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Excessive groups: Mariners and Marlins



Seattle and Miami are geographic opposites. One serves as America’s gateway to Alaska and Japan, the opposite as a portal to the Caribbean and South America.

These two cities, 2,370 miles aside, have comparatively little in widespread. Besides that they’re collectively featured in as we speak’s examination of utmost performances by Main League Baseball golf equipment.

That is the seventh installment in my sequence of tales about franchises’ greatest and worst seasons throughout the Fashionable Period, relationship again to 1961. I’m advancing two by two every Friday, based mostly on the alphabetical order of workforce nicknames.

That brings us to the Mariners of Seattle and the Marlins of Miami, golf equipment that not solely are separated by an infinite distance, however that additionally play in several leagues.

The next rankings are decided by workforce scores (TS), which I calculated for each MLB ballclub that took the sector between 1961 and 2022, a complete of 1,656 squads. Scores are plotted on an equalized 100-point scale, permitting us to check the relative energy of groups from completely different years. (Click on right here to study extra.)

Listed here are the Fashionable Period extremes for Seattle and Miami:

Finest 12 months for the Mariners: Seattle’s 2001 squad was a juggernaut. The M’s rolled to a jaw-dropping 116-46 regular-season file, outscoring opponents by 1.85 runs per recreation. They appeared destined for the franchise’s first world championship, but someway misplaced the American League Championship Sequence to the New York Yankees. Proper fielder Ichiro Suzuki batted .350 and gained the AL’s Rookie of the Yr and Most Worthwhile Participant Awards. Second baseman Bret Boone swatted 37 homers and drove residence 141 runs. Pitcher Jamie Moyer went 20-6.

Worst 12 months for the Mariners: The M’s touched backside in 2008 — simply seven years after their miracle season — settling 40 video games beneath .500. Suzuki was nonetheless round and nonetheless hitting properly (.310). Third baseman Adrian Beltre chipped in with 25 homers. Felix Hernandez, a 22-year-old pitcher, confirmed promise with a Sep 11 file.

Finest 12 months for the Marlins: The franchise, then generally known as the Florida Marlins, was solely 5 years outdated when it improbably gained a world championship in 1997. A wild-card bid led to successive playoff victories over San Francisco, Atlanta, and Cleveland, the latter within the World Sequence. Pitcher Kevin Brown common a 16-8 file with a 2.69 ERA. Left fielder Moises Alou scored 88 runs and drove in 115. Third baseman Bobby Bonilla batted .297.

Worst 12 months for the Marlins: The 1997 championship got here at a price, and the membership’s homeowners judged it to be far too costly. They mandated a hearth sale. The 1998 Marlins consequently bore little resemblance to their predecessors. They plummeted to a 54-108 file. Shortstop Edgar Renteria led the membership with a .282 batting common, and Brian Meadows paced the pitching employees with 11 wins.

Scroll downward to see the highest and backside 10 seasons for each franchises between 1961 and 2022. Comparable rankings for all different golf equipment may be discovered within the print version of Baseball’s Finest (and Worst) 2023 Yearbook.

Every workforce 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.

Listed here are the postseason abbreviations: P signifies {that a} membership made the playoffs, L implies 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 golf equipment from 1961 by means of 2022 that the given workforce outperformed, based mostly on TS comparisons.

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  • 1. Mariners [2001], 116-46 (P), plus-1.85 margin, 97.9% in period

  • 2. Mariners [2000], 91-71 (P), plus-0.78 margin, 85.3% in period

  • 3. Mariners [1997], 90-72 (P), plus-0.57 margin, 83.9% in period

  • 4. Mariners [2003], 93-69, plus-0.98 margin, 80.4% in period

  • 5. Mariners [2002], 93-69, plus-0.71 margin, 76.2% in period

  • 6. Mariners [1996], 85-76, plus-0.61 margin, 70.7% in period

  • 7. Mariners [2022], 90-72 (P), plus-0.41 margin, 68.3% in period

  • 8. Mariners [2014], 87-75, plus-0.49 margin, 68.0% in period

  • 9. Mariners [1995], 79-66 (P), plus-0.61 margin, 67.4% in period

  • 10. Mariners [2016], 86-76, plus-0.38 margin, 64.3% in period

  • 1. Mariners [2008], 61-101, minus-0.86 margin, 1.9% in period

  • 2. Mariners [1983], 60-102, minus-1.12 margin, 3.1% in period

  • 3. Mariners [1978], 56-104, minus-1.38 margin, 3.3% in period

  • 4. Mariners [1980], 59-103, minus-1.12 margin, 3.7% in period

  • 5. Mariners [2010], 61-101, minus-1.14 margin, 5.1% in period

  • 6. Mariners [1986], 67-95, minus-0.72 margin, 5.7% in period

  • 7. Mariners [1977], 64-98, minus-1.43 margin, 6.9% in period

  • 8. Mariners [1992], 64-98, minus-0.74 margin, 7.0% in period

  • 9. Mariners [2004], 63-99, minus-0.77 margin, 9.9% in period

  • 10. Mariners [1981], 44-65, minus-0.86 margin, 11.8% in period

  • 1. Marlins [1997], 92-70 (WLP), plus-0.44 margin, 93.4% in period

  • 2. Marlins [2003], 91-71 (WLP), plus-0.36 margin, 92.6% in period

  • 3. Marlins [2009], 87-75, plus-0.04 margin, 59.6% in period

  • 4. Marlins [2008], 84-77, plus-0.02 margin, 58.5% in period

  • 5. Marlins [2005], 83-79, minus-0.09 margin, 52.9% in period

  • 6. Marlins [2004], 83-79, plus-0.11 margin, 51.8% in period

  • 7. Marlins [1996], 80-82, minus-0.09 margin, 49.0% in period

  • 8. Marlins [2006], 78-84, minus-0.09 margin, 47.9% in period

  • 9. Marlins [2010], 80-82, plus-0.01 margin, 47.7% in period

  • 10. Marlins [2016], 79-82, minus-0.17 margin, 43.0% in period

  • 1. Marlins [1998], 54-108, minus-1.58 margin, 1.3% in period

  • 2. Marlins [2018], 63-98, minus-1.37 margin, 2.1% in period

  • 3. Marlins [2019], 57-105, minus-1.19 margin, 2.5% in period

  • 4. Marlins [2013], 62-100, minus-0.82 margin, 4.9% in period

  • 5. Marlins [1999], 64-98, minus-0.99 margin, 7.6% in period

  • 6. Marlins [1993], 64-98, minus-0.88 margin, 10.6% in period

  • 7. Marlins [1994], 51-64, minus-0.94 margin, 17.3% in period

  • 8. Marlins [2007], 71-91, minus-0.62 margin, 18.2% in period

  • 9. Marlins [2012], 69-93, minus-0.71 margin, 22.2% in period

  • 10. Marlins [2021], 67-95, minus-0.48 margin, 25.6% in period

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