Thursday, March 5, 2015

From 100 wins to 100 losses

From 100 wins to 100 losses

From 100 wins to 100 losses

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Unless Ryne Sandberg’s Phillies play .100 baseball over the last five weeks of the season, they will avoid losing 100 games. And that will prevent them from going from 100-plus wins to 100-plus losses quicker than any team in history.

Yes, it was a mere three years ago when the Phillies marched to a club-record 102 victories. They haven’t been on a 100-loss pace this season since April 10 (3-6), but it must have sure seemed like it at times to Scott Robinson, from Morrisville, Pa., since he emailed and asked whether any other team had gone from being that good to being that bad as quick.

Turns out, we didn’t have to go far to find that. In fact, we stayed right here in the city.

The Philadelphia Athletics of 1915 were one of two teams that did the 100W/100L thing in four seasons ... which, of course, these Phillies could match next season — 100 years later.

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The A’s franchise, in fact, sports three of the 12 teams that have done this quick dip within a decade, including twice when the team was in Philly. See the complete LIST HERE.

And in researching that list, we came up with these nuggets:

♦ Each of the Phillies’ championship teams managed to avoid having to play an American League club that had reached 100 wins that season in the World Series. In fact, in 1980, they missed out on playing two of those teams. Both the New York Yankees (103-59) and Baltimore Orioles (100-62) reached triple-digit wins in 1980, but the AL East winners were swept by the Kansas City City Royals in the ALCS, and the Orioles just got to go home and dream of there someday being a wild-card playoff team. Or two.

♦ In 2008, the Los Angeles Angels were 100-62, but lost to Boston in the ALDS before the Red Sox fell to the Tamp Bay Rays in ALCS.

♦ Incidentally, both Phillies’ World Series victims — the 1980 Royals and 2008 Rays — finished the regular season 97-65.

About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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