The list of the greatest MLB teams of all time has been picking up teams into it ever since the inception of the MLB and the title of the best baseball team has many claimants. The fan following of these teams have people from all over the world given the popularity of the game. The competitive zeal displayed by the baseball teams over the course of the past century has been that of very high standards.
It is very difficult to declare any team to be the ultimate champion as you cannot really curate the perfect statistical standards for the comparison. There is a combination of several factors like the number of Hall of Fame players possessed by any team, the total number of matches that any team has played more than the second rank opponent, offensive stats, pitching stats, wins, and many other things that the assessors consider while positioning the teams for their gaming greatness.
The idea is that greatness cannot be really defined and so we leave it up to you fans to decide which team is superior. What we will bring to you is a narrative of the great events that the MLB member teams performed. Space is limited and so much will be missed but we promise to give you a fair idea.
What is the MLB?
MLB stands for Major League Baseball which was the professional league of Canada and the US, founded in 1903. Though separated later in 2000, it comprised of the American and National League. These leagues started facing each other in the form of a World Series post-1903.
The MLB was truly consolidated post-1920 with the introduction of inter-league matches due to the efforts of the office of Commissioner of Baseball. They have a total of 30 teams to date.
Top 10 greatest MLB teams of all time
This list is going to include some teams that had dynasties, while some only gave a year’s great performance but memorable and transcendent enough. Watch this video for a treat.
After a careful study of data spanning over a century and a lot of parameters, we present to you the ten best baseball teams of the time.
New York Yankees
The Yankees held their dynasty for a very long period of time with the display of extraordinary consistency. They insanely dominated the field throughout the period from the 1920s till the 1950s and even later during the expansion era of MLB. They have been the winners of the World Series three times in a row.
The 1927 team had a pitching staff with 3.20 ERA, +376 runs, and 0.488 team slug. The players in 1998 had the upper hand for the longest period with a 3.82 ERA despite having averagely talented players. The 1939 team has an insane runs differential of +411.
The 1978 team owned 100 games while the 1998 players are hailed by many as the best ones in the current baseball world. Some of the star players of the team have been Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Waite Hoyt, and Mark Teixeira.
The year 1970 belonged to the Orioles team and they gave their best in their entire baseball career. They won over 108 matches and one can call them an incredible pool of talent in the world of greatest MLB teams of all time. Under the leadership of Earl Weaver and with the Hall of Fame player Jim Palmer, the team displayed a 3.15 ERA and won a World Series too.
They won a large number of multiple playoff series and proved their sensational gaming prowess. Orioles had 3 twenty game champions and a score differential of +218. Boog Powell, Mike Cuellar, and Brooks were the exceptional arms they had.
This 1976 team is well known for their sweeping four-game win in the World Series where they defeated the Yankees along with grounding the Phillies in the 3 matches of the NLCS. Their best player was Johnny Bench with a 6 RBI and 0.533 hit average which got him the MVP honor. Their offense was the strong point and it got them wins in 102 games.
This Red brigade has been a delightful team to watch playing in the field. Manager Bob Howsam got the team the World Champion title in 1976 and this was the team outdoing themselves only. A very interesting fact about them is their home matches received the biggest audience crowd ever in the history of baseball.
The 1968 team had an exceptional player Denny McLain who alone possessed the ERA of 1.96, won the team 30 games, and also earned awards like AL MVP and the AL Cy Young. They also had 103 games won to their glory with a team ERA of 2.71 that placed them on the second rank with the American League.
The team of 1984 had the best offense with a run differential of +186. They had the title of World Champion once along with 104 games. Players like Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell, and Jack Morris held the team with a 7-1 even during the postseason.
New York Mets
They can be hailed as being the best squad of the 1980 decade. The 1986 Mets are popular for the dedication, energy, and zeal they displayed. A low budget couldn’t stop them from shining as they had hard-working and talented players. Davey Johnson led the team to win 108 matches and be placed in the seven-best club.
The 1969 team had victory in 100 games and owed a lot to their pitching staff. They were a solid team with players like Garry Gentry, Jerry Kossman, and Nolan Ryan putting them on the second position within the NL.
One can say that this team has been the best squad in the history of Phillies baseball which has just two teams. They rose to fame after defeating the Yankees in 1929 and got even better than the 1910 team. The best of the team has been 34 dingers and a batting average of 0.356.
With manager Connie Mack and players like Shibe Park, Jimmie Fox, AI Simmons, and Lefty Grove, the team became World Champion with a score differential of 0.421 and also clowned the AL. They won more than 104 matches and lost only about 46.
This team overcame some toughest challenges when led by Frank Chance, only to win the most prestigious World Championship. They have the winning title for a total of 103 games and became the best baseball team in the NL. The Cubs have been one of the most consistent players in the history of the game.
The 1906 team had a win in 116 games that sent them in the best club pantheon. The 1907 Cubs have been called the Curse breakers truly for their stingy talent loaded pitching staff. Young players like Joe Maddon, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and others brought the exceptional 3.25 ERA to the 2016 team.
They won the title of World Champion with their 1995 team but for their exceptional rotational, they are absolutely mention-worthy. Their players like Ryan Klesko, Chipper Jones, and Javy Lopez made one of the best offenses in the baseball world. Even their postseason performance has been an 11-3.
Smoltz, Glavine, and Maddux have been the sensationalists and these pushed Atlanta way ahead than the Indians during the Fall Classic.
They got the World Winner title in 1972 with wins in 93 matches owing to the outstanding performance of their player Dick Williams. They were the first team in AL with the highest number of home runs, all due to the brilliant pitching staff.
The players like Catfish Hunter, Ken Holtzman, and Rollie Fingers gave the best contribution.
Their 2002 team played amazing in the era of Money Ball and won in 103 matches. They had a brilliant left side and players like Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, and Mark Mulder. Despite having a strong rotation, they ended disapprovingly.
Boston Red Sox
The 2004 team was very special as they registered 98 wins but next to the Yankees. The cracked the curse and made a historic comeback in the series with a 3-0 and played outstanding in the double playoff rounds.
The 2018 team would be a very recent addition to the list but they had proved worthy for this achievement. They have been the winners of 108 baseball matches along with dominating the post-season games even with the league’s best team in play. These Red Sox shone not just with a starry core, but also with a glimmering outfield defense.
Players like Betts, Price, Chris Sale, and Martinez made the team up to the current status.
Now that we have placed the names of the greatest MLB teams of all time, we leave the rest upon your fandom to give any team the title of being the best baseball team. If you genuinely think, we missed out on any great team, do share with us in the comment section below.
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