The most successful baseball teams in the MLB

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Baseball is one of the big four American sports, and in the late 19th century, it was widely recognised as the national sport of the United States. The sport is hugely popular in the USA, Canada, parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Asia, particularly in Japan and South Korea.

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The Major League is the biggest baseball league globally and the oldest of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The MLB also has some of the richest sports teams in the world, with teams like the New York Yankees being valued at over 4$ billion!

The MLB is made up of 30 teams: 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada. Teams play 162 games each season and five teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the age old World Series, The MLB also has the fourth biggest TV rights deal in the world.

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The World Series

When determining the most successful baseball teams in the MLB and indeed the best teams in the world, the World Series will give us the answer. The World Series has been played since 1903 and is a best-of-seven championship series between the two league champions – The National League (NL) and the American League (AL).

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  • 2021  Atlanta Braves 4-2 Houston Astros
  • 2020  LA Dogers 4-2 Tampa Bay Rays 
  • 2019  Washington Nationals  4-3 Houston Astros
  • 2018  Boston Red Sox 4-1 LA Dodgers
  • 2017  Houston Astros 4-3 LA Dodgers
  • 2016  Chicago Cubs 4-3 Cleveland Indians
  • 2015  Kansas City Royals 4-1 New York Mets
  • 2014  San Francisco Giants 4-3 Kansas City Royals 
  • 2013  Boston Red Sox 4-2 St. Louis Cardinals 
  • 2012  San Francisco Giants 4-0 Detroit Tigers
  • 2011  St Louis Cardinals 4-3 Texas Rangers
  • 2010  San Francisco Giants 4-1 Texas Rangers

The 10 most successful baseball team in the MLB:

10. Chicago Cubs

The Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twin, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves and the Cubs have all won the World Series 3 times. But it’s the Chicago Cubs who are the most successful when it comes to getting to the World Series. They have made it a very impressive 11 times throughout the years, winning it in 1907 and 1908, then again in 2016, 108-year drought which is the longest such occurrence in all major North American sports!

They also have 17 NL Pennants and had a 71 year drought between 1945 and 2016.

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9. Pittsburg Pirates

Founded in 1881, this Northern League Central division team have made the World Series 7 times and won it 5 times in 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, 1979. The Pirates have 9 Eastern Division titles and 9 NL Pennants.

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8. Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are the only Western League team still in its original city, they have one 4 World Series, one less than the Pirates buy they have a much stronger record of making it to the grand finale with 11 World Series appearances. They also have 11 AL Pennants and 7 Division titles

7. Cincinnati Reds

The NL Central division club was founded in 1882, making it one of the oldest in the USA. They have made the World Series 9 times, winning it 5 times in the years 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990. The Reds have won 9 NL Pennants.

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6. Los Angeles Dodgers

The legendary NL Western Division team was founded in Brooklyn in 1883 but moved to Los Angeles in 1958. They have made the World Series 20 times and won it 7 times in 1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, 1988 and 2020.  They have won a massive 23 NL Pennants and 17 Western Division titles


5. Boston Red Sox

Easily one of the most recognised logos in the MLB! The world famous Red Sox are members of the AL East division. The have made the World Series 13 times since their beginning in 1901 and won 9 times in 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2018. They also have won 14 AL Pennants and 10 Eastern Division titles.

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4. Oakland Athletics

The “A’s” are members of the AL West Division, but did much of their damage in the franchise’s earlier years while they were still in Philadelphia. They have made the World Series 14 times, winning 9 in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989. They also have 15 AL Pennants and 16 West Division titles.

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3. San Francisco Giants

We are putting the giants above the A’s and Red Sox even though they have won one less title. Reason being, they have made the World Series 20 times, tying with the Dodgers for the most World Series appearances by an NL franchise. They won their titles in 1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954, 2010, 2012, 2014.
The franchise was born in 1883 in New York and moved west to San Fran in 1958. They also hold 23 ML Pennants and 8 West Division titles

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2. St. Louis Cardinals

Playing out of the  Busch Stadium in Missouri as a members of the National League(NL) Central division, the Cardinals hold the second best record in the MLB for World Series wins in 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006, 2011. They have played in the World Series 19 times. They also hold 19 NL Pennants and 13 Central Division titles.

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1. New York Yankees

There’s one team way out in front and it’s the New York Yankees. They hold a lot of titles in the MLB, let’s start with a massive 27 wins out of 40 World Series appearances! They are the most valuable team in the MLB, hold the record for most World Series appearances, only team to ever win the World Series least four times in a row, and they did it twice! Winning four in a row from 1936-39, and five in a row from 1949-53. They also hold the record for the most AL Pennants at 40, and have won the East Division 18 times, making them by far the most successful baseball team in the MLB and the world.

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