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    What's the Biggest Standings Gap Between Consecutive Teams in a Division?

    What's the biggest standings gap between consecutive teams in a division or a league before there were divisions? https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/sta...84690004754434 has the AL East standings for the last 162 games for each team, and Tampa Bay won 101 of 162 for the first time:

    Tampa Bay: 101-61 (.623)
    Boston: 98-64 (.605)
    Yankees: 97-65 (.599)
    Toronto: 66-96 (.407)
    Baltimore: 48-114 (.296, and the opposite record of the 1998 Yankees)

    The Yankees won over twice as many games as Baltimore in that span. The last time the third-worst team in a division or a league before there were divisions won over double the games of the worst team was in 1916, when the Philadelphia Athletics won 36, the second fewest was Washington with 76, and Cleveland was sixth of eight at 77-77.

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    Re: What's the Biggest Standings Gap Between Consecutive Teams in a Division?

    If we can use pre-1900, the 1899 10th-place New York Giants went 60-90, which brought them in 42 games ahead of the 12th-place Cleveland Spiders who went 20-134. The Giants won three times as many games as the Spiders.

    The 2003 AL Central's 3rd-place team, the Kansas City Royals (83-79), finished 40 games ahead of the 5th-place Detroit Tigers (43-119).

    Not as big a gap as either already mentioned, but notable in its own right, the 2nd-place New York Yankees of 1954 (103-51) finished 34 games ahead of the 4th-place Boston Red Sox (69-85). And in the first year of division play, 1969, the NL East's 4th place team, the St. Louis Cardinals (87-75), beat out the expansion 6th-place Montreal Expos (52-110) by 35 games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    If we can use pre 1900, the 1899 10th-place New York Giants went 60-90, which brought them in 42 games ahead of the 12th-place Cleveland Spiders who went 20-134.
    The 1899 Cleveland Spiders. Answer to so many trivia questions.

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