The glory of their times - by G. Scott Thomas

We’re now precisely 2 and a half months into the baseball season, which is long enough to determine the relative strengths and weak points of all 30 big-league clubs.

The ups and downs of April, Might, and the very first half of June have actually divided fans into 2 groups, activating these hugely various responses to their preferred groups:

Optimists and pessimists are determining their existing teams versus the magnificence days of the past, searching for indications of future success or failure. So I chose to do the exact same thing. I gathered information for all 1,390 clubs that played throughout the previous half-century (1971 to 2020), looking for the peak efficiency by each franchise.

The list below outcomes are based upon my group rating (TS) formula, which enables direct contrasts of clubs from various seasons.

The formula offers equivalent weight to 4 aspects: winning portion, the differential in between runs scored and permitted per video game, the differential in between bases per out (BPO) achieved by batters and permitted by pitchers, and postseason success.

It produces a rating for each club on a 100-point scale, which is matched from year to year. That indicates it’s possible to state that a 1975 club with a TS of 85 was much better than a 2016 group with a rating of 83.

2 clubs reached their zeniths at the really start of the 50-year duration. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles, who satisfied in the 1971 World Series, accomplished their greatest group ratings of the 50-year period that year.

At the opposite end of the timeline is another set of World Series challengers, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays, who both reached their greatest ratings in 2020’s truncated season.

Each entry listed below offers a franchise’s finest group rating in between 1971 and 2020, in addition to that specific club’s rank (both in raw number and portion) amongst the duration’s 1,390 groups. You’ll likewise see its win-loss record, postseason journal, bases per out (accomplished and permitted), runs per video game (scored and permitted), and the majority of important gamer. The latter is based entirely on wins above replacement (WAR), as determined by Baseball-Reference.com.

If your club is succeeding this season, do not hesitate to evaluate your title possibilities by comparing your existing team to the peak efficiency noted below.

If you’re having a hard time, well, you can constantly dream about much better times.

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Angels (2002)

  • Group rating: 77.467 points

  • Period rank: 54 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 96.18% of groups

  • Record: 99-63 (.611)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .088 (.742 vs. .654)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.27 (5.25 vs. 3.98)

  • Group MVP: Darin Erstad, center field, 6.3 WAR

Astros (2017)

  • Group rating: 84.140 points

  • Period rank: 18 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 98.78% of groups

  • Record: 101-61 (.623)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .120 (.801 vs. .681)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.21 (5.53 vs. 4.32)

  • Group MVP: Jose Altuve, 2nd base, 7.7 WAR

Sports (1990)

  • Group rating: 89.366 points

  • Period rank: 7 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.57% of groups

  • Record: 103-59 (.636)

  • Postseason: Won AL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .106 (.708 vs. .602)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.00 (4.52 vs. 3.52)

  • Group MVP: Rickey Henderson, left field, 9.9 WAR

Blue Jays (1993)

  • Group rating: 82.767 points

  • Period rank: 23 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 98.42% of groups

  • Record: 95-67 (.586)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .081 (.776 vs. .695)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.65 (5.23 vs. 4.58)

  • Group MVP: John Olerud, very first base, 7.8 WAR

Braves (1995)

  • Group rating: 84.662 points

  • Period rank: 16 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 98.92% of groups

  • Record: 90-54 (.625)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .067 (.699 vs. .632)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.73 (4.48 vs. 3.75)

  • Group MVP: Greg Maddux, pitcher, 9.6 WAR

Makers (1982)

  • Group rating: 74.675 points

  • Period rank: 80 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 94.31% of groups

  • Record: 95-67 (.586)

  • Postseason: Won AL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .057 (.750 vs. .693)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.07 (5.47 vs. 4.40)

  • Group MVP: Robin Yount, shortstop, 10.5 WAR

Cardinals (2004)

  • Group rating: 81.249 points

  • Period rank: 33 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 97.70% of groups

  • Record: 105-57 (.648)

  • Postseason: Won NL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .130 (.788 vs. .658)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.21 (5.28 vs. 4.07)

  • Group MVP: Scott Rolen, 3rd base, 9.2 WAR

Cubs (2016)

  • Group rating: 92.166 points

  • Period rank: 5 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.71% of groups

  • Record: 103-58 (.640)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .161 (.755 vs. .594)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.56 (4.99 vs. 3.43)

  • Group MVP: Kris Bryant, 3rd base, 7.3 WAR

Diamondbacks (2001)

  • Group rating: 81.168 points

  • Period rank: 34 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 97.62% of groups

  • Record: 92-70 (.568)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .088 (.757 vs. .669)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.87 (5.05 vs. 4.18)

  • Group MVP: Randy Johnson, pitcher, 9.5 WAR

Dodgers (2020)

  • Group rating: 94.085 points

  • Period rank: 4 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.78% of groups

  • Record: 43-17 (.717)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .245 (.811 vs. .566)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 2.27 (5.82 vs. 3.55)

  • Group MVP: Mookie Betts, best field, 3.6 WAR

Giants (2002)

  • Group rating: 77.832 points

  • Period rank: 50 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 96.47% of groups

  • Record: 95-66 (.590)

  • Postseason: Won NL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .128 (.767 vs. .639)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.03 (4.83 vs. 3.80)

  • Group MVP: Barry Bonds, left field, 11.7 WAR

Indians (1995)

  • Group rating: 87.220 points

  • Period rank: 10 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.35% of groups

  • Record: 100-44 (.694)

  • Postseason: Won AL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .158 (.835 vs. .677)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.61 (5.83 vs. 4.22)

  • Group MVP: Albert Belle, left field, 7.0 WAR

Mariners (2001)

  • Group rating: 81.959 points

  • Period rank: 27 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 98.13% of groups

