Fans watching the 2006 Major League Baseball post-season on FOX are witnessing a network running amuck in the broadcast booth.

Days later Thom Brennaman committed not one – but two – regretful mistakes, FOX has announced they have given color commentator Steve Lyons his pink slip.

This news comes in the middle of post-season play, an indicator of the level of embarrassment the network is dealing with during it’s most-watched time of the baseball season.

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The last time Major League Baseball went a complete season without a 20-game winner was 1995, when Greg Maddux (Atlanta Braves) and Mike Mussina (Baltimore Orioles) both fell one win short.

During one stretch from 1961-1980, major league baseball had a 20-game winner in both leagues every year.

Starting Sunday’s games Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana is 18-5, Chicago White Sox Jon Garland (17-6), Detroit Tigers’ Kenny Rogers (17-6) and New York Yankees starters Randy Johnson (17-11) and Chien Ming Wang (18-6). The only NL pitchers with 16 or more wins are Los Angeles Dodger Brad Penny (16-9) and Arizona Diamondback Brandon Webb (16-7).

Will we have a 20-game winner in 2006?

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In the wake of the Major League Baseball strike of 1994, interest in the game was waning. Baseball stumbled through the mid-90’s looking for a hero, a spark of some kind that would revive sagging attendance and interest.

Superman came to the rescue in 1998. Baseball’s superhero had red hair instead of a red cape, the big “S” across his chest was replaced by the classic logo of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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They were known as the Great Lakes Gang: Bud Selig, Jerry Reinsdorf, Stanton Cook, Carl Pohlad, Peter O’Malley and William Bartholomay, a cabal consisting of a half-dozen baseball owners leading the charge in ousting Fay Vincent as baseball commissioner in first week of September 1992.

Vincent came to Major League Baseball as a deputy commissioner in the spring 1989 and unwittingly was pushed into the commissioner’s role exactly six months later, when then commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti suffered a fatal heart attack.

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