The History of the Great Leap Forward 
Amended 9-7-06

  
DETROIT TIGERS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1906  6th     71   78  .477   21   
1907  1st     92   58  .613   +1.5   AL CHAMPIONS

66 Win Share Increase on Offense, emergence of Cobb.

Manager - Hugh Jennings - First Year

Prior Year Deficit - 7 games under .500 - .477

Note: Ty Cobb arrives and teams with Sam Crawford to dominate the American 
League late in the decade.

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BOSTON BRAVES
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    	  
1913  5th     69   82  .457   31.5 
1914  1st     94   59  .614  +10.5   WORLD CHAMPIONS

41 Win Share Increase in Pitching, 51 in Defense. 

Manager - George Stallings - Second Year

Prior Year Deficit - 13 games under .500 - .457

Note: Federal League Year, First Modern Era team to win World Series after 
being below .500 in the prior season. First use of platooning in the National 
League 

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Philadelphia Phillies
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1914  6th     74   80  .481   20.5 
1915  1st     90   62  .592   +7     NL CHAMPIONS

An increase of 43 Pitching Win Shares and 18 Defensive
Manager - Pat Moran - First Year 

Prior year Deficit 6 games under .500 - .481

Note: Federal League Year

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CHICAGO CUBS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB      
1917  5th     74   80  .481   24   
1918  1st     84   45  .651  +10.5   NL CHAMPIONS

Increase in one year of one player with 20 Win Shares to seven total.

Manager - Fred Mitchell - Second Year 

Prior year Deficit 6 games under .500 - .481

Note: War Year 

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CHICAGO WHITE SOX
1918  6th     57   67  .460   17   
1919  1st     88   52  .629   +3.5   AL CHAMPIONS

54.4 Win Share Increase in Hitting, 13.2 in Defense and 25.2 in Pitching. 

Manager - Jim Fregosi - Third Year

Prior Year Deficit - 10 games under .500 - .460

Note: A war year, and maybe the worst year of Eddie Colins career to date.


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BROOKLYN DODGERS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1919  5th     69   71  .493   27   
1920  1st     93   61  .604   +7     NL CHAMPIONS

Increase in one year of one player with 20 Win Shares to seven total.

Manager - Wilbert Robinson - Third Year 

Prior year Deficit 2 games under .500 - .493

Note: The season is highlighted in Frank Grahams Dodger history as 
"Another Pennant out of Nowhere."

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WASHINGTON SENATORS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1923  4th     75   78  .490   23.5 
1924  1st     92   62  .597   +2     WORLD CHAMPIONS

Increase of 21 Offensive Win Shares.

Manager - Bucky Harris - First Year 

Prior year Deficit 3 games under .500 - .490

Note: Harris was 27 when named manager, he would still managing 32 years 
later.

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NEW YORK YANKEES
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1925  7th     69   85  .448   28.5 
1926  1st     91   63  .591   +3     AL CHAMPIONS

Increase of 60 Hitting Win Shares.

Manager - Miller Huggins - Seventh Year 

Prior year Deficit 16 games under .500 - .448

Note: The losing season is highlighted by Ruth's absence, the only season 
from 1920-1929 that Ruth didn't hold or share the team lead in Win Shares.

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NEW YORK GIANTS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1932  T6th    72   82  .468   18   
1933  1st     91   61  .599   +5     WORLD CHAMPIONS

Increase of 35 Pitching Win Shares.

Manager - Bill Terry - First Whole Year 

Prior year Deficit 10 games under .500 - .468

Note: The losing season is highlighted by the exit of John McGraw who could 
not find the resolve to finish the year; perhaps it was the 58 errors the team 
made in the first 15 games of the season?

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DETROIT TIGERS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1933  5th     75   79  .487   25   
1934  1st    101   53  .656   +7     AL CHAMPIONS

Increase of 76 Hitting Win Shares.

Manager - Mickey Cochrane - First Year 

Prior year Deficit 4 games under .500 - .487

Note: A team with four Hall of Fame hitters and an offensive park is a good thing.

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ST LOUIS BROWNS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB   
1943  6th     72   80  .474   25   
1944  1st     89   65  .578   +1     AL CHAMPIONS

Increase of 20 Pitching Win Shares, 20 Hitting and 10 Fielding.

Manager - Luke Sewell - Fourth Year 

Prior year Deficit 8 games under .500 - .474

Note: A War Year, the Browns stocked the team with older players and 4F's, capturing 
their only Pennant in the franchises St Louis existence. 

