counted on one hand, and Dodson, feeling stunned and alone, left the seminar and spent the next few days “in a funk.” Later, however, Dodson realized that no studies had ever been conducted to back up the speaker’s claims.

“He set me on a course of study and investigation and learning and engaging in this topic,” said Dodson, who later became the founding president of the Philadelphia Center for Religion and Science.

Decades of study have reinforced Dodson’s initial belief that science and religion are not at odds with each other. In fact, a later survey showed that approximately 40 percent of scientists hold some sort of religious beliefs, he said.

“It’s the atheists in science that make the most noise, but understand that religious belief is not going to go away,” Dodson said.

The field of science actually developed in western Europe because of religious beliefs, not in spite of them, he added.

“Modern science is a fruit of western Christianity. Until the Enlightenment, virtually all scientists were persons of faith, and doing science was an act of worship, and exploring creation was praising the creator,” Dodson said.

Science and religion actually complement each other, Dodson said, noting that one of his heroes, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, likens the two fields to the two sides of the human brain and heart.

“He said science is like the left side of the brain and religion is the right side. Science takes things apart to see how they work, and religion puts thing together to figure out what they mean,” Dodson said. “Which is more important, the left side of the brain or the right side of the brain? The left side of the heart or the right side of the heart? Believe me, you’d better have them both.”

While science is a “tremendously valuable human enterprise,” it does not tell people how they ought to live their lives or treat their neighbors, Dodson said. And the Bible does an admirable job of showing people how to get to heaven but is not meant to be a scientific manual, he said.

“So what then of the dinosaurs? I say that dinosaurs are one of the jewels of creation,” Dodson said. “God loved dinosaurs, and like all creation, dinosaurs give praise to God, so remember the works of the Lord are trustworthy and the heavens declare the glory of God.”

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MONTERREY, Mexico – The Reds departed on their road trip to Mexico on Thursday afternoon, but it turned into a quasi-homecoming for bench coach Freddie Benavides.

For Saturday’s series opener at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, Benavides was expecting around 20 family members in the crowd. Benavides grew up in Laredo, Texas, and still lives there in the offseason. It’s about 140 miles from Monterrey, so his wife and two daughters made the drive to see him on Friday’s off day.

Some of his wife’s relatives are from Reynosa, Mexico, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Monterrey. Benavides distributed his allotment of tickets and other relatives bought their own tickets to Saturday’s game.

“It’s good to get close to home,” Benavides said. “I didn’t get to go home. I didn’t want to deal with the traffic and stuff going back and forth. It’s good to get some family I haven’t seen in a while. It’s good.”

Acting manager Freddie Benavides fills in for suspended Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell (25) in the third inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The Reds led 4-0 after five innings. (Photo: Sam Greene)

Benavides is in his sixth season on the Reds’ major league staff. He managed Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins while David Bell served a one-game suspension. He was the club’s infield coach in 2014-15 and the first-base coach from 2016-18.

It was Benavides’ first trip to Monterrey in several years and he was blown away by how much it’s changed. His paternal grandmother was originally from Monterrey.

“I came for a wedding back in the day, but I haven’t been over here in a long, long time,” he said. “This has really changed since I’ve been here.”

The best part of the schedule for Benavides’ family was Friday’s off day, which allowed Benavides and his relatives to spend a lot of time together.

“It’s beautiful,” Benavides said. “We went out sight-seeing. My daughter had an itinerary for us yesterday, so we went out sight-seeing and different places. It was really fun.”

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos was the only Mexican-born player on either team. He represented Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Gallegos told MLB.com that the Mexico Series in Monterrey was a great opportunity for kids to watch games because they don’t have an opportunity to watch in the U.S.

Benavides said his family had the trip circled on their calendars after it the Reds announced they were playing in Mexico for the first time in franchise history last summer.

“They were excited,” Benavides said. “(One daughter) left school for this trip. They were not going to miss it.

“The only one who didn’t make it was my son because he’s playing college ball (at Arkansas-Little Rock), so he stayed in Arkansas. My girls made it. My wife. Then my sister. My dad, he didn’t want to take the drive. He watches on TV, so he stayed back. It’s good to see cousins and different people.”

