MLBN’s Franchises of the Decade

9. Arizona Diamondbacks- 805 wins, -171 run differential, 3 playoff appearances, 3 division titles, 1 WS
8. Chicago White Sox- 857 wins, +408 run differential, 3 playoff appearances, 3 division titles, 1 WS
7 Minnesota Twins- 863 wins, +310 run differential, 5 playoff appearances, 5 division titles, 0 WS
6. Atlanta Braves- 892 wins, +912 run differential, 6 playoff appearances, 6 division titles, 0 WS
5. Philadelphia Phillies- 850 wins, +479 run differential, 3 playoff appearances, 3 division titles, 1 WS
4. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim- 900 wins, +691 run differential, 6 playoff appearances, 5 division titles, 1 WS
3. St. Louis Cardinals- 913 wins, +891 run differential, 7 playoff appearances, 6 division titles, 1 WS
2. Boston Red Sox- 920 wins, +1198 run differential, 6 playoff appearances, 1 division title, 2 WS
1. New York Yankees- 965 wins, +1273 run differential, 9 playoff appearances, 8 division titles, 2 WS

Honorable Mentions- Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins

I think they got the top four right. I don’t see how an argument can be made against the top four in the order they were listed. The bottom 5 are where it gets tough. Three of the teams won a World Series and the other two did not.

Even though the Oakland Athletics did not win a World Series I would put them on this list instead of the Diamondbacks. The A’s were consistently very good in the first seven years of the decade. The Diamondbacks were up and down throughout the decade in a weak division so despite their WS title they get bumped off this list.

I would also switch the White Sox and the Twins. They both performed similarly during the decade, but the White Sox won a championship.

I would also switch the Braves and Phillies. The Braves won 42 more games, had a much better run differential, and won twice as many division titles. Basically, the Braves were better for longer at the beginning of the decade than the Phillies were at the end of the decade. The WS title the Phillies won makes them interchangeable, though.

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