The 1984 Los Angeles Dodgers were a team that could have been considered a disappointment after a historic season. They won four NL West titles, three National League pennants, and a World Series title in 1981, and it looked like they were heading into a down year as the NL West began to rise. However, a few key players were able to turn the tide by helping the team finish with a 78-84 record and make a postseason run.
After losing their first three series, the 1984 Los Angeles Dodgers swept the St. Louis Cardinals for four series. After the break, they went 12-5 and were six games ahead over the Cardinals at August’s end. Carlos Diaz, a young player who hit 33 home runs, and drove in 87 runs, was the team’s leader. Mike Scioscia was also part of the lineup. He had a.400 OBP, and displayed good plate discipline, which resulted in 77 walks.
After the team was sold to a Tulsa businessman, the Astros went on to become affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cleveland Indians for several years. The franchise then moved to Texas and became the Texas Rangers in 1983. In 1992 and 1996, the 89ers won the American Association championship. The team was renamed to the Oklahoma RedHawks in 2014.