Former Chiefs in World Series History
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.