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2012 NBA Playoffs: Postseason wins and losses on the way to a title

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In the current NBA playoff format, teams must win four seven-game series to take the title, winning a total of 16 games. Since this format was instituted beginning with the 2003 playoffs, only two of the nine teams that won the title since lost five or fewer playoff games in their title season. Following are the playoff records of the last nine NBA champs.

Playoff record, Team, season

16-4 San Antonio, 2007

16-5 Dallas, 2011

16-7 L.A. Lakers, 2010

16-7 L.A. Lakers, 2009

16-7 Miami, 2006

16-7 San Antonio, 2005

16-7 Detroit, 2004

16-8 San Antonio, 2003

16-10 Boston, 2008

Boston’s 10 playoff losses in their 2008 championship run is the most of any team to win a title. The Celtics that season went to a Game Seven in their first-round series win over Atlanta and went to seven games in their second-round win over Cleveland. In both series, the home team won all seven games. They then lost two games in the conference finals and lost two games to the Lakers in the finals.

Following are the NBA champs who lost the most playoff games on their way to an NBA title.

Most postseason losses to win NBA Championship

10: Boston (2008)

9: L.A. Lakers (1988)

8: San Antonio (2003), L.A. Lakers (2000), Houston (1994), Boston (1984)

7: L.A. Lakers (2010), L.A. Lakers (2009), Miami (2006), San Antonio (2005), Detroit (2004), Houston (1995), Chicago (1992), Washington (1978), N.Y. Knicks (1970), Boston (1968)

In NBA history, 17 different teams have won 80 percent or more of their playoff games in a postseason. The 2001 Los Angeles Lakers compiled the best playoff record in league history as they won 15 and lost only one (a .938 winning percentage) that season. The 1983 Philadelphia 76ers are the only other team to have lost only one game in the playoffs on their way to a title. Following are the best postseason winning percentages in NBA history.

Best postseason winning percentage to win NBA Championship

1. L.A. Lakers, 2001….. 15-1 .938

2. Philadelphia 76ers, 1983….. 12-1 .923

3. San Antonio, 1999….. 15-2 .882; Chicago, 1991….. 15-2 .882; Detroit, 1989….. 15-2 .882

6. L.A. Lakers, 1982….. 12-2 .857; Milwaukee, 1971….. 12-2 .857

8. Chicago, 1996….. 15-3 .833; L.A. Lakers, 1987….. 15-3 .833; Boston, 1986….. 15-3 .833; Minneapolis Lakers, 1950….. 10-2 .833

12. San Antonio, 2007….. 16-4 .800; L.A.Lakers, 1972….. 12-3 .800; Boston, 1964….. 8-2 .800; Boston, 1961….. 8-2 .800; Minneapolis Lakers, 1949….. 8-2 .800; Philadelphia, 1947….. 8-2 .800

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Roy Halladay hates relief pitchers! (just kidding)

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Roy Halladay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a quick trivia quiz for you: Can you name the last pitcher to lead the American League in complete games in two consecutive seasons? And… Can you name the last pitcher to lead the National League in complete games in two consecutive seasons?

If you answered Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay to both questions, you know your baseball.

Halladay last year topped the N.L. with eight complete games after leading the league in that category in 2010 with nine complete games. As a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, he led American League starters in complete games in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Following is a look at five different individual pitching and batting stats and the last time a player led the league in that category in two consecutive seasons. (Note: If a player tied for that stat title in one or more seasons, it is noted).


Complete Games, American League: Roy Halladay (Toronto) 2007, 2008, 2009

Complete Games, National League: Roy Halladay (Philadelphia) 2010, 2011

Wins, American League: LaMarr Hoyt (Chicago) 1982, 1983… Note-C.C. Sabathia was tied with two other pitchers for most wins in 2009 and led the league in wins in 2010.

