The Greatest Mail 3 Teams of All-Time

 

River City Saturns 1990

 

100-60 (.625), won division by 6 games. Defeated Dunwoody and St. Vital in playoffs (6 game WS)

58-22 home, 42-38 road, 48-32 1st half, 52-38 2nd half

770 runs scored (led league), 593 allowed (3rd in league), 177 differential

Pythag and SD- .617 (99-61). 2.483 (5th): 1.402, 1.081

Lineup:

C- Lance Parrish- .248, 32, 68, .802

1B- Fred McGriff- .292, 43, 128, .923

2B- Lou Whitaker- .226, 23, 71, .742

3B- Matt Williams- .236, 37, 115, .715

SS- Spike Owen- .233, 3, 44, .666

OF- Mike Greenwell- .280, 13, 83, .738

OF- Mike Felder- .292, 6, 48, 44SB, .720

OF- Carlos Martinez- .234, 10, 32, .803

Staff:

SP- Randy Johnson- 17-7, 2.94, 197K

SP- Mike Boddicker- 18-10, 3.06, 183K

SP- Teddy Higuera- 12-5, 3.59

SP- Ben McDonald- 11-8, 3.68

RP- Rob Dibble- 6-4, 2.22, 89 inn

RP- Greg Olson- 5-4, 1.95, 60 inn

Clo- Dennis Eckersley- 47 saves, 1.17

 

Great bullpen, led league in homers, 4th in BA at just .245. OPS of .720 led league, 3rd in OBA and 2nd in slugging. Eckersley only player on league all-star team. Eck in saves is only league leader. Team MVP- Eck


Decatur Thunder 1991

 

102-58 (.638), won division by 26 games. Won WS, beat Bry in 4 and Warren in 6 in WS

59-21 home, 43-37 road, 50-30 1st half, 52-28 2nd half

751 runs scored (4th in league, 22 behind), 502 allowed (league record), 249 differential

Pythag and SD- .676 (108-52) (3rd all-time). 2.477 (6th): 0.902, 1.575 (3rd)

Lineup:

C- Terry Steinbach- .226, 2, 47, .573

1B- Paul Molitor- .258, 25, 63, .750

2B- Roberto Alomar- .262, 5, 52, 109 runs, 77 SB, 18 3B, .706

3B- Terry Pendleton- .309, 34, 118, .916

SS- Cal Ripken- .308, 38, 148, .902

OF- Barry Bonds- .246, 19, 96, 38 SB, .728

OF- Jay Buhner- .215, 37, 79, .770

OF- Luis Polonia- .276, 1, 57, 52 SB, .671

Staff

SP- Tom Glavine- 25-7, 2.29, 270K

SP- Mark Langston- 21-8, 2.66, 182K

SP- Steve Avery- 19-12, 3.50

SP- Kevin Tapani- 13-11, 2.72

RP- Mike Stanton- 2.15, 67 inn

RP- Scott Radinsky- 1.70, 53 inn

Clo- John Habyan- 33 saves, 1.59

 

Spectacular staff (league record), offense led league in average (.252) and steals (199). OPS of .714, 3rd in league (leader at .737). Both Ripken and Pendleton were MLB MVPís, Ripken was Mail 3 MVP and Glavine CY Young. Pendleton, Ripken, Glavine and Habyan on all-star team. Glavine led league in wins and ERA, Ripken in RBI.

Team MVP- Ripken/Glavine


Cary Comets 1992

 

101-59 .(631), won division by 11 games. Lost WS in 6 to Lake Kiowa (89-71), beat RC (99-61) in 7 rd. 1

49-31 home, 52-28 road (#2 all-time), 55-25 1st half, 46-34 2nd half

802 runs (led league), 591 allowed (5th), 211 differential

Pythag and SD- .636 (102-58). 2.610 (4th all-time): 1.874 (4th all-time), 0.736

Lineup:

