2011 World Series: Ranking All World Series Championship Teams of Wild Card Era

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2011 World Series: Ranking All World Series Championship Teams of Wild Card Era
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The Texas Rangers are the best team in baseball in 2011, but it might not matter. Like the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees before them, Texas could get knocked out of these 2011 MLB Playoffs by an inferior club and would not be remembered as positively even as the clearly worse Detroit Tigers.

In baseball, the postseason is no meritocracy. It might once have been so, but since the advent of the Wild Card system in the mid-1990s, many teams have won World Series with rosters ranking barely (if at all) within the top 10 of all MLB teams. Many others, like the bulk of the dynastic Atlanta Braves teams of the 1990s and 2000s, have been thwarted in their pursuit of history despite being fully deserving.

So it goes in a world where no team ever has more than a 60 percent chance of winning a short series. Some champions in the modern era deserve that title; some do not. Herein are rankings of the 16 teams who have won World Series since 1995, the first year of the current format, from the dominant powerhouses to the fluky fast finishers.

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