San Francisco Giants approaching historic collapse

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Last season the San Francisco Giants were celebrating their second World Series championship in three years. This year… well, they are sitting in last place in the National League West, 17 games out of first place, and 13 games under .500.

The Giants’ drop from World Series champs to cellar-dwellers is fast approaching historic significance. The Giants would become the sixth World Series champs in history to go from World Series title-holder to finishing 10 or more games under .500 the following season.

Fortunately for the Giants, the Florida Marlins of 1998 will likely hold this dubious distinction of going from World Series champs to a total collapse for a long time. The Marlins won the 1997 World Series and then in 1998 finished 54 games under .500.

Here’s a look at the 15 World Series champs who finished under .500 the following year.

Games under .500 after their World Series championship, team, year
54: Florida, 1998
14: Cincinnati, 1991
10: Chicago White Sox, 1918
10: St. Louis, 1932
10: Kansas City, 1986
9: Baltimore, 1967
8: Anaheim, 2003
6: Los Angeles Dodgers, 1989
6: St. Louis, 2007
5: Boston, 1919
5: Toronto, 1994
4: Pittsburgh, 1961
4: St. Louis, 1983
2: Los Angeles Dodgers, 1964
1: St. Louis, 1965

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