7 of the Most Shocking September Collapses in Baseball History

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    7 of the Most Shocking September Collapses in Baseball History

    From Bleacher Report:
    2009 Detroit Tigers

    Jim Leyland's 2009 Tigers were about to capture their first division crown since 1987, up by seven games after the first week of September. They went 11-16 for the rest of the month and, to make matters worse, dropped a gut-wrenching 12-inning, one-game tie-breaker to the Twins.

    Instead of a division title, the Tigers became the first team since 1901 to blow a three-game lead in their last four games.

    2008 New York Mets

    The 2008 Mets, led by manager Willie Randolph, held a 3.5-game lead in the NL East, and with only 17 games to go, New York looked like a sure thing. However, the Metropolitans won just seven of the remaining contests to blow the division lead.

    What's worse is the Mets had also choked the previous year (as we'll see in the next slide), becoming the first team ever to blow a 3.5-game lead in consecutive Septembers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


    2007 Mets

    The 2007 Mets had a commanding seven-game lead with 17 to go. They proceeded to lose 12 of those games, including one in which Tom Glavine got shellacked and didn't complete the first inning.

    The stunning collapse saw the Mets slog through a 1-6 homestand against the Nationals, Cardinals and Marlins.


    1995 California Angels

    The 1995 Angels were threatening to run away and hide by building an 11-game margin by August. They were led by center fielder Jim Edmonds, who hit .290, smashed 33 homers and drove in 107 runs.

    However, the Angels reeled off nine straight loses in late August that carried into September and followed that up by losing nine straight again, beginning on the Sept. 13. They won their last five games to force a one-game playoff with Seattle.


    1987 Toronto Blue Jays

    The 1987 Toronto Blue Jays were down to their last seven games, holding a 3.5-game margin over the Detroit Tigers. However, Sparky Anderson's boys slipped right by the Jays as the Jays lost every remaining game, including a season-ending three-game series against the Tigers.

    Detroit won each of the three games by a lone run margin.


    1978 Boston Red Sox

    The 1978 Boston Red Sox had the Yankees by 14 games in mid-July, but the 'Sox proceeded to drop two of three to both the A's and Orioles to open the month of September. They were then swept in a four-game series against the Yankees and, after winning the first game of the next series against Baltimore, the Red Sox wound up losing five straight that included two more losses to the Bronx Bombers.

    The Red Sox reeled off eight straight wins to finish in a dead heat with New York, forcing a one-game playoff, which New York won 5-4 on a three-run homer from Bucky Dent and a solo blast from Reggie Jackson.



    1964 Phillies

    The 1964 Phillies held a commanding 6.5-game lead over the Reds and Cards, both tied for second, and there were just 12 game left to play. The Phillies lost 10 straight of the remaining 12 to allow the Cardinals to slip past and win the NL crown by one game.

     
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    From Bleacher Report: 2009 Detroit Tigers Jim Leyland's 2009 Tigers were about to capture their first division crown since 1987, up by seven games after the first week of September. They went 11-16 for the rest of the month and, to make matters worse, dropped a gut-wrenching 12-inning, one-game tie-breaker to the Twins. Instead of a division title, the Tigers became the first team since 1901 to blow a three-game lead in their last four games. 2008 New York Mets The 2008 Mets, led by manager Willie Randolph, held a 3.5-game lead in the NL East, and with only 17 games to go, New York looked like a sure thing. However, the Metropolitans won just seven of the remaining contests to blow the division lead. What's worse is the Mets had also choked the previous year (as we'll see in the next slide), becoming the first team ever to blow a 3.5-game lead in consecutive Septembers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. 2007 Mets The 2007 Mets had a commanding seven-game lead with 17 to go. They proceeded to lose 12 of those games, including one in which Tom Glavine got shellacked and didn't complete the first inning. The stunning collapse saw the Mets slog through a 1-6 homestand against the Nationals, Cardinals and Marlins. 1995 California Angels The 1995 Angels were threatening to run away and hide by building an 11-game margin by August. They were led by center fielder Jim Edmonds, who hit .290, smashed 33 homers and drove in 107 runs. However, the Angels reeled off nine straight loses in late August that carried into September and followed that up by losing nine straight again, beginning on the Sept. 13. They won their last five games to force a one-game playoff with Seattle. 1987 Toronto Blue Jays The 1987 Toronto Blue Jays were down to their last seven games, holding a 3.5-game margin over the Detroit Tigers. However, Sparky Anderson's boys slipped right by the Jays as the Jays lost every remaining game, including a season-ending three-game series against the Tigers. Detroit won each of the three games by a lone run margin. 1978 Boston Red Sox The 1978 Boston Red Sox had the Yankees by 14 games in mid-July, but the 'Sox proceeded to drop two of three to both the A's and Orioles to open the month of September. They were then swept in a four-game series against the Yankees and, after winning the first game of the next series against Baltimore, the Red Sox wound up losing five straight that included two more losses to the Bronx Bombers. The Red Sox reeled off eight straight wins to finish in a dead heat with New York, forcing a one-game playoff, which New York won 5-4 on a three-run homer from Bucky Dent and a solo blast from Reggie Jackson. 1964 Phillies The 1964 Phillies held a commanding 6.5-game lead over the Reds and Cards, both tied for second, and there were just 12 game left to play. The Phillies lost 10 straight of the remaining 12 to allow the Cardinals to slip past and win the NL crown by one game.
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    History can repeat itself but the players that comprised those teams can't ever compare to teams of today.     All different players with different managers and coaches and a different mindset either will or won't allow a collapse or at least not in the identical way.
     
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    "Hey, your friend forgot to mention the 2008 New York Yankees , who failed to make the playoffs despite having the highest payroll."

    "Or the greatest 'October' collapse in baseball history...2004."
     
