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Friday, June 23, 2006

"The Culprits of 1986-ON & OFF THE FIELD"

Let me say this:
Bill Buckner was NOT, repeat, NOT "The Culprit of The 1986 World Series";

"The Culprit", ON THE FIELD, for the Boston Red Sox, pitched in 3 Games;
He ONLY pitched 4, repeat, 4 Innings;
His 1986 World Series ERA, was really a "Duece" @ 13.50, in 4 Innings of Arson, allowing 6 earned runs in those 4 innings; Yet, in regular season relief, he was 4-2 with ERA of 1.41(Thanks, Jere for that remark-click on ARSFIPT Link on my "Lots of Links"[Credit To Kristen from Red Sox Diehard-The Ultimate Site]);
Yet, against The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or were they the California Angels, or the Anaheim Angels, "The Culprit" had a 1.50 ERA, in the 1986 ALCS, which, mercifully was NOT on FOX;

If you guessed that "The Culprit On The Field" was Calvin Schiraldi, I owe you a 'Gansett;
His ERA in 1985, was 8.41; He couldn't handle National League Hitters to save his life, as NL Hitters usually looked for Fast Balls to jack out of the park;

Enter Frank Cashen, Architect of The Orioles Great Teams & Mets GM, & One-Time Mets Farm Operations, Lou Gorman, who did a great job of stocking the Mets Farm System;
It was a 6 Player Deal, but the Key was Pitcher Bob Ojeda & Pitcher Calvin Schiraldi;
Cashen knew what he was getting in Ojeda, but did Gorman have a clue about Calvin Schiraldi;
The two leagues under MLB, had 2 different styles, but now those differences have been blurred, in the last 10 years or so;

In short, Schiraldi couldn't handle National League Hitters, to save his life; No wonder the Mets made that deal, or else they weren't going to Post-Season;

OK, Lou; you're "The Culprit Off The Field" as you didn't see what Calvin did vs THE NL;

I ask Mets Fans to stop joking about Bill Buckner, as, hey, he played 23 Seasons & that without the trade of Calvin Schiraldi for Bob Ojeda, there might NOT have been as powerful a season, as 1986;

I ask Red Sox Nation, wherever you are in this world, including All of New England & The 5 Boroughs, to truly consider the real culprits of The 1986 World Series;

Other Candidates for "1986 Culprits" include Johnny McNamara, Mgr, for keeping an Injured Buckner on the field; Al Nipper for his 7.11 ERA in 2 Games(1 Started & 6 1/3 Innings & will remember him when ordering Coffee @ the 7-11 on Woodhaven Blvd in Rego Park) in the '86 World Series(Dave Wallace can't come back, soon enough, this season) & Rich Gedman, The Catcher in that Infamous 10th Inning(It was a Passed Ball In the replays & Bob Stanley got a bad rap for this), & last but not least, Roger Clemens, who in Game 6, suddenly had a blister(Sure, Roger-Methinks that you knew that you were losing it), who started the World Series Celebration a bit too early.

Retrosheet.org is where, as Casey Stengel would say "You can look it up."

Thanks!

7 Comments:

Blogger Suldog said...

You said all the right things, which I've been saying for years.

Passed Ball, not Wild Pitch - Stanley continually got a rap he didn't deserve. Not the greatest reliever in history, but a good fellow and fair enough.

Buckner? Without him they don't even make the playoffs that year.

McNamara? No clue.

Schiraldi? Did his best, but obviously not the man for the job.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

& Cal will NOT be in Boston, for the Grand Celebration:

He was a World Series ARSONIST!

1:23 PM  
Blogger The Omnipotent Q said...

I will forever hold John McNamara ultimately responsible for the events that unfolded called The Bottom of The Tenth.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Mac had no clue:

What kind of Manager keeps an injured player on the field in this situation;

In my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, he'd be taken to Sunrise H'way & Liberty Ave, for a helluva beating for this;

& for Gedman, it was a passed ball.

4:27 PM  
Blogger MattySox said...

Interestingly enough, Schiraldi and Kevin Mitchell were roommates when they played in the Mets minor league system. They used to sit up nights talking, and supposedly had a discussion one night about how CS would pitch to KM if they ever faced each other. CS told him he'd start him with heat up and in and then a slider low and away, which is exactly what he did in the 10th inning in Game 6. Mitchell took the heater for ball one then smacked the slider for a single. I read that somewhere and never thought that could possibly be true. But, Ron Darling, who used to come into my restaurant a lot last summer when he was doing color on the Nats' telecasts, confirmed to me that KM told the team that exact same thing. So, hell yeah Schiraldi sucks. What a moron.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Matt:
Schiraldi's as welcome @ Fenway Park, as Jane Fonda is, @ a Vietnam Veterans Rally;

What a Blohole!

10:16 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

This was @ Jackson, MS @ the Mets Single A Farm Team:

Amazing how he tipped his pitches, over 4 years in advance of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series;

But to have Ron Darling, then with MASN, confirming this;

This is confirmation that Schiraldi is both a jackass & possibly, a "Series-Thrower";

What an ASShole!

1:06 AM  

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