Tag: American League

The 10 Worst MLB Franchises (through 2013)

The 10 Worst MLB Franchises (through 2013)

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I was hoping to get this done prior to the start of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, but such is life. Anyway, the title of this post should say it all. Just as I did for the NHL last year, I've devised a super-secret, proprietary system for ranking all current baseball franchises. To see my rankings for other leagues, as well as all my sports lists, check out this page. But before I get to the list of the ten worst MLB teams of all-time, a few notes of explanation are needed. Rankings are based on average points per season, not total points. For the few franchises whose history stretches back to the 19th century (Braves, Cardinals, Reds, etc.), I am only counting seasons played as members of the National League. I am awarding points for a playoff series win for teams that
1968 Fleer Major League Baseball Team Logo Tallboy Cloth Patches (American League)

1968 Fleer Major League Baseball Team Logo Tallboy Cloth Patches (American League)

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From 1967 through 1975, the Fleer company issued a series of attractive cloth patches featuring the names, logos, and emblems of most Major League Baseball franchises. What I have for you today is the 1968 cloth patch set, specifically the ten American League teams from that season. Each patch set was comprised of three smaller patches -- one with the primary team logo, a smaller secondary logo hat patch, and a team name shoulder patch. The entire set measures 2.5" by 4.2", which is why they're known as "tallboys" by collectors.
Photo Gallery — Major League Baseball Managers As Players (AL)

Photo Gallery — Major League Baseball Managers As Players (AL)

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Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles -- Buck never made it to the majors, but did play AAA ball briefly. This is a card from his time with the New Haven Yankees (AA), dated either 1978 or 1979. Bobby Valentine, Boston Red Sox -- No fake mustache needed here. This is Bobby as a member of the California Angels, from a Topps 1975 card. Valentine played for five big league squads during his ten-year career. Joe Girardi, New York Yankees -- While he won three World Series as a Yankee, Joe Girardi spent most of his career playing backstop for the Cubs. Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays -- Maddon spent just four seasons in the minors, and never played higher than A ball for affiliates of the Angels and Padres. I couldn't find any photos from that era, but there are some neat images o
The Best and Worst Major League Baseball Logos (AL West)

The Best and Worst Major League Baseball Logos (AL West)

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With the 2012 Major League Baseball season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics -- logos. So I'm going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team baseball logos for all 30 current MLB franchises. Primary, alternate, and cap logos listed on Chris Creamer's outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Up first are the four squads of the American League's West division. For more logo and sports-related lists and rankings, check out my this handy Sports Lists page. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Best Yeah, using an outline of your home state is a bit of a cop-out but this logo, used from 1973-1985, has a lot going for it. It's clean and simple but makes good use of the halo. I never cared for any of the Angels