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CHICAGO CUBS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB   
1944  4th     75   79  .487   30   
1945  1st     98   56  .636   +3     NL CHAMPIONS
   
16.4 Win Share Increase in Hitting, 16.2 in Defense and 36.5 in Pitching. 

Manager - Charlie Grimm - First Year 

Prior year Deficit 4 games under .500 - .487

Note: A war year with the power of Phil Cavarretta and teh steal of Hank Bowry from the Yankees.

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BOSTON REDSOX
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB      
1945  7th     71   83  .461   17.5 
1946  1st    104   50  .675  +12     AL CHAMPIONS
   
Increase of 105 total Win Shares, 57 of them hitting.

Manager - Bill Terry - First Whole Year 

Prior year Deficit 12 games under .500 - .461

Note: The losing season is highlighted by being the last full year affectedby 
World War 2, to accent the difference one year makes below is the leaders in at 
bats for the Reds Sox in 1945 and 1946 
 
1945					
Catfish Metkovich		539   
Bob Johnson			529   
Eddie Lake			473   
Skeeter Newsome		438   
Tom McBride			344   

1946
Johnny Pesky		621   
Bobby Doerr			583   
Rudy York			579   
Dom DiMaggio		534   
Ted Williams 		514  

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 NEW YORK GIANTS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB   
1953  5th     70   84  .455   35   
1954  1st     97   57  .630   +5     WORLD CHAMPIONS

12 Win Share Increase in Hitting, 18.7 in Defense and 50.7 in Pitching. 

Manager - Leo Durocher - Sixth Year

Prior Year Deficit - 14 games under .500 - .455

Note: Mays returns from Army and the team ERA drops more then a run.

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LOS ANGELES DODGERS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1958  7th     71   83  .461   21   
1959  1st     88   68  .564   +2     WORLD CHAMPIONS

Increase of 15 Offensive Win Shares, 7 Fielding and 22 Pitching.

Manager - Walter Alston - Sixth Year

Prior year Deficit 12 games under .500 - .461

Note: Three things highlight the losing season: The move to Los Angeles and the 
new park,Roy Campanella's career ending injury and the transition from the 
Reese/Snider/Campanella Dodgers to The Drysdale/Koufax/Wills Dodgers. 
The next season was fixed by the redesignof the Park dimensions, the acquisition 
of Wally Moon to batter the short leftfield fenceand the emergence of the Dodgers 
younger pitchers. Don Newcomb never won a game as a Los Angeles Dodger and Roy 
Campanella never caught a game on the west coast. 

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CINCINNATI REDS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1960  6th     67   87  .435   28   
1961  1st     93   61  .604   +4     NL CHAMPIONS

Increase of 28.5 Offensive Win Shares, 14 Fielding and 35 Pitching.

Manager - Fred Hutchinson - Third Year

Prior year Deficit 20 games under .500 - .435

Note: A team marked by the new blood in the front office, after 24 seasons of Warren 
Giles and Gabe Paul; Bill DeWitt steps in and reshapes the club. Bill Jamescovers 
the moves DeWitt made in his essay "Miracle in Western Avenue" in his Historical 
Abstract. DeWitt reshaped a team that had longed been together and not succeeded, 
his main focus was reshaping the teams pitching and defense, he traded everyone over 
26 andmoved Frank Robinson back to the outfield. DeWitt also was the General manager 
for the 1944 Browns making him the first man to participate in the Giant Leap Forward.
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Post Expansion Years

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LOS ANGELES DODGERS
YEAR  PLACE   W    L   PCT   GB    
1964  T6th    80   82  .494   13   
1965  1st     97   65  .599   +2     WORLD CHAMPIONS

Increase of 18 Offensive Win Shares, 12 Fielding and 32 Pitching.

