Monday, September 29, 2014

Baseball's Postseason Appearances, 1876-2014


For this list, I am counting, even if Major League Baseball does not do so officially:

* Pennants in the single-division Leagues prior to 1969.

* The split-season Divisional Champions of 1981.

* The teams that had the best overall record in each Division in 1981, even if they didn't make the Playoffs under the format in place that year.

* The teams that were in first place when the Strike of 1994 hit.

* The teams that lost Playoffs for the Pennant in the single-division era (1901-1968).

* The teams that lost Playoffs for Division titles (1969-2014).

All ties in this ranking are broken by most recent finish. This season's postseason berths in bold.

1. New York Yankees, 52: 1921, '22, '23, '26, '27, '28, '32, '36, '37, '38, '39, '41, '42, '43, '47, '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '55, '56, '57, '58, '60, '61, '62, '63, '64 '76, '77, '78, '80, '81 (1st-half and overall winners), '94 (led when strike hit), '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '09, '10, '11, '12.

2. St. Louis Cardinals, 31: 1885, '86, '87, '88, 1926, '28, '30, '31, '34, '42, '43, '44, '46, '64, '67, '68, '81 (aggregate winners but didn't lead in either half), '82, '85, '87, '96, 2000, '01, '02, '04, '05, '06, '09, '11, '12, '13, '14.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers, 22: 1959, '62, '63, '65, '66, '74, '77, '78, '80, '81 (1st-half and overall winners), '83, '85, '88, '94 (led when strike hit), '95, '96, 2004, '06, '08, '09, '13, '14. Previously reached as Brooklyn Dodgers in 1889, '90, '99, 1900, '16, '20, '41, '46, '47, '49, '51, '52, '53, '55 and '56.

4. Boston Red Sox, 22: 1903, '04, '12, '15, '16, '18, '46, '48, '67, '75, '78, '86, '88, '90, '95, 2003, '04, '05,  '07, '08, '09, '13.

5. Chicago Cubs, 22: 1876, '80, '81, '82, '85, '86, 1906, '07, '08, '10, '18, '29, '32, '35, '38, '45, '84, '89, '98, 2003, '07, '08.

6. Atlanta Braves, 19: 1969, '82, '91, '92, '93, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '10, '12, '13. Previously reached as Boston Braves in 1877, '78, '83, '91, '92, '93, '97, '98, 1914 and '48; and as Milwaukee Braves in 1957, '58 and '59.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates, 18: 1901, '02, '03, '09, '25, '27, '60, '70, '71, '72, '74, '75, '79, '90, '91, '92, 2013, '14.

8. Cincinnati Reds, 18: 1882, 1919, '39, '40, '61, 1970, '72, '73, '75, '76, '79, '81 (aggregate winners but didn't lead in either half), '90, '94 (led when strike hit), '95, 2010, '12, '13.

9. Oakland Athletics, 17: 1971, '72, '73, '74, '75, '81 (1st-half and overall winners), '88, '89, '90, '92, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '06, '12, '13. Previously reached as Philadelphia Athletics in 1902, '05, '10, '11, '13, '14, '29, '30 and '31.

10. Detroit Tigers, 17: 1907, '08, '09, '34, '35, '40, '45, '68, '72, '84, '87, 2006, '09, '11, '12, '13, '14.

11. Philadelphia Phillies, 14: 1915, '50, '76, '77, '78, '80, '81 (1st-half), '83, '93, 2007, '08, '09, '10, '11.

12. Baltimore Orioles, 12: 1966, '69, '70, '71, '73, '74, '79, '83, '96, '97, 2012, '14. Previously reached as St. Louis Browns in 1944.

13. San Francisco Giants, 11: 1962, '71, '87, '89, '97, 2000, '02, '03, '10, '12, '14. Previously reached New York Giants in 1888, '89, 1904, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13, '17, '21, '22, '23, '24, '33, '36, '37, '51 and '54.

14. Minnesota Twins, 11: 1965, '69, '70, '87, '91, 2002, '03, '04, '06, '09, '10.

15. Chicago White Sox, 11: 1901, '06, '17, '19, '59, '83, '93, '94 (led when strike hit), 2000, '05, '08.

16. Cleveland Indians, 11: 1920, '48, '54, '94 (led AL Wild Card race when Strike hit), '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2001, '07.

17. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 10: 1979, '82, '86, '95, 2002, '04, '05, '07, '08, '09, '14.

18. Houston Astros, 10: 1980, '81 (2nd-half winners), '86, '94 (led NL Wild Card race when Strike hit), '97, '98, '99, 2001, '04, '05.

19. Kansas City Royals, 8: 1976, '77, '78, '80, '81 (2nd-half winners), '84, '85, 2014.

20. New York Mets, 7: 1969, '73, '86, '88, '99, 2000, '06.

21. Texas Rangers, 6: 1994 (led when strike hit), '96, '98, '99, 2010, '11.

22. San Diego Padres, 6: 1984, '96, '98, 2005, '06, '07.

23. Arizona Diamondbacks, 5: 1999, 2001, '02, '07, '11.

24. Toronto Blue Jays, 5: 1985, '89, '91, '92, '93.

25. Tampa Bay Rays, 4: 2008, '10, '11, '13.

26. Milwaukee Brewers, 4: 1981 (2nd-half winners), '82, 2008, '11.

27. Seattle Mariners, 4: 1995, '97, 2000, '01.

28. Colorado Rockies, 3: 1995, 2007, '09.

29. Washington Nationals, 2: 2012, '14. Also won NL East as Montreal Expos in 1981 (2nd-half and overall winners) and '94 (led when strike hit).

30. Miami Marlins, 2: 1997, 2003 (both times, won Pennant as Wild Card).

Leading their respective Divisions are: In the American League, the Yankees, Detroit and Oakland; in the National League, Atlanta, St. Louis and Los Angeles.

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