2011 World Series Schedule

Sunday, 23 October 2011

2011 World Series schedule- 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants did not get underway until Oct. 27, and for the third time in World Series history, baseball's champion was decided in November.

Goose Gossage

Given name: Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage
Born July 5, 1951 is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. During a 22-year baseball career, he pitched from 1972-1994 for nine different teams, spending his best years with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. The nickname "Goose" is a play on his surname.
Goose Gossage was an intimidating closer who is in the Hall of Fame, and he had a perfect 0.00 ERA in two World Series with the Yankees. But he had a 13.50 clunker with the San Diego Padres in 1984 and provided that fall's memorable moment when he talked manager Dick Williams out of ordering an intentional walk to Detroit's Kirk Gibson in the bottom of the eighth of Game 5. Gibson promptly smacked a three-run home run to essentially wrap up the Series.
Goose Gossage coached 2010 Taco Bell All-Star Legends game
The 2010 game was won by the American League team 15-11 at Angel Stadium. Goose Gossage "managed" the winning squad while John Kruk "managed" the losing National League team. Based on the players listed, I would probably predict that Gossage will once again manage the AL team and Ernie Banks will be managing the NL team. Given that it is softball they may go with some of the younger guys, but I doubt it at this point.

Carlton Fisk

Nickname: Carlton Fisk "Pudge"
Carlton Fisk honorary board Cancer Support Center
Born December 26, 1947, nicknamed "Pudge" or "The Commander", is a former Major League Baseball catcher. During a 24-year baseball career, he played for both the Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971–1980) and Chicago White Sox (1981–1993).
Fisk was known by the nickname "Pudge" due to his 6'2", 220 lb frame. He was the first player to be unanimously voted American League Rookie of the Year (1972). Fisk is best known for "waving fair" his game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. At the time of his retirement in 1993, he held the record for most home runs all-time by a catcher with 351 (since passed by Mike Piazza). Fisk held the record for most games played at the position of catcher (2,226) until June 17, 2009 when he was surpassed by another "Pudge," Iván Rodríguez. Fisk still holds the American League record for most years served behind the plate (24). Fisk was voted to the All-Star team 11 times and won 3 Silver Slugger Awards which is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position. Fisk was known as a fierce competitor, a superb handler of pitchers and a natural on-field leader. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Carlton Fisk: The Cincinnati Reds may have won the World Series in 1975, but it was Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk whom most people remember. In Game 6, Fisk homered in the bottom of the 12th inning to force a decisive Game 7. The Big Red Machine ultimately took home top honors, but Fisk's heroics will always be remembered.

Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association
Born May 18, 1937 is a former American professional baseball player. He played his entire 23-year major league career for the Baltimore Orioles (1955–1977). Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner", he is generally acclaimed as the greatest defensive third-basemen in major league history. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career, tied with pitcher Jim Kaat for the second most all-time for any player at any position. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
Brooks Robinson: Brooks Robinson won more than a dozen Gold Gloves at third base and is in the Hall of Fame. But he went 1 for 19 as the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles lost the 1969 World Series to the upstart New York Mets in five games. Redemption came only a year later, as Robinson won Series MVP honors by batting .429 with two home runs and providing spectacular defense in a five-game victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Mark Wohlers

Mark Wohlers Team Wohlers real estate
born January 23, 1970 in Holyoke, Massachusetts is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball best known for his years with the Atlanta Braves from 1991 to 1999. He is the third fastest recorded pitcher in baseball history, having thrown a pitch recorded at 103 miles per hour during a spring training session in 1995; the record was broken by Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya with a 104 mph (167 km/h) pitch.
Mark Wohlers was one of the first pitchers to throw 100 mph consistently (who threw the fastest pitch?), and he had a career-high 39 saves in 1996 as the Atlanta Braves reached the World Series. Atlanta led 5-2 in the eighth inning of Game 4, ready to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Series. Wohlers promptly allowed two singles and then a game-tying home run by Jim Leyritz. The Yankees went on to win the game, and the Series in six games.
fastest pitch in baseball + Aroldis Chapman
According to MLB scouts, Chapman's fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph (166 km/h) (during the 2010 Minor League season), and in his second career appearance for the Cincinnati Reds Chapman threw a fastball clocked at 103.9 mph (167.2 km/h). In his first 19 career pitches, 10 hit triple digits and his fastball averaged 101.3 mph (163.0 km/h). He also throws a plus slider and an average changeup. Scouts worry about his control issues and lack of a solid third pitch, noting that these issues could affect his ability to be a major league starter. Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski described Chapman thusly: "There is no violence at all in his motion; he’s like the anti-Bob Gibson in that way. Just a slow beginning, a fluid motion, and BLAMMO the ball just fires out like the Batmobile rolling out of the cave."
On September 24, 2010, against the San Diego Padres, Chapman was clocked at 105.1 mph (169.1 km/h), according to pitch f/x, which is the fastest pitch ever recorded in Major League Baseball.[citation needed]
On April 18, 2011, Chapman threw a pitch to Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen that the scoreboard at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati clocked at a speed of 106 mph (171 km/h), although the box on Fox Sports Ohio’s broadcast listed it at 105 mph (169 km/h) and the pitch f/x system calculated a release speed of 102.4 mph (164.8 km/h). The disparity between these velocities has been widely discussed and questioned.

