With the MLB Awards announced this week let’s take a look back at former Chiefs who have earned votes from BBWAA in Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards. There were six this year (Chris Archer, Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi, Yadier Molina, Josh Donaldson and Coco Crisp). The full list is below. Bolded lines indicate award winners.
|1986||Wally Joyner||AL ROY||2nd||Winner – Jose Canseco|
|1986||Wally Joyner||AL MVP||8th|
|1987||Wally Joyner||AL MVP||13th|
|1987||Devon White||AL ROY||5th|
|1988||Mark Grace||NL ROY||2nd||Winner – Chris Sabo|
|1989||Jerome Walton||NL ROY||1st||First post-season award for Ex-Chief|
|1989||Dwight Smith||NL ROY||2nd||Finished behind Cubs teammate Walton|
|1989||Greg Maddux||NL Cy Young||3rd||First votes in Cy Young Race|
|1989||Mark Grace||NL MVP||14th|
|1990||Mike Harkey||NL ROY||5th|
|1990||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||14th|
|1991||Devon White||AL MVP||16th|
|1991||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||19th|
|1992||Greg Maddux||NL CY||1st||First Cy Young in Chiefs history|
|1992||Greg Maddux||NL MVP||12th|
|1992||Mark Grace||NL MVP||16th|
|1993||Greg Maddux||NL CY||1st||Back To Back Winner|
|1993||Greg Maddux||NL MVP||13th|
|1993||Mark Grace||NL MVP||16th|
|1993||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||8th|
|1994||Greg Maddux||NL CY||1st||Third Straight win|
|1994||Greg Maddux||NL MVP||5th|
|1994||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||16th|
|1995||Greg Maddux||NL CY||1st||Fourth Straight Win|
|1995||Greg Maddux||NL MVP||3rd||Highest finish of career – Winner: Barry Larkin. Dante Bichette 2nd|
|1995||Mark Grace||NL MVP||13th|
|1995||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||11th|
|1996||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||6th|
|1996||Greg Maddux||NL CY||5th|
|1997||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||13th|
|1997||Greg Maddux||NL CY||2nd||Winner – Pedro Martinez|
|1997||Greg Maddux||NL MVP||12th|
|1998||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||18th|
|1998||Greg Maddux||NL CY||4th||7th straight season in top 5|
|1999||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||5th||Highest finish – Winner: Ivan Rodriguez|
|2000||Greg Maddux||NL CY||3rd|
|2000||Greg Maddux||NL MVP||12th|
|2000||Rick Ankiel||NL ROY||2nd||Winner – Rafael Furcal|
|2001||Albert Pujols||NL ROY||1st||1st ROY win since 1989 (Walton)|
|2001||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||4th||Winner – Barry Bonds|
|2001||Bud Smith||NL ROY||T 4th||Behind Pujols, Oswalt & Rollins. Tied w/Dunn|
|2001||Jim Tracy||NL Manager of Year||2nd||First Ex-Chiefs Manager to get votes. Lost out to Larry Bowa|
|2001||Rafael Palmeiro||AL MVP||14th|
|2002||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||2nd||Winner – Barry Bonds|
|2002||Jim Tracy||NL MOY||4th|
|2003||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||2nd||Winner – Barry Bonds|
|2004||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||3rd||Winner – Barry Bonds|
|2004||Jim Tracy||NL MOY||4th|
|2005||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||1st||First MVP won by a former Chief|
|2006||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||2nd||Winner – Ryan Howard|
|2006||Joe Girardi||NL MOY||1st||Played for Chiefs|
|2007||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||9th|
|2007||Placido Polanco||AL MVP||17th|
|2008||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||1st||Second career win|
|2008||Joe Maddon||AL MOY||1st||First Ex-Chiefs Manager to win MOY|
|2009||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||1st||Back to back wins, 3rd of career|
|2009||Yadier Molina||NL MVP||23rd|
|2009||Placido Polanco||AL MVP||25th|
|2009||Jim Tracy||NL MOY||1st||Back to Back years with ex Chiefs Manager as MOY|
|2009||Joe Girardi||AL MOY||3rd|
|2009||Danny Haren||NL CY||5th|
|2010||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||2nd||Winner – Joey Votto|
|2010||Joe Maddon||AL MOY||3rd|
|2010||Joe Girardi||AL MOY||6th|
|2010||Brad Mills||NL MOY||6th|
|2011||Albert Pujols||NL MVP||5th||11th straight top 10 finish|
|2011||Yadier Molina||NL MVP||21st|
|2011||Joe Maddon||AL MOY||1st||Second Career win|
|2011||Joe Girardi||AL MOY||5th|
|2011||Danny Haren||AL CY||7th||First ex-Chief with CY votes in AL & NL|
|2011||Darwin Barney||NL ROY||7th|
|2012||Albert Pujols||AL MVP||17th||Second to get MVP votes in AL & NL (Palmeiro)|
|2012||Yadier Molina||NL MVP||4th||Winner – Buster Posey|
|2012||Joe Maddon||AL MOY||4th|
|2012||Joe Girardi||AL MOY||5th|
|2013||Chris Archer||AL ROY||3rd||First AL ROY votes since 1987 (White)|
|2013||Joe Girardi||AL MOY||4th|
|2013||Joe Maddon||AL MOY||5th|
|2013||Yadier Molina||NL MVP||3rd||Winner – Andrew McCutchen|
|2013||Josh Donaldson||AL MVP||4th||Winner – Miguel Cabrera|
|2013||Coco Crisp||AL MVP||17th|
MLB declared 550 Minor League players as Free Agents today and Matt Eddy from Baseball America has put together the full list team by team. If you don’t want to sort through it all, I already did and here are some names that jumped out, relating to the Chiefs.
Arizona – Michael Brenly - Brenly hit .265 for the Chiefs in the 2009 playoff season with four homers, 18 doubles and 36 RBI. The catcher appeared in eight games for AAA-Reno this season collecting two hits in 17 at-bats.