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    What about the 2009 Detroit Tigers?  Only team in MLB history to lose a 2 game lead with 3 games to play.

    The 2007 Padres also lost 7 of their last 11 to allow Colorado into the playoffs.
     
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    Hi notin. The 1st paragraph mention the '09 Tigers:"
    2009 Detroit Tigers

    Jim Leyland's 2009 Tigers were about to capture their first division crown since 1987, up by seven games after the first week of September. They went 11-16 for the rest of the month and, to make matters worse, dropped a gut-wrenching 12-inning, one-game tie-breaker to the Twins."

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    Hi notin. The 1st paragraph mention the '09 Tigers:" 2009 Detroit Tigers Jim Leyland's 2009 Tigers were about to capture their first division crown since 1987, up by seven games after the first week of September. They went 11-16 for the rest of the month and, to make matters worse, dropped a gut-wrenching 12-inning, one-game tie-breaker to the Twins." www.threestooges.com/bios/bios.asp%3FintStoogeID%3D3&docid=GSgNUbETaALMaM&w=225&h=350&ei=RqZrToPLH4Ty0gGv9OyDBQ&zoom=1 " class="rg_l" />
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    I skipped the intro and went right for the story.  Silly me.
     
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    "Hey, your friend forgot to mention the 2008 New York Yankees , who failed to make the playoffs despite having the highest payroll." "Or the greatest 'October' collapse in baseball history...2004."

    Posted by ZILLAGOD

    "Hey, your friend forgot to mention the 2008 New York Yankees , who failed to make the playoffs despite having the highest payroll."

    At least we didn't use the "Injuries excuse" like many members of the red flops nation like to do.

    "Or the greatest 'October' collapse in baseball history...2004."

    So the Yankees collapsed? I just thought the better team won.

     
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    What about the 2009 Detroit Tigers?  Only team in MLB history to lose a 2 game lead with 3 games to play. The 2007 Padres also lost 7 of their last 11 to allow Colorado into the playoffs.
    Posted by notin


    Yes, Colorado was down 6.5 with 15 to go. They went 14-1, including a sweep at SD and a 9-8 win in 13 games vs SD on Oct. The Padres lost 7 of their last 11.

    Colorado then swept the first 2 playoff series before getting swept by the Sox. 
     
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    In Response to Re: 7 of the Most Shocking September Collapses in Baseball History : "Hey, your friend forgot to mention the 2008 New York Yankees , who failed to make the playoffs despite having the highest payroll." At least we didn't use the "Injuries excuse" like many members of the red flops nation like to do. "Or the greatest 'October' collapse in baseball history...2004." So the Yankees collapsed? I just thought the better team won.
    Posted by "The-Babe"


    When the Red Sox lose it is a "collapse" , when the Yankees lose, it's something else.

    If the 2004 ALCS wasn't a "collapse" than nothing qualifies. A 3-0 lead in a best of 7 series, with the higher priced, first place team in control losing to a Wild Card team...yup, that's a "collapse."
     
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    What about the 1974 Boston Red Sox. This one hurts as much or more than '78, although the collapse started a week before September started.

    On Aug. 23, the Sox had a seven-game lead on Baltimore and New York.

    On Aug. 31, the Sox still led eventual winner Baltimore by six games, although New York was just three out.

    On Sept. 8, the Sox were in first place for the last time, tied with New York and one ahead of Baltimore.

    On Oct. 2, the Sox finished seven games behind Baltimore in third place. From Aug. 23 to the end of the season, the Sox went 14-24.

    I have a hard time calling 1978 a collapse. They had a slump that cost them first place, but they came back and still won 99 games.

    1974 was a collapse.

     
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    I remember the final game between Toronto and Detroit in 1987.

    Jimmy Key was pitching for the Blue Jays.  They lost 1-0.  The only run was Alan Trammel's solo shot. 
     
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    royf19: 1972 was a sad time also: From Wikipedia: In 1972 , the Red Sox lost the division title to the Detroit Tigers by a half-game. [ 21 ] The season began with a 13-day strike that resulted in some teams playing up to nine fewer games that season. [ 22 ] Additionally, the Red Sox lost a game when it was rained out and the decision was made not to replay it. In the second-to-last game of the season, they lost to the Tigers, 4-1, after a potential run was lost when Luis Aparicio slipped rounding third. [ 23
    Posted by 2004Idiots


    I agree. That's why I appreciate what the Sox have done the past decade so much. My first strong memories of the Sox begin around 1970 when I was 6, so my formative years of rooting for the sox from ages 6 to 14 include the 1972 final weekend, the 1974 collapse, the 1975 heartbreaker, 1976 when I expected a strong followup to the pennant season only to see the sox just mddle through then 1977 and 1978, winning 97 and 99 games respectively, more than the '75 team but not playoffs.
     
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    What about the 1974 Boston Red Sox. This one hurts as much or more than '78, although the collapse started a week before September started. On Aug. 23, the Sox had a seven-game lead on Baltimore and New York. On Aug. 31, the Sox still led eventual winner Baltimore by six games, although New York was just three out. On Sept. 8, the Sox were in first place for the last time, tied with New York and one ahead of Baltimore. On Oct. 2, the Sox finished seven games behind Baltimore in third place. From Aug. 23 to the end of the season, the Sox went 14-24. I have a hard time calling 1978 a collapse. They had a slump that cost them first place, but they came back and still won 99 games. 1974 was a collapse.
    Posted by royf19


    They did go 3-13 the first two weeks of September....
     
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    In Response to Re: 7 of the Most Shocking September Collapses in Baseball History : They did go 3-13 the first two weeks of September....
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    Yeah but they then went 12-2 over the last 14 games of the regular season, including winning eight straight at the end, to force the one-game playoff.
     
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