Death of a World Series champion
Back in 2013, the Boston Red Sox won their third World Series in 10 years after a drought of more than 85 years from 1918 to 2004. But in the last two years after their last championship the team has not looked anything like a champion. They have followed up their ’13 title with a pair of A.L. East Division fifth place finishes and two seasons under .500. They were 71-91 in 2014 and 78-84 last season.
Last year they became the third franchise in baseball history to have two consecutive losing seasons (winning percentage under .500) after winning a World Series. They would have to have two more sub-.500 seasons to approach the other teams on the list: The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993 and then had four straight seasons under .500; the Florida Marlins were World Champions in 1997 and then finished under .500 in five consecutive seasons.
Here’s a look at the 14 teams that won a World Series and then played under .500 the following season and beyond.
World Series title year, consecutive years under .500 after World Series win
Florida, 1997… five consecutive years under .500
Toronto, 1993… four consecutive years under .500
Boston, 2013… two consecutive years under .500
San Francisco, 2012… one year under .500
St. Louis, 2006… one year under .500
California, 2002… one year under .500
Cincinnati, 1990… one year under .500
L.A. Dodgers, 1988… one year under .500
Kansas City, 1985… one year under .500
St. Louis, 1982… one year under .500
St. Louis, 1964… one year under .500
L. A. Dodgers, 1963… one year under .500
Pittsburgh, 1960… one year under .500
St. Louis, 1931… one year under .500
The Florida Marlins after winning their title in 1997 had the worst winning percentage the year following a World Series when they won only .333 of their games in 1998.
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