Chris explains…“This is one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time - and I think some BTFrs might like it, given that it’s based on an old thread there.
It’s called “The great 28, part 1 of 2” and it’s me asking SG to put 28 of the best teams of all-time in his 1,000 season simulator to see who is the best. The same thing happened in Count the Rings years ago, but this time I get to do all the choosing (and next week I’ll provide the results of the 1000 sims, and I know from CTR years ago many were uncertain what the results of the 1000 sims were).”
1961 New York Yankees (109-53 actual record, 103-59 pythag record)
Despite winning 109 contests, I considered leaving this team out. Or I considered leaving them in and pushing the 1953 Yankees out as there is some overlap between the squads with their key players, Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford. But if we’re going to bend the overlap rule a little bit, this is the time to do it. The Yankees won 14 out of 16 pennants from 1949-64, so giving them two representative from eight years apart seems reasonable.
1968 Detroit Tigers (103-59 actual record, 103-59 pythag record)
Though not usually thought of as a historically great team, they led the league in runs scored, fewest runs allowed, had a great actual record, a great pythag record, and won a world title. That’s a nifty combination.
1969 Baltimore Orioles (109-53 actual record, 110-52 pytahg record)
Damn few teams win 109 games while underachieving their pythag record. They won 108 games and a world title in 1970, but with “only” 104 pythag wins in that season.