The 2012 season marks year No. 51 since the Expansion Era began in major-league baseball. In 1961, the Los Angeles Angels became the first-ever expansion team and since then major-league baseball has added 14 new teams, almost doubling in size from the 16-team league that played for the first 60 years of the 20th century.
Expansion teams have had decent success as far as the Fall Classic is concerned, appearing in 20 World Series as a whole, with a 9-11 record.
Here's a breakdown:
- New York Mets: 2-2
- Toronto Blue Jays: 2-0
- Miami/Florida Marlins: 2-0
- Kansas City Royals: 1-1
- Los Angeles/Anaheim/California Angels: 1-0
- Arizona Diamondbacks: 1-0
- Houston Astros: 0-1
- Colorado Rockies: 0-1
- Tampa Bay Rays: 0-1
- Milwaukee Brewers: 0-1
- Texas Rangers: 0-2
- San Diego Padres: 0-2
But the one phenomenon that has NEVER happened-- as mind-boggling and strange as it may sound-- is two expansion teams playing against each other in the Fall Classic. Year after year-- some way, some how-- at least one of the 16 old-school teams has found a way to reach the World Series. Strange but true.
So in light of this odd fact, for the 2012 season, the MLB on TSC is going all-expansion in it's World Series prediction. Hey, sooner or later it has to happen. So here it is--
THE TAMPA BAY RAYS over THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, 4-3.