Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 10, 2010
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?