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Which MLB team has the most 100+ win seasons?

How rare is a 100 win season in baseball? 

In Major League history, only 97 times has a team had a 100+ win seasons. To put that into perspective, out of 2199 seasons this is equivalent to just 4.41% of seasons. At that rate, just one team on average is expected to have a 100+ won season. 

We decided to look at the history of 100+ win seasons in baseball.

Some factors to note:

  • American League started playing 162 games in 1961. Prior to this, the league alternated between 140 and 154 game seasons. 
  • National League started playing 162 games in 1962. Prior to this, the league ranged between 60 and 154 game seasons between 1876 and 1962. 
  • First World Series was in 1903.

So which team has the most 100+ win seasons?

WHICH TEAM HAS HAD THE MOST 100+ WIN SEASONS?

Unsurprisingly, the Bronx Bombers hold the record for the most 100+ win seasons at 19 with the last coming in 2009 (103-59, World Series Champs). Over their 112 seasons, 17% of the Yankees seasons have had been 100+ wins with the highest coming in at 114 (1998, World Series Champs).

Coming in second is the Oakland Athletics with 10 seasons of 100 or more wins.

Here is the complete list of teams with 100+ win seasons:

Team 100+ Win Seasons Seasons % of Seasons Last
New York Yankees  19 112 16.96% 2009
Oakland Athletics 10 112 8.93% 2002
Atlanta Braves 8 137 5.84% 2003
St. Louis Cardinals  8 131 6.11% 2005
San Francisco Giants  7 130 5.38% 2003
Los Angeles Dodgers  6 127 4.72% 1974
Baltimore Orioles 5 112 4.46% 1980
Chicago Cubs 5 137 3.65% 1935
Detroit Tigers 5 112 4.46% 1984
Cincinnati Reds 4 131 3.05% 1976
Boston Red Sox 3 112 2.68% 1946
New York Mets 3 51 5.88% 1988
Philadelphia Phillies 3 130 2.31% 2011
Cleveland Indians 2 112 1.79% 1995
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 131 1.53% 1909
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 15 6.67% 1999
Chicago White Sox 1 112 0.89% 1917
Houston Astros 1 51 1.96% 1998
Kansas City Royals 1 44 2.27% 1977
Los Angeles Angels 1 52 1.92% 2008
Minnesota Twins  1 112 0.89% 1965
Seattle Mariners  1 36 2.78% 2001


Of the above teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates haven't had a 100+ win season since 1909 while the Philadelphia Phillies were the last team to record a 100+ win season in 2011.

Which team has had the most wins in a single season?

WHICH TEAM HAS THE RECORD FOR MOST WINS IN A SEASON?

The record for the most wins in a season is held by the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners who both won a total of 116 wins. The Cubs did it over a 152 game season (0.763 Win %) while the Mariners did it over a 162 game season (0.716 Win %).

However, both teams failed to turn their regular season dominance into a World Series win with the Cubs losing to the White Sox in the World Series while the Mariners lost to the Yankees in the ALCS.

The record for the highest regular season win percentage is held by the 1880 Chicago Cubs at 0.798 after going 67-17. If any team plans on topping this feat over a 162 game schedule, they would have to win at least 130 games.

Team Highest Win Total Team Highest Win Total
Chicago Cubs 116 Philadelphia Phillies 102
Seattle Mariners  116 Houston Astros 102
New York Yankees  114 Kansas City Royals 102
Cleveland Indians 111 Minnesota Twins  102
Pittsburgh Pirates 110 Arizona Diamondbacks 100
Baltimore Orioles 109 Chicago White Sox 100
Cincinnati Reds 108 Los Angeles Angels 100
New York Mets 108 Toronto Blue Jays 99
Oakland Athletics 107 San Diego Padres  98
Atlanta Braves 106 Washington Nationals 98
St. Louis Cardinals  106 Tampa Bay Rays 97
San Francisco Giants  106 Milwaukee Brewers 96
Los Angeles Dodgers  105 Texas Rangers  96
Boston Red Sox 105 Colorado Rockies 92
Detroit Tigers 104 Miami Marlins 92


With the Mariners failing to win the World Series after 116 regular season wins, how do 100+ win teams fare when it comes to winning it all?

HOW OFTEN DO 100+ WIN SEASON TEAMS END UP WINNING THE WORLD SERIES?

In the World Series era, there have been a total of 93 100+ win seasons and out of these 93 seasons only 34 of the teams went on to win the World Series or 36.6% of the time.

For some teams, like the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees, getting 100+ wins during the regular seasons has been a good sign for their World Series chances (Reds won 3/4 while Yankees won 12/19). On the other hand, for the Atlanta Braves have had six 100+ win seasons but never won a World Series in any of those seasons, it hasn’t been a good indicator.

Here is each teams 100+ win record during the World Series era and the number of times they also won the World Series in those seasons:

Team World Series Era (100+ Wins) Also Won World Series World Series Win %
New York Yankees  19 12 63%
Oakland Athletics 10 4 40%
Atlanta Braves 6 0 0%
St. Louis Cardinals  8 4 50%
San Francisco Giants  7 1 14%
Los Angeles Dodgers  5 0 0%
Baltimore Orioles 5 1 20%
Chicago Cubs 5 1 20%
Detroit Tigers 5 2 40%
Cincinnati Reds 4 3 75%
Boston Red Sox 3 2 67%
New York Mets 3 2 67%
Philadelphia Phillies 3 0 0%
Cleveland Indians 2 0 0%
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 1 100%
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 0%
Chicago White Sox 1 1 100%
Houston Astros 1 0 0%
Kansas City Royals 1 0 0%
Los Angeles Angels 1 0 0%
Minnesota Twins  1 0 0%
Seattle Mariners  1 0 0%
Total 93 34 37%


But not every team has had a 100+ win season in their history.


WHICH TEAMS HAVE NEVER HAD A 100+ WIN SEASON?

In total, eight teams have yet to achieve a 100+ win season. Out of the eight teams, the Texas Rangers have been in baseball the longest with 52 seasons.

Here is the list of teams without 100+ win seasons with their highest win totals:

Team Seasons Highest Win Total
Toronto Blue Jays 36 99
San Diego Padres  44 98
Washington Nationals 44 98
Tampa Bay Rays 15 97
Milwaukee Brewers 44 96
Texas Rangers  52 96
Colorado Rockies 20 92
Miami Marlins 20 92


Looking ahead to the 2013 MLB Season, which teams do you think are most likely to win 100+ regular season games?

 


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