Worst World Series champsThe 10 worst teams ever to win a World Series. And yes, the list is top-heavy with recent vintage. That's because before the expanded playoffs, mediocre teams didn't make the playoffs. 10. 1990 Reds: Finished 91-71. Starless team and young — only 293 at-bats to players over 30. 9. 1945 Tigers: Finished 88-65, not much of a record during the war. Best player was Roy Cullebine, a journeyman before Pearl Harbor and after V-J Day. 8. 2003 Marlins: Wild-card team finished 91-71. Good, young arms, but gave 601 at-bats to Juan Encarnacion. 7. 1959 Dodgers: Finished 88-68. The Boys of Summer were gone or old; the great arms of the '60s hadn't matured, though 22-year-old Don Drysdale (242 strikeouts) was plenty good. 6. 1974 Athletics: Finished 90-72, easily the weakest of Oakland's three straight World Series title teams. Some stars remained (Reggie, Bando, Rudi), but the starting rotation included Glenn Abbott and Dave Hamilton, who combined for 101 career wins. 5. 1980 Phillies: Finished 91-71. Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and a bunch of guys. 4. 1985 Royals: Finished 91-71 and won both playoff series in the maximum seven games. Series MVP was umpire Don Denkinger. 3. 2000 Yankees: Finished 87-74. Like Oakland, last of three straight title teams lost oomph. Previous two had won 114 and 98 games. Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte only two starting pitchers with winning records. 2. 1987 Twins: Finished 85-77. Not much of a team. Five of the nine regulars had on-base percentages below .313; starting pitchers Les Straker, Mike Smithson and Joe Niekro combined to go 16-25. 1. 2006 Cardinals: Finished 83-78. Not much of a lineup besides Albert Pujols. Not much of a pitching staff besides Chris Carpenter.
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