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Old 05-31-2011, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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It's pretty clear that since 1993, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been baseball's overall laughing stock, on an 18-year winning season drought, and that since 1998 the Baltimore Orioles haven't won a winning season since and (though many argue until 2008, the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays held that title consistantly fininishing last) are the AL's laughing stock, with Yankees and Red Sox fans often visiting Camden Yards rooting for their team. For instance, when you calculate 2 to the 18th power (for every losing season as odds should be around 1 in 2 that your team will have a winning season), it comes out to a 262,144 to 1 occurance that a team shall have 18 losing seasons based on the law of averages! Of course the Mets from 1962 until 1968 were another. What are some other teams that have been in similar fates (include minor league teams as well).
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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I have searched unsuccessfully to find another MLB franchise that has ever gone more than 14 seasons without a winning record. Not sure about the minors.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: The City
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Well the Phillies have the dubious distinction of being the first franchise to lose 10,000 games. Unlike the Phils of the last few years the team over it's history has had many many losing seasons. Wonder if they have the most in the history of MLB. Their overall history is a far cry from what the Phils are today; not that I am complaining...
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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The Phillies had losing records 30 times in 31 seasons from 1918 to 1948 and most of those seasons they were nowhere near .500. Their only team with a winning record in that stretch, the 1932 team, finished 78-76 and in 4th place.

At least the Philadelphia A's were good, usually really good, for part of that time (primarily 1925 to 1933; also 1947-1948). On the other hand, the A's were as bad as the Phillies most of the other years in that stretch.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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Well the Phillies have the dubious distinction of being the first franchise to lose 10,000 games. Unlike the Phils of the last few years the team over it's history has had many many losing seasons. Wonder if they have the most in the history of MLB. Their overall history is a far cry from what the Phils are today; not that I am complaining...
The Phillies may have over 10,000 losses, but only 8 franchises have more wins.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Well I live in Cincinnati, untill last year we havn't had a good team in a long time. FYI I am in college so my mind thinks with what I have seen since I was a kid. Other than the Pirates the Expos and Royals come to my mind even thought I think Hosmer (I think) is a beast.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. I cannot remember a time where this franchise was even relevant outside their home market (or arguably even in it, in the case of Montreal).
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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The Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. I cannot remember a time where this franchise was even relevant outside their home market (or arguably even in it, in the case of Montreal).
In the strike year in the 90's, Montreal was in first place. You also have to remember all the great players that came through those organizations but because of lack of fan support they left. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Larry Walker...the list is Long.

If I was going to say a laughing stock, i'd say Hideki Irabu of my Yankees.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:24 PM
 
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Dodgers, rangers, mets.....there are so many....

Los Angeles Dodgers still owe Manny Ramirez almost $25 million, report says - MLB - Sporting News
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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A special mention of the Detroit Tigers between 1994 and 2005. 12 consecutive seasons of some of the worst baseball anyone could dream of watching. 3 of those twelve seasons were 100+ loss seasons, one of which saw the Tigers lose 119 games and threaten to become the all time worst MLB team. They had two other seasons where they came within 4 losses of hitting 100 losses. They had Mike Maroth lose 21 games in 2003, and that season three Tiger starters tanked #1, #2, and #3 in MLB total losses for the season. That decade was a special type of suck.
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