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MLB: The 20 Worst Teams to Win the World Series

The 1918 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Won Just 75 Games

The 1918 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Won Just 75 Games

Here’s an interesting stat. A full 90 percent of World Series winning teams (98 of 109) had at least 91 wins during the regular season. Only 11 teams – even going allll the way back to the very first World Series in 1903 – had fewer. And that includes two strike-shortened seasons (*)!

Not only is that pretty amazing, but it also shows one of the things that makes baseball great and cherishable – it’s continuity.

It also shows that you better be good enough to win a lot of games in order to be good enough to win the World Series.

Regardless of the number of teams in the league or even the number of games played in a season – over 100 years of baseball sees most teams winning 91 or more – and actually quite a lot more.

Only another 15 teams won either 91 or 92 games their championship season.

Let’s sum. Three-quarters (76 percent) of all World Series winners won at least 93 games during the year.

Here are the “worst” teams to win the World Series. Admittedly, that’s a misnomer. Let’s call it the World Series champs with the fewest wins.

90 WINS OR LESS

  SEASON WORLD SERIES WINNER W L W-L PCT. WORLD SERIES LOSER
1. 1981* Los Angeles Dodgers 63 47 .573 New York Yankees
2. 1918 Boston Red Sox 75 51 .595 Chicago Cubs
3. 2006 St. Louis Cardinals 83 78 .516 Detroit Tigers
4. 1987 Minnesota Twins 85 77 .525 St. Louis Cardinals
5. 2000 New York Yankees 87 74 .540 New York Mets
6. 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers 88 68 .564 Chicago White Sox
6. 1945 Detroit Tigers 88 65 .575 Chicago Cubs
8. 1926 St. Louis Cardinals 89 65 .578 New York Yankees
9. 1995* Atlanta Braves 90 54 .625 Cleveland Indians
9. 2011 St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 .556 Texas Rangers
9. 1974 Oakland A’s 90 72 .556 Los Angeles Dodgers

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91 OR 92 WINS

  SEASON WORLD SERIES WINNER W L W-L PCT. WORLD SERIES LOSER
12. 2003 Florida Marlins 91 71 .562 New York Yankees
12. 1990 Cincinnati Reds 91 71 .562 Oakland A’s
12. 1985 Kansas City Royals 91 71 .562 St. Louis Cardinals
12. 1980 Philadelphia Phillies 91 71 .562 Kansas City Royals
12. 1933 New York Giants 91 61 .599 Washington Senators
12. 1916 Boston Red Sox 91 63 .591 Brooklyn Robins
12. 1903 Boston Americans 91 47 .659 Pittsburgh Pirates
19. 2010 San Francisco Giants 92 70 .568 Texas Rangers
19. 2008 Philadelphia Phillies 92 70 .568 Tampa Bay Rays
19. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks 92 70 .568 New York Yankees
19. 1997 Florida Marlins 92 70 .568 Cleveland Indians
19. 1996 New York Yankees 92 70 .568 Atlanta Braves
19. 1982 St. Louis Cardinals 92 70 .568 Milwaukee Brewers
19. 1958 New York Yankees 92 62 0.597 Milwaukee Braves
19. 1924 Washington Senators 92 62 0.597 New York Giants

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MLB: Odds to Win the 2014 World Series (Preseason vs. Postseason)

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals And Los Angeles Angels Have An Equal Shot At Winning The 2014 World Series, According To The Season-Ending Odds

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals And Los Angeles Angels Have An Equal Shot At Winning The 2014 World Series, According To The Season-Ending Odds

It seems like almost yesterday when Sports List of the Day and baseball fans everywhere were getting geared up for the 2014 season. Now it’s over, Derek Jeter and all.

Well, the regular season is.

It’s time to gear up for the playoffs. But first, let’s take a quick look back to March 30th, six months ago, when the season’s opening odds to win the World Series hit Vegas, and were rundown here.

I’ve reposted those odds below, along with the 10 playoff teams’ odds of going all the way.

How do they compare?

Favorably, as far as the Los Angeles Dodgers are concerned. The Dodgers were the favorites going into 2014 and they are the favorites heading into the postseason (along with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels).

Four of the five preseason favorites made the playoffs, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. The New York Yankees fell short.

Way off base was the 15-1 call on the reigning champion Boston Red Sox, who wound up finishing 20 games under .500 and in dead last.

Longshots? Those Baltimore Orioles were 40-1, but now are looking much better at 6-1. The Kansas City Royals were even longer at 50-1.

Enjoy the postseason!

TEAM PRESEASON ODDS POSTSEASON ODDS TO WIN 2014 WORLD SERIES 2014 RECORD 2014 FINISH
Los Angeles Dodgers 11-2 9-2 (1) 94-68 1st NL West
Detroit Tigers 8-1 6-1 (2) 90-72 1st AL Central
St. Louis Cardinals 9-1 7-1 (3) 90-72 1st NL Central
Washington Nationals 12-1 9-2 (1) 96-66 1st NL East
New York Yankees 12-1   84-78 2nd AL East
Boston Red Sox 15-1   71-91 Last AL East
Tampa Bay Rays 15-1   77-85 4th AL East
Atlanta Braves 18-1   79-83 T2nd NL East
Los Angeles Angels 18-1 9-2 (1) 98-64 1st AL West
Oakland Athletics 18-1 10-1 (4) 88-74 2nd AL West
Texas Rangers 18-1   67-95 Last AL West
San Francisco Giants 20-1 14-1 (5) 88-74 2nd NL West
Cincinnati Reds 30-1   76-86 4th NL Central
Pittsburgh Pirates 30-1 14-1 (5) 88-74 2nd NL Central
Baltimore Orioles 40-1 6-1 (2) 96-66 1st AL East
Seattle Mariners 50-1   87-75 3rd AL West
Toronto Blue Jays 50-1   83-79 3rd AL East
Kansas City Royals 50-1 14-1 (5) 89-73 2nd AL Central
Chicago White Sox 50-1   73-39 4th AL Central
Cleveland Indians 50-1   85-77 3rd AL Central
Philadelphia Phillies 60-1   73-89 Last NL East
Arizona Diamondbacks 60-1   64-98 Last NL West
San Diego Padres 60-1   77-85 3rd NL West
Colorado Rockies 70-1   66-96 4th NL West
Milwaukee Brewers 70-1   82-80 3rd NL Central
New York Mets 100-1   79-83 T2nd NL East
Miami Marlins 125-1   77-85 4th NL East
Chicago Cubs 125-1   73-89 Last NL Central
Minnesota Twins 125-1   70-92 Last NL Central
Houston Astros 250-1   70-92 4th AL Central

Odds provided by vegasinsider.com and are for entertainment purposes only.

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Derek Jeter Through the Years, Part 1: 1992-1996 (Video)

1992 and 1993: Before It All

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1995: First Major League Hit

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1995: First Hit at Yankee Stadium

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1996: Before The Season

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1996: First Home Run (Opening Day)

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1996: First Walk-Off Hit

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1996: First Postseason Hit

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1996: The Jeffrey Maier Home Run

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1996: First World Series Hit

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1996: World Series Game 6

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1996: Yankees Win World Series (First for Jeter)

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