Boston Red Sox and the Greatest Turnarounds in Baseball History (Under .500 to World Series Champions)
The Boston Red Sox can add another unparalleled, historical comeback to their lore. First, in 2004, they became the only team ever to come back from 3-0 in a seven-game postseason series (against their archenemies, the New York Yankees no less).
Now they have pulled off the greatest year-over-year comeback in baseball history. Sorry Bobby Valentine, your last-place .426 club of last season has won the 2013 World Series. That’s the lowest W-L percentage of any team that would go on to win the World Series the following year.
All together, 15 teams have posted a losing record the season before winning it all. Here they are, sorted by the worst records of the losing campaigns.Follow @VinGetz
|WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS||SEASON||RECORD||W-L PCT||PLACE|
|1.||Boston Red Sox||2013||69-93||.426||5th of 5|
|2.||Minnesota Twins||1987||71-91||.438||6th of 7|
|3.||Los Angeles Dodgers||1988||73-89||.451||4th of 6|
|3.||New York Mets||1969||73-89-1||.451||9th of 10|
|5.||New York Giants||1954||70-84-1||.455||5th of 8|
|6.||Boston Braves||1914||69-82-3||.457||5th of 8|
|6.||Minnesota Twins||1991||74-88||.457||7th of 7|
|8.||Los Angeles Dodgers||1959||71-83||.461||7th of 8|
|9.||Cincinnati Reds||1990||75-87||.463||5th of 6|
|9.||Anaheim Angels||2002||75-87||.463||3rd of 4|
|11.||New York Giants||1933||72-82||.468||6th of 8|
|11.||Florida Marlins||2003||79-83||.488||4th of 5|
|13.||Washington Senators I||1924||75-78-2||.490||4th of 8|
|14.||Los Angeles Dodgers||1965||80-82-2||.494||6th of 10|
|14.||Florida Marlins||1997||80-82||.494||3rd of 5|
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OPS, or on-base plus slugging, has really come on in the past two decades as a metric used to more precisely measures a player’s offensive production and impact – putting together his ability to get on base and power.
OPS is too easy to calculate. Simply add a player’s on-base percentage and slugging average.
Take Babe Ruth, baseball’s all-time leader. Ruth’s career OBP and SLG were .474 and .690, respectively. Add them together and you get his lifetime OPS: 1.164.
Anything over 0.900 puts a player amongst the best hitters in the game. Eight players, including active Albert Pujols, have career OPS over one, which is automatic Hall of Fame land (if you haven’t done PEDs as in Barry Bonds‘ case).Follow @VinGetz
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