Baltimore – Stu Pomeranz - The RHP was 12-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 17 starts for the Chiefs in 2004 and made a playoff start. He made his MLB debut with the Orioles in 2012 but missed all of 2013 with an injury. For his MiLB career, Pomeranz is 29-28 with a 4.17 ERA in 134 games with 70 starts and 21 saves.
Chicago Cubs – Jeff Antigua pitched for the Chiefs in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was 4-0 with a 3.62 ERA in 2009, 4-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 21 games in 2010, 1-2 in 10 games in 2011 and 2-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 14 games in 2012. Antigua is among the Chiefs career leaders in wins (11), Games (52), starts (28) and has allowed more home runs (23) than any pitcher in team history. He split 2013 between Cubs affiliates in Kane County, Daytona, Tennessee and Iowa.
Kyler Burke is the only player in Chiefs history, and possibly the Midwest League, to be named to the MWL All-Star Team as a position player (2009) and pitcher (2012). With the Chiefs in 2009 he hit .303 with 15 HR, 43 doubles, 89 RBI and 14 steals while scoring 93 runs. The doubles are a single-season team record while the RBI and runs scored are top 10. The Cubs turned Burke into a pitcher in 2011 and he was 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 15 g/10gs for the Chiefs in 2012 with one save and 52 strikeouts in 74 innings. He finished 2012 in Daytona and spent 2013 in Daytona where he pitched in a no-hitter and finished 6-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 13 games.
Rafael Dolis pitched for the Chiefs in 2007 going 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts before a May injury ended his season. Dolis made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 2011 and bounced back and forth to the minors in 2012 before being injured for most of 2013. He made his final 2013 appearance against the Chiefs in Kane County September 2nd,
Nate Samson hit .246 in 61 games in 2007 for the Chiefs and .293 in 128 games in 2008. The former Ryne Sandberg Award winner totaled 88 runs in a Chiefs uniform along with 23 doubles, three triples, three homers, 61 RBI and 16 steals.. Samson hit .257 in 30 games this season with Double-A Tennessee after being re-signed by the Cubs out of an independent league.
Ty Wright played in 19 games for the Chiefs in 2007 hitting .284 with two homers, one double, five RBI and five steals. Wright split the 2013 season between Tennessee and Iowa hitting .269 with nine homers, 55 RBI and 22 doubles. He has 60 career home runs with 13 coming in Triple-A and 29 in Double-A.
Colorado – Sean Gallagher had one of the best seasons for a starting pitcher in Chiefs history in 2005. He went 14-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 26 starts with 139 strikeouts in 146 innings. Along the way Gallagher set a new franchise record with 42.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run which started his campaign. Gallagher was also the starting pitcher in the 2005 MWL All-Star Game held in Peoria. In 2013 Gallagher was 4-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 starts for Double-A Tulsa and 2-3 with a 5.77 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs. In 114 innings he struck out 79. Gallagher last pitched in the Majors in 2010 and has spent time with the A’s, Padres, Reds and Pirates systems since being traded by the Cubs in 2008.
LA Angels – Lou Montanez switched from SS to OF to play for the Chiefs in 2005 in a return to the Midwest League. He was named to the MLB Futures Team for the 2005 All-Star Break and the MWL All-Star Game held in Peoria. With the Chiefs he hit .305 with 12 homers, 28 doubles and 48 RBI in 82 games before a July promotion to Double-A. Montanez has played in the Majors with the Cubs and Orioles while also spending time in the Cardinals and Phillies MiLB systems. Montanez played in Double-A with Arkansas in 2013 hitting .284 with three homers and five doubles in 22 games. He is currently playing in his native Puerto Rico.
Miami – Jose Ceda was 2-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 games and six starts for the Chiefs in 2007. He threw in the first no-hitter in Dozer Park history in August of that season against Beloit. Ceda made it to the Majors with the Marlins in 2010 and 2011 but has been hurt the last two seasons totaling just four innings since 2011,
Jay Jackson pitched six times for the Chiefs in 2008 going 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA while striking out 37 times in 24 innings. He has reached Triple-A since 2009 and was released by the Cubs and signed by the Marlins for 2013. This season he pitched 14 times in Double-A and seven times in Triple-A. Jackson is currently pitching in the Mexican Winter League.
Pittsburgh – Russ Canzler hit .270 for the Chiefs in 2007 with seven home runs, 24 doubles, 54 RBI, 12 steals and 60 runs scored. He debuted in the Majors with Tampa Bay in 2011 and played with Cleveland in 2012. Canzler was part of the Yankees, Orioles and Pirates organizations in 2013 hitting .252 with 12 homers, 16 doubles and 62 RBI in 125 games.
St. Louis – Zach Russell pitched for the Chiefs 11 times in 2013 allowing just one run over 11 innings for a 0.82 ERA. He was 0-0 with five saves and 17 strikeouts over 11 innings before a promotion to Double-A Springfield in July. With Double-A he was 0-2 with an 8.16 ERA in 10 games.
Jay Voss finished the 2013 with the Chiefs after an injury in Palm Beach. He went 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in six MWL outings while striking out 11 and walking five over 12 innings. The left-hander pitched in Double-A for both the Tigers (2009) and Marlins (2010-12) organizations.
Toronto – Mike McCoy played for the Chiefs in 2003 and 2004 with 186 games, seven homers, 24 doubles, eight triples, 33 steals and 63 RBI. He hit .252 in 2003 and .216 in 2004. McCoy reached Triple-A with the Cardinals in 2007 before signing with Baltimore. He made his MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2009 and played in 46 games for the Blue Jays in 2010, 80 in 2011 and 32 in 2012 with three home runs and 13 MLB doubles. McCoy hit .245 with four homers, 15 doubles, 50 runs scored, 29 steals and 22 RBI in 108 games for Triple-A Buffalo in 2013. McCoy has played at the Triple-A or MLB level since 2007 with the Cardinals, Rockies, Orioles and Blue Jays. Overall he has played in 1142 MiLB games and 170 MLB games.
