Every Baseball Team’s Best Season

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11. Houston Astros
> Best season: 2017
> Record: 101-61
> Result: Won World Series (4-3)
> Best player: Jose Altuve
> Manager: AJ Hinch

It was their first 100-plus win season since 1998, and the Astros were just getting started. Behind the highest scoring offense in the major leagues (896 runs scored), they beat the Red Sox in the AL Division Series, then beat the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series in seven games. Pitcher Justin Verlander won the ALCS MVP award. Centerfielder George Springer homered and doubled in the Game 7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. In fact, he homered in the series’ final four games, earning him the World Series MVP title. Second baseman Jose Altuve, the AL batting champion, blasted two homers and had a half-dozen RBIs in the World Series.

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12. Kansas City Royals
> Best season: 2015
> Record: 95-67
> Result: Won World Series (4-1)
> Best player: Lorenzo Cain
> Manager: Ned Yost

The Royals had something to prove after losing the 2014 World Series in seven games to the San Francisco Giants. They did just that when they defeated the New York Mets in five games, winning their first World Series win since 1985. Catcher Salvador Perez emerged as the World Series MVP. Centerfielder Lorenzo Cain’s bases clearing three-run double in the 12th inning of Game 5 of the World Series helped the Royals clinch the championship with a 7-2 win. They were the first team since the 1989 Oakland Athletics to win the World Series after losing the previous year.

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13. Los Angeles Angels (as the Anaheim Angels)
> Best season: 2002
> Record: 99-63
> Result: Won World Series (4-3)
> Best player: Darin Erstad
> Manager: Mike Scioscia

The 2002 season was a season of firsts for the Angels — first wild-card playoff berth, first AL pennant, and first World Series championship. The offense was powered by Garret Anderson with a team-high 123 RBIs and 29 home runs. The pitching staff was led by Jarrod Washburn (18-6) and relief pitcher Troy Percival finished with 40 saves. The Giants’ Barry Bonds was almost elected World Series MVP before the Angels began their Game 6 comeback. Troy Glaus won it for his 10 hits and eight RBIs.

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14. Los Angeles Dodgers
> Best season: 1963
> Record: 99-63-1
> Result: Won World Series (4-0)
> Best player: Sandy Koufax
> Manager: Walter Alston

Since moving to Los Angeles, the 1963 incarnation of the Dodgers were the most dominant. Sandy Koufax went 25-5 with a 1.88 ERA, and the team swept their former rivals, the New York Yankees, in the World Series. The best year for any Dodgers team was 1955, when the team still played in Brooklyn. The team went 98-55 and beat the Yankees to win the World series.

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15. Miami Marlins (as the Florida Marlins)
> Best season: 1997
> Record: 92-70
> Result: Won World Series (4-3)
> Best player: Kevin Brown
> Manager: Jim Leyland

Owner Wayne Huizenga went for broke, signing several key free agents, including Bobby Bonilla and Moises Alou, to win the World Series in just the fifth year of the Marlins’ existence. After upsetting the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS in six games, pitcher Livan Hernandez won two games, and Alou hit three home runs and had nine RBIs in the seven-game World Series win over the Cleveland Indians. It was short-lived joy in Miami, with a firesale taking place after the title win. However, the Marlins won another surprise World Series in 2003.