Jaffe: Ranking the Top Ten Postseason Series of All Time

From SABR member Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times on October 24, 2011:

Well, it’s that time of the year again—the postseason. Every year I hope for some exciting, awesome unforgettable playoff action. Wondering/thinking/hoping for great postseason baseball is on my mind, and when something is on my mind, that can only mean one thing is coming—a list.

It’s a simple question: What are the best postseason series of all-time? To date, 262 October series have been completed—the current World Series is number 263. What are the 10 best?

Rather than just arbitrarily come up with a list, I figured I’d come up with a formula. No formula can be perfect or even close, but it helps organize things in one’s mind. This is loosely inspired by Bill James’ old Hall of Fame monitor, or some various lists Joe Posnanski has done on his blog.

I’m not claiming mine works as well as James’ Hall of Fame monitor (or even some of Joe Poz’s lists), but it works effectively. Virtually all the info that goes into it can be found just by looking at the overview for a given postseason at Baseball-Reference.com without checking on individual games.

Read the full article here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/the-top-ten-postseason-series-of-all-time/

Originally published: October 28, 2011. Last Updated: October 28, 2011.