All stats through Sunday, November 3.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Jacob Wilson (2013) has appeared in eight games so far for the 11-10 Salt River Rafters going 9-for-29 (.310) with one home run and 10 RBI. He hit a 3-run Home Run last Thursday and drove in four runs. If you get MLB Network, Salt River will be on Tuesday at 8pm Central against Mesa. Which brings us to…
Over on the Mesa Solar Sox, former Chiefs outfielder Jorge Soler (2012) is batting .281 (16-for-57) with a home run, four doubles and 10 RBI. He had a single and a walk in Saturday’s AFL Rising Stars All-Star Game. Wes Darvill (2012) has played in eight games batting .222 (6-for-27) with a home run, double and five RBI. Dallas Beeler (2011) is 3-0 in four starts with a 3.86 ERA and six strikeouts in 14 innings. Matt Loosen (2011) has pitched five times out of the bullpen going 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
The Aguilas Cibaenas feature two former Chiefs - Frank Batista (2010) and James Leverton (2010). Batista has pitched once and threw 1.1 innings with no runs, no hits and one strikeout. Leverton has also thrown four times going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and one strikeout in two innings.
The Estrellas de Oriente have six former Chiefs. Junior Lake (2009) has played in two games since joining the team and is 3-for-8 with a RBI. Mario Mercedes is 2-for-8 in four games. Nelson Perez (2009-10) who was released by the Cubs this year and played in the Mexican League, is 9-for-29 (.310) with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI. Pitcher Luis Liria (2010-12) has pitched twice as a reliever with a 16.20 ERA in 1.2 innings. Marcos Mateo (2010) is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in seven games with three saves and five strikeouts in 8.1 innings. Jose Pina (2007-09) is 0-1 as a starter with a 60.75 ERA allowing nine runs on six hits and four walks in 1.1 innings.
Tigres del Licey feature two former Chiefs. Arismendy Alcantara (2011) is 4-for-24 (.167) in seven games with a double and a walk. Pitcher Chris Narveson (2001-02) who is now a MLB Free Agent is 1-0 with an 3.24 ERA in two starts with three earned runs and 11 hits allowed over 8.1 innings.
Toros del Este also have three former Chiefs. Jim Adduci just joined the team and is hitting .211 (4-for-19) with a double and two RBI in five games. Jeff Antigua (2009-12) is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in four games allowing three runs on five hits and five strikeouts over 4.0 innings. Adalberto Mendez (2005) is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four games and one start with seven strikeouts over 4.0 innings.
Bravos de Margarita – Breyvic Valera (2013) is picking up where he left off in Peoria this year hitting .333 in 19 games (20-for-60) with 12 runs, two doubles, two triples and six RBI. He also has seven walks and two stolen bases. Silfredo Garcia (2013) is 0-0 with an 9.00 ERA in 10 relief outings with two saves. He has seven strikeouts and three walks in 8.1 innings. Frank Del Valle (2011) is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in four games and one start with five strikeouts over 5.2 innings
Ildemaro Vargas (2013)is playing for Caribes de Anzoategui and is 0-for-13 in eight games. Vargas is joined by 2005 Chiefs pitcher Jon Hunton who is 1-1 with a 12.15 ERA in 10 games. Hunton has two saves and five strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
Yoanner Negrin (2011) is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts for Leones del Caracas. He has 20 strikeouts in 26.1 innings of work.
Eliezer Alfonzo (2000) is 13-for-48 (.271) for Navegantes del Magallanes. He is joined by Robinson Chirinos (2006) who is 4-for-16 (.250) with a double and three RBI. Erik Hamren (2009) is 0-0 with 1.35 ERA in eight games. Hamren has a save and two strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
Eduardo Figueroa (2011) is on the Tiburones de La Guaira where he is 1-1 with a 27.00 ERA in two outings with four runs allowed in 1.1 innings. Alex Cabrera (1994) is batting .408 (29-for-71) with two HR, seven doubles and 16 RBI in 19 games.
It has been seven years since Jesus Yepez wore the Chiefs jersey or played in a MiLB game and the current MLB free agent is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 games for Aguilas del Zulia.
Jesse Estrada (2005-06) has pitched twice for Naranjeros de Hermosillo with 1.2 shutout innings and one hit allowed while striking out two.
Ryan Buchter (2009) is pitching for Tomateros de Culiacan and is 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA in seven outings. He has two saves and 15 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Marcus Hatley (2009-11) is 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA in nine outings. He has four saves and 14 strikeouts over 8.2 innings.
Jay Jackson (2008) is pitching for Venados de Mazatlan. Jackson is 2-0 with five saves and a 0.00 ERA in nine outings. He has struck out 14 and walked two in 11.2 innings.
Marco Carrillo (2006-07) is 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA in four starts for Yaquis de Obregon . He has 13 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched.
Ryan Searle (2010) is playing for his hometown Brisbane Bandits but has not yet pitched in their first four games. Wayne Lundgren (2004) is listed on the Sydney Blue Sox roster but also has not pitched in the first four games.
Rubi Silva (2011) is on Leones de Ponce and in two games is 2-for-8 (.250) with two runs, one RBI and a walk. He is joined by Jonathan Mota (2006-10) who is 2-for-6 (.333) in two games with one run, one RBI and two walks.
No other former Chiefs have appeared in a PRWB game but each team has played either one or two games.
Blake Lalli (2008-10) signed a Minor League deal with Arizona after being released by Milwaukee in October. Justin Berg (2005 & 2012) re-signed with Colorado. James Leverton, mentioned above, re-signed with Miami.