Benavides hoped to enjoy dinner with some relatives following Saturday’s game, depending on the length of the game. He was just grateful that the trip helped bring some family members together that he hadn’t seen in a long time.

“Even though it’s not home,” he said, “it feels good.”

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By Matt Kelly and Sarah Langs @mattkellyMLB and @SlangsOnSports
August 8, 2019
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A walk-off in front of the home crowd might be the most thrilling way to win a ballgame. The situation is tense, the anticipation sky-high and the release … oh-so-sweet.

So, the fans of the teams below got about all they could ask for during these magical seasons. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, here are the five highest team single-year walk-off win totals in history — a list that includes three eventual World Series champions.

1. 1959 Pirates: 18
Overall record: 78-76

Bill Mazeroski showed a glimpse of his clutch ability, leading the Pirates with four walk-off hits. Mazeroski would hit one of baseball’s most famous homers a year later when he walked off the mighty Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series. The Bucs walked off in both legs of a doubleheader twice in 1959 (May 24 against the Reds, Aug. 30 against the Phillies), making them one of only five teams to ever accomplish that double dip, according to Elias.

Nine of Pittsburgh’s walk-offs made reliever Roy Face the winning pitcher of record in a year he set the Major League mark with 17 straight victories out of the gate. The ‘59 Pirates also suffered one of the most painful walk-off losses in history, when Braves slugger Joe Adcock’s 13th-inning double spoiled the famous Harvey Haddix game at Milwaukee’s County Stadium.

2-T. 1977 Pirates: 17
Overall record: 96-66

The Pirates traded fan favorite Manny Sanguillen to the A’s for manager Chuck Tanner during the offseason, and Tanner brought some magic with him. Six of the Bucs’ walk-offs came in July 1977, when they won 20 of their 29 games to cut a nine-game deficit in the National League East to just 2 ½ (Pittsburgh finished the year in second place). Two game-enders came off future Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, who paced the Majors that year with 35 saves for the Padres.

2-T. 1943 Yankees: 17
Overall record: 98-56

An early May series between the Yankees and Red Sox perfectly underscored the pinstripes’ golden touch in 1943 — and Boston’s Bambino-tinged misery against their rivals at the time. On May 4, New York won on a perfectly reasonable sac fly to center field. The next day, Red Sox pitcher Andy Karl balked with the bases loaded to bring in the winning run. New York wrapped up a 2-1 victory in Game 3 without any theatrics, but found more magic in the finale, when Boston pitcher Mace Brown failed to field a bunt and allowed Yankees shortstop Snuffy Stirnweiss to score from second base. Four games, four one-run victories for the Yanks — three of them via walk-off.

The ‘43 Yankees’ 38 one-run victories remain the fourth-highest single-season total by any AL club, and they rode their luck back to the Fall Classic, avenging the previous year’s loss against the Cardinals with wins of two runs or fewer in three of their four triumphs over St. Louis.

4-T. 1997 Marlins: 16
Overall record: 92-70

Edgar Renteria was just 20 years old for most of the season, turning 21 in early August. The youngster had come up in 1996 and shown he could hit, hitting .309 in 106 games and finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year voting to Todd Hollandsworth. In the team’s fifth game of the season in 1997, he knocked a walk-off single to start what would be an incredible run. The team ended up with 16 walk-offs, and Renteria had four of them himself — two more than any of his teammates.

But the team wasn’t finished with those 16 walk-offs, nor was Renteria capped at four. In Game 7 of the World Series, Renteria completed his charmed season with an 11th-inning walk-off single against the Indians’ Charles Nagy to win the franchise its first World Series, in just its fifth season of existence.

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4-T. 1987 Twins: 16
Overall record: 85-77

The 1987 season was a magical one for the Twins, and the magic started early, as the Twins won their first game of the season on April 7 on a 10th-inning walk-off single by Kent Hrbek. That team ended up getting pretty used to Hrbek walk-offs, as he totaled five on the year, three more than any of his teammates, including two walk-off home runs.

Ironically, the 1987 World Series was the first to not feature single game that went to the bottom of the ninth inning. Still, the Twins found a way, defeating the Cardinals in seven games for the franchise’s first World Series title since 1924, when they were the Senators and resided in Washington, not Minnesota.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

Sarah Langs is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @SlangsOnSports.