The World Series…But Different

I got a great email from my friend and friend of WaB (and former contributor), Jet, today.  It’s definitely worth a look.  Check it out:

I got to thinking today, with the start of the 2010 World Series tonight, what if baseball hadn’t changed it’s playoff rules prior to the 1969 season and it was still the AL team with the most regular season wins playing the NL team with the most regular season wins in the World Series?

 

Here are the results:

2010: Actual: Rangers vs. Giants Alternate: Rays vs. Phillies

2009: Actual: Yankees vs. Phillies (Yankees win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Dodgers

2008: Actual: Rays vs. Phillies (Phillies win)  Alternate: Angels vs. Cubs

2007: Actual: Red Sox vs. Rockies (Red Sox win) Alternate: Red Sox/Indians vs. Diamondbacks

2006: Actual: Tigers vs. Cardinals (Cardinals win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Mets

2005: Actual: White Sox vs. Astros (White Sox win) Alternate: White Sox vs. Cardinals

2004: Actual: Red Sox vs. Cardinals (Red Sox win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Cardinals

2003: Actual: Yankees vs. Marlins (Marlins win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Braves

2002: Actual: Angels vs. Giants (Angels win) Alternate: Yankees/A’s vs. Braves

2001: Actual: Yankees vs. Diamondbacks (Diamondbacks win) Alternate: Mariners vs. Astros

2000: Actual: Yankees vs. Mets (Yankees win) Alternate: White Sox vs. Giants

1999: Actual: Yankees vs. Braves (Yankees win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Braves

1998: Actual: Yankees vs. Padres (Yankees win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Braves

1997: Actual: Indians vs. Marlins (Marlins win) Alternate: Orioles vs. Braves

1996: Actual: Yankees vs. Braves (Yankees win) Alternate: Indians vs. Braves

1995: Actual: Indians vs. Braves (Braves win) Alternate: Indians vs. Braves

1994: No World Series

1993: Actual: Blue Jays vs. Phillies (Blue Jays win) Alternate: Blue Jays vs. Braves

1992: Actual: Blue Jays vs. Braves (Blue Jays win) Alternate: Blue Jays/A’s vs. Braves

1991: Actual: Twins vs. Braves (Twins win) Alternate: Twins vs. Pirates

1990: Actual: A’s vs. Reds (Reds win) Alternate: A’s vs. Pirates

1989: Actual: A’s vs. Giants (A’s win) Alternate: A’s vs. Cubs

1988: Actual: A’s vs. Dodgers (Dodgers win) Alternate: A’s vs. Mets

1987: Actual: Twins vs. Cardinals (Twins win) Alternate: Tigers vs. Cardinals

1986: Actual: Red Sox vs. Mets (Mets win) Alternate: Red Sox vs. Mets

1985: Actual: Royals vs. Cardinals (Royals win) Alternate: Blue Jays vs. Cardinals

1984: Actual: Tigers vs. Padres (Tigers win) Alternate: Tigers vs. Cubs

1983: Actual: Orioles vs. Phillies (Orioles win) Alternate: White Sox vs. Dodgers

1982: Actual: Brewers vs. Cardinals (Cardinals win) Alternate: Brewers vs. Cardinals

1981: Actual: Yankees vs. Dodgers (Dodgers win) Alternate: A’s vs. Reds

1980: Actual: Royals vs. Phillies (Phillies win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Astros

1979: Actual: Orioles vs. Pirates (Pirates win) Alternate: Orioles vs. Pirates

1978: Actual: Yankees vs. Dodgers (Yankees win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Dodgers

1977: Actual: Yankees vs. Dodgers (Yankees win) Alternate: Royals vs. Phillies

1976: Actual: Yankees vs. Reds (Reds win) Alternate: Yankees vs. Reds

1975: Actual: Red Sox vs. Reds (Reds win) Alternate: A’s vs. Reds

1974: Actual: A’s vs. Dodgers (A’s win) Alternate: Orioles vs. Dodgers

1973: Actual: A’s vs. Mets (A’s win) Alternate: Orioles vs. Reds

1972: Actual: A’s vs. Reds (A’s win) Alternate: A’s vs. Pirates

1971: Actual: Orioles vs. Pirates (Pirates win) Alternate: Orioles vs. Pirates

1970: Actual: Orioles vs. Reds (Orioles win) Alternate: Orioles vs. Reds

1969: Actual: Orioles vs. Mets (Mets win) Alternate: Orioles vs. Mets

 

If the alternate world did exist you would have different World Series champions in the 2008, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1990, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1983, 1981, 1980, 1977, 1974, and 1973 seasons because the actual winner would not have played in the World Series because of the team’s regular season record.

You also might have different winners in 2007 and 1992 because there would have been a one-game playoff between two teams in the AL each year to decide who goes to the World Series because the teams had identical regular season records.

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Alright, obviously some of these things would have been a little different had the early days gone like this, but we’ll ignore that for now.  It’s just for fun anyway.

The first thing I noticed was the Braves in the 90s and early 2000s.  They would’ve gone to the World Series every single year from 1992-2003 except for 1994, 2000 and 2001.

What if the Pirates won the 1991 World Series?  Would they have been able to keep Barry Bonds?  Would they not have to endure losing seasons for almost (probably?) the next two decades?

One of the best World Series that I’ve ever seen would have never taken place in 2001 when the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in seven games.  Instead it would’ve been the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros each making their first appearance in the Fall Classic.  The Astros had Bagwell, Biggio and Berkman in their lineup to go along with Wade Miller and a 23-year old Roy Oswalt.  Plus they had Octavio Dotel setting up Billy Wagner in the bullpen.  They would’ve been up against a Mariners team that won 116 games after Alex Rodriguez left for Texas.

If the Orioles had won the World Series in 1997, maybe Mike Mussina never becomes a Yankee.  That’s a big step away from where the O’s are right now.

How about the 1977 matchup between the Phillies and the Royals?  That’s pretty random.

The Cubs would’ve been in the World Series three times and maybe wouldn’t be as pathetic as they are right now.  Actually, they’d still be as pathetic, they might just have a World Series to hang their collective hats on.

If the 2007 Red Sox don’t win a one game playoff against the Indians, then they’d still be in their massive drought.

That’s all I’ll say for now.  See any odd match ups that you’d like to point out, feel free to do so in a comment.

One Response

  1. Man, I love the What ifs! I wish the A’s had a shot to turn back the clock. They could’ve gone back to back to back in the late 80’s! That’s ridiculous how many times the Braves would’ve been in! I knew they were good, but didn’t really think that they had the best record in the NL. I was thinking they just beat up their division every year…

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