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Excessive groups: Orioles and Padres



I’ve been surveying the acute seasons — the perfect and worst performances — by a distinct pair of ballclubs every Friday.

I merely decide the following two groups from an alphabetical checklist of nicknames, although I’m normally capable of finding a more in-depth connection. The Braves and Brewers each have Milwaukee roots, for instance, and the Cardinals and Cubs have been fierce rivals for greater than a century.

However I’m drawing a clean this week. If yow will discover a stable hyperlink between the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres, I salute your perceptivity. The 2 franchises are in numerous leagues, they’re on reverse coasts, and their nicknames begin with completely different letters. I’ve obtained nothing.

So let’s go on to the rankings, that are primarily based on group scores (TS). Scores are plotted on an equalized 100-point scale, permitting comparisons of the relative power of groups from completely different years. (Click on right here to be taught extra.)

Rankings are confined to golf equipment that performed in baseball’s Fashionable Period, which started in 1961. Listed below are the golf equipment at each extremes for each franchises:

Finest 12 months for the Orioles: Baltimore followers entered 1966 with excessive hopes. The O’s had completed third within the American League the earlier two years, tantalizingly near a pennant. The offseason acquisition of proper fielder Frank Robinson from Cincinnati made all of the distinction. Robinson gained the Triple Crown (49 homers, 122 RBIs, .316 BA). Namesake Brooks Robinson drove in 100 runs and gained a Gold Glove at third base. Jim Palmer, simply 20 years previous, led the pitching employees with 15 wins. The Orioles breezed to the AL title with a nine-game cushion, then swept the favored Los Angeles Dodgers within the World Sequence.

Worst 12 months for the Orioles: The destiny of Baltimore’s 1988 squad was decided by its first 21 video games, all of which resulted in defeat. A 54-107 file plunged the Orioles into final place within the AL East, 34.5 video games behind first-place Boston. First baseman Eddie Murray paced the membership with 28 homers and 84 runs batted in. Shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. was shut behind at 23 and 81.

Finest 12 months for the Padres: San Diego notched 98 victories in 1998, a determine that continues to be a franchise file to this present day. The Padres got here away with the Nationwide League title that 12 months, however had the misfortune of reaching the World Sequence in opposition to the ’98 Yankees, thought-about one of many best groups of all time. New York gained all 4 video games. San Diego pitcher Kevin Brown original an 18-7 file with a nifty 2.38 ERA. Proper fielder Tony Gwynn batted a stable .321. Left fielder Greg Vaughn emerged as an surprising energy supply, swatting 50 homers and driving residence 119 runs.

Worst 12 months for the Padres: The franchise wallowed beneath .500 in every of its first 9 seasons after becoming a member of the NL in 1969. San Diego reached its nadir in 1973, posting a 60-102 file and ending 39 video games out of first place within the Nationwide League West. The membership’s slugger was first baseman Nate Colbert, who hit 22 homers. Steve Arlin topped the pitchers with 11 wins.

Scroll all the way down to see the highest and backside 10 seasons for each franchises between 1961 and 2022 (or 1969 and 2022 in San Diego’s case). Related rankings for all different golf equipment will be discovered within the print version of Baseball’s Finest (and Worst) 2023 Yearbook.

Every group is listed beneath with the 12 months in brackets, adopted by regular-season win-loss file, postseason ends in parentheses, margin between runs scored and allowed per recreation, and Fashionable Period percentile.

These are the postseason abbreviations: P signifies {that a} membership made the playoffs, L signifies that it gained a league championship, and W signifies that it gained the World Sequence.

The Fashionable Period percentile is the share of all 1,656 major-league golf equipment from 1961 via 2022 {that a} given group outperformed, primarily based on TS comparisons.

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  • 1. Orioles [1966], 97-63 (WLP), plus-0.96 margin, 99.6% in period

  • 2. Orioles [1970], 108-54 (WLP), plus-1.35 margin, 99.5% in period

  • 3. Orioles [1969], 109-53 (LP), plus-1.62 margin, 99.0% in period

  • 4. Orioles [1971], 101-57 (LP), plus-1.34 margin, 98.3% in period

  • 5. Orioles [1983], 98-64 (WLP), plus-0.91 margin, 97.6% in period

  • 6. Orioles [1979], 102-57 (LP), plus-1.10 margin, 96.2% in period

  • 7. Orioles [1973], 97-65 (P), plus-1.19 margin, 92.3% in period

  • 8. Orioles [1997], 98-64 (P), plus-0.81 margin, 89.2% in period

  • 9. Orioles [1980], 100-62, plus-1.02 margin, 88.6% in period

  • 10. Orioles [2014], 96-66 (P), plus-0.69 margin, 85.7% in period

  • 1. Orioles [1988], 54-107, minus-1.48 margin, 0.4% in period

  • 2. Orioles [2021], 52-110, minus-1.83 margin, 1.0% in period

  • 3. Orioles [2018], 47-115, minus-1.67 margin, 2.1% in period

  • 4. Orioles [2009], 64-98, minus-0.83 margin, 4.3% in period

  • 5. Orioles [1987], 67-95, minus-0.93 margin, 6.2% in period

  • 6. Orioles [2010], 66-96, minus-1.06 margin, 6.5% in period

  • 7. Orioles [2019], 54-108, minus-1.56 margin, 6.8% in period

  • 8. Orioles [2011], 69-93, minus-0.94 margin, 11.2% in period

  • 9. Orioles [1991], 67-95, minus-0.68 margin, 11.4% in period

  • 10. Orioles [2008], 68-93, minus-0.54 margin, 11.6% in period

  • 1. Padres [1998], 98-64 (LP), plus-0.70 margin, 91.2% in period

  • 2. Padres [2020], 37-23 (P), plus-1.40 margin, 90.0% in period

  • 3. Padres [1984], 92-70 (LP), plus-0.32 margin, 89.3% in period

  • 4. Padres [1996], 91-71 (P), plus-0.55 margin, 85.6% in period

  • 5. Padres [2006], 88-74 (P), plus-0.32 margin, 80.8% in period

  • 6. Padres [2007], 89-74, plus-0.46 margin, 79.8% in period

  • 7. Padres [2010], 90-72, plus-0.52 margin, 75.2% in period

  • 8. Padres [1989], 89-73, plus-0.10 margin, 68.7% in period

  • 9. Padres [2004], 87-75, plus-0.39 margin, 63.6% in period

  • 10. Padres [2022], 89-73 (P), plus-0.28 margin, 62.2% in period

  • 1. Padres [1973], 60-102, minus-1.37 margin, 0.6% in period

  • 2. Padres [1969], 52-110, minus-1.72 margin, 0.8% in period

  • 3. Padres [1974], 60-102, minus-1.78 margin, 1.6% in period

  • 4. Padres [1972], 58-95, minus-1.16 margin, 4.4% in period

  • 5. Padres [1971], 61-100, minus-0.77 margin, 5.6% in period

  • 6. Padres [1970], 63-99, minus-0.66 margin, 6.8% in period

  • 7. Padres [1981], 41-69, minus-0.66 margin, 7.2% in period

  • 8. Padres [2003], 64-98, minus-0.94 margin, 7.5% in period

  • 9. Padres [2002], 66-96, minus-0.94 margin, 8.8% in period

  • 10. Padres [2018], 66-96, minus-0.93 margin, 8.9% in period

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