Top 3 Inefficient Franchises in the MLB


Patrick Rishe recently did a study on the worst franchises in pro sports. Since this is a Giants (baseball) blog. I will just inform you on the top 3 worst MLB franchises. The statistical analysis was gathering data from the last 5 years (2005-06 through 2009-10). The criteria was the most money spent on the least amount of victories and postseason appearances. Rishe wanted to identify teams with the highest average payroll cost per win and with no more than 1 post-season appearance in the last 5 years.  

The 3 worst MLB franchises (in order) are the New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and the San Francisco Giants! I’m sure you knew the Giants had to be on this list right?  

The Mets average cost per victory was $1.3 million, with a 20% postseason rate. During that 5 year span the Mets overall league record is 427-383. It doesn’t look bad when you look at the wins and losses, but they only managed to make the playoffs in 2006. That’s not good for a team that’s been over the $100 million mark each year during that 5 year span.

Now the Mariners record the past 5 years is 381-429. Which is an obvious losing record. In 2005 and 2006 they were in the $87 million range, and then bumped it up to over $100 million in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 they were just below the $100 million mark and were around $99 million. That is a lot of money that’s given to players that were not producing for the Mariners.

Yes Giants fans, we are the 3rd worst MLB franchise! I’m sure most Giants fans out there knew we were. At least based on the emails I receive about how Brian Sabean overpays veterans who are passed their prime to come play for the Giants. The Giants record during the same 5 year span is 382-427. Which is just only one more win than the Mariners to put them as the 3rd worse MLB franchise and not tied for 2nd. For those of you that think the games played doesn’t match up. That’s because the Giants only played 161 games in 2006.

Do you think Sabean and the front office are to blame or the players just under performing? Patrick Rishe told me (via email). “When teams make this list, I’d say that it’s a combination of front office people overvaluing talent, managers mismanaging players, and players under performing relative to their true ability.”

~King of Cali  

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  • It is called rebuilding. Any team with a high payroll that is rebuilding will be called inefficient, that automatically happens. Horrible analysis when you don’t take all things into context.

    On the other hand, the Mets certainly was inefficient because they were trying to get into the playoffs each season.

  • admin says:

    Thanks for the comment! I can tell you’re a heated Giants fan, and I like that! Let’s just go based on the facts here. Rebuilding or not… that doesn’t change the fact that their payroll was high and the team is inefficient based off its payroll and wins.

    I honestly don’t think anyone will look back and say oh let’s not count the Giants even though they had a high payroll cause they were starting to rebuild. It is what it is… Pay huge dollars for a sub par team. I’m not a Giants basher and anyone that reads my stuff knows that. I’m just going with the facts.

    Thanks for the comment! I look forward to more from you. =)


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