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The Baseball-Reference.com Batting Game Finder has data going back to 1903. To get the list of pitchers who have hit home runs in the postseason, make the following setting changes on that page: select "Find Players with Most Matching Games in Multiple Years" select "Postseason" for "Batter's Defensive Position", make sure ...


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Technically yes. One of those 3-3 teams will win the division by tie-breaker and, strangely enough, get a home game as the #4 seed against the top wild card team.


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This was actually a fairly tough on to dig up. As you mention in your question, the East and West swapped back and forth, and until 1985 the AL and NL were in sync. However something happened in 1985. Change came to the playoffs. The LCS were changed from 5 games to 7 and in addition the commissioner decided that the AL and NL would go to opposite divisions ...


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I suppose in theory a team could get to the playoffs without winning a regular season game. If all divisional games finish as ties, and all teams lose every other game, they'll all end up with 0-10-6 records. Whoever comes on top after the tiebreakers will win the division and get the #4 seed. In practice having 12 ties for the divisional games is highly ...


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The NFL started allowing two wildcard teams per conference to enter the playoffs in the 1978-79 season, and went to three wildcard teams in 1990-91. With only three divisions per conference, it was quite common to have three teams from one division in the playoffs. There were even two instances where there were four teams from the NFC Central division in ...


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Wikipedia lists quite a few comebacks from deficits of 25+ points in the 3rd or even early 4th quarter. The odds are certainly small that a team would turn it around, but even a glimmer of hope to win an extra game in a series seems monumental. Additionally, by pulling your starters you encourage the opponents to do so as well. By keeping your stars ...


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This other answer covers categories of players in which there is a deadline to sign that particular type of player. The answer is correct, but not all-encompassing and (I feel) misses the spirit of your question. For example, during the 2014 season, Ben Tate was signed to the Steelers on December 30th. This is similar to the scenario you are asking about. ...


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According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two teams with an 11-5 record have missed the NFL playoffs during the 16-game regular season era: The Denver Broncos (pictured) posted an 11-5 record in 1985 which placed them one game behind the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC West. Denver lost out on the playoffs via tie breakers to the New York Jets and New ...


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From the inception of the NBA through the 2017 Conference Finals, 128 game sevens have been played. Of those, only 26 game sevens have been won by the road team. Of those 26 series 5 of those have had 5 road wins, but none have had 7 road wins (6 road wins is not possible for this scenario) 1968 Boston @ Philadelphia 5 road wins 1974 Boston @ Milwaukee 5 ...


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As it is mentioned in the question, the stars are pulled out with a few minutes left in the game. How early they are pulled depends on the point differential, the coach, and the team's momentum. In the NBA teams often go on runs where they outscore the other team by a wide margin in just a few minutes. It is not uncommon to see a team outscore their ...


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This has never happened. The closest any time has come in Hockey since the NHL moved to four 7 game series has been the Bruins in 2011 and the Kings in 2014. They each won three game 7s. The Bruins in the first, third and fourth rounds. No team has even played four game 7s that I could find since the league went to four 7 game series in the 80s. The Kings ...


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The longest time between two consecutive NHL playoff goals for a player is 11 years, which has been done by 5 players: Craig Ludwig: 103 games apart, 4079 days 04/09/1988, Montreal @ Hartford 06/10/1999, Dallas vs Buffalo James Patrick, 72 games apart, 4027 days 04/21/1990, NY Rangers vs Washington 04/30/2001, Buffalo vs Pittsburgh Bob Goldham: 20 games ...


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There have been seven NHL teams thus far to win the President's Trophy but be eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The worst Stanley Cup finish by a President's Trophy winner was in 2018-19 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were eliminated in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets, in a 4-0 series. Other President's Trophy ...


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tl;dr: NO NBA There has not been a single team in the NBA going 12-0 into the finals. This is also due to the first round being a best of 5 game series until the 2003 playoffs. The 2000-2001 Los Angeles Lakers' actually went 11-0 into the finals before losing game 1 to the Philadelphia 76'ers. They won game 2,3,4 and 5 to win the NBA championship with a ...


