Although presumably schooled in the intricacies of TCBA managing as the founder of the organization and the author of its constitution, Jim Lafargue has nonetheless managed only 8 winning seasons out of 20 since joining TCBA/AL in 1978. Curiously, the franchise still has a winning AL lifetime record despite the 12 losing seasons. The winning record is explained by the fact that the franchise won 100 games or more in seven of the eight winning seasons, and won 70 or more in 10 of the 12 losing years. Playing all 20 years in gruelling Metro Division competition has meant, though, that only four of the seven 100-victory seasons were good enough to win the division (four of nine including the TCBA/NL years); anything less than a .650 winning percentage (105 wins) fell short! Never to be forgotten was the infamous 1991 Metro race, in which the Eagles won 102 games and finished far out of the playoffs, in fourth place, nine games out of third. The lone championship came in 1986, after a team-best 117-45 season. After winning the TCBA/AL playoffs that year, the Spartans went on to defeat the TCBA/NL champs in a dramatic 7-game all-night-long come-from-behind World Series.
Key players in the history of the Eagles include, first and foremost, Ozzie Smith. Ozzie was drafted in 1979 and played continuously for the Eagles through 1994, a total of 16 seasons. Ozzie is shown at the farewell ceremony retiring his number "1." Most of the time, Ozzie played next to Willie Randolph, forming an intact Eagle DP combination for 11 seasons. Included in the championship infield of the mid-1980's was Wade Boggs (drafted as a rookie), who holds the team single-season batting record, and Don Mattingly, acquired from Norfolk for seven players in 1986. This all-star infield anchored the Eagle defense for five years.
The Eagle star of the 1990's has been Barry
Bonds. Acquired for David West and a lot of cash, Bonds has repaid
the investment many times over. He has been the team MVP for last seven
years, and is expected to repeat in 1997. In 1996, Bonds hit 67 home runs,
which would have set a TCBA record if Jeff Bagwell hadn't hit 72 that year.
Late in his career, Bonds' father Bobby contributed speed and power to
the Eagles as well, as did another Eagle outfielder of long standing, Jose
Cruz, whose son will enter the TCBA in 1998.
|Year||Team Name||W-L Record||Divisional Finish|
|1974||Norwood Naturals (TCBA-Y)||99-63||1st/4|
|1975||Norwood Naturals (TCBA-NL)||71-55||2nd/7|
|1976||Norwood Naturals (TCBA-NL)||102-52||2nd/6|
|1977||Norwood Naturals (TCBA-NL)||108-46||2nd/6|
|1986||Meadowlands Spartans||117-45||1st/5--TCBA championship|
|20 yr.||TCBA/AL career record||1713-1500||.533|
|24 yr.||Overall TCBA record||2093-1716||.549|
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