C- Darren Daulton- .245, 39, 98, .861

1B- Will Clark- .268, 16, 93, .786

2B- Bip Roberts- .314, 9, 53, 116 runs, 61 SB, 52 2B, .859

3B- Gary Sheffield- .283, 30, 107, .843

SS- Tony Fernandez- .228, 2, 58, .618

OF- Kirby Puckett- .311, 23, 99, 218 hits, .818

OF- Dave Winfield- .251, 26, 89, .798

OF- Brady Anderson- .198, 16, 83, 35 SB, .622

Staff

SP- Greg Maddux- 23-10, 2.52, 280K

SP- Juan Guzman- 15-6, 2.95

SP- Greg Swindell- 14-10, 3.33

SP- Ken Hill- 14-9, 3.58

SP- Jose Guzman- 13-12, 4.41

RP- Terry Leach, 2.69, 77 inn

Clo- Dave Farr, 28 saves, 2.06

Led league in runs with significant margin in On Base and Slugging (.744). Starters are deep, Maddux great ace, bullpen not particularly. Top pitching teams are bunched, 5th is only 58 back, led in runs by a lot. Roberts led league in doubles, Maddux tied in wins. Daulton, Puckett and Sheffield on all-star team, Roberts on 2nd team. MVP- Maddux (honorable mention to Bip Roberts)


Brookfield Blackhawks 1993

 

99-57 (.635) ,11 games ahead, won WS in 6 over Dec, beat Bry in 7 in semis

51-27 home, 48-30 road, 1st half 49-31, 2nd half 50-26

810 runs (2nd by 2), 589 allowed (2nd by 6), 221 differential

Pythag and SD- .642 (100-56) (#5 all-time). 2.432: 1.180, 1.251

Lineup:

C- Chris Hoiles- .296, 48, 114, 1.045

1B- John Olerud- .320, 19, 132, 562B, .941

2B- Chuck Knoblauch- .257, 3, 89, 29SB, .637

3B- Sean Berry- .234, 28, 84, .803

SS- Andujar Cedeno- .272, 14, 90, .751

OF- Ricky Henderson- .262, 17, 64, 117 runs, 121BB, 64SB, .835

OF- Kenny Lofton- .272, 1, 42, 112 runs, 70SB, .705

OF- Darryl Hamilton- .236, 10, 64, 17SB, .636

Staff

SP- Kevin Appier- 26-7, 3.01, 320K

SP- Jack McDowell- 20-7, 2.36

SP- Bret Saberhagen- 11-6, 3.12

SP- Trevor Wilson- 13-6, 4.56

SP- Ben Rivera- 7-9, 5.40

SP- Miranda- 6.10, 4.46

RP- Pedro Martinez- 2.97, 106 inn

RP- Roger McDowell- 1.97, 64 inn

Clo- Jim Gott, 22 saves, 3.33

 

As good as the top 2 starters were, the depth isnít great. Low average .250 middle of the pack but led league in steals by a lot with 227 and OBA at .331. OPS is .723, 5th in league (top is .753) did score runs with speed. Chris Hoiles only one on all-star team. Lofton led league in steals, Olerud in OBA, Appier wins and Kís (McDowell 2nd in ERA) MVP- Chris Hoiles over Appier.


Waterloo Wonders 1995

 

109-51 (.681) best record all-time, 10 ahead. Won division by 10, lost to Toronto (88-72) rd. 1 in 5

59-21 home, 50-30 road 51-29 1st half, 58-22 2nd half

878 runs (4th in league, 135 behind), 622 allowed (2nd), 256 differential

Pythag and SD- .653 (104-56) (#5 all-time) 2.147: .811, 1.336 (#5 all-time)

Lineup:

C- Ivan Rodriguez- .264, 14, 76, .700

1B- Andres Galarraga- .263, 40, 137, .842

2B- Jeff Kent- .216, 26, 80, .645

3B- Sean Berry- .308, 19, 90, .873

SS- Walt Weiss- .224, 1, 41, .628

OF- Tim Salmon- .300, 52, 153, .989

OF- Bernie Williams- .315, 38, 103, 144 runs, .926

OF- Brian Jordan- .302, 38, 101, 122 runs, 28SB, .873

Staff

SP- Pete Schourek- 20-6, 2.80

SP- Ramon Martinez- 19-6, 3.47

SP- Denny Neagle- 19-7, 3.73

SP- David Wells- 14-9, 4.03

SP- Curt Schilling- 9-7, 3.45

RP- Tom Henke- 11-4, 2.41

RP- Trevor Hoffman- 10-3, 1.38, 46 inn

RP- Matt Karchner- 21 saves, 4.31, 31 inn

RP- Wickander- 17 saves, 0.89, 30 inn

 

Great bullpen, great rotation balance, no ace. Very good offense, would be great if not for holes at 2B and SS. .768 OPS, 3rd in league (leader at 825, Toronto who beat them and Brookfield in playoffs, highest scoring team of all time). Schourek on all-star team, Salmon 2nd team. No Major stat leaders. MVP- Salmon.


