Per CoolStandings.com today, the Pirates are on pace to lose 107 games this season.
Now, at first blush, that didn't strike me as a big deal. In fact, if asked without having the benefit to check, I would have probably said that the Pirates have lost 100+ games more than a few times since that franchise hit the skids. But, I decided to check, anyway, because you can do that with Play Index.
But, instead of using the fall of the Pirates as my starting point, I decided to go back to 1973 and see which teams had lost 100+ games in a season the most times. Why 1973? Simple, that's when I started following baseball - so, it's a personal stake in the ground. And, it's when the D.H. came into play - so, if you need to have a baseball event tied to your markers, that does serve, to an extent.
Here's what I found:
So, if the Buccos drop 100+ this year, it will be the third time for them since 1973. And, that's not the worst team tally during this period. In fact, the team with the most 100+ loss seasons since 1973 is the Tigers (with five).
I never would have known that...without looking. And, what's interesting is that the Bengals have done it at least once a decade prior to this current decade - meaning the '70's, '80's, '90's and '00's; but, not in the '10's (so far). I wonder if that's some sort of a record - losing 100+ games in a season at least once a decade for four decades in a row? It just might be a record for a team in one city, as far as I can tell.
Note the Philly/KC/Oakland A's lost 100+ games in a season, at least once a decade, in every decade from the 1920's to the 1970's. Wow. Talk about an "A" for failure, huh?
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