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The Team of the Decade, MLB

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For regulars you may know that I have maintained a "Team of the Decade" thread for Pro Football for a few years now. That is based on a scoring system I devised whereby I gave a team 10 points for winning a championship, 6 points for losing a championship game, 3 points for losing a conference title game, and 1 point for making the playoffs in any given year.

 

I am going to apply the same system here. Bear with me as the changes in the playoff system that MLB has used over the years requires some adjustment in terms of applying my formula.

From 1903, the year of the first World Series, to 1968 there were ONLY 2 team competing in post season play, an AL champ an an NL champ. To be consistent, I gave the winner of the WS 10 points and the loser 6 points. Its just that no teams were awarded 3 or 1 points for that period.

After 1969 there were 4 teams in the playoffs, so 4 teams get points 10/6/3. After the playoffs expanded again in 1995 I then applied the 10/6/3/1 formula. So here are the points.....and the awarding of the mantle of "Team of the Decade" for MLB for every decade from the 1900s to now:

 

1900s:

Cubs 6, 10, 10 ........ 26 points. The Cubs are the Team of the Decade for the 1900-1909 Decade

Tigers 6,6,6 .............. 18 pts

Pirates 6,10..............16 pts

White Sox 10.........10 pts

Giants 10.............10 pts

Red Sox 10.........10 pts

Athletics 6......6 pts

 

1910s:

Red Sox 10,10,10, 10......40 points. The Red Sox are the Teams of the Decade for the 1910-1919 Decade

As 10,10,10,6......36 points

Giants 6,6,6,6.....24 pts.

White Sox 10,6....16 pts.

Cubs 6,6...........12 pts

Braves 10..........10 pts

Reds 10.............10 pts.

Phillies 6...........6 pts

Dodgers 6.........6 pts.

 

1920s

Yankees 6,6,10,6,10,10.....48 points. The Yankees are the Team of the Decade for 1920-1929

Giants 10,10, 6, 6.....32 pts.

Senators 10, 6..........16 pts

Pirates 10, 6.............16 pts

Cardinals 10, 6.........16 pts

Indians 10...............10 pts.

As 10....................10 pts

Dodgers 6........6 pts

Cubs 6 ............6 pts.

 

1930s

Yankees 10,10,10,10, 10.......50 pts. The Yankees are the Team of the Decade for 1930-1939

Cardinals 6, 10, 10.............26 pts

Giants 10, 6,6..................22 pts

Cubs 6, 6, 6, ....................18 pts

A's 10, 6...........................16 pts

Tigers 6, 10.....................16 pts.

Reds 6...........................6 pts

Senators 6.....................6 pts

 

1940s

Yankees 10, 6, 10, 10, 10 ........46 points. The Yankees are the Team of the Decade for 1940-1949.

Cardinals 10, 6, 10, 10..........36 pts

Dodgers 6, 6, 6 ....................18 pts.

Tigers 6, 10 ........................16 pts.

Reds 10.............................10 pts

Indians 10..........................10 pts

Browns 6...........................6 pts (St. Louis Browns nka Balt. Orioles)

Cubs 6............................6 pts

Red Sox 6.....................6 pts

Braves 6........................6 pts.

 

1950s

Yankees 10, 10, 10, 10 6, 10, 6, 10......72 pts. The Yankees are the Team of the Decade for 1950-1959 (by far the largest point total in a single decade)

Dodgers 6, 6, 10, 6, 10.......38 pts

Giants 6, 10.....................16 pts

Braves 10, 6....................16 pts

Phillies 6...........................6 pts.

White Sox 6.....................6 pts

Indians 6..........................6 pts

 

1960s

Yankees 6, 10, 10, 6, 6.......38 pts. The Yankees are the Team of the Decade for 1960-1969

Dodgers 10, 10, 6.............26 pts

Cardinals 10, 10, 6...........26 pts

Orioles 10, 6...................16 pts

Mets 10.........................10 pts

Tigers 10......................10 pts

Pirates 10....................10 pts

Twins 6, 3...................9 pts

Reds 6........................6 pts

Giants 6......................6 pts

Red Sox 6..................6 pts

Braves 3 ..................3 pts

 

1969 is the first year of the League Championship Series where more than 2 teams made postseason.

I will treat each subsequent decade in a separate post hereafter, as it gets a bit more complex now.

 

 

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1970s

Reds 6,6,3,10,10,3.............38 points. The Reds are the Team of the Decade of the 1970s

As 3, 10, 10, 10, 3............36 pts

Pirates 3, 10, 3, 3, 3, 10...32 pts

Orioles 10, 6, 3, 3, 6.....28 pts.

Yankees 6, 10, 10.......26 pts.

Dodgers 6, 6, 6..........18 pts

Royals 3, 3, 3, ..........9 pts.

Phillies 3, 3, 3...........9 pts

Red Sox 6.............6 pts

Mets 6..................6 pts.

Twins 3........3 pts

Giants 3......3 pts

Tigers 3......3 pts

Angels........3 pts.

 

The 1970s is the closest Team of the Decade Race in history, with only 2 points separating the first and second place team.

(Oddly, the same is true in football, the 70s was the closest race...Steelers/Cowboys only 2 pts apart)

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1980s

Dodgers 10, 3, 3, 10 ............26 points. The Dodgers are the Team of the Decade from 1980 to 1989

Cardinals 10, 6, 6 ................22 pts.