Last Friday the three finalists at each position were named for the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Two former Chiefs – Yadier Molina (C) and Darwin Barney (2B) are finalists in the National League. This year’s Gold Gloves will be awarded on Tuesday night (10/29) on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. Here’s hoping Molina & Barney add to the collection of 43 Gold Gloves won by ex-Chiefs players.
|18||Greg Maddux||P||1990-2002 & 2004-08|
|7||Devon White||OF||1988-89 & 1991-95|
|4||Mark Grace||1B||1992-93 & 1995-96|
|3||Placido Polanco||2B/3B||2007, 2009 & 2011|
|2||Albert Pujols||1B||2006 & 2010|
- Note: Polanco is 1 of 2 players (Darin Erstad) to win a Gold Glove at multiple positions
- Molina’s current run of 5 straight is the most in the NL since Johnny Bench won 8 in a row from 1968-1977. The overall catcher record for consecutive wins is 10 set by Ivan Rodriguez from 1992-2001
- No player has ever won more Gold Gloves than Maddux at 18
- Since 1988 at least one Gold Glove has been won by an ex-Chiefs player in every season except for 2003 when Mike Hampton beat out Maddux
- The most different ex-Chiefs to in a season is 3 done 3 times: 1992, 1993 & 1995 (Maddux/White/Grace)
All stats through Thursday, October 24. Australian Baseball League and Puerto Rico League have not yet started.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Jacob Wilson (2013) has appeared in five games so far for the 5-9 Salt River Rafters going 4-for-17 (.235) with three RBI.
Over on the Mesa Solar Sox, former Chiefs outfielder Jorge Soler (2012) is batting .282 (11-for-39) with three doubles and seven RBI. He has yet to draw a walk and has 10 strikeouts. Wes Darvill (2012) has played in five games and is batting .250 (4-for-16) with a home run and four RBI. Dallas Beeler (2011) is 2-0 in three starts with a 5.40 ERA and five strikeouts in 10 innings. Matt Loosen (2011) has pitched four times out of the bullpen going 0-0 with a 3.68 ERA and seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
The Aguilas Cibaenas feature two former Chiefs – Frank Batista (2010) and James Leverton (2010). Batista has pitched once and threw 1.1 innings with no runs, no hits and one strikeout. Leverton has also thrown one scoreless inning in his only appearance.
The Estrellas de Oriente have three former Chiefs. Nelson Perez (2009-10) who was released by the Cubs this year and played in the Mexican League, is 3-for-9 (.333) with a home run and two RBI. Pitcher Luis Liria (2010-12) has pitched twice as a reliever with a 16.20 ERA in 1.2 innings. Jose Pina (2007-09) is 0-1 as a starter with a 45.00 ERA allowing five runs on four hits and three walks in one inning.
Tigres del Licey feature two former Chiefs. Arismendy Alcantara (2011) is 3-for-18 (.167) in four games with a double and a walk. Pitcher Chris Narveson (2001-02) who is now a MLB Free Agent is 0-0 with an 8.10 ERA in one start with three earned runs and seven hits allowed over 3.1 innings.
Toros del Este also have two former Chiefs. Jeff Antigua (2009-12) has pitched twice with a 6.75 ERA allowing two runs on three hits over 2.2 innings. Adalberto Mendez (2005) has one start and a 9.00 ERA allowing two runs on three hits over two innings.
Bravos de Margarita – Breyvic Valera (2013) is picking up where he left off in Peoria this year hitting .324 in 11 games (11-for-34) with four runs, a triple and four RBI. He also has two walks and a stolen base. Silfredo Garcia (2013) is 0-0 with an 8.31 ERA in five relief outings with one save. He has four strikeouts and one walk in 4.1 innings. Frank Del Valle (2011) has pitched once with 1.2 shutout innings and two strikeouts.
Ildemaro Vargas (2013)is playing for Caribes de Anzoategui and is 0-for-7 in five games. Vargas is joined by 2005 Chiefs pitcher Jon Hunton who is 1-0 with a 10.28 ERA in two outings in seven games. Hunton has a save and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Yoanner Negrin (2011) is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts for Leones del Caracas. He has 13 strikeouts in 15 innings of work.
Eliezer Alfonzo (2000) is 3-for-11 (.273) for Navegantes del Magallanes. He is joined by Erik Hamren (2009) who is 0-0 with 0.00 ERA in four games. Hamren has a save and one strikeout in 2.2 innings with just one hit allowed.
Eduardo Figueroa (2011) is on the Tiburones de La Guaira where he is 1-1 with a 27.00 ERA in two outings with four runs allowed in 1.1 innings. Alex Cabrera (1994) is batting .474 (18-for-38) with five doubles and 10 RBI in 10 games.
It has been seven years since Jesus Yepez wore the Chiefs jersey or played in a MiLB game and the current MLB free agent is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in six games for Aguilas del Zulia.
Jesse Estrada (2005-06) has pitched twice for Naranjeros de Hermosillo with 1.2 shutout innings and one hit allowed while striking out two.
Ryan Buchter (2009) is pitching for Tomateros de Culiacan and is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four outings. He has one save and five strikeouts in three innings. Marcus Hatley (2009-11) is 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA in six outings. He has two saves and nine strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
Jay Jackson (2008) is pitching for Venados de Mazatlan. Jackson is 1-0 with three saves and a 0.00 ERA in five outings. He has struck out seven and walked two in six innings.
Devon White was the first ex-Chiefs player to appear in a World Series when he collected six hits for the Champion Toronto Blue Jays in 1992. On Wednesday, Yadier Molina will appear in his third World Series marking the 20th time in the last 22 years at least one former Chiefs player or manager has been involved in the World Series. The two exceptions are 2003 Marlins vs. Yankees and 2010 Giants vs. Rangers. Here’s a look back at each World Series and how the former Chiefs fared. As you can see at the bottom, Yadier Molina is a week away from having the most World Series games played by a former Peoria Chiefs player in history.
1992: Devon White helped Toronto to their first ever title going 6-for-26 (.231) in the six games with two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base.
