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It's a tie!
2008-09-29 17:22
by Bob Timmermann

The Chicago White Sox forced a single game tiebreaker with the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night (4:37 pm PT) to decide the AL Central championship. The White Sox beat the Tigers in a makeup of a rained out game, 8-2, to force the first tiebreaker playoff in the AL since the Mariners and Angels met in 1995. The winner of tomorrow's game will face Tampa Bay in the ALDS starting on Thursday. John Danks is scheduled to start for the White Sox and Nick Blackburn will start for Minnesota.

Neither team has ever played in a tiebreaker playoff and there have been only three in the history of the AL: 1948, when Cleveland beat Boston; 1978, when the Yankees beat Boston; and 1995, when Seattle beat the team that would be called Anaheim in two years.

2008-09-29 17:48:22
1.   Gagne55
Weren't they the California Angels back then?
2008-09-29 18:06:05
2.   bhsportsguy
2 Why did the NL have those 3 game series, just greedy owners wanting to squeeze that last dollar.
2008-09-29 18:09:07
3.   Bob Timmermann
The leagues made up the rules for tiebreakers as they went along. In the 1920s and 1930s, the AL had 3-game playoffs in place. It's just that nobody ever tied.
2008-09-29 18:14:24
4.   Johnny Nucleo
What? Ty Cobb? I guess he'll have to do.

Tie Domi, legendary goon for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will have to wait for another day.

2008-09-29 18:17:25
5.   vockins
The guy that sewed the beltloops on Cobb's pants must have been completely wasted the day he did that pair.
2008-09-29 18:36:09
6.   bhsportsguy
This picture was in Bill James Historical Abstract, James ends his comments by saying Cobb looks a little bit crazy.

2008-09-29 18:45:06
7.   bobsbrother
I was so rooting for a rain out in Chicago that would push everything back another day. One can just imagine the enthusiasm in the Tigers clubhouse. "Come on, I've got some golf to play."
What would be even better would be if the White Sox were tied with someone in anothe division for the the wild card so the rest of the bracket in the AL couldn't be set. Oh that would be great.
Then again, I'm not a sports editor having writers buy plane tickets.
2008-09-29 18:55:02
8.   das411
but BOB, how often have two pitchers who were once traded for each other faced off on a game like Mr. Floyd and Mr. Garcia did today?

...does the one-gamer in 1995 count?

2008-09-29 19:53:20
9.   Bob Timmermann
Today's game wasn't a tiebreaker playoff, so it was just one of those things.

The Langston-Johnson matchup of 1995 is another creature.

2008-09-29 20:44:30
10.   John Hale
Wasn't Mr. Garcia also traded for Mr. Johnson of the 1995 Mariners?
2008-09-29 20:49:47
11.   Bob Timmermann
Six degrees of Freddy Garcia.
2008-09-29 20:58:48
12.   dianagramr

Hmmm .... linking Kevin Bacon to Freddy Garcia ...

2008-09-29 22:18:33
13.   Bob Timmermann
Freddy Garcia pitched in the 2002 All-Star game.

Tim McCarver was one of the announcers for that game.

Tim McCarver appeared in "The Scout" with Steve Eastin.

Steve Eastin appeared in "Rails and Ties" with Kevin Bacon.

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