Royals 6, 1, 3, 6..................20 pts

A's 3, 6, 10 ........................19 pts

Phillies 10, 1, 6..................17 pts

Tigers 10, 3 ......................13 pts

Mets 10, 3........................13 pts

Orioles 10........................10 pts

Twins 10..........................10 pts

Yankees 3, 6...................9 pts

Red Sox 6, 3...................9 pts

Giants 3, 6......................9 pts.

Astros 3, 1, 6..................7 pts

Brewers 1, 6..................7 pts

Angels 3, 3...................6 pts

Padres 6......................6 pts

Cubs 3, 3.....................6 pts

Blue Jays 3, 3.............6 pts

White Sox 3 .............3 pts

Braves 3 ...................3 pts

Expos 3 ...................3 pts (nka Washington Nationals)

 

Note, in 1981, due to a strike I believe MLB expanded the playoffs to include wildcard teams. After that they went back to just division winners playing. Not until 1995 did wildcards come back into play. That is why you see a few teams with 1 pt.

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1990s

Braves 6, 3, 10, 6, 3, 3, 6......37 points. The Braves are the Team of the Decade for the 1990s

Yankees 1, 10, 1, 10, 10 ......32 pts.

Blue Jays 3, 10, 10...............23 pts

Indians 6, 1, 6, 3, 1..............17 pts

Red Sox 3, 3, 1, 1, 3...........11 pts

Reds 10 .............................10 pts

Marlins 10...........................10 pts

Twins 10.............................10 pts

Padres 6, 1........................7 pts

As 6................................6 pts

Pirates 3, 3....................6 pts

Phillies 6.......................6 pts

Orioles 3, 3...................6 pts

Mariners 3, 1................4 pts

White Sox 3...............3 pts

Cardinals 3...............3 pts

Rangers 1, 1, 1.........3 pts

Astros 1, 1, 1............3 pts

Mets 3......................3 pts

Dodgers 1, 1............2 pts

Rockies 1................1 pt.

Giants 1..................1 pts

Cubs 1....................1 pts

D-backs..................1 pt

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2000s

Yankees 10, 6, 1, 6, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 10........40 points. The Yankees are the Team of the Decade for 2000-2009

Red Sox 3, 10, 1, 10, 3, 1....................31 pts

Cardinals 3, 1, 3, 6, 3, 10, 1................27 pts

Angels 10, 1, 3, 1, 1, 3.......................19 pts

Phillies 1, 10, 6..................................17 pts

Diamondbacks 10, 1, 3......................14 pts

White Sox 1, 10.................................11 pts

Marlins 10 ........................................10 pts

Astros 1, 3, 6.....................................10 pts

Mets 6, 3...........................................9 pts

Giants 1, 6, 1, 1...............................9 pts

Braves 1, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1......................8 pts

Dodgers 1, 1, 3, 3...........................8 pts

As 1, 1, 1, 1, 3.................................7 pts

Twins 3, 1, 1, 1, 1...........................7 pts

Rockies 6, 1 .................................7 pts

Rays 6.........................................6 pts

Tigers 6.......................................6 pts

Mariners 3, 3..............................6 pts

Cubs 3, 1, 1...............................5 pts

Indians 1, 3................................4 pts

Padres1, 1................................2 pts.

Brewers 1.................................1 pt

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2010s so far:

 

The lead for Team of the Decade is in the balance

 

Giants 10, 10...............20 pts so far

Cardinals 10, 3..........13 pts so far

Rangers 6, 6.............12 pts

Tigers 3,6,3..............12 pts

Yankees 3, 1, 3........7 pts

Phillies 3, 1..............4 pts

Rays 1, 1, 1............3 pts

Brewers 3..............3 pts

Dodgers 3.............3 pts

Reds 1, 1..............2 pts

Bravess 1, 1,.........2 pts

A's 1, 1.................2 pts

Reds 1, 1............2 pts

Twins 1................ 1 pts

D-backs...............1 pt

Nationals 1..........1 pt

Indians 1..............1 pt.

Pirates 1..............1 pt.

 

 

If the Cardinals win the World Series, they will take over the lead for Team of the Decade. If they don't win, the Giants maintain the lead by 1 point.

The Red Sox will get either 6 or 10 pts...but those will be their first points of the decade....and would give them at best 5th place

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Lol at the Cubs.

A hundred plus years ago they were the best....but it is now 105 years and running since they won a WS.

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After Last night's win by the Red XoS here is the current standings in this category:

 

Team of the Decade 2010s, so far:

 

 

Giants 10, 10...............20 pts so far

Cardinals 10, 3, 6..........19 pts so far

Rangers 6, 6.............12 pts

Tigers 3,6,3..............12 pts

Red Sox 10..............10 pts.

Yankees 3, 1, 3........7 pts

Phillies 3, 1..............4 pts

Rays 1, 1, 1............3 pts

Brewers 3..............3 pts

Dodgers 3.............3 pts

Reds 1, 1..............2 pts

Bravess 1, 1,.........2 pts

A's 1, 1.................2 pts

Reds 1, 1............2 pts

Twins 1................ 1 pts

D-backs...............1 pt

Nationals 1..........1 pt

Indians 1..............1 pt.

Pirates 1..............1 pt

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Just a note: this was the 4th meeting in the World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals. Other 4 or more WS matchups in history:

 

Yankees/Dodgers 11 times

Yankees/Giants 7 times

Yankees/Cardinals 5 times

Yankees/Braves 4 times

As/Giants 4 times

Tigers/Cubs 4 times

and now Red Xos/Cards

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