1993: White was back helping the Blue Jays to a repeat this time going 7-for-24 (.292) in six games with eight runs scored, a Game 1, game-tying home run in the fifth inning off Curt Schilling and seven RBI. White also had three doubles, two triples, four walks and a stolen base.
1995: The first of three World Series appearances for Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves. Maddux was joined by former Chiefs OF Dwight Smith in the six-game win over Cleveland. Maddux started two games going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and eight strikeouts over 16 innings. He beat Orel Hershiser in Game 1 with a complete game effort and lost in a Game 5 rematch. As a pinch-hitter, Smith was 1-for-2 with a walk.
1996: In the first World Series to feature Ex-Chiefs on each team, Joe Girardi’s New York Yankees got by Maddux and the Braves in six games. Girardi played in four of the six contests going 2-for-10 (.200) with a RBI triple off Maddux in the deciding Game 6. Maddux threw eight shutout innings in Game 2 for the Win but lost 3-2 to Jimmy Key in the deciding contest. Overall Maddux was 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA and five strikeouts in 15.2 innings.
1997: White is back again, this time with the Florida Marlins along with Ex-Chiefs infielder Alex Arias. Florida beat Cleveland in six games and White was 8-for-33 (.242) with three doubles, a triple and two RBI. Arias played in two games and was 0-for-1 with a run scored.
1998: Chiefs on both sides of this series as Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees sweep Wally Joyner and the San Diego Padres. Girardi caught two games going 0-for-6 while Joyner went 0-for-8 in four games with three walks.
1999: Braves vs. Yankees again gave us another rematch of Maddux vs. Girardi. The result was the same with the Yankees winning in four games for their second straight World Series. Girardi was 2-for-7 with a run scored in two starts. Maddux was 0-1 with two runs allowed in seven innings in a Game 1 loss. This time around Maddux and Girardi did not face off head to head.
2000: Matt Franco represented the Chiefs in the 2000 Subway Series going 0-for-1 in the Mets five-game loss.
2001: Mark Grace finally got to the World Series and made the most of it for the Arizona Diamondbacks going 5-for-19 (.263) with a home run, double four walks and three RBI. Grace homered off Orlando Hernandez in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium and his lead-off single off Mariano Rivera started the Diamondbacks 2-run rally in the bottom of the 9th in Game 7.
2002: The other Molina, Jose Molina, appeared in three games for the Anaheim Angels backing up brother Bengie Molina just a month after Yadier Molina led the Chiefs to their first ever MWL title. Jose did not have an at-bat as the Angels beat the Giants in seven games
2004: As the Cardinals played in the first World Series in 17 years they were led by three former Chiefs, Albert Pujols, Dan Haren & Yadier Molina. Pujols was 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles, a walk and a run scored. Molina played in three of the games as Mike Matheny’s backup and was 0-for-3. Haren pitched twice out of the bullpen and did not allow a run in 4.2 innings to the Red Sox.
2005: As the White Sox swept Houston, Cliff Politte threw three times and allowed one run over 2.1 innings while Pablo Ozuna was 0-for-1 in his only game.
2006: This Series is the one with the most Ex-Chiefs as the Cardinals faced Detroit with seven players on the two teams. The Cardinals won in five games led by Molina going 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, three walks and a RBI. Pujols was 3-for-15 with a home run in Game 1 at Detroit, three runs scored and two RBI while drawing five walks. Chris Duncan was 1-for-8 with a RBI double in three games. On the pitching side Tyler Johnson pitched two shutout outings as did Josh Kinney. Brad Thompson threw once and did not allow a base-runner in 0.2 innings. For Detroit, Placido Polanco was 0-for-17 with a walk against his former team.
2007: Coco Crisp won a World Series with Boston in 2007 with a sweep of Colorado. Crisp was 1-for-2 with a run scored in three games off the bench.
2008: Former Chiefs Manager Joe Maddon (1984) led the Tampa Bay Rays to a surprising World Series run. It ended with a five-game loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Maddon was the first former Chiefs Manager to make it to the World Series as a manager.
2009: Jose Molina was back with the Yankees going 0-for-2 with a walk in two games off the bench. Former Chiefs player Joe Girardi was the Manager winning the title with the Yankees in six games.
2011: The third appearance for the Cardinals in the World Series puts former Chiefs Pujols and Molina back in the Fall Classic along with new closer Jason Motte. Pujols had a record-tying 3 Home Run game in Game 3 at Texas and finished the series 6-for-25 (.240) with eight runs scored, six RBI, one double and six walks. He doubled and scored on the Freese triple in the 9th inning of Game 6. Molina had a great series going 8-for-24 (.333) with nine RBI, two doubles, four walks and one run scored. In his first World Series, Motte nailed down one save and also got the final three outs in a non-save situation in Game 7. Overall he was 0-1 with three runs allowed in 4.1 innings in five outings in the series.
2012: Al Alburquerque pitched once for the Tigers as they were swept by San Francisco. He allowed one run over two innings while striking out two.
*Players who have rehabbed in Peoria and then played in the World Series include Scott Sanderson (1988 Oakland), Damon Berryhill (1992 Atlanta), J.D. Drew (2007 Boston) and Scott Eyre (2008/09 Phillies).
Games Played: White 19, Pujols 16, Yadier Molina 15, Girardi 8 (6 as Manager), Grace 6, Jose Molina/Polanco/Maddux/Motte 5 each.
While the main baseball focus is on the Championship Series, and rightfully so, the Arizona Fall League and a few Winter Leagues got underway late last week and a lot of former Chiefs are involved. Let’s take a look at what former Chiefs are playing where and how the first week of action has gone.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Jacob Wilson has appeared in two games so far for the 1-3 Salt River Rafters going 1-for-5 with a RBI. Other Cardinals prospects on the team include outfielders Stephen Piscotty and James Ramsey, pitchers Anthony Ferrara, Sam Gaviglio, Dean Kiekhefer and Lee Stoppleman.
