The 10 best 60-game starts in MLB history: Yankees, Athletics have inspiring pasts

first_imgMORE: SN staff predictions and picks for the 2020 MLB seasonJust three seasons ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the World Series favorites in 2020, went 51-9 from early June through mid August 2017, marking the best 60-game stretch for any team during any point in a season. Before then, however, teams have gotten close to 50 wins in their first 60 games many times.Here’s a look back at those hottest opening records ever, going back more than a century. This should give the Yankees and Athletics plenty of inspiration to try to dominate as contenders again in 2020:10 best 60-game starts in MLB history1. New York Giants, 1912Opening record: 48-11-1Final record: 103-48Just like the 2017 Dodgers, the 1912 Giants, well before relocating to San Francisco, couldn’t finish with a World Series title. Behind famed manager John McGraw and led by Hall of Fame pitchers Christy Mathewson and Rube Marquard, the Giants were NL juggernauts, but they lost a classic tight eight-game World Series to the Red Sox, 4-3-1 (including a tie in Game 5).2. Seattle Mariners, 2001Opening record: 47-13Final record: 116-46Lou Piniella managed this very talented team. They had great lineup balance with Ichiro Suzuki, Edgar Martinez, Bret Boone, Mike Cameron and John Olerud. They also had a strong rotation of versatile arms featuring unlikely late-career 20-game winner Jamie Moyer. Unfortunately, after getting through the Indians in the division series, they lost to the Yankees 4-1 in the ALCS, failing to reach the World Series.3. Chicago Cubs, 1907Opening record: 47-13Final record: 107-45This was the Cubs’ championship standard that stood for 108 years until the 2016 team made history. The double-play combination of Joe Tinker to Johnny Evers to Frank Chance was on the marquee, but pitchers Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown and Orval Overall were the true dominant forces. Chicago rolled through the NL and took care of Detroit 4-0-1 in the World Series.4. New York Yankees, 1939Opening record: 47-13Final record: 106-45This was one of the Bronx Bombers’ super teams, led by the two Joes, manger McCarthy and superstar DiMaggio. Joe Gordon, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing gave the Yankees four more future Hall of Famers. The seventh was Lou Gehrig, who was forced to retire after his ALS diagnosis at midseason, giving his inspiring address on July 4. They rolled through the AL and swept the Reds, 4-0, in the World Series.MORE: 2020 World Series odds, top player prop bets5. New York Yankees, 1998Opening record: 46-14Final record: 114-48The Yankees’ modern dynasty was stamped by this effort, setting the tone for the first of three consecutive World Series titles after they ended a long drought (for them) in 1996. Joe Torre and Derek Jeter had plenty of support from a loaded lineup to a mighty five-deep rotation to Mariano Rivera. With a great mix of youngsters and veterans, power and speed, offense and defense, starting and relieving, New York had no weaknesses all the way through sweeping the Padres 4-0 in the Fall Classic.6. New York Yankees, 1953Opening record: 46-14Final record: 99-52Here’s the Casey Stengel entry for the Yankees. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle were the leaders here, with Whitey Ford serving as the unquestioned ace of the pitching staff. Despite the significant cool-off over the final two-thirds of the season, New York still padded its World Series haul by taking care of Brooklyn, 4-2.7. Philadelphia Athletics, 1929Opening record: 45-15Final record: 104-46This is the first of two Connie Mack teams on this list. Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons had terrific offensive outputs together as future Hall of Famers, while Lefty Grove was just developing his legend on the mound. The A’s denied the Cubs 4-1 in the World Series.8. New York Yankees, 1928Opening record: 45-15Final record: 101-53The 1927 version of the Bombers gets romanticized for its offense more, but the follow-up season was almost identically strong, powered again by Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Miller Huggins easily managed the Yankees to a World Series repeat with a second straight sweep, only vs. the Cardinals instead of the Pirates.9. Philadelphia Athletics, 1913Opening record: 45-15Final record: 96-57Mack had a red-hot team 16 years before, too, although this one had to survive being below .500 after a sizzling start. Eddie Collins and Home Run Baker provided plenty of offense, but there were more future Hall of Famers on the pitching staff in Eddie Plank, Chief Bender and Herb Pennock. These A’s beat the then New York Giants 4-1, long before their Bay Area series sweep in 1989. 10. Detroit Tigers, 1984Opening record: 44-16Final record: 104-58Sparky Anderson managed the best MLB team of the 1980s, powered by intense leader Kirk Gibson and six All-Stars — Lance Parrish, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, Chet Lemon, Jack Morris and Willie Hernandez. Hernandez, a dominant left-handed reliever, won both the AL Cy Young and MVP awards. These Tigers didn’t let up until after they rolled through the Padres for what’s still the franchise’s most recent ring. There is no time for a team slumping to start the 2020 MLB season. With only 60 games on the schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic, that means every game counts as 2.7 games, magnifying every win — and every loss.Although the games are being played in July, August and September, there will be a feel of April and May with every team trying to get out of gate well to avoid stumbling before having a real chance to contend for the postseason. There’s also a chance more than one team can get red-hot and pull away comfortably before the final couple of weeks.last_img read more