Jose Mesa

Nickname: Jose Mesa + Joe Table
Jose Mesa baseball retired in 2007
Born May 22, 1966 in Pueblo Viejo, Dominican Republic is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. His nickname was "Joe Table," the literal translation of his name in the English language.
His 112 career saves ranks first all-time in Philadelphia Phillies history
Jose Mesa had a 19-year career and recorded 321 saves. But he blew the biggest save opportunity of his career. He entered Game 7 of the 1997 World Series with the Indians leading Florida 2-1. He gave up two hits, and Craig Counsell delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly. The Marlins won the game, and the Series, in extra innings.

Byung-Hyun Kim

Byung-Hyun Kim pitcher for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball
Born January 21, 1979 is a South Korean professional baseball pitcher for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball. He is best known for his years with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox. In 2001, Kim took over mid-season as the Diamondbacks' closer and saved 19 games, then saved 3 games while giving up no runs in the first two rounds of the playoffs. In the 2001 World Series, however, Kim twice gave up ninth-inning leads, taking the loss in Game 4 and leading to an extra-innings loss for the Diamondbacks in Game 5, though the Diamondbacks rebounded to win the Championship in 7 games. Kim went on to save 36 games for the Diamondbacks in 2002 and 16 for the Red Sox in 2003, and played in the 2002 All Star Game. Kim has also played for the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins in Major League Baseball.
Byung-Hyun Kim is the rarest species of goat -- one with a World Series ring. The Arizona Diamondbacks closer blew saves in Games 4 and 5 of the 2001 World Series as the Yankees surged to a 3-2 lead. He surrendered Tino Martinez's game-tying home run and Derek Jeter's game-winning homer in Game 4, and he allowed Scott Brosius' game-tying homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth of Game 5. The D-backs took Kim off the hook by winning Games 6 and 7 at home to take the title.

Bill Buckner

Bill Buckner guest appearance Curb Your Enthusiasm
Born December 14, 1949 is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. Despite winning a batting crown in 1980, representing the Chicago Cubs at the All-Star Game the following season and accumulating over 2,700 hits in his twenty year career, he is best remembered for a crucial fielding error during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, a play that has since been prominently entrenched into American sports lore.
Bill Buckner had a stellar 22-year career, batting .289 with 2,715 hits. But he is most remembered for letting Mookie Wilson's ground ball wiggle through his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series as Ray Knight scored the winning run for the Mets in the 10th inning. Red Sox pitchers Calvin Schiraldi and Bob Stanley and manager John McNamara were equally culpable in Boston's failure to protect a two-run lead in the 10th, but the image of Buckner is the one that became iconic.

Scott Brosius

Nickname: Scott Brosius + nickname + supercalifragilistic Chris Berman
Born August 15, 1966 in Hillsboro, Oregon is a former Major League Baseball third baseman for the Oakland Athletics (1991–1997) and the New York Yankees (1998–2001). Brosius is currently the head baseball coach at Linfield College, his alma mater.
On November 4, 2009, Brosius threw out the first pitch before Game 6 of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees went on to win Game 6 to clinch their 27th World Series title.

Luis Gonzalez

Nickname: Arizona diamondbacks + nickname The D'Backs
Luis gonzalez inducted into Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum
Born September 3, 1967 in Tampa, Florida, nicknamed "Gonzo", is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder. A Cuban-American, Gonzalez spent his best years with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was one of the most popular players in that organization's history. He is a native of Tampa, Florida, but he and his family (which includes wife Christine and triplets Megan, Jacob and Alyssa) are residents of Scottsdale, Arizona. He is best known for getting the game winning hit in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series off Mariano Rivera to give the Diamondbacks their first World Series championship.

Reggie Jackson

Nicknamed: Reggie Jackson Mr. October
Reggie Jackson special advisor to New York Yankees
Born May 18, 1946, nicknamed "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason with the New York Yankees, is a former American Major League Baseball right fielder. During a 21-year baseball career, he played from 1967-1987 for four different teams. Jackson currently serves as a special advisor to the New York Yankees. He helped win three consecutive World Series titles as a member of the Oakland Athletics in the early 1970s and also helped win two consecutive titles with the New York Yankees. Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.
The 1977 World Series earned New York Yankees Slugger Reggie Jackson his nickname Mr. October. After hitting home runs in Games 4 and 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jackson took it a step farther in Game 6. Mr. October slugged three more home runs, all off the first pitch and off different pitchers, to lead the Yankees to another world championship.
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