Over on the Mesa Solar Sox, former Chiefs outfielder Jorge Soler (2012) is off to a slow start batting .188 (3-for-16) through three games. Soler missed most of 2013 with an injury and has two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored so far for the high-powered Solar Sox who have not lost as of Sunday night. Soler was supposed to team up with Javier Baez (2012) in the AFL but Baez was emotionally and physically drained from a great 2013 season in which he hit .282 with 37 home runs and 111 RBI. Baez was replaced by former Chiefs infielder Wes Darvill (2012) who homered in his first at-bat last week in the AFL and is 2-for-4 with 3 RBI in two games. Ex-Chiefs pitchers from 2011 Dallas Beeler (1-0, 3.00) and Matt Loosen (0-0, 0.00) have thrown a combined five innings for Mesa with Beeler getting a start. Beeler did not pitch after a May 18 outing for Double-A Tennessee so it’s great to see him healthy and pitching well this fall.
Not all of the other winter leagues have begun (Australia/Dominican/Puerto Rico) but Mexico and Venezuela have begun and include former Chiefs on the rosters. These winter league rosters are always changing as teams get eliminated from the playoffs or players get send to prospect camps, etc.
A pair of 2013 Chiefs are reunited back at home as Breyvic Valera and Silfredo Garcia are both playing for Bravos de Margarita. Valera is 0-for-3 in one start with a walk and Garcia has pitched twice allowing three runs in one total inning of work. Another 2013 Chiefs player who is from Venezuela, Ildemaro Vargas, is playing for Caribes de Anzoategui. Vargas has started two of the Caribes’ first four games and is 0-for-5. Vargas is joined by 2005 Chiefs pitcher Jon Hunton who has a 16.20 ERA in two outings while allowing three runs and four walks but no hits over 1 2/3 innings. Hunton last pitched in a MiLB game in 2010 with Triple-A Sacramento
Yoanner Negrin (2011)is 1-0 with five shutout innings for Leones del Caracas as he struck out seven and walked two in his first start. Erik Hamren pitched with the Chiefs in 2009 and made his MLB debut with San Diego in 2011. He has one save with a hitless outing for Navegantes del Magallanes. Eduardo Figueroa pitched briefly for the Chiefs in 2011 and is now on the Tiburones de La Guaira where he is 1-0 with one run allowed over 1 1/3 relief innings.
It has been seven years since Jesus Yepez wore the Chiefs jersey or played in a MiLB game and the current MLB free agent is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two games for Aguilas del Zulia.
Ryan Buchter and Marcus Hatley were teammates with the Chiefs in 2009 and are now on the same Liga Mexicana del Pacifico team – Tomateros de Culiacan. Hatley is 0-1 in two outings with one save and a 0.00 ERA while striking out four in 1 2/3 innings. Buchter has two strikeouts and one walk in 2/3 of an inning. Both Hatley (Cubs) and Buchter (Braves) spent the 2013 season in AAA and had fantastic seasons.
Jay Jackson was with the Chiefs in 2008 and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two games for Venados de Mazatlan. Jackson has two strikeouts and no walks in two innings while converting one save. Jackson is now in the Marlins organization and split 2013 between Jacksonville (AA) and New Orleans (AAA),
In other Former Chiefs News, Jonathon Mota (2006-10) and Marcus Hatley (2009-11) re-signed with the Cubs while Rafael Dolis (2007) and Trey McNutt (2010) were removed from the Cubs 40-man roster. Matt Pagnozzi (2004) elected free agency from Houston while Chris Narveson (2001-02) and Blake Lalli (2008-10) did the same from Milwaukee as did Josh Kinney (2001) from Seattle and Kyle McClellan (2004) from Texas. Jose Ceda (2007) was removed from the Marlins 40-man roster. Eric Patterson (2005) was released by Milwaukee. Geoff Klein (2013), Brad Watson (2013) and Ben O’Shea (2013) were released by the Cardinals.
Former Chiefs manager Pete Mackanin (1985-86) will be Ryne Sandberg’s third base coach in Philadelphia while former Chiefs player Wally Joyner (1983) will not return to the Phillies as assistant hitting coach.
Saturday night, while watching the Oakland – Detroit game and seeing 2007 Chiefs pitcher Al Alburquerque face 2008 Chiefs catcher, turned 3B Josh Donaldson I was curious as to how many times that had happened. So the research was done and here is the list of the 27 occurrences when a former Chiefs pitcher faced a former Chiefs batter in the MLB post-season. Stats and some interesting notes at the bottom of the table.
