This is a fun exercise, but no one knows how to really stay on top forever - except the Yankees who were there all of the 50's and then spent some of Steinbrenner's cash.But overall throwing money around does not guarantee anything either - what has Harper meant to the Phillies?Mike Trout is the best in baseball according to the experts - but he can't even get to the playoffs with Pujols and Rendon as teammates.
Darvish signed with the Cubs and then failed, will he fail or win with the Padres?
Pitchers arms fail, concussions ruin careers, players like Herb Score seem destined for the HOF until their is a line drive.
Plan well, but baseball is a game of failures as the cliche goes about success being able to get three hits out of ten and become a star - a 70% failure rate.
I went to the Twins yearly record.Going backward the Twins have been 1st/second 5 of the last 6 years.The exception was 5th (last place).
2011 - 2014 we were 4th or fifth - this ten year period from 2011 to 2020 we were top two 5 times, bottom two 5 times.Fits the projections.
2006 - 2010 we were 1st three times, 2cd once, and 3rd once.
2001 - 2005 1st three times, 2cd once, 3rd once.That ten year period defies the odds and perhaps should allow more credit to an earlier regime.6 first, 2 seconds, 2 thirds!
1996 - 2000 we were in the doldrums 2 fifth and 3 4th
1991 - 1996 we were last twice and 4th once the last three years of this stretch - adding to the next five years with 4 times in last and 4 times in 4th which must balance out with the exceptional years of 2001 - 2010.The beginning of this period saw us win the world series and come in second.
So to recap these thirty years - one world series - nine times 1st, six times 2cd, twice 3rd, 5 times 4th, and 8 times 5th. Nice symmetry in those numbers.
Then it gets more confusing because there are more teams in a division and fewer teams in the playoffs, but three decades is an interesting view.I will add that we only finished 1st in the years from 1961 - 1990 four times. Too bad there were no extra divisions in a few of those years.