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Monday, September 19, 2016

Historically Bad Franchise Teams

Yes, friends, there have been some bright spots this year. Mention Byron Buxton's name, and your average Twins fan's stomach will no longer immediately feel indigestion. But it may be time to venture into the negative now, a thing which I do not normally enjoy. If you suspect this next bit will be depressing as all (Chip) Hale, now's the time to back out...!


Don't look behind you, Class of '82 boys. 
Something might be gaining on you..
But then, as it's hard to avert your eyes from train wrecks, so here you are - the TOP TEN WORST TEAMS IN FRANCHISE HISTORY - Ranked By Losses - #1-10! As I see it, the 2016 club has an incredibly good chance to surpass the 1982 Twins for the worst record since relocating in 1961...

Rk Year Tm G W L ▾ W-L% pythW-L% Finish GB R RA Attendance Top Player
-Using WAR-
1 1904 Washington Senators 157 38 113 .252 .275 8th of 8 55.5 437 743 131,744 C.Patten (3.8)
2 1909 Washington Senators 156 42 110 .276 .269 8th of 8 56.0 380 656 205,199 W.Johnson (3.7)
3 1949 Washington Senators 154 50 104 .325 .326 8th of 8 47.0 584 868 770,745 E.Robinson (2.5)
4 1982 Minnesota Twins 162 60 102 .370 .401 7th of 7 33.0 657 819 921,186 T.Brunansky (5.6)
5 1907 Washington Senators 154 49 102 .325 .360 8th of 8 43.5 506 693 221,929 C.Smith (3.5)
6 1955 Washington Senators 154 53 101 .344 .376 8th of 8 43.0 598 789 425,238 M.McDermott (3.1)
7 2011 Minnesota Twins 162 63 99 .389 .383 5th of 5 32.0 619 804 3,168,116 S.Baker (4.4)
8 1957 Washington Senators 154 55 99 .357 .369 8th of 8 43.0 603 808 457,079 R.Sievers (4.6)
9 1999 Minnesota Twins 161 63 97 .394 .406 5th of 5 33.0 686 845 1,202,829 B.Radke (6.5)
10 1948 Washington Senators 154 56 97 .366 .358 7th of 8 40.0 578 796 795,254 R.Scarborough (5.5)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/19/2016.

I guess the best one can say at this point is that the Twins cannot eclipse the 1904 and 1909 Senators. They were drawing favorable comparisons to the 1962 New York Mets early in the 2016 season, but leveled off at another brand of awful. That's what historically bad pitching gets you! Not to mention a roster full of rookies for reasons of injury to veterans, or ineffectiveness of the same. Take note where the under-performing 2016 Twins stand presently on the list below, and recall how their hypothetical, Pythagorean .413 winning percentage had placed them on a pace to win 66 games before this season began- a seemingly improbable end result now.

Though they had a miserable start to the season, their difficulties since August 1 have been especially vexing. Minnesota sat at 40-64 (.384), 21 GB on that date, and in the last 46 games they've been humming along at a .326 clip, going 15-31, 31.5 GB, the worst record in MLB. Not as bad as the baddest Washington teams of the 'Aughts, but plenty bad enoughSadly, the potential for ugly is high now in the season's last two weeks, when they could overtake the 1948 Senators and move "up" higher yet, to the AT list 10 spot (which is assuming they run the board and lose every one of the season's last 12 games). That would definitely take some effort, however. It's more than a bit sad to think they could sweep the next 12 and STILL not match the 2000 Twins for success, the club that preceded the franchise's ascent to relevance in the early 2000s.

TOP 10 WORST FRANCHISE CLUBS - Ranked By Losses - # 11-20

Rk Year Tm G W L ▾ W-L% pythW-L% Finish GB R RA Attendance Top Player
-Using WAR-
11 2013 Minnesota Twins 162 66 96 .407 .388 4th of 5 27.0 614 788 2,477,644 J.Mauer (5.3)
12 2012 Minnesota Twins 162 66 96 .407 .422 5th of 5 22.0 701 832 2,776,354 D.Span (5.0)
13 2016 Minnesota Twins 150 55 95 .367 .413 5th of 5 31.5 683 827 1,831,020 B.Dozier (6.7)
14 1956 Washington Senators 155 59 95 .383 .346 7th of 8 38.0 652 924 431,647 C.Stobbs (4.6)
15 1906 Washington Senators 151 55 95 .367 .388 7th of 8 37.5 519 665 129,903 C.Patten (4.4)
16 1997 Minnesota Twins 162 68 94 .420 .450 4th of 5 18.5 772 861 1,411,064 C.Knoblauch (6.7)
17 1903 Washington Senators 140 43 94 .314 .302 8th of 8 47.5 437 691 128,878 H.Wilson (3.1)
18 2000 Minnesota Twins 162 69 93 .426 .426 5th of 5 26.0 748 880 1,000,760 B.Radke (6.2)
19 1958 Washington Senators 156 61 93 .396 .366 8th of 8 31.0 553 747 475,288 D.Hyde (4.6)
20 2014 Minnesota Twins 162 70 92 .432 .462 5th of 5 20.0 715 777 2,250,606 B.Dozier (5.2)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/19/2016.

Whatever will be the case, thank God this year is nearly over!

"So long, folks!" - Herb Carneal

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