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  • The Bobby Abreu Affliction-Dodgers beware

    I swear, everytime this guy shows up somewhere the team has NO chance to win

    Now, I had some beef with him on the Phillies (he wanted Philly records instead of winning and he was afraid of the OF wall or diving)

    But his batting eye is impecable and he was a great hitter and is still a very good one

    Yet

    1997 Abreu HERE Houston Astros 84-78
    1998 Abreu GONE - Houston Astros 102-60
    98-06 Abreu HERE - Phillies average about 76 wins (bad 2000 season) ,never make playoffs
    07-11 Abreu GONE -First year Phillies win the East,2nd win World Series,3rd lose world series
    06-08 Abreu HERE -Yankees lose in the 1st rnd because of the Abreu Affliction,next year they lose to THE INDIANS! 2008 do not make playoffs
    2009 Abreu GONE -Yankees beat the Phillies for the World Series title
    09-12 Abreu HERE -Angels won the West 3 yrs prior to Abreu won avg 95 games, as the favorite over the aging Yankees after 97 wins they lose 4 games to 2...2010 DONT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS! what? Hey they caught the Abreu (Bless you). Next season 10 GB
    2012 Abreu GONE As SOON as Abreu was gone Angels went on a tear and now are 4.5 GB
    2012 Abreu HERE The Dodgers had a great lead in the West and lost it 6/28/12 due to Abreu Affliction

    The Dodgers need to look at this and cut bait...have Tony Gwynn Jr play everyday as long as its not Abreu!

    Abreu should be riding into clubhouses on the back of a black rat

  • #2
    That's a lot of interesting coincidences, but correlation does not prove causation.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    • #3
      LOL jinx'd.
      Sounds kinda like the "Mattingly Curse". (not that I believe it.)
      In fairness, Yanks' 2007 was on Torre, who had absolutely no pulse by then. Leaving Joba out there squirming and passed-balling (leading to a tie ballgame IIRC) as the midges attacked in Cleveland was the turning point in that series. He sat there in the dugout like he was sleeping. What manager doesn't go out and at least try to stall, talk to the Umps?

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      • #4
        While the coincidences in his career are interesting and fun to talk about, prolly not a true representation of the guys career. However, he is clearly done now. He looked terrible over the three games in SF, so I gotta think that the day Kemp comes back will be Bobby's last day for the Bums.
        “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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        • #5
          You look at each and every one of those teams he's on and they all had significant issues other than the oh-so-terrifying Curse of Bobby Abreu.
          46 wins to match last year's total

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          • #6
            If anyone was cursed it was Mike Mussina. His Orioles got screwed by the Yankees. Then he goes to NYY after they have won three straight World Series in '98, '99 and 2000. His Yankee career spans 2001-2008 and they don't win a World Series. He retires at the top of his game after finally winning 20 games in 2008, and the Yankees promptly win another World Series in 2009. The strike cost him TWO 20 win seasons. He came ONE out shy of a perfect game, He finished top-6 in CY voting nine times, but never won....etc....The logical next step in this progression is him getting shafted by the Hall Of Fame voters.
            My top 10 players:

            1. Babe Ruth
            2. Barry Bonds
            3. Ty Cobb
            4. Ted Williams
            5. Willie Mays
            6. Alex Rodriguez
            7. Hank Aaron
            8. Honus Wagner
            9. Lou Gehrig
            10. Mickey Mantle

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            • #7
              hyperbole gentlemen

              It's the GREATEST THING EVER!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Imapotato View Post
                hyperbole gentlemen

                It's the GREATEST THING EVER!
                You never know how serious people are over the Internet sometimes. :P
                46 wins to match last year's total

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                • #9
                  Reminds me of the old "Ex-Cub Factor", that you never hear about anymore.
                  They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                    Reminds me of the old "Ex-Cub Factor", that you never hear about anymore.
                    Are you referencing how guys suck for the cubs, go somewhere else and put up huge numbers? Yeah, its no bueno

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cap78 View Post
                      Are you referencing how guys suck for the cubs, go somewhere else and put up huge numbers? Yeah, its no bueno
                      No, that's not it.

                      The ex-Cub factor states that in any given World Series, the team with more ex-Chicago Cubs on its roster will lose. It held true for a long time, but like all jinxes and hexes, there's really nothing to it.
                      They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                        No, that's not it.

                        The ex-Cub factor states that in any given World Series, the team with more ex-Chicago Cubs on its roster will lose. It held true for a long time, but like all jinxes and hexes, there's really nothing to it.
                        No, the way it worked was that any team with three or more ex-Cubs on its roster couldn't win the World Series. The 1960 Pirates were the only exception for a long time, and they explained that away by saying that Don Hoak, one of the three ex-Cubs, refused to acknowledge his brief tenure with the team because it was such an unpleasant experience for him, therefore overcoming his "Cub-ness."

                        In 2001 the Diamondbacks had four ex-Cubs on their roster, and I believe the 2008 Phillies had three, so that talk's pretty much been put to bed by now.
                        Baseball Junk Drawer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ian2813 View Post
                          No, the way it worked was that any team with three or more ex-Cubs on its roster couldn't win the World Series. The 1960 Pirates were the only exception for a long time, and they explained that away by saying that Don Hoak, one of the three ex-Cubs, refused to acknowledge his brief tenure with the team because it was such an unpleasant experience for him, therefore overcoming his "Cub-ness."

                          In 2001 the Diamondbacks had four ex-Cubs on their roster, and I believe the 2008 Phillies had three, so that talk's pretty much been put to bed by now.
                          That's not the way I always heard it defined, but whatever, it's a load of bollocks either way.
                          They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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                          • #14
                            Unfortunately, Philly connection does not work for the Dodgers like it does for the Kings.

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                            • #15
                              Yes, I do a Triple Play Thursday segment here in upstate NY for the ESPN affiliate and the host Bruce Jacobs mentioned that also when this was one of my stories

                              What player started that myth?

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