Monday, January 29, 2018
MLB Network has unveiled its top 25 teams of Major League Baseball’s expansion era—and it’s a star-studded list.
These aren’t just 25 great clubs. They’re some of the most transcendent squads to set foot on the field.
The teams on this list have treated baseball fans to some of the most indelible moments in the history of America’s national pastime. They’ve been behind some of the most memorable pennant races, postseason clashes and World Series in the decades since MLB expanded in 1961.
Which team was named the best? Read on. Here are MLB Network’s 25 greatest teams of the expansion era:
1. 1998 New York Yankees
Here it is. The greatest club on the list. The ‘98 squad started New York’s three-year championship run, behind the efforts of Jeter, Rivera, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte, among others. Managed by Joe Torre, the Bronx Bombers went 108-54 in the regular season, then 11-2 in the postseason—with their historic campaign capped by a sweep of the Padres in the World Series.
It’s really hard to believe 1998 was 20 years ago. Of course, they got the Yankees’ record wrong in the excerpt above. They were actually 114-48.
It was a magical season, the likes of which we’ll probably never get to see again. Luckily, most of us got to experience it when it happened.
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