Game 2 World Series Open Thread: The Philadelphia Story vs. Metropolitan Area Without Film Named For It, 5:29 pm PT
by Bob Timmermann
Last night, Chris Coste served as the DH for the Phillies and went 0 for 4 and became part of a long string of mostly inept National Leaguers in the DH spot in the World Series.
Although the DH was adopted in 1973, it was not used in the World Series until 1976. Cincinnati used Dan Driessen as the DH in all four games and Driessen did a good job, going 5 for 14, including a home run off of Dock Ellis of the Yankees in Game 3. (Warning: potentially long and boring discussion that inolves Tom Goodwin after the jump.)
The next year for the DH was 1978 and the Dodgers tried Lee Lacy in three games, Rick Monday in two, and Vic Davalillo in Game 6. The Dodgers DHs combined for a 4 for 18 performance.
In 1980, Phillies manager Dallas Green hit upon the idea of using good hitters and poor fielders as his DHs and he happened to have three players on his roster who fit the bill: Greg Luzinski, Lonnie Smith, and Keith Moreland. Moreland was 4 for 12, but Luzinski and Smith did nothing as DHs.
Two years later, Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog used an effective platoon of Dane Iorg and Gene Tenace, along with some help from Steve Braun and Lonnie Smith and pinch running from David Green, to get some of the best use of the DH spot by any NL manager in the World Series. The Cardinals DHs were 12 for 28.
Kurt Bevacqua of the Padres had what is arguably the greatest moment in San Diego Padres World Series history with a 3-run homer off of Dan Petry of the Tigers in Game 2 to give the Padres their only win of the series. Bevacqua would also homer in Game 5 and went 7 for 17 overall. Bevacqua parlayed these heroics along with a feud with Tommy Lasorda into a period of semi-celebrity.
In 1986, the current format where the DH is used only in the AL park was adopted. The Mets could get just two hits out of the combined efforts of Lee Mazzilli, Danny Heep, and Kevin Mitchell. Heep drive in two runs off of Oil Can Boyd in Game 3.
By 1987, when Whitey Herzog had another shot at the World Series with the Cardinals, he tried Tom Pagnozzi, Tony Pena, and Terry Pendleton, and they were 6 for 13.
The Dodgers still won the World Series in 1988 despite having Mike Davis, Danny Heep, and Dave Anderson as DHs. Davis homered in Game 5.
In the A's sweep of the Giants in 1989, Ernest Riles was hitless as the DH. The next year, Hal Morris of the Reds went hitless as the A's were swept.
Lonnie Smith cemented his status as the greatest NL postseason DH by playing all seven games in the position for the Braves in 1991 and 1992. Smith had just four hits in those games, but one was a grand slam in Game 5 of the 1992 Series in Toronto.
Philadelphia's next shot at the World Series, in 1993, saw Ricky Jordan and Mariano Duncan get DH duty. They had three hits combined.
In the Braves appearances in the World Series in 1995, 1996, and 1999, Bobby Cox tried Ryan Klesko, Mike Devereaux, Mike Mordecai, Terry Pendleton, Ozzie Guillen, Jose Hernandez, and Keith Lockhart. They combined for 10 hits in 12 games and Klesko hit two homers in 1995, the record for an NL DH in the World Series.
Florida's 1997 World Series saw Cliff Floyd (who should be DHing in Game 2 tonight), Jim Eisenreich, Kurt Abbot, Alex Arias, and Darren Daulton handle DH duty and they got six hits.
In 1998, the Padres second, even briefer, appearance in the World Series saw Jim Leyritz and Greg Vaughn as DHs. Neither got a hit.
Two years later, the Mets used Mike Piazza in Game 1 and he went 1 for 5. Lenny Harris was 0 for 4 in Game 2.
In 2001, Arizona used Erubiel Durazo to start all three games at Yankee Stadium and Danny Bautista also got an AB. Durazo had four hits.
Dusty Baker used the motliest crew of DHs ever in a World Series in 2002: Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Tom Goodwin, Shawon Dunston, and Pedro Feliz. It almost worked as Dunston got one of the Giants three hits by a DH and it was almost the game-winning homer in Game 6. Almost. No NL DH has homered since then.
That brought us up to 2003 when Jeff Conine was the Florida DH for all three of its games in Yankee Stadium and Conine had just one hit.
St. Lous gave Reggie Sanders, Marlon Anderson, and So Taguchi shots as DHs against Boston in 2004. 0 for 6.
Jeff Bagwell concluded his major league career as a starter as a DH for the Astros in Games 1 and 2 of the 2005 Series in Chicago. Bagwell had one hit and got hit by a pitch twice.
Given another chance, Tony La Russa used Chris Duncan, Preston Wilson, and Scott Spiezio as DHs in 2006. Duncan had an RBI double in Game 1 and that was it.
And who was the DH for Colorado last year? Why, none other than Ryan Spilborghs. He was 0 for 5 in two games and struck out in all three at bats in Game 2.