Manager - Walter Alston - Eleventh Year

Prior year Deficit 2 games under .500 - .461

Note: Sandwiched in-between two Championship seasons is this mediocre season that
never got going for the Dodgers. ------------------------------- MINNESOTA TWINS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1964 T6th 79 83 .488 20 1965 1st 102 60 .630 +7 AL CHAMPIONS Increase of 40 Offensive Win Shares, 10 Fielding and 20 Pitching. Manager - Sam Mele - Fourth Year Prior year Deficit 4 games under .500 - .488 Note: 6 Players with more then 15 home runs and the demise of the Yankee dynasty helped the Twins grab the crown. ------------------------------- BOSTON REDSOX YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1966 9th 72 90 .444 26 1967 1st 92 70 .568 +1 AL CHAMPIONS Increase of 33 Offensive Win Shares, 7 Fielding and 29 Pitching. Manager - Dick Williams - First Year Prior year Deficit 18 games under .500 - .444 Note: The Resd Sox completed the "Impossible Dream" season by clinching the pennant on the 1st of October, Minnesota and Detroit finished 1 game behind and Yaz won the Triple Crown. ------------------------------- The Two Divisions Years ------------------------------- MINNESOTA TWINS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1968 7th 79 83 .488 24 1969 1st 97 65 .599 +9 AL WEST CHAMPIONS Increase of 38 Offensive Win Shares, 6 Fielding and 10 Pitching. Manager - Billy Martin - First Year Prior year Deficit 4 games under .500 - .488 Note: Martin and Fowler spun their magic by getting more innings out of a pitching staff then expected and the Twins rolled trough the league, only to get swept by the Orioles in the 1st Divisional Playoffs. ------------------------------- NEW YORK METS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1968 9th 73 89 .451 24 1969 1st 100 62 .617 +8 WORLD CHAMPIONS Increase of 44 Offensive Win Shares, 5 Fielding and 10 Pitching. Manager - Gil Hodges - Third Year Prior year Deficit 16 games under .500 - .451 Note: The Amazing Mets, enough has been written about them for me to pass in this space. ------------------------------ CINCINNATI REDS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1971 T4th 79 83 .488 11 1972 1st 95 59 .617 +10.5 NL CHAMPIONS Increase of 52 Offensive Win Shares, 3.4 Fielding and - Pitching. Manager - Sparky Anderson - Third Year Prior year Deficit 4 games under .500 - .488 Note: Howsam transfer the grass based Crosley Reds to the new astroturf centric Reds
with his blockbuster with Houston in 1971, the move brought in the speed up the middle
with Morgan and Geronimo and also enabled Perez to be moved to 1st base. Plus Jack Billingham
was an anchor on the staff for the next several seasons. ------------------------------- PITTSBURGH PIRATES YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1989 5th 74 88 .457 19 1990 1st 95 67 .586 +4 NL EAST CHAMPIONS Increase of 30 Offensive Win Shares, 10 Fielding and 24 Pitching. Manager - Danny Murtaugh - First Year (Back) Prior year Deficit 2 games under .500 - .457 Note: Team On Base Percentage went up .20 points ------------------------------- KANSAS CITY ROYALS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1983 2nd 79 83 .488 20 1984 1st 84 78 .519 +3 AL WEST CHAMPIONS Increase of 28.5 Offensive Win Shares, 14 Fielding and 35 Pitching. Manager - Dick Howser - Third Year Prior year Deficit 4 games under .488 - .435 Note: The first team to win a Division title and have a negative run differential. A team that perplexed by Bill James to no end as he reported to us in the 85 Abstract that they had no chance of succeeding in the near future. ------------------------------- CHICAGO CUBS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1983 5th 71 91 .438 19 1984 1st 96 65 .596 +6.5 NL EAST CHAMPIONS Increase of 33 Offensive Win Shares, 10 Fielding and 22 Pitching. Manager - Jim Frey - First Year Prior year Deficit 20 games under .500 - .438 Note: Rick Sutcliff, Ryno and Leon Durham, most of us saw it on TV for free, most of us are still wondering how the Padres got in the Series. ------------------------------- LOS ANGELES DODGERS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB TITL 1984 4th 79 83 .488 13 1985 1st 95 67 .586 +5.5 NL WEST CHAMPIONS Increase of 50 Offensive Win Shares, 0 Fielding and 22 Pitching. Manager - Tommy Lasorda - Ninth Year Prior year Deficit 4 games under .500 - .488 Note: Only two years removed from a divisions championship, the Dodgers (like most teams in pitching parksneeded an extreme surge in hitting to get back to the top. Pedro Guerrero boasted a .320/.422/.577 linein 487 at bats. ------------------------------- ST. LOUIS CARDINALS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1986 3rd 79 82 .491 