Today being the eve of the 2009 Strasburg draft, I thought I'd create a formula to rank all 30 major league teams over the last 30 years (1979-2008). Why only 30 years? Good question. According to my flawless logic, in a 30-year span, every team in a 30-team league should have one championship (let's ignore the strike-shortened season of 1994).
Here is the transcript of a potential conversation between Reader and Writer regarding these rankings:
Reader: The scoring on this is soooooo arbitrary!
Writer: Yes, and I don't care.
Reader: Did you really make a World Series Championship twice as valuable as a World Series Loss?!
Writer: Yes, I did.
Asshole Reader: I'm from Philly. Did you only date back to 1979 because the Phillies made the playoffs three consecutive seasons before that? I have herpes.
Asshole Writer: Sorry about the herpes, but you probably deserved it. And bingo, I did date back to only 1979 to reduce Philadelphia's score. Why? Because I can.
In all seriousness, though, these rankings are not perfect, and I wouldn't even argue if you told me my numbers were weighted arbitrarily.
Best in League. Must highlight this color to see it. There you go, punk.
Expansion Teams' Adjusted Total Points per 30 seasons
[If the table is blurry, just click on it for a slightly more focused view]
What stands out? Arizona so high. What doesn't? I'll give you a hint: it's right above this line.
The Washington/Montreal franchise has, just to confuse you, without fail succeeded at failure year-in and year-out. ONE playoff appearance in THIRTY years.
Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper can not arrive soon enough.