Comments on: MLB team with the most wins http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Lawrence Azrin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-44245 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:58:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-44245 #17/" Steve Says:And the Red Sox haven't had the most wins in MLB since 1946."

Steve, the Red Sox tied the Indians for most wins, with 96 in 2007, unless I'm reading the table up top wrong.

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By: Steve http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-44141 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:39:19 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-44141 My understanding of the NL East-West divide was the Donald Grant of the Mets was upset because the NL's three biggest draws - Cardinals, Giants, and Dodgers, would all end up the West if drawn geographically. To compensate, the league offered to put STL in the Eastern Division, but they refused to go without the Cubs. Cincinnati and Atlanta decided to go to the West to placate things.

And the Red Sox haven't had the most wins in MLB since 1946. I answered that question at a Pawtucket game last year and got 24 cans of Pepsi as a result! HA! Baseball "trivia," my b*tt!

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By: Lawrence Azrin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-43701 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 16:48:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-43701 I don't think that winning the most games tells you anything meaningful about who's going to win the World Series; since the last expansion(1995), only two out of 15 of the teams with the most wins have won the WS. Even in the pre-playoff days (before 1969) of the pennant winner going directly to the WS, the team with the lower win total frequently won the WS. For example, in the 20s/30s, the team with less wins won the WS 9 of 20 times.

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By: Leatherman http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-43687 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:08:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-43687 Hard to discuss this without mentioning the 1993 Giants, who won 103 games and didn't make the playoffs. They won 14 of 16 games to pull into a tie with the Braves on the last day of the season, only to fall to the Dodgers 12-1 while the Braves beat the Rockies for the division title (the last playoffs which did not include a Wild Card team), and their 104th win. I still remember Matt Williams being interviewed after the game, and being livid because the Dodgers were laughing at them in the dugout. I think he singled out Orel Hershiser as one of the culprits.

No other team won 100 games in 1993.

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By: Lawrence Azrin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-43680 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:29:39 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-43680 It's a lot easier to lead the major leagues in wins when there are 16 teams, instead of 20/24/28/30, which may be why there's so many expansion teams who've never done it. Also, the Phillies came VERY close in 1976/1977, finishing only one win behind the leader of 102 wins.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-43678 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:20:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-43678 BSK, the Cubs won 116 in 1906, but the Yankees did set the AL record.

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By: Ed http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-43613 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 04:39:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-43613 Indians have led the league in wins 3 times in the past 16 years and yet still no World Series title in forever. 🙁

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By: andyr http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-43597 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 03:42:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-43597 Supposedly the Mets wanted the Dodgers and Giants in their division, as they drew well against the two old New York teams, and the compromise was the Cardinals and Cubs going to the NL East...

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-43541 Sun, 29 Aug 2010 23:01:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-43541 The story I heard about the Cubs and Cardinals being put into the NL East is that the Cubs did not want to be put into the same division with the California teams because so many of their games would be broadcast too late for their fans. And they wanted to be in the same division with their long-time rivals, the Cardinals. Apparently, the Cubs had a lot of clout then and were granted their wish.

Ironically, the Reds and Braves, both one time-zone further east than the Cubs, got stuck into the NL West instead. Just think how baseball history would have been changed if the Cubs and Cardinals had ended up in the NL West and the Braves in the NL East. For one thing, the postseason rivalry between the Reds and Pirates would have become a regular season rivalry. And maybe the Cubs would have made it to the World Series at least once, perhaps after beating out the Padres for the West championship in 1984 and winning the NLCS over whoever won the East that year.

The AL was better split at first, and even when the Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee after only one season, keeping them in the AL West was a logical move. While the Cubs were in their league's Eastern Division, the fans of the White Sox had to put up with games from 2 or 3 West Coast cities (only two in the 1970-1976 time frame) as a result of ending up in the AL West. After the Washington Senators moved to Texas before the 1972 season, it was Milwaukee that got put into the AL East. I don't know how that was decided, but maybe Bud Selig had clout even then. Another option, besides putting one of the close-to-each-other teams along Lake Michigan into the AL East, would have been keeping the Rangers in that division. This might have been done if any rivalries had been formed with AL East teams (such as with Baltimore), but I don't recall any special ones. Having a Dallas-area team in a league's Eastern Division is not a foreign concept to Washington, DC, sports fans, as the Cowboys have remained in the same division with the Redskins all of these years.

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By: BSK http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8002/comment-page-1#comment-43535 Sun, 29 Aug 2010 22:26:37 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8002#comment-43535 106 wins by the Braves in 1996 is the most wins by a team to not lead the league, thanks to the Yanks winning 114 that year (a record at the time).

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