28.5 1987 1st 95 67 .586 +3 NL CHAMPIONS Increase of 56 Offensive Win Shares, 7 Fielding and 1 Pitching. Manager - Whitey Herzog - Seventh Year Prior year Deficit 3 games under .500 - .491 Note: If your teams offense is driven by batting average you're likely to occasionally drive down the wrong road, the 1986 Cardinals did that all season, the 1987 Cardinals didn't, there lies the difference of the two seasons. ------------------------------- MINNESOTA TWINS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1986 6th 71 91 .438 21 1987 1st 85 77 .525 +2 WORLD CHAMPIONS Increase of 1 Offensive Win Share, 4 Fielding and 13 Pitching. Manager - Tom Kelly - First Whole Year Prior year Deficit 20 games under .500 - .438 Note: Kelly the first year skipper took a team that should not have won their weak division all the way to the Championship. ------------------------------- BOSTON RED SOX 1987 5th 78 84 .481 20 1988 1st 89 73 .549 +1 AL EAST CHAMPIONS 13.6 Win Share Increase in Hitting, 5.8 in Defense and 13.7 in Pitching. Manager - John McNamara and Joe Morgan Prior Year Deficit - 6 games under .500 - .455 Note: At 43-42 the Red Sox canned Mcnamera, the team went 19-1 and entered a series in
August with Detroit tied for first with the Tigers. They promptly lost 4 in a row, but
eeked it out in the end. ------------------------------- LOS ANGELES DODGERS 1987 4th 73 89 .451 17 1988 1st 94 67 .584 +7 WORLD CHAMPIONS 29 Win Share Increase in Hitting, 11.6 in Defense and 24.4 in Pitching. Manager - Tommy Lasorda - Twelfth Year Prior Year Deficit - 4 games under .500 - .451 Note: Team ERA ninth best since move west, Kirk Gibson OPS's .861 in his first season in the NL. ------------------------------- CHICAGO CUBS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1988 4th 77 85 .475 24 1989 1st 93 69 .574 +6 NL EAST CHAMPIONS Increase of 14 Offensive Win Shares, 10 Fielding and 23 Pitching. Manager - Don Zimmer - Second Year Prior year Deficit 8 games under .500 - .475 Note: Don Zimmer? Just having to watch him and Harry was a gas, rookie tandem Dwight Smith and Jerome Walton appeared as fast as the vanished, as did the Cubs brief flame of being a contender, the next 3 season would be losing ones for the Northsiders. ------------------------------- PITTSBURGH PIRATES YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1989 5th 74 88 .457 19 1990 1st 95 67 .586 +4 NL EAST CHAMPIONS Increase of 30 Offensive Win Shares, 10 Fielding and 24 Pitching. Manager - Jim Leyland - Fifth Year Prior year Deficit 14 games under .500 - .457 Note: Superstar Barry Bonds arrives .301/.406/.565, Pirates lead MLB in sacrifices with 96, lost in the playoffs to the Reds in 6 games. ------------------------------- CINCINNATI REDS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1989 5th 75 87 .463 17 1990 1st 91 71 .562 +5 WORLD CHAMPIONS Increase of 8 Offensive Win Shares, 11 Fielding and 24 Pitching. Manager - Lou Pinella - First Year Prior year Deficit 12 games under .500 - .463 Note: Jack Armstrong and a fast Reds start propel the team to the top, all in the shadow of Pete entering Federal Prison, a sweet and sour season in the Rhineland. ------------------------------- MINNESOTA TWINS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1990 7th 74 88 .457 29 1991 1st 95 67 .586 +8 WORLD CHAMPIONS Increase of 31 Offensive Win Shares, 10 Fielding and 24 Pitching. Manager - Tom Kelly - Fifth Year Prior year Deficit 21 games under .500 - .457 Note: Any other year and the Twins would have been Americas sweetheart, the problem was their turnaround was eclipsed by the Braves that season, and they had the Superstation,but in the end the Twins had Jack Morris. ------------------------------- ATLANTA BRAVES YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1990 6th 65 97 .401 26 1991 1st 94 68 .580 +1 NL CHAMPIONS 1992 1st 98 64 .605 +8 NL CHAMPIONS Increase of 18 Offensive Win Shares, 20 Fielding and 49 Pitching. Manager - Bobby Cox - First Year Prior year Deficit 32 games under .500 - .401 Note: The largest single season climb in the history of the game, all with pitching and defense, the addition of Terry Pendleton, young starters and the rookie of the year (David Justice)helped start something that is just now coming to an end. ------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 1992 6th 70 92 .432 26 1993 1st 97 65 .599 +3 NL CHAMPIONS 29.3 Win Share Increase in Hitting, 13.4 in Defense and 38.3 in Pitching. Manager - Jim Fregosi - Third Year Prior Year Deficit - 18 games under .500 - .457 Note: Four players with on base percentages better then .370, two above .420. Terry Mulholland has perhaps his best season. ------------------------------- The Three Division Years ------------------------------- ST. LOUIS CARDINALS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1995 4th 62 81 .434 22.5 1996 1st 88 74 .543 +6 NL CENTRAL CHAMPIONS Increase of 56 Offensive Win Shares, 7 Fielding and 1 Pitching. Manager - Tony LaRussa - First Year Prior year Deficit 19 games under .500 - .434 Note: LaRussa shows up and the average team in the average division
