Chiefs – MLB Playoff History
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!