Who is the greatest Major League Baseball team of all time? The century old debate has been had in every sports bar around the country. However who is right? Which baseball team can truly call themselves the goat?
5. 1984 Detroit Tigers
The 1984 Detroit Tigers squad had a dominant regular season record of 104-58, which was safely the best in the American League. Anchored by a powerful lineup led by AL MVP and future Hall of Famer, Kirk Gibson, along with All-Stars Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish. Thirdly, they had a strong pitching staff, led by ace Jack Morris, who won 19 games and had an ERA of 3.60. Finally, they got the job done and won the World Series against the San Diego Padres, solidifying their place as one of the top teams in baseball history.
4. 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
I know it was a long time ago, but how do people leave the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates off their lists? . They had an extremely talented roster led by Hall of Famers Honus Wagner, perhaps the greatest shorstop ever, Fred Clarke, and Howie Camnitz. Thirdly, they had a strong pitching staff, including Babe Adams who won 20 games during the regular season. But they also won 110 games back in 1909. In 1909, the Major League Baseball regular season was only 152 games, ten fewer than today.
3. 2001 Seattle Mariners
The 2001 Seattle Mariners had a remarkable season, one that could be considered one of the best in Major League Baseball history. This team was stacked with talent and dominated on both the mound and at the plate. There were several key factors that contributed to the Mariners’ success, making them a team worth mentioning when discussing the greatest MLB teams of all time.
First and foremost, the 2001 Mariners tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the most wins in a single season, finishing with a record of 116-46. This incredible feat showcases the team’s ability to perform consistently throughout the season and their dominance over their competition. It’s a testament to the strength and depth of their roster, as well as their ability to come together and play as a team.
Another factor that makes the case for the 2001 Mariners, was their dominant pitching staff. Led by 20-game winner Freddy Garcia and anchored by All-Star closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, the Mariners pitching staff was one of the best in MLB history. The team’s combination of power arms and effective off-speed pitches made them difficult to hit, and they were able to shut down opposing lineups on a regular basis.
Things weren’t too shabby on the other side of the ball. In fact the Mariners lineup was also a key factor in their success. The lineup was deep and talented, featuring future Hall of Famers Ichiro Suzuki and Bret Boone, as well as All-Stars Mike Cameron and John Olerud. The team’s ability to produce runs in a variety of ways made them difficult to defend, and their ability to get on base at a high rate (they set a record for highest team on-base percentage in a single season, .360) allowed them to put pressure on opposing pitchers.
In addition to their overall success, the 2001 Mariners’ division race added to the drama of their historic season. The Mariners won the American League West by just one game over the Oakland Athletics, making their division title all the more impressive. It showed that the Mariners were a team that could rise to the occasion and perform when it mattered most, a hallmark of a great team.
2. 1975 Cincinnati Reds
Known as the “Big Red Machine,” 1975 Cincinnati Reds were a dominant force in Major League Baseball. With a record of 108 wins and 54 losses, the Reds finished with the best record in the National League. One of the key factors that set the 1975 Reds apart was their potent lineup. Led by Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez, as well as All-Stars Pete Rose and George Foster, the Reds were a force to be reckoned with at the plate. The team led the league in runs scored and on-base plus slugging (OPS), showcasing their ability to consistently produce runs and put pressure on opposing pitchers.
Perhaps the nickname “Big Red Machine” is to blame, but something people forget about the 1975 Reds team was their strong pitching staff. Led by 20-game winner Don Gullett and All-Star Gary Nolan, the Reds had a deep and effective pitching staff that was able to shut down opposing lineups when their lineups struggled, however rare that was. The team’s ERA was second-best in the National League, further proving their dominance on the mound.
We would be remiss if we moved on before mentioning their exceptional defense. With the likes of Johnny Bench and Dave Concepcion anchoring the middle of the field. This strong defense allowed the team to make game-changing plays and keep runs off the board, giving their offense a chance to do what it did best: smash.
1.1927 New York Yankees
Surprise, surprise. Could it have been anything other than the 27′ Yankees?
The short answer is no. In fact the 1927 New York Yankees are widely considered to be one of the greatest teams in Major League Baseball history and for good reason. With their dominant lineup, strong pitching, and impressive regular season performance, the 1927 Yankees proved to be a team that was ahead of its time.
One of the key factors that made the 1927 Yankees so great was their lineup. Led by Babe Ruth, who had one of the greatest seasons in baseball history, the Yankees had a potent offense that was able to produce runs in a variety of ways. Additionally, the team had several other key contributors, including Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri, who played critical roles in the team’s success. The Yankees led the league in runs scored and were one of the top teams in on-base plus slugging (OPS), showcasing their ability to consistently produce runs and put pressure on opposing pitchers.
Even without Babe Ruth on the mound, the 1927 Yankees had an exceptional pitching staff . Led by ace pitcher Waite Hoyt, the Yankees had a deep and effective pitching staff that was able to shut down opposing lineups. The team’s ERA was second-best in the American League, and their pitching was a major reason why they were able to win so many games.
Like the other teams, the 1927 Yankees also had a strong defense, with key players like Earle Combs and Mark Koenig making game-changing plays in the field. This strong defense allowed the team to keep runs off the board and give their offense a chance to do what it did best.