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World Series Winners Who Finished Last the Following Season

Posted by Neil on August 13, 2013

With San Francisco currently in the basement of the NL West, a Giants fan wrote to us this week wondering how many times a World Series win was followed with a last-place finish. I ran the query in our database:

WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
2012 San Francisco Giants 5th place out of 5 teams *
2011 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 6 teams
2010 San Francisco Giants 2nd place out of 5 teams
2009 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 5 teams
2008 Philadelphia Phillies 1st place out of 5 teams
2007 Boston Red Sox 2nd place out of 5 teams
2006 St. Louis Cardinals 3rd place out of 6 teams
2005 Chicago White Sox 3rd place out of 5 teams
2004 Boston Red Sox 2nd place out of 5 teams
2003 Florida Marlins 3rd place out of 5 teams
2002 Anaheim Angels 3rd place out of 4 teams
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks 1st place out of 5 teams
2000 New York Yankees 1st place out of 5 teams
1999 New York Yankees 1st place out of 5 teams
1998 New York Yankees 1st place out of 5 teams
1997 Florida Marlins 5th place out of 5 teams *
1996 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 5 teams
1995 Atlanta Braves 1st place out of 5 teams
1993 Toronto Blue Jays 3rd place out of 5 teams
1992 Toronto Blue Jays 1st place out of 7 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1991 Minnesota Twins 2nd place out of 7 teams
1990 Cincinnati Reds 5th place out of 6 teams
1989 Oakland Athletics 1st place out of 7 teams
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers 4th place out of 6 teams
1987 Minnesota Twins 2nd place out of 7 teams
1986 New York Mets 2nd place out of 6 teams
1985 Kansas City Royals 3rd place out of 7 teams
1984 Detroit Tigers 3rd place out of 7 teams
1983 Baltimore Orioles 5th place out of 7 teams
1982 St. Louis Cardinals 4th place out of 6 teams
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 2nd place out of 6 teams
1980 Philadelphia Phillies 3rd place out of 6 teams
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates 3rd place out of 6 teams
1978 New York Yankees 4th place out of 7 teams
1977 New York Yankees 1st place out of 7 teams
1976 Cincinnati Reds 2nd place out of 6 teams
1975 Cincinnati Reds 1st place out of 6 teams
1974 Oakland Athletics 1st place out of 6 teams
1973 Oakland Athletics 1st place out of 6 teams
1972 Oakland Athletics 1st place out of 6 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1971 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st place out of 6 teams
1970 Baltimore Orioles 1st place out of 6 teams
1969 New York Mets 3rd place out of 6 teams
1968 Detroit Tigers 2nd place out of 6 teams
1967 St. Louis Cardinals 1st place out of 10 teams
1966 Baltimore Orioles 6th place out of 10 teams
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers 1st place out of 10 teams
1964 St. Louis Cardinals 7th place out of 10 teams
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers 6th place out of 10 teams
1962 New York Yankees 1st place out of 10 teams
1961 New York Yankees 1st place out of 10 teams
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates 6th place out of 8 teams
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers 4th place out of 8 teams
1958 New York Yankees 3rd place out of 8 teams
1957 Milwaukee Braves 1st place out of 8 teams
1956 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 1st place out of 8 teams
1954 New York Giants 3rd place out of 8 teams
1953 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 8 teams
1952 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1951 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1950 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1949 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1948 Cleveland Indians 3rd place out of 8 teams
1947 New York Yankees 3rd place out of 8 teams
1946 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 8 teams
1945 Detroit Tigers 2nd place out of 8 teams
1944 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 8 teams
1943 New York Yankees 3rd place out of 8 teams
1942 St. Louis Cardinals 1st place out of 8 teams
1941 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1940 Cincinnati Reds 3rd place out of 8 teams
1939 New York Yankees 3rd place out of 8 teams
1938 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1937 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1936 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1935 Detroit Tigers 2nd place out of 8 teams
1934 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 8 teams
1933 New York Giants 2nd place out of 8 teams
1932 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 8 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1931 St. Louis Cardinals 6th place out of 8 teams
1930 Philadelphia Athletics 1st place out of 8 teams
1929 Philadelphia Athletics 1st place out of 8 teams
1928 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 8 teams
1927 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1926 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 8 teams
1925 Pittsburgh Pirates 3rd place out of 8 teams
1924 Washington Senators 1st place out of 8 teams
1923 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 8 teams
1922 New York Giants 1st place out of 8 teams
1921 New York Giants 1st place out of 8 teams
1920 Cleveland Indians 2nd place out of 8 teams
1919 Cincinnati Reds 3rd place out of 8 teams
1918 Boston Red Sox 6th place out of 8 teams
1917 Chicago White Sox 6th place out of 8 teams
1916 Boston Red Sox 2nd place out of 8 teams
1915 Boston Red Sox 1st place out of 8 teams
1914 Boston Braves 2nd place out of 8 teams
1913 Philadelphia Athletics 1st place out of 8 teams
1912 Boston Red Sox 4th place out of 8 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1911 Philadelphia Athletics 3rd place out of 8 teams
1910 Philadelphia Athletics 1st place out of 8 teams
1909 Pittsburgh Pirates 3rd place out of 8 teams
1908 Chicago Cubs 2nd place out of 8 teams
1907 Chicago Cubs 1st place out of 8 teams
1906 Chicago White Sox 3rd place out of 8 teams
1905 New York Giants 2nd place out of 8 teams
1903 Boston Americans 1st place out of 8 teams