Decatur Thunder 1996††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

107-53 (..669), 2nd best all-time, 12 games ahead, won WS in 4, semis in 5

55-25 home, 52-28 road. 54-26 1st half, 53-27 2nd half.

950 runs (2nd by 38), 631 allowed (led league by 67), 319 differential (#2 all-time)

Pythag and SD- .679 (109-51) (#2 all-time). 2.892 (#2 all-time): 1.284, 1.608 (#2 all-time)

Lineup:

C- Terry Steinbach- .284, 46, 113, .904

1B- Paul Molitor- .335, 10, 71, 140 runs, .866

2B- Roberto Alomar- .331, 27, 151, .926

3B- Scott Brosuis- .280, 25, 78, .872

SS- Cal Ripken- .228, 31, 86, .715

OF- Barry Bonds- .308, 40, 137, 138 runs, 123BB, 35SB, 1.039

OF- Marty Cordova- .316, 14, 101, 52 2B, .850

OF- Jim Eisenreich- .293, 4, 44, 90 runs, .726

Staff

SP- Kevin Brown- 21-11, 2.79

SP- Tom Glavine- 23-9, 3.91

SP- Tim Belcher- 20-9, 3.42

SP- Chad Ogea- 16-6, 3.49

SP- Doc Gooden- 15-4, 5.07

RP- Mark Wohlers- 2.33, 58 inn

RP- John Franco- 3.33, 51 inn

Clo- Scott Radinsky- 1.71, 41 saves

 

No weakness, great hitting, great pitching.OPS of .819, one of the highest of all time, 2nd in league. Steinbach, Alomar and Radinsky on all-star team, Bonds, Glavine and Brown 2nd team. Glavine led in wins, Radinsky in saves. MVP- Bonds, with Alomar close behind.


Warren Eagles 1997

 

99-61 (.619) 2nd in division, 4 behind RC. Beat Sou 4-1 rd. 1, lost to Bry 4-3 rd. 2

57-23 home, 42-38 road. 53-27 1st half, 46-34 2nd half.

904 runs (2nd in league), 591 allowed (led league), 313 differential (3rd all-time)

Pythag and SD- .685 (110-50), (#1 all-time) 2.969 (#1 all-time): 1.413,1.556 (#4 all-time)

Lineup:

C- Jim Leyritz- .258, 19, 72, .760

1B- Tony Clark- .298, 36, 125, .938

2B- Mickey Morandini- .310, 0, 53, .782

3B- Jeff Cirillo- .240, 10, 62, .697

SS- Jeff Blauser- .290, 22, 106, 129 runs, .849

OF- Bobby Higginson- .331, 42, 150, 1.028

OF- Steve Finley- .222, 21, 66, .715

OF- Tom Goodwin, .254, 2, 51, 66 SB, .659

Staff

SP- Pedro Martinez- 21-10, 2.70, 299K

SP- Darryl Kile- 21-13, 3.00, 236K

SP- Scott Erickson- 21-10, 3.02

SP- Kirk Rueter- 19-8, 4.14

SP- Jeff Juden- 10-8, 4.78

RP- Chuck McElroy- 4.72, 67 inn

Clo- Dan Plesac- 14 saves, 3.04

 

Best starting pitching in league history, virtually no bullpen (157 out of 1444 innings). Offense pretty solid, total looks better than parts. .766 OPS 2nd in league, led in OBA (.336). Total numbers donít jive with parts, nor does how they lost the division by 4 to River City (191 differential). No major catgory leaders, no first team all-stars, Higginson 2nd team. MVP- Martinez, Kile and Erickson.


River City Saturns 1997

 

103-57, (.644), won division by 4, Won WS, beat Dur in 4, Tor in 7, Bry in 5

58-22 home, 45-35 road. 55-25 1st half, 48-32 2nd half.