|10/3/1995||NLDS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Joe Girardi||Col||1b, go, dp|
|10/7/1995||NLDS||4||Greg Maddux||Atl||Joe Girardi||Col||K, dp, 1b|
|10/21/1996||WS||2||Greg Maddux||Atl||Joe Girardi||NYY||Go, Go, Go|
|10/26/1996||WS||6||Greg Maddux||Atl||Joe Girardi||NYY||3B (RBI/R), 1b, go|
|10/2/1997||ALDS||2||Heath Slocumb||Sea||Rafael Palmeiro||Bal||2B|
|10/4/1997||ALDS||3||Heath Slocumb||Sea||Rafael Palmeiro||Bal||1B (R)|
|10/7/1997||NLCS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Devon White||Fla||K, K, go, fo|
|10/12/1997||NLCS||5||Greg Maddux||Atl||Devon White||Fla||HBP (SB/R), K, K|
|10/3/1998||NLDS||3||Greg Maddux||Atl||Brant Brown||CHC||go (PH)|
|10/10/1998||NLCS||3||Greg Maddux||Atl||Wally Joyner||SD||BB, fo, fo|
|10/3/2000||NLDS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Placdo Polanco||StL||1B (3RBI), 1B|
|10/3/2000||NLDS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Rick Ankiel||StL||fo|
|10/3/2000||NLDS||1||Rick Ankiel||StL||Greg Maddux||Atl||BB (R)|
|10/9/2001||NLDS||1||Gene Stechschulte||StL||Mark Grace||Ari||1B|
|10/16/2001||NLCS||1||Greg Maddux||Atl||Mark Grace||Ari||dp, go, go|
|10/20/2001||NLCS||4||Greg Maddux||Atl||Mark Grace||Ari||fo, 1b (RBI)|
|10/14/2006||ALCS||4||Dan Haren||Oak||Placdo Polanco||Det||go, 1b, dp|
|10/22/2006||WS||2||Tyler Johnson||StL||Placdo Polanco||Det||HBP|
|10/2/2011||NLDS||2||Jason Motte||StL||Placdo Polanco||Phi||fo|
|10/4/2011||NLDS||3||Jason Motte||StL||Placdo Polanco||Phi||1b|
|10/5/2011||NLDS||4||Jason Motte||StL||Placdo Polanco||Phi||fo|
|10/10/2011||NLCS||2||Chris Narveson||Mil||Albert Pujols||StL||go|
|10/10/2011||NLCS||2||Chris Narveson||Mil||Yadier Molina||StL||fo|
|10/16/2011||NLDS||6||Chris Narveson||Mil||Albert Pujols||StL||HR (RBI/R)|
|10/16/2011||NLDS||6||Chris Narveson||Mil||Yadier Molina||StL||IBB (R)|
|10/10/2012||ALDS||4||Al Alburquerque||Det||Josh Donaldson||Oak||lo|
|10/5/2013||ALDS||2||Al Alburquerque||Det||Josh Donaldson||Oak||K|
- Hitters are 13-for-43 (.302) with 1 home run, 1-2b, 1-3b, 6rbi, 5r, 5-bb, 2-hbp and 1 stolen base (Devon White). Pitchers have six strikeouts.
- 2000 NLDS Game 1 is the only post-season game started by ex-Chiefs pitchers on both team as Rick Ankiel (STL) opposed Greg Maddux (ATL). The Cardinals won as Ankiel got a no-decision and Maddux took the loss.
- In the 2008 NLDS Game 1 two ex-Chiefs pitched on opposing teams, but both out of the bullpen. Greg Maddux (LA) and Jeff Samardzija (Cubs) each threw an inning but did not face each other as a batter.
- Chiefs teammates have faced each other as well. Yadier Molina and Chris Narveson were teammates in Peoria in 2002 winning a MWL Championship. They faced each other in the 2011 NLCS with Molina flying out in Game 2 and walking/scoring in Game 6.
- The ex-Chiefs to face each other the most in the MLB playoffs? Greg Maddux (1985) vs. Joe Girardi (1986). Those two faced each other in the 1995 NLDS and 1996 World Series. Girardi did not play in the 1999 World Series game Maddux started. Overall Girardi was 4-for-12 (.333) with a triple, RBI, run and strikeout against his former Cubs teammate.
There you have it, here’s hoping for a few more ex-Chiefs vs. ex-Chiefs matchups this month as Al Alburquerque and Darin Downs could face the three Oakland A’s this week (Coco Crisp, Josh Donaldson, Daric Barton) or in the ALCS with potential Tigers-Rays or A’s-Rays matchups. Unfortunately there aren’t any ex-Chiefs as pitchers in the NL playoffs so we won’t get any matchups in the NLDS, NLCS or even World Series.
We could see up to 12 different former Chiefs in the 2013 MLB playoffs depending on playoff rosters, plus 1 manager and 3 coaches. Let’s take a look at the options, plus how former Chiefs have done in the MLB post-season dating back to 1986.
Possible in 2013
St. Louis: Yadier Molina and Ex-Chiefs pitching coach Derek Lilliquist
Pittsburgh: Josh Harrison
Tampa Bay: Chris Archer, Jose Molina, Sam Fuld, Jeff Beliveau and Manager Joe Maddon
Oakland:Jerry Blevins, Josh Donaldson, Coco Crisp & Daric Barton (plus hitting coordinator Todd Steverson is a former Chiefs coach)
Detroit: Al Alburquerque, Darin Downs & TV Broadcaster Mario Impemba was the Chiefs radio broadcaster in 1987-88.
Cleveland: Hitting Coach Ty Van Burkleo played for the Chiefs & 3rd Base Coach Brad Mills is a former Chiefs Manager
Since Wally Joyner & Devon White played in the 1986 ALCS with the California Angels, the Chiefs have seen 50 different players appear in 624 MLB post-season games. The Chiefs have been represented in 22 straight and 24 of the last 27 post-seasons (1987, 1988, 1990 are the exceptions with no playoffs in 1994). The most successful post-season Ex-Chiefs wise was 2006 with 14 players appearing in 78 games as the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series. The other post-seasons with double-digit players are 2000 (12), 2001 (11), 2005 (11) and 1997 (10).
As for the stats, Ex-Chiefs hit .267 in the playoffs with 34 home runs in 499 games while pitchers are 17-17 with 9 saves and a 3.59 ERA over 306 innings of work.
The leaders won’t surprise you. No one has appeared in more post-season games than Albert Pujols (74) who also leads all Ex-Chiefs in HR (18). Rafael Palmeiro is 2nd in HR (4) while Yadier Molina, Devon White, Mark Grace & Wally Joyner all have 2. The other 4 HR? How about 1 for Chris Duncan in the 2006 World Series, 1 for Rick Ankiel in the 2010 NLDS for Atlanta at San Francisco, 1 for Coco Crisp in the 2012 ALDS against Detroit and 1 for Ryan Flaherty last season for Baltimore at Yankee Stadium in the ALDS.
Molina in 2nd in games played with 63 while Devon White played in 49, Joe Girardi 39, Placido Polanco 38 and Coco Crisp enters this postseason at 25.
