April 01, 2006

No Longer the Disastros: On April 27, 1962, the Houston Astros franchise fell a game below .500, where they've remained for the last 44 years. With seven more victories, they can become one of 13 teams with more wins than losses in the eternal pennant, which the New York Yankees currently lead by 407.5 games.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:43 AM - 13 comments

It is refreshing to see that the Tigers, contrary to popular belief, have not been bad forever.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:45 AM on April 01

I imagine that's because Matt Millen doesn't work for them.

posted by roberts at 10:04 AM on April 01

Likewise, the ChiSox, Cleveland,and Pittsburgh franchise's storied pasts are evident in the all-time standings. Kind of makes you realize how difficult it is to compare one era to another. Good link for all fans, rcade.

posted by mjkredliner at 10:07 AM on April 01

I was not surprised to see the Texas Rangers near the cellar. We'll reach the top one of these decades if we can just find some pitching.

posted by rcade at 10:38 AM on April 01

It is refreshing to see that the Tigers, contrary to popular belief, have not been bad forever. The Tigers are one of those teams that, just when you're about to give up on them completely, they have a magic year like '68 or '84. Sadly it hasn't lasted more then a year or so at a time since I've been a fan (going on 50 years now).

posted by commander cody at 11:10 AM on April 01

My Mets need fewer than three undefeated seasons to break the .500 barrier. Sweet.

posted by Dan121377 at 11:22 AM on April 01

St. Louis Cardinals - a respectable 649 games above .500

posted by sirvomitousIV at 12:40 PM on April 01

really cool link rcade. my beloved dodgers fell 3rd, begrudgingly below the giants and understandably the yanks. from wiki... In their 2,087 meetings (seasons 1901 through 2005), the Giants have won 1,048 games and the Dodgers have won 1,023 (The 14 game discrepancy in this figure is a statistical anomaly caused, in part, by forfeits in the early 20th century). yankees sox, my ass. this is still the best rivalry in baseball to me, even if people east of the miss don't stay up to watch it. i also enjoy seeing the madres near basement :)

posted by ninjavshippo at 01:27 PM on April 01

I know that's right rcade about the Rangers. I've always been a Rangers fan in hopes that one day they see the light & get some pitching. That's been our downfall since Nolan Ryan left. We'll see if this year they can make it passed the all star break!

posted by marilyn1968 at 01:59 PM on April 01

I didn't realize the Giants/Dodgers was such a big deal until I heard a few days of Jim Rome talking about it. I love how they had geographic reasons to be rivals in both New York City and California. It would have been a huge travesty if the Giants move to St. Pete had gone through in the early '90s.

posted by rcade at 08:13 AM on April 02

I didn't realize the Giants/Dodgers was such a big deal until I heard a few days of Jim Rome talking about it I live half a world away, but I know about it from some of my favourite writers (De Lillo, Heller).

posted by owlhouse at 05:45 PM on April 02

Easy to forget how much older the NL is than the AL until you see that, despite the best winning percentage all time (by a good margin), the Yanks still fall behind six teams (all senior circuit) in total wins. Also interesting were the statistics on the Braves. First, that they have played more games than any other team. Second, that despite being in the playoffs since the invention of the internet they are still under .500 (though barely -- like the 'Stros, they could break the barrier this season). ...until I heard a few days of Jim Rome talking about it... I don' t know what kind of crime you have to commit to be sentenced to days of exposure to Jim Rome, but judging from the fact that you seem to feel somehow enlightened by the experience leads me to believe that your lawyer blew it by not going for the insanity plea. Cool post, though - thanks for that.

posted by BullpenPro at 12:02 AM on April 03

Second, that despite being in the playoffs since the invention of the internet they are still under .500 (though barely -- like the 'Stros, they could break the barrier this season). That's because they played in Milwaukee.

posted by tron7 at 09:05 AM on April 03

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