847 runs (5th in league), 656 allowed (3rd in league), 191 differential (3rd in league, 122 behind War)

Pythag and SD- .615 (98-62) 1.763: 0.722, 1.041

Lineup:

C- Todd Hundley- .276, 45, 106, .990

1B- Fred McGriff- .271, 32, 88, .872

2B- Delino DeShields- .289, 19, 83, 20 3B, 50 SB, .828

3B- Matt Williams- .258, 33, 115, .814

SS- Mark Grudzielanek- .257, 9, 74, 51 2B, .673

OF- Ricky Henderson- .229, .11, 38, 46SB, .686

OF- Butch Huskey- .296, 38, 115, .912

OF- Rob Ducey- .269, 13, 45, .829

Staff

SP- Randy Johnson- 25-3, 2.32, 314K

SP- Charles Nagy- 18-9, 4.27

SP- Chuck Finley- 15-3, 3.54

SP- Tom Gordon- 9-11, 3.99

SP- Jimmy Key- 14-17, 3.84

RP- Roberto Hernandez- 11 saves, 2.78, 55 inn

RP- Mike Magnante- 17 saves, 3.21, 28 inn

 

Weak bullpen, not used all that often, pretty good lineup though numbers say unspectacular. How this team beat Warren is a mystery but they proved themselves in the playoffs..774 OPS, 2nd in league, led in SLG at .455.††


Bryn Mawr 1998

 

100-60 (.625), 13 games ahead. Lost first round to Cary in 7.

53-27 home, 47-33 road. 53-27 1st half, 47-33 2nd half

952 runs (led league), 728 allowed (tied 6th), 224 differential

Pythag and SD- .620 (99-61), 2.447: 1.901 (#3 all-time), 0.546

Lineup:

C- Brent Mayne- .258, 2, 21, .685

1B- Jeff Bagwell- .280, 33, 103, 135 runs, .918

2B- Chuck Knoblauch- .203, 19, 59, 119 runs, .622

3B- Bill Spiers- .261, 15, 82, .758

SS- Alex Rodriguez- .304, 38, 133, 142 runs, 51SB, .901

OF- Moises Alou- .268, 49, 158, .934

OF- Ray Lankford- .275, 30, 110, 31SB .861

OF- Glenallen Hill- .287, 25, 94, .865

Staff

SP- Greg Maddux- 18-13, 2.72

SP- Andy Ashby- 16-6, 3.66

SP- Andy Benes- 16-10, 5.00

SP- Brad Radke- 11-9, 4.68

SP- Chris Peters- 5-5, 4.57

RP- Rick White- 1.95, 51 inn

RP- Mike Timlin- 3.03, 62 inn

Clo- Ugueth Urbina- 26 saves, 8-4, 4.65

 

Bullpen is league average and starters a little better, pitching simply unimpressive.Offense very good down the line, despite somewhat mediocre at 2B, 3B and C. 2-6 in lineup is extremely dangerous.OPS .769, 4th in league, how they scored so many is a bit of a mystery.BA of .253 is 9th in league.No first team all-stars, Maddux A-Rod and Alou on 2nd team.No league leaders (Maddux 2nd in ERA) Team MVP- A-Rod.


South End Xaviers 1999†††††††††††††

 

107-53 (.669), 9 games ahead. Played Durham in WS, beat Waterloo then Bryn Mawr in 5.

58-22 home, 49-31 road. 47-33 1st half, 60-20 2nd half (31-9 v. division)

951 runs (3rd, 144 behind) 766 allowed (8th, 84 behind), 185 differential (6th, 162 behind)

Pythag and SD- .592 (95-65), 1.414: 0.815, 0.599

Lineup:

C- Charles Johnson- .219, 21, 60, .695

1B- Jason Giambi- .316, 29, 121, .919

2B- Randy Velarde- .271, 22, 127 runs, 56 SB, .777

3B- Chipper Jones- .319, 52, 147, 1.068

SS- Mike Bordick- .312, 7, 133 runs, .784

OF- Vladmir Guerrero- .310, 46, 153, .952

OF- Magglio Ordonez- .277, 30, 89, .812

OF- Jose Canseco- .213, 24, 74, .684

Staff

SP- John Lieber- 20-7, 3.85

SP- Ismael Valdes- 19-6, 3.89

SP- Kevin Appier- 16-8, 4.27

SP- Jeff Suppan- 15-8, 4.35

SP- Sean Estes- 9-10, 5.79

RP- Trevor Hoffman- 2.90, 53 inn

Clo- Mariano Rivera- 1.35, 44 saves

 