Five Southland Softball Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-America Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Five Southland softball student-athletes were named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Teams, the College of Sports Information Directors of America announced Monday. Sam Houston State pitcher Lindsey McLeod and Houston Baptist shortstop Demi Janak are third-team selections. McLeod, a 2018 All-Conference Second Team member, set a single-season strikeout record (222) for the Bearkats in her junior season in which she kept a 4.0 GPA as a public health major. Janak, who finished her junior season leading HBU in batting average and home runs, is a 4.0 student as an accounting major. The five total selections are second only to the SEC, which led all conferences with six members. Each Southland member has a 4.0 GPA; of the 30 honorees scattered across the three teams, only 19 members have a perfect GPA. For a complete list of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® selections, visit here.center_img Nicholls pitcher Megan Landry was selected for the second team after a junior season that saw her win Southland Pitcher of the Year while keeping a 4.0 GPA as a secondary education-English major. Abilene Christian first baseman Brianna Barnhill joins Landry on the second team. Barnhill completed her college career with a spotless GPA as a kinesiology major. Central Arkansas shortstop Kate Myers leads the Southland as the lone pick to the first team. Myers becomes the first student-athlete in program history to earn first-team recognition and just the second to receive All-America honors. Wrapping up her senior season for the Bears, Myers maintained a 4.0 GPA majoring in Biology and minoring in sports psychology. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native was one of two student-athletes to receive the Southland’s F.L. McDonald Scholarship to be applied toward graduate studies. She will continue her academic career at Oklahoma State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.last_img read more

CASSIDY SPEAKS IN GAELIC LIFE NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW – NO REGRETS, HE SAYS

first_imgDonegal star Kevin Cassidy told a newspaper today he has no regrets about contributing to the controversial book which led to his sacking from the county team.In a statement released exclusively to Gaelic Life, Cassidy said that he felt he had not overstepped the mark in revealing information about what went on in the Donegal camp, and insisted that he meant no harm by any of his comments.He tells today’s edition: “It was with total honesty that I approached it and I don’t believe I revealed any secrets within the squad. Anything that I discussed had been said before the publication. “Our achievements this year were incredible and the times we shared will stay with me forever. It was an incredible time to be a Donegal player. At the end of the season there was a sense of unfinished business, but due to present circumstances it will remain as that for me.”The double All-Star revealed various secrets about training under Jim McGuinness as well as other revealing aspects of the team.“Anything that I discussed had been said before the publication. Our achievements this year were incredible and the times we shared will stay with me forever. It was an incredible time to be a Donegal player.“At the end of the season there was a sense of unfinished business, but due to present circumstances it will remain as that for me,” he said. Cassidy added that he never intended to disrespect any other players or management.He also said the reason why he didn’t mention his involvement in the book was because the team was in the middle of preparing for their championship challenge.He also said that he has never read the book and said what he wanted to say.In his column in Gaelic Life, Cassidy’s former county colleague Brendan Devenney reveals his surprise at how serious the situation became, and wonders how the void created by the wing-back’s absence will be filled for next season.“I know both men [Cassidy and McGuinness] well, and I can see their reasons. It’s just unfortunate that this whole sorry mess had to go as far as they have done,” write Devenney. Gaelic Life went on sale this morning.Copies of the book have been selling like hot cakes!CASSIDY SPEAKS IN GAELIC LIFE NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW – NO REGRETS, HE SAYS was last modified: November 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gaelic lifeKevin Cassidylast_img read more