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Tapp-ing into the Numbers -- The last time a MLB team finished in last place

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017



BY JERRY TAPP


Last season the Atlanta Braves were one of six teams to finish in last place in their division. What makes this all the more interesting is that it was their first year in last place since 1990, a span of 26 years!

The other five teams that finished in last place were Cincinnati, Minnesota, Oakland, San Diego and Tampa Bay. For Oakland and Cincinnati, they also finished in last place in 2015. The Twins last season as a cellar-dweller was in 2014; the Padres last time was in 2011; and the Rays last finished in last place in their division in 2007.

Over the last three seasons, 13 of the 30 MLB teams finished in last place in their division in at least one season. But it's interesting to note that five MLB teams have not finished in last place in their division this century (since 2000) and two of those five (the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals) have not finished in last place since 1990.

Following is a look at the last season each of the 30 MLB teams finished in last place in their division.

1990: New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals
1991: Cleveland
1992: Los Angeles Dodgers
1999: Los Angeles Angels
2003: New York Mets
2004: Milwaukee
2007: San Francisco
2010: Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Washington
2011: Baltimore
2012: Seattle
2013: Chicago White Sox, Houston, Miami, Toronto
2014: Arizona, Chicago Cubs, Texas
2015: Boston, Colorado, Detroit, Philadelphia
2016: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Oakland, San Diego, Tampa Bay

 

 


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