  • Record: 116-46 (.716)

  • Postseason: Made playoffs, however did not win AL title

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .187 (.811 vs. .624)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.85 (5.72 vs. 3.87)

  • Group MVP: Bret Boone, 2nd base, 8.8 WAR

Marlins (1997)

  • Group rating: 73.229 points

  • Period rank: 89 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 93.66% of groups

  • Record: 92-70 (.568)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .035 (.720 vs. .685)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.44 (4.57 vs. 4.13)

  • Group MVP: Kevin Brown, pitcher, 6.8 WAR

Mets (1986)

  • Group rating: 94.962 points

  • Period rank: 3 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.86% of groups

  • Record: 108-54 (.667)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .114 (.714 vs. .600)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.26 (4.83 vs. 3.57)

  • Group MVP: Keith Hernandez, very first base, 5.5 WAR

Nationals (2019)

  • Group rating: 76.595 points

  • Period rank: 61 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 95.68% of groups

  • Record: 93-69 (.574)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .097 (.787 vs. .690)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.92 (5.39 vs. 4.47)

  • Group MVP: Anthony Rendon, 3rd base, 7.2 WAR

Orioles (1971)

  • Group rating: 83.333 points

  • Period rank: 21 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 98.56% of groups

  • Record: 101-57 (.639)

  • Postseason: Won AL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .145 (.717 vs. .572)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.35 (4.70 vs. 3.35)

  • Group MVP: Brooks Robinson, 3rd base, 6.0 WAR

Padres (1998)

  • Group rating: 70.298 points

  • Period rank: 121 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 91.36% of groups

  • Record: 98-64 (.605)

  • Postseason: Won NL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .058 (.707 vs. .649)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.70 (4.62 vs. 3.92)

  • Group MVP: Kevin Brown, pitcher, 9.1 WAR

Phillies (2008)

  • Group rating: 78.344 points

  • Period rank: 47 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 96.69% of groups

  • Record: 92-70 (.568)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .061 (.762 vs. .701)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.73 (4.93 vs. 4.20)

  • Group MVP: Chase Utley, 2nd base, 9.0 WAR

Pirates (1971)

  • Group rating: 87.094 points

  • Period rank: 11 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.28% of groups

  • Record: 97-65 (.599)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .096 (.693 vs. .597)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.16 (4.86 vs. 3.70)

  • Group MVP: Willie Stargell, left field, 7.9 WAR

Rangers (2011)

  • Group rating: 78.226 points

  • Period rank: 49 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 96.54% of groups

  • Record: 96-66 (.593)

  • Postseason: Won AL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .135 (.774 vs. .639)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.10 (5.28 vs. 4.18)

  • Group MVP: Ian Kinsler, 2nd base, 7.0 WAR

Rays (2020)

  • Group rating: 77.699 points

  • Period rank: 51 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 96.40% of groups

  • Record: 40-20 (.667)

  • Postseason: Won AL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .107 (.748 vs. .641)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.00 (4.82 vs. 3.82)

  • Group MVP: Brandon Lowe, 2nd base, 2.4 WAR

Red Sox (2007)

  • Group rating: 85.711 points

  • Period rank: 13 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.14% of groups

  • Record: 96-66 (.593)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .137 (.797 vs. .660)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.29 (5.35 vs. 4.06)

  • Group MVP: Josh Beckett, pitcher, 6.5 WAR

Reds (1975)

  • Group rating: 90.713 points

  • Period rank: 6 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.64% of groups

  • Record: 108-54 (.667)

  • Postseason: Won NL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .123 (.748 vs. .625)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.57 (5.19 vs. 3.62)

  • Group MVP: Joe Morgan, 2nd base, 11.0 WAR

Rockies (2007)

  • Group rating: 75.518 points

  • Period rank: 70 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 95.03% of groups

  • Record: 90-73 (.552)

  • Postseason: Won NL title, however lost World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .059 (.772 vs. .713)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.63 (5.28 vs. 4.65)

  • Group MVP: Troy Tulowitzki, shortstop, 6.8 WAR

Royals (2015)

  • Group rating: 75.761 points

  • Period rank: 67 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 95.25% of groups

  • Record: 95-67 (.586)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .021 (.680 vs. .659)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.51 (4.47 vs. 3.96)

  • Group MVP: Lorenzo Cain, center field, 7.0 WAR

Tigers (1984)

  • Group rating: 97.109 points

  • Period rank: 1 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 100.00% of groups

  • Record: 104-58 (.642)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .141 (.747 vs. .606)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.15 (5.12 vs. 3.97)

  • Group MVP: Alan Trammell, shortstop, 6.7 WAR

Twins (1991)

  • Group rating: 82.261 points

  • Period rank: 25 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 98.27% of groups

  • Record: 95-67 (.586)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .055 (.717 vs. .662)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.77 (4.79 vs. 4.02)

  • Group MVP: Kevin Tapani, pitcher, 6.8 WAR

White Sox (2005)

  • Group rating: 75.291 points

  • Period rank: 72 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 94.89% of groups

  • Record: 99-63 (.611)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .054 (.710 vs. .656)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 0.59 (4.57 vs. 3.98)

  • Group MVP: Mark Buehrle, pitcher, 4.8 WAR

Yankees (1998)

  • Group rating: 96.123 points

  • Period rank: 2 of 1,390 groups (1971-2020)

  • Period percentile: Much better than 99.93% of groups

  • Record: 114-48 (.704)

  • Postseason: Won AL title and World Series

  • BPO: Beat challengers by .174 (.823 vs. .649)

  • Runs per video game: Beat challengers by 1.91 (5.96 vs. 4.05)

  • Group MVP: Derek Jeter, shortstop, 7.5 WAR

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