Numbers are nowhere close to record. Offense certainly impressive, led by first team all-star Chipper Jones and by Guerrero.4 of 5 C starters over-performed to give solid rotation, great back of bullpen with Rivera and Hoffman. .801 OPS, tied 4th in league. MVP- Chipper Jones


Rank by SD

1.      Warren 97††††††††††††† 2.969

2.      Decatur 96††††††††††† 2.892

3.      Cary 92††††††††††††††††† 2.610

4.      River City 90†††††††† 2.483

5.      Decatur 91††††††††††† 2.477

6.      Bryn Mawr 98††††††† 2.447

7.      Brookfield 93††††††† 2.432

8.      Waterloo 95†††††††††† 2.147

9.      River City 97†††††††† 1.763

10.  South End 99††††††† 1.414

 

Rank by Pythag

1.      Warren 97††††††††††††† .685(110-50)

2.      Decatur 96††††††††††† .679(109-51)

3.      Decatur 91††††††††††† .676(108-52)

4.      Waterloo 95†††††††††† .653(104-56)

5.      Brookfield 93††††††† .642 (100-56)

6.      Cary 92††††††††††††††††† .636(102-58)

7.      Bryn Mawr 98††††††† .620(99-61)

8.      River City 90†††††††† .617 (99-61)

9.      River City 97†††††††† .615(98-62)

10.  South End 99††††††† .592(95-65)

 

Rank by Winning Pct

1.      Waterloo 95†††††††††† .681(109-51)

2.      Decatur 96††††††††††† .669(107-53)

2t.South End 99††††††† .669(107-53)

4.†† River City 97†††††††† .644(103-57)

5.†† Decatur 91††††††††††† .638(102-58)

6.†† Brookfield 93††††††† .635(99-57)

7.†† Cary 92††††††††††††††††† .631(101-59)

8.†† River City 90†††††††† .625(100-60)

8t.Bryn Mawr 98†††††† .625(100-60)

10. Warren 97††††††††††††† .619(99-61)

 

Post Season

1.Decatur 96†††††††††††† Won WS in 4

1.River City 97††††††††† Won WS in 5

1.River City 90††††††††† Won WS in 6

1.Decatur 91†††††††††††† Won WS in 6

1.Brookfield 93†††††††† Won WS in 6

x.South End††††††††††††† WS?

3.Cary 92†††††††††††††††††† Lost WS in 6

5.Warren 97†††††††††††††† Lost Semis in 7

7.Bryn Mawr 98†††††††† Lost Rd. 1 in 7

7.Waterloo 95††††††††††† Lost Rd. 1 in 5


ďGTRĒ

1.      Decatur 96††††††††††† 7

2.      Decatur 91††††††††††† 14

3.      Warren 97††††††††††††† 17††††

4.      Brookfield 93††††††† 19

5.      Cary 92††††††††††††††††† 19

6.      Waterloo 95†††††††††† 20

7.      River City 90†††††††† 21

8.      River City 97†††††††† 23

9.      South End 99††††††† 23 or 25

10.  Bryn Mawr 98††††††† 28

 

My Rankings†††††††††††† Comments

1.      Decatur 96††††††††††† Dominated offensively and defensively, regular and post-season. Easy choice.

2.      Decatur 91††††††††††† Spectacular pitching staff and WS win give them slight edge for #2 spot.

3.      Brookfield 93††††††† Wonderfully fun team that won with pitching, speed and defense

4.      Cary 92††††††††††††††††† Deep pitching and heavy hitters, might be as high as #2 if not for WS loss

5.      Waterloo 95†††††††††† Run Diff was unspectacular and collapsed in playoffs but hey, 109 wins

6.      River City 90†††††††† Not really dominating but powerful on offense and world champs

7.      River City 97†††††††† Numbers donít add up to Warren but beat them in division and won WS

8.      Warren 97††††††††††††† Toughest to place, I donít buy the run diff, couldnít beat RC or reach WS

9.      South End 99††††††† With apologies to Mike Groshak, this has to be the luckiest team ever

10.  Bryn Mawr 98††††††† Solid team but nothing incredible. Might be higher without playoff collapse.