As it turns out, if the Giants "hang on" to the bottom spot in the West, it will mark only the second time in the World Series era (1903-present) that a champion went on to finish last the following season. The only other team to do that were the 1998 Florida Marlins, who infamously jettisoned all of their talent a year after winning it all.

8 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, History, Trivia

PFR Similarity Scores Updated

Posted by Neil on August 12, 2013

Just a quick note that our AV-based Similarity Scores have been updated for the first time in a few seasons, so guys like Joe Flacco now have similars.

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Are you a Web Developer Who Loves Sports? Let’s Talk.

Posted by admin on August 9, 2013

Jobs @ Sports Reference.

Sports Reference has an immediate opening for a web developer. Please see our job advertisement for all of the details. We will begin reviewing applications on August 26th.

7 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, All-Star, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Bleg, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, expire21d, General, Hockey-Reference.com, Olympics at S-R, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Statgeekery

Added Fantasy Points to the Player Finders

Posted by Mike on August 8, 2013

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Vegas Line Pages Added

Posted by Neil on August 5, 2013

Recently, we've added Vegas line tables to our team-season pages, which include the spread & over/under of every game, and results straight-up, vs. the line, and vs. the over/under. (This is available for all teams since 1978.)

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2013 Preseason Schedule/Results Page Added

Posted by Neil on July 31, 2013

Due to popular demand, we decided to add a dedicated page with the 2013 preseason schedule for every team:

2013 preseason schedule and results

It will also be populated with scores/results as the games are played.

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Posted by Neil on July 30, 2013

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P-F-R Help Wanted! Help Us Identify Historical Teams’ Offensive & Defensive Schemes

Posted by Neil on July 18, 2013

Here is a google doc containing every team-season in our database since 1957, including the Head Coach and offensive & defensive coordinators. It also specifies those coaches' preferred offensive or defensive schemes (depending on which side of the ball they specialize in), and attempts to figure out the general offensive family (i.e. Air Coryell, Erhardt-Perkins, etc) each team-season fell into.

THIS IS BY NO MEANS COMPLETE. In fact, it's very much incomplete at this stage -- and that's where you come in. In the comments of this post, or in an email, we'd love to hear corrections and/or additions to the data, if you see an entry about which you know more than we do (and it's a good bet you do). Thanks in advance for your help, and hopefully we can assemble a more complete listing of teams' systems/schemes, which will let us do things like compute splits vs. a certain type of offense or defense, analyze whether 4-3 or 3-4 defenses were better in a given season, etc.

So let those corrections/additions pour in!

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All-Star Features on Baseball-Reference

Posted by Neil on July 16, 2013

Prepare for tonight's 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field with Baseball-Reference's All-Star features:

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2013 MLB All-Star Game Preview

Posted by Neil on July 15, 2013

For every game of the regular season and playoffs, we generate a preview containing player and team stats pertaining to the matchup. The All-Star Game is no exception, so please enjoy our 2013 MLB All-Star Game Preview as you prepare for the game tomorrow.

1 Comment | Posted in All-Star, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, expire2d, Features

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