Wins, National League: Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles) 1965, 1966… Note-Greg Maddux was tied with Ken Hill for most wins in 1994 and led the league in wins in 1995

ERA, American League: Pedro Martinez (Boston) 2002, 2003

ERA, National League: Randy Johnson (Arizona) 2001, 2002

Strikeouts, American League: Johan Santana (Minnesota) 2004, 2005, 2006

Strikeouts, National League: Tim Lincecum (San Francisco) 2008, 2009, 2010

Saves, American League: Dan Quisenberry (Kansas City) 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985… Note: Francisco Rodriquez was tied with Bob Wickman for most saves in 2005 and led the league in saves in 2006

Saves, National League: Jose Valverde (Arizona, Houston) 2007, 2008


Batting Average, American League: Joe Mauer (Minnesota) 2008, 2009

Batting Average, National League: Larry Walker (Colorado) 1998, 1999

Home Runs, American League: Jose Bautista (Toronto) 2010, 2011

Home Runs, National League: Albert Pujols (St. Louis) 2009, 2010

Runs Batted In, American League: David Ortiz (Boston) 2005, 2006

Runs Batted In, National League: Andres Galarraga (Colorado) 1996, 1997… Note: Ryan Howard led the league in RBIs in 2008 and tied with Prince Fielder for the RBI title in 2009

Stolen Bases, American League: Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston) 2008, 2009

Stolen Bases, National League: Michael Bourn (Houston, Atlanta) 2009, 2010, 2011

Runs Scored, American League: Dustin Pedroia (Boston) 2008, 2009

Runs Scored, National League: Albert Pujols (St. Louis) 2009, 2010

‘Hey Skipper, thanks for the World Series ring… we’ll see ya later!’

Terry Francona

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Terry Francona‘s departure as manager of the Boston Red Sox four seasons after Boston won the 2007 World Series got me thinking about other managers who had short managerial stints after winning a World Series. Francona’s leaving four years after Boston’s last championship is no where near the shortest stint for a manager after winning a World Series. In fact, while Francona lasted four seasons, or 648 games, eight major league managers lasted less than 100 games after winning a World Series.

The easy thing would be to just list the eight managers and be done with it. But the interesting thing (at least to me) about these eight men are the stories behind their short careers at the helms of the team they led to a title. So… here’s a look at the eight managers who had the shortest number of games managed after winning a World Series… and their (brief) stories of what transpired.

Billy Carrigan, Boston, 1916 World Series title… 0 games after that: Carrigan became player-manager of the Red Sox in 1913. After leading Boston to a World Series win in 1916, Carrigan left baseball to become a banker in his home state of Maine.

Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis, 1926 World Series title… 0 games after that: Another player-manager. After negotiations stalled on a new contract after the World Series title, Hornsby, a future Hall of Famer, was traded to the New York Giants.

Johnny Keane, St. Louis, 1964 World Series title… 0 games after that: In mid-August of 1964 the Cardinals front office began discussing a complete housecleaning of a team that was headed for another season of no playoffs. The front-running Phils began to falter in September and the Cardinals went on to surprisingly win the N.L. and the World Series that year. But shortly after the World Series, Keane stunned the Cards front office with his letter of resignation, which was written in late September, prior to the Cardinals title-winning finish. He eventually took over the team he had beaten for the ’64 crown, the Yankees, but lasted only a season and 20 games with the Bronx Bombers.

Dick Williams, Oakland, 1973 World Series title… 0 games after that: Tired of owner Charlie Finley’s meddling and the owner’s public humiliation of second baseman Mike Andrews in the ’73 World Series, Williams resigned after winning the title. He was set to take over the Yankees after his departure from Oakland, but that move was stopped (by Finley) and Williams eventually managed the California Angels the next season.

Bob Lemon, New York Yankees, 1978 World Series title… 65 games after that: When the 1979 Yanks struggled to a 34-31 record and fourth place, Lemon was fired by George Steinbrenner and replaced by Billy Martin.

Jake Stahl, Boston, 1912 World Series title… 80 games after that: Yet another player-manager. Stahl had a falling-out with teammates and resigned midway through the 1913 season. He was replaced by the aforementioned Billy Carrigan.

Dick Howser, Kansas City, 1985 World Series title… 88 games after that: After winning the ’85 World Series with the Royals and earning the right to manage the American League team in the ’86 All-Star Game, Howser was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery. The ’86 All-Star Game was the last game he ever managed. He died June 17, 1987.

Billy Martin, New York Yankees, 1977 World Series title… 94 games after that: After a incident with star Reggie Jackson during the 1978 season, Martin told reporters, “They (Jackson and Steinbrenner) deserve each other. One’s a born liar (Jackson). The other’s convicted (Steinbrenner).” Martin resigned a few days later, reportedly under pressure from Steinbrenner. Martin came back to manage the Yankees in 1979.