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The list of comebacks from 0-3 down in NHL playoffs (entirely, not just the Stanley Cup finals) is very short: 1942 Stanley Cup Finals (Leafs over Red Wings) 1975 quarterfinals (Islanders over Penguins) 2010 conference semifinals (Flyers over Bruins) 2014 first round (Kings over Sharks)


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Interesting question. The BCS has been plagueing college football for quite some time and the NCAA, among many others have finally have brought up the new College Football Playoff system to try and resolve the former's well documented criticisms. There really is no direct answer to your question, it's just as Charles Sterger (the President of the CFP system) ...


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On ticket sales alone in 2012-13 the Heat made 1.44 million per game. That said, the average NBA fan spends something like and additional $25 (the numbers for cost I see seem to indicate that it's tickets for 4 + ~$100 which then divided 4 ways gives us $25). The Heat regularly sell out regular season games and I'm sure they fill to capacity for these ...


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To go through all Olympic tournaments prior to 1998, when the NHL permitted its players to take part in the Olympics, would require serious digging. It's possible there may be a scenario in which an Olympic gold medal-winning netminder was not a member of an NHL team, but signed with a franchise after the tournament. There's also the possibility goaltenders ...


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There have only been 7 times in NFL history that a home team in the divisional round was an underdog (source: Pro Football Reference). Here is a list of the games: 1979-80 #2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4.5-point underdogs to Philadelphia Eagles. Won Game 1981-82 #2 Miami Dolphins, 2.5-point underdogs to San Diego Chargers. Lost Game 1982-83 #2 Miami Dolphins, 1....


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It seems, according to this list of NBA game sevens, that the only other time (besides the 2018 playoffs) both conference finals made it to game 7 was in 1979, where the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Phoenix Suns in the game 7 of Western Conference finals while the Washington Bullets beat the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 of the Eastern Conference.


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Not sure where you're getting 7 postseason teams. I think there's a proposal for it, but wouldn't happen before 2022. Since 2012, MLB has had 5 teams from each league qualify for postseason play: three division winners and two wild-card teams. All of these are chosen by a team's win-loss record (with every chance taken to play all games for teams that are ...


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For the 2020-21 season the NBA introduced a play-in tournament (somewhat similar to those we saw in 2019-20 post Covid shutdowns). As part of these play-in games, the 7th and 8th seeds of each conference at the end of regular season played each other, where the winner would be ranked the 7th seed for the playoffs. The 9th and 10th ranked teams, would also ...


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The NHL regular season overtime format has undergone quite a few changes over the years. The first season with sudden death overtimes was 1983-84. The whole purpose of including them was that people simply didn't like so many games ending in ties. Along with changes to the way points are given to teams in the standings, there have been experiments with ...


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No. Eberle has the longest tenure with the Oilers with 7 seasons played, but as you mentioned before, it has been an eleven year hiatus. With an eleven year drought, the only eligible members on the roster who could be in the league are as follows (I've included their age at the last time Edmonton got into the playoffs along with when they joined the NHL): ...


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Stealing unashamedly from ESPN for the top four: 32 points: Bills vs Oilers, 1993: Buffalo trailed 35-3, but went on to win 41-38. 28 points: Colts vs Chiefs, 2014: Colts trailed 38-10, but went on to win 45-44. 25 points: Patriots vs Falcons, 2017: Patriots trailed 28-3, but went on to win 34-28. 24 points: 49ers vs Giants, 2003: 49ers trailed 38-14, but ...


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Yes. The Division champion will make it to the playoffs no matter what the team's record is and will host a wildcard team (which will have a better record!). That being said, it sounds extremely unlikely to have a team holding the best record in a division with only 3 wins.


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According to the NBA section of this Investopedia article, each season there is a "playoff kitty" which is divvied up amongst the various teams dependent on performance, from which the teams can choose how to distribute amongst players. Here's the exact quotes: The NBA's salary cap restricts teams from providing significant bonuses to players for ...


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There have been 20 Stanley Cup finals sweeps. The list below is also available in this answer, at TSN, or any respected source that tracks NHL statistics. Year Winning Team Losing Team 1998 Detroit Red Wings Washington Capitals 1997 Detroit Red Wings Philadelphia Flyers 1996 Colorado Avalanche Florida Panthers 1995 New Jersey ...


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