Every Baseball Team’s Best Season

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16. Milwaukee Brewers
> Best season: 1982
> Record: 95-67-1
> Result: Lost World Series (4-3)
> Best player: Robin Yount
> Manager: Harvey Kuenn

Paul Molitor and Robin Yount provided much of the offense as the Brewers won their first and only AL Championship Series before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games in what was known as the Suds Series (Anheuser Busch vs. Miller Brewing). Yount was named AL MVP and became the first player in World Series history to have two four-hit games in one series. Molitor, whose 136 runs led the AL, set a record with his fifth hit in the ninth inning of Game 1. After losing the 1982 World Series, the Brewers missed the playoffs for the next 25 seasons.

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17. Minnesota Twins
> Best season: 1991
> Record: 95-67
> Result: Won World Series (4-3)
> Best player: Kevin Tapani
> Manager: Tom Kelly

After a 15-game win streak, the Twins moved from sixth place to first and hung on to win the AL West. They became first team to go from last-place finish the previous year to World Series champions, beating the Braves in seven games. Pitcher Jack Morris, the World Series MVP, pitched all 10 innings in Game 7, which the Twins won 1-0. Kirby Puckett was the ALCS MVP, while second baseman Chuck Knoblauch was the AL rookie of the year.

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18. New York Mets
> Best season: 1986
> Record: 108-54
> Result: Won World Series (4-3)
> Best player: Keith Hernandez
> Manager: Davey Johnson

The Mets set a club record with 108 wins before defeating the Houston Astros in the NLCS in six games. First baseman Keith Hernandez batted .310 with 83 RBIs in the season. Hall of Famer Gary Carter contributed 105 RBIs. The Boston Red Sox were one win away from the World Series title in Game 6 when first baseman Bill Buckner let a Mookie Wilson slow-rolling ball go through his legs and into right field, giving the Mets the win. They came back in Game 7 with three RBIs from Hernandez to win the World Series title.

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19. New York Yankees
> Best season: 1927
> Record: 110-44-1
> Result: Won World Series (4-0)
> Best player: Babe Ruth
> Manager: Miller Huggins

The Yankees have had a lot of terrific lineups in franchise history, but none can top the 1927 team. Considered one of the best teams in MLB history with 110 wins and six future Hall of Famers, the Yankees won their second World Series in five seasons. The first six in the Yankees’ batting order, which included Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, were known as Murderers Row. Ruth hit 60 home runs, had a .356 average, and 164 RBIs that season. They swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series when Ruth had a team-high seven RBIs. The Yankees were just getting started — today they have 27 World Series championships.

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20. Oakland Athletics
> Best season: 1989
> Record: 99-63
> Result: Won World Series (4-0)
> Best player: Mike Moore
> Manager: Tony La Russa

In Athletics franchise history, there have been a number of teams that won over 100 games and captured the World Series title. But all of those teams played in Philadelphia, and therefore were not considered. The best A’s team in Oakland played in the late 1980s. Oakland won 104 games, but lost in the Fall Classic to the Dodgers in 1988. The A’s rebounded the next season, winning the World Series — which was delayed by a destructive earthquake — thanks in large part to midseason acquisition Rickey Henderson.