title goes to the Cards. ------------------------------- SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1996 4th 68 94 .420 23 1997 1st 90 72 .556 +2 NL WEST CHAMPIONS Increase of 40 Offensive Win Shares, 4 Fielding and 22 Pitching. Manager - Dusty Baker - Fifth Year Prior year Deficit 26 games under .500 - .420 Note: Add Jeff Kent, JT Snow, Darryl Hamilton and Bill Mueller to you team and see what happens, if your name is Dusty, your legacy just cuts deeper. ------------------------------- SAN DIEGO PADRES YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1995 3rd 70 74 .486 8 1996 1st 91 71 .562 +1 NL WEST CHAMPIONS 1997 4th 76 86 .469 14 1998 1st 98 64 .605 +9.5 NL CHAMPIONS Increase of 13 Offensive Win Shares, 11 Fielding and 37 Pitching. Decrease of 15 Offensive Win Shares, 17 Fielding and 65 Pitching. Manager - Bruce Bochy - Second and Fourth Year Prior year Deficit 4 games under .500 - .486 Prior year Deficit 20 games under .500 - .469 Note: The Padres pulled the trick off twice in 4 seasons, getting career years from Ken Caminitti and Greg Vaughn and riding the back of Kevin Browne to the division title. ------------------------------- TEXAS RANGERS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1997 3rd 77 85 .475 13 1998 1st 88 74 .543 +3 AL WEST CHAMPIONS Increase of 34 Offensive Win Shares, 2 Fielding and 0 Pitching. Manager - Johnny Oates - Fourth Year Prior year Deficit 8 games under .500 - .475 Note: Hitting, hitting, hitting... a team that scores 940 runs is going to be hard to beat,a team with an ERA of 5.00 is also going to find it hard to win it all. ------------------------------- ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 1998 5th 65 97 .401 33 1999 1st 100 62 .617 +14 NL WEST CHAMPIONS Increase of 48 Offensive Win Shares, 13 Fielding and 54 Pitching. Manager - Buck Showalter- First Year Prior year Deficit 32 games under .500 - .401 Note: This is not your daddy's expansion team, money and hunger to succeed quickly drove this team to the 100 win territory. ------------------------------- ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1999 4th 75 86 .466 21.5 2000 1st 95 67 .586 +10 NL CENTRAL CHAMPIONS 32.7 Win Share Increase in Hitting, 10 in Defense and 17.1 in Pitching. Manager - Tony LaRussa - Fifth Year Prior Year Deficit - 14 games under .500 - .466 Note: Jim Edmonds arrives (literally) JD Drew arrives, and both McGwire and Will Clark OPS
over 1.000 in limited appearances. Meanwhile the picthing shaved .36 off the team ERA in a big offensive year. ------------------------------- CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1999 2nd 75 86 .466 21.5 2000 1st 95 67 .586 +5 AL CENTRAL CHAMPIONS 38.4 Win Share Increase in Hitting, 5 in Defense and 15. in Pitching. Manager - Jerry Manuel - Third Year Prior Year Deficit - 11 games under .500 - .466 Note: Six regulars with an OPS above .800 and a league leading 938 Runs. ------------------------------- HOUSTON ASTROS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 2000 4th 72 90 .444 23 2001 1st 93 69 .574 +0 NL CENTRAL CHAMPIONS Increase of 11 Offensive Win Shares, 14 Fielding and 37 Pitching. Manager - Larry Dierker - Fifth Year Prior year Deficit 18 games under .500 - .444 Note: 2000 a new park and a staff unprepared, none of the starters had an ERA below 4.80, the closer had an ERA above 5.00. It was as ugly as it can get, redefining the term "Lima Time." ------------------------------- CHICAGO CUBS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 2002 5th 67 95 .414 30 2003 1st 88 74 .543 +1 NL CENTRAL CHAMPIONS No Win Share Information (If you have the Cubs 2002 numbers feel free to send them to me) Manager - Dusty Baker - First Year Prior year Deficit 28 games under .500 - .414 Note: Prior, Wood and Zambrano, the Cubs saw pitching that had avoided them for years and they ended up getting Steve Bartman some airtime that fall. ------------------------------- ANAHEIM ANGELS YEAR PLACE W L PCT GB 2003 3rd 77 85 .475 19 2004 1st 92 70 .568 +1 AL WEST CHAMPIONS Incomplete Win Share Information (Please send 2003 if you have it) Manager - Mike Scioscia - Fifth Year Prior year Deficit 8 games under .500 - .475 Note: One year removed from their Wild Card World Series win the Angels pitching collapsed and they had a power outage, the arrival of Vlad took care of the power part.