Greg Maddux leads all pitching stats except for saves with 11 wins, 35 appearances and 31 starts. Jason Motte is second in games pitched (19) and has the most saves with 8. Other than Maddux, Danny Haren (2) is the only Ex-Chiefs pitcher with more than 1 post-season win (1 each for Jason Motte, Al Alburquerque, Bud Smith, Britt Reames & Josh Kinney). Maddux also has a save to join Motte in the Ex-Chiefs with MLB post-season saves category.
Joe Maddon enters the 2013 playoffs with 11 wins in 25 playoff games. He trails Joe Girardi (38g, 21w) in both categories while Jim Tracy won 2 of his 8 games managed in the playoffs.
Good luck to all those with Chiefs ties in the 2013 post-season and here’s hoping they add to these stats with many hits, home runs, wins and saves!
I completely borrowed this idea from Chris Mehring and the Rattler Radio Blog. In the 2013 season 38 different former Chiefs played at least one game in the Majors and four guys with Chiefs ties managed. Here are the final stats (G Avg/OBP/SLUG; HR; RBI) and (G W-L-S; ERA; IP; BB:K) on all those players plus a highlight from their season. The 4 players who made their MLB debut in 2013 are in BOLD. Let’s get it started with a fun commercial from the Oakland A’s.
Jim Adduci (’07) – TEX – 17G; .258/.324/.290; 0HR; 0RBI
Rick Ankiel (’98) – HOU/NYM – 45G; .188/.235/.422; 7 HR; 18 RBI.
Darwin Barney (’07) – CHC – 141G; .208/.266/.303; 7 HR; 41 RBI
Daric Barton (’04) – OAK – 37G; .269/.350/.375; 3 HR; 16 RBI
Tony Campana (’09) – ARI – 29G; .261/.370/.304; 0 HR; 0 RBI (8 SB)
Wellington Castillo (’07) – CHC – 113G; .274/.349/.397; 8 HR; 32 RBI
Robinson Chirinos (’06) – TEX – 13G .179/.233/.286; 0 HR; 0 RBI
Coco Crisp (’00) – OAK – 131G; .261/.335/.444; 22 HR; 66 RBI (21 SB)
Josh Donaldson (’07) – OAK – 158G; .301/.384/.499; 24 HR; 93 RBI
Ryan Flaherty (’09) – BAL – 85G; .224/.293/.390; 10 HR; 27 RBI
Sam Fuld (’05) – TB – 118 G; .199/.270/.267; 2 HR; 17 RBI
Marwin Gonzalez (’07) – HOU – 72G; .221/.252/.319; 4 HR; 14 RBI
Josh Harrison (’08-09) – PIT – 60G; .250/.290/.409; 3 HR; 14 RBI
Junior Lake (’09) – CHC – 64G; .284/.332/.428; 6 HR; 16 RBI
Blake Lalli (’08-10) – MIL – 16G; .125/.125/.125; 0 HR; 2 RBI
DJ LeMahieu (’09) – COL – 109G; .280/.311/.361; 2 HR; 28 RBI;
Jose Molina (’94) – TB – 99G; .233/.290/.304; 2 HR; 18 RBI
Yadier Molina (’02) – STL – 136G; .319/.359/.477; 12 HR; 80 RBI
Matt Pagnozzi (’04) – HOU – 9G; .143/.182/.143; 0 HR; 0 RBI
Placido Polanco (’95) – MIA – 118G; .260/.315/.302; 1 HR; 23 RBI
Albert Pujols (’00) – LAA – 99G; .258/.330/.437; 17 HR; 64 RBI
Brendan Ryan (’04) – SEA/NYY – 104G; .197/.255/.273; 4HR; 22RBI
Logan Watkins (’10) – CHC – 27G; .211/.268/.237 0 HR; 0 RBI
Al Alburquerque (’07-08) – DET – 53G; 4-3-0; 4.59 ERA; 49IP; 35BB:70K
Chris Archer (’09) – TB – 23G; 9-7-0; 3.22 ERA; 128.2 IP; 38BB:101K
Jeff Beliveau (’09-10) – TB – 1G; 0-0-0; 0.00 ERA; 0.2IP; 1BB:0K
Jerry Blevins (’05) – OAK – 67G; 5-0-0; 3.15 ERA; 60 IP; 17BB:52K
Alberto Cabrera (’08-09) – CHC – 7G; 0-0-0; 4.50 ERA; 6IP; 5BB:4K
Rafael Dolis (’07) – CHC – 5G; 0-0-0; 0.00 ERA; 5IP; 2BB:0K
Darin Downs (’05) – DET – 29G; 0-2-0; 4.84 ERA; 35.1IP; 11BB:37K
Dan Haren (’02) – WAS – 31G; 10-14-1; 4.67 ERA; 169.2IP; 31BB:151K
Kyle McClellan (’04) – TEX – 7G: 0-1-0; 7.71 ERA; 9.1IP; 5BB:3K
Chris Narveson (’01-02) – MIL – 2G: 0-0-0; 0.00 ERA; 2.0IP; 1BB:0K
Blake Parker (’08) – CHC – 49G; 1-2-1; 2.72 ERA; 46.1IP; 15BB:55K
Zac Rosscup (’12) – CHC – 10G: 0-0-0; 1.35 ERA; 6.2IP; 7BB:7K
James Russell (’07) – CHC – 74G; 1-6-0; 3.59 ERA; 52.2IP; 18BB:37K
Jeff Samardzija (’06) – CHC – 33G; 8-13-0; 4.34 ERA; 213.2IP; 78BB:214K
Donnie Veal (’06) – CWS – 50G; 2-3-0; 4.60 ERA; 29.1 IP; 16BB:29K
Ryne Sandberg (’07-08) – PHI – 20-22 record
Bo Porter (Player 1994 – HOU – 51-111 record
Joe Girardi – (Player 1986 & 2003) – 85-77 record
Joe Maddon – (1984) 92-71 record, playoffs