While watching the game at JoAnna’s on Saturday, we were talking about how many of our players are playing in their first post season in one way or another. For example, our starters each started in their first postseason start. Clayton Kershaw was the only one of the three starters that actually had post season experience, albeit as a reliever.
Randy Wolf spent 8 years with the Phillies, 1 with the Dodgers, and 1 between the Padres and the Astros. No post season appearances in any of his 10 years in the majors. Now in his 11th year in the majors, he finally made it to the post season. As I have mentioned before, Wolf just missed the playoffs with three of the four teams he played with.
Vicente Padilla spent a year with the D-backs before being traded to the Phillies. He was with the Phillies for five years before going to the Rangers for three years before coming to the Dodgers.
Players with one post season experience: Juan Castro (1996 Dodgers), Jon Garland (2005 White Sox, World Series Champions – guess he didn’t make an appearance with the Angels last year), Ronnie Belliard (2006 Cardinals – World Sereis Champtions), Mark Loretta (2005 Padres – who were swept by the Cardinals!).
These players, before coming to the Dodgers only had one other post season appearances. Casey Blake had one post season appearance with the 2007 Indians. Juan Pierre had one post season appearance with the 2003 Marlins. Jeff Weaver has two other post season appearances other than his 2004 appearance with the Dodgers. He appeared in the 2003 World Series with the Yankees, and was with the 2006 champions Cardinals.
Brad Ausmus has 5 post season appearances with the Astros (1997, 1009, 2001, 2004, 2005). Rafael Furcal has 5 post season appearances with the Braves (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) and now three with the Dodgers.
Manny has 5 post season appearances with the Indians (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), 4 with the Red Sox (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007), and now two with the Dodgers. Jim Thome has 6 post season appearances with the Indians (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001), one with the White Sox (2008).