With the success of my article ranking all the franchises for all-time on their success and based on a suggestion from my colleague here at Bleacher Report, Matt Strobl; I decided to break this down even further into eras.
Why? Well, some of the older franchises benefitted greatly from early success but their lack of success over the last couple of decades really didn't hurt them too much in the rankings. Also, some of the expansion franchises were hurt in the rankings by having to compete against teams with 80 or more seasons under their belt in comparison, so I wanted to see if the rankings were broken into eras, how these teams would then fare.
It was hard to determine the eras to be fair to all teams, so I came up with the following:
Beginning - 1919: this basically covers the early history of baseball
1920-1960: this basically covers the "Golden Age" of baseball but before expansion
1961 - 2010: this basically covers baseball as we know it today
Each era will be covered in a separate article, culminating in a final article combining all the eras (yes, there were enough changes from the previous article due to changes in the point system used which I'll cover below).
Within each, we'll see the rise of some franchises and the fall of others while also seeing how the great franchises such as the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants have fared in the different eras.
The rankings are based solely on a point system I developed to ensure no bias on my part. The more points a franchise received, the higher the franchise was ranked. Here's a quick review of my point system (and based on a suggestion by a reader, Joe Evans, I tweaked the scoring from the first article to further reward winning seasons and to "punish" seasons with the equivalent of 100 losses):
- First place finish: 3 points
- World Series appearance: 5 points
- World Series win: 10 points
- Average number of years between World Series wins: each team was ranked, best average to worst, and then given points based on number of teams; for this era, there were eight teams, so the best average got 8 points, the worst got 1
- Season with .556 winning percentage or better (90 win season today): 1 point
- Season with .617 winning percentage or better (100 win season today): 3 points
- Season with .650 winning percentage or better (105 win season today): 7 points
- Season with .700 winning percentage or better (113 win season today): 10 points
- Season with .383 winning percentage or worse (100 loss season today): -5 points
Before we get into the rankings, take a second and rank the teams of this era in how you think they will be ranked. The teams are the Athletics, Braves, Browns (Orioles), Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Reds, Senators (Twins), Tigers, White Sox and the Yankees.
Let's begin the rankings with the Number 16 team.