I've upped my game with franchise rankings and introduced some new technology to the process -- namely, Tableau. To see some other examples of me putting Tableau to good use, check out the Infographics section of my SportsPaper.info site. Other than making things look snazzy, however, the methodology behind how I'm ranking all MLB franchises remains pretty much intact. So for those who don't know the rules, here they are again: The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 20 points for a World Series title. Pre-1903 titles are not counted. 15 points for a league pennant. 6 points for a playoff series win (e.g. Division Series or Wild Card Game). 4 points for a division title. 3 points for a regular season winning percentage of .556 or higher, -3 points for ...
I wanted to get the latest list of Major League Baseball franchise rankings done before the start of the 2015 season, but obviously that didn't happen. But that's OK, right? Last year I split the list into two posts ranking the best and worst teams in MLB history, but in keeping with the other sports lists I maintain I'm putting all 30 active franchises in one place. So with that out of the way, here are how the rankings are compiled: The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 20 points for a World Series title. Pre-1903 titles are not counted. 15 points for a league pennant. 6 points for a playoff series win (e.g. Division Series or Wild Card Game). 4 points for a division title. 3 points for a regular season winning percentage of .556 or higher, -3 poi
Spring Training for the 2015 Major League Baseball season is upon us! So even if you're still sitting under a blanket of snow, you know that relief is on the way. To help you get warmed up and to take an excuse to look at some great vintage sports ephemera, here's a hand-picked gallery slideshow of some of my favorite Spring Training program and scorecard art from teams like the Dodgers, Red Sox, Angels, and Pirates. All of these and more are available for perusal at The Press Room, and clicking on any image will take you to its own page.
With San Francisco's thrilling victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS, we now await the start of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are back to their third Fall Classic in five years, while the Kansas City Royals are in it for only the third time ever -- and the first time since 1985. And so as I did for the four teams in the league championship series, I now present a gallery of selected vintage Giants and Royals World Series program covers, up through 1989. These are, as always, courtesy of the Press Room. Kansas City Royals San Francisco (New York) Giants
The other day I shared a gallery of ALCS program covers for this year's teams, the Royals and Orioles. Now it's the National League's turn. Including this season, the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have combined for 20 NLCS appearances since the format was established in 1969 (including the 1987 season, when the two teams faced each other). The Cards hold the record for most NLCS appearances (13), while the Giants are now tied with the New York Mets with seven. Here is a gallery of selected Giants and Cardinals NLCS game programs through the 1980s, courtesy the Press Room. San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals
You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest baseball teams ever... OK, sorry about that. I have Kiss on the brain for some reason. Back to baseball. Last week I published my first annual list of the ten worst franchises in Major League history, so if you haven't read that yet now's a good time. Either way, it's time to look at the teams that set the standard for all other baseball clubs to follow. Or that are, in the case of a few, still basking in past glories. To see my rankings for other leagues, as well as all mysports lists, check out this page. Before I get to the list, 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, Cardina
Fredi González, Atlanta Braves -- González played for six years in the minors, and made it as far as the AA level. This is Fredi in 1983 as a member of the Greensboro Hornets, the New York Yankees AA affiliate in North Carolina. Ozzie Guillén, Miami Marlins -- Guillen enjoyed a long and productive Major League career, including 13 seasons with the Chicago White Sox (1985 - 1997). He was the American League Rookie of the Year for 1985, won a Gold Glove in 1990, and was a three-time All-Star. Terry Collins, New York Mets -- I wasn't able to find any cards from Collins' days as a minor league ballplayer, so here's a card from his early coaching days with the AAA Albuquerque Dukes. Collins managed a .255 batting average for his playing career, which never advanced to the Majo
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 logos for all 30 current MLB franchises. Primary, alternate, and cap logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. My rankings for the American League West are here -- up next are the five squads of the National League’s West division. Arizona Diamondbacks Best I'm not a huge fan of any of Arizona's branding, but the current rattlesnake cap emblem (in use since 2007) beats the original one. The aggressive, desert-themed red background also looks snappier than than the original purple/green color scheme. Worst As much as I don't ca
Cy Young award recipient and recent World Series champion pitcher with the San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum: and Dazed and Confused protagonist Mitch Kramer (Wiley Wiggins):