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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Salomon Torres To Retire

Something of a surprise, but former Giant starter Salomon Torres has announced his retirement. Torres is probably most famous among Dodger fans for his epic collapse on October 3, 1993, the last game of the season and one which the Giants needed to win in order to reach the postseason. Torres infamously collapsed, lasting only an inning and a third, bringing San Francisco's season to an end with a clank, and finishing Dusty Baker's first year as a major league manager on a sour note. (That 103-win Giants team tied the San Francisco record for wins, and also — I believe — marks the most wins of any team not to reach the postseason.)

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I can think of two other second place teams that finished with 103 or more wins.

1942 NL
St. Louis Cardinals 106-48
Brooklyn Dodgers 104-50

1954 AL
Cleveland Indians 111-43
New York Yankees 103-51

It took 51 years (1942-1993) for all three of the pre-1958 New York borough franchises to have a 103 win or greater season as a second place team.
Ah, then I was probably thinking of post-division play.

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