He split that season between AAA (Pirates affiliate was Buffalo at the time) and Pittsburgh. He started 13 games for the Buccos that season and in his MLB debut threw a complete game against the Cards, striking out 10 men. He posted an 8-1 record on the season with a 2.15 ERA. IIRC he probably would have been named NLCS MVP had the Pirates won.
If Atlanta didn't have to share their division with Philadelphia they would be division leaders.
Ah I was too young for that, I barely remember 95
I don't remember '92, but '95 I remember like yesterday even though I was in second grade, and since the clinching game was on a weekend night I could stay up and watch it. One of the best moments of my childhood.
Interestingly enough, between the Hawks, Falcons, Flames/Thrashers, the '95 Braves are the only team in the bunch to bring a championship to Atlanta. '96 and '99 still hurt somewhat.
I honestly wish that MLB would get rid of the divisional setup for that reason. The Rays are out of it because they can't spend the GDP of Turkmenistan on payroll like the Red Sox and Yankees can. Yet if it were strictly a "league table" setup rather then this divisional crap they'd be right there in a fight with Anaheim and Detroit for the last playoff spot.
PS: I'm not even a Rays fan, my AL team is the Red Sox.
PPS: Yes, I know, that would make the battle for the last NL slot more difficult as well since in addition to Pittsburgh, St Louis, and Milwaukee, you'd be adding Arizona to that mix.
Unfortunately, it appears that the call was missed, as Jerry Meals acknowledged after the game. Many swipe tags are not applied to the runner with solid contact, but the tag was applied and the game should have remained tied. I have spoken with Jerry, who is a hard-working, respected umpire, and no one feels worse than him. We know that this is not a product of a lack of effort.
“Having been the beneficiary of calls like this and having been on the other end in my experience as a player and as a manager, I have felt that this has always been a part of our game. As a member of the Commissioner’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters, I have heard many discussions on umpiring and technology over the past two years, including both the pros and the cons of expanding replay. However, most in the game recognize that the human element always will be part of baseball and instant replay can never replace all judgment calls by umpires. Obviously, a play like this is going to spark a lot of conversation, and we will continue to consider all viewpoints in our ongoing discussions regarding officiating in baseball.
“We expect the best from our umpires, and an umpire would tell you he expects the best of himself. We have to continue to strive for accuracy, consistency and professionalism day in and day out.
I guess the short version of that is "BLAH BLAH BLAH We don't care if our game are consistently blown by bad officiating because we are never going to bring in replay because we're too traditional."
Heading to the Guadalajara/Juventus game in a couple hours. My high school soccer coach is actually an MLS ref, and he's the head ref for the game tonight... So if any of y'all are watching, look for him...
Every year in baseball there's a blown call (And I as a Braves fan admits that call should not have been made), and it brings up the replay talk.
I really don't know what to think of replay myself, it's something I just have no opinion about, but I think if it were to be used, it should be like in the NFL. Give the manager one or two challenges a game and then let everything else play out. Don't challenge everything, like every pitch that may/may not be a strike.
Even with replay, bad calls are going to happen, that's sports for you.
I think the NFL got it perfect, and other sports leagues should adoipt a similar system of challenges.
Also, completley off topic but, I was talking with my roomate about the 19 inning ATL//PIT game and he said that baseball games were too long and should be shortened, so I asked him how he planned on doing that and he said "Well, in hockey if it's tied at the end of the game they do a shoot out, what about if in baseball if it's tied after 9 innings they did a sudden death home run derby"
thought lol? I think it'd actually be pretty fun =)