Sunday, July 17, 2011

In Baseball, 116 Wins Doesn't Guarantee Gold

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Last night, the Seattle Mariners held a mini-celebration at Safeco Field in honor of the 10th anniversary of their major-league record-tying 116-win season of 2001. That year the Mariners (116-46) equaled the 1906 Chicago Cubs, who went 116-36, for the most wins ever during the regular season.


As is the case with both of these historically HARD-LUCK teams-- neither one WON the World Series. The Cubs LOST the 1906 World Series to the crosstown White Sox, 4-2. The Mariners LOST the 2001 ALCS to the New York Yankees, 4-1.

In fact, of the 4 highest regular-season win totals in major-league history only 1 of the teams managed to win the World Series. Here's a look--
  • 1906 Cubs (116-36): LOST World Series
  • 2001 Mariners (116-46): LOST ALCS
  • 1998 Yankees (114-48): WON World Series
  • 1954 Indians (111-43): LOST World Series

So I guess having a SUPER MONSTER regular season is good for the record books but terrible if you want to sport bling and drink champagne when it's all said and done. Unless of course, you're the New York Yankees.

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Or maybe it's just an eerie reminder of how cruel history has been to the HARD-LUCK Cubs (102 years and counting), the HARD-LUCK Indians (62 years and counting) and the HARD-LUCK Mariners (33 years and have never appeared in a World Series). I mean, it's kind of ironic that these three HARD-LUCK teams are on the negative side of the list and the most successful franchise ever (the Yankees) are on the positive side. What are the odds of that? We're talking about 105 years of baseball.

But as is always the case in baseball, facts are truly stranger than fiction.

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Wow! The 1906 Cubs still look good after all these years. Don't they?

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