The complete list will be released over the coming weeks. It was compiled by 5 long standing Dugout veterans.
#9 - 2045 Texas Rangers
With a composite score of 52 (as high as 3rd on Colby's ballot and as low as 13th on NT's ballot), the 9th team on the list is the 2045 Texas Rangers. This team was led by Hall of Famer Vicente Maldonado who posted one of the best seasons in his career with a 6.3 WAR, .350 BA, .919 OPS, 50 doubles, 221 hits, and 113 RBI's. The other star of the lineup, Chris Sims, also had a very solid 2045. Smith posted a 6.8 WAR with 26 HRs, 110 RBIs, a .466 SLG % and league leading 109 walks.
Other notables include SP Nicholas Ward and RF Pablo Hernandez. Ward led the pitching staff with a 17-4 record, 3.8 WAR, 2.75 ERA and only 6 HRs given up while Hernandez hit a meager .348, with a 5.7 WAR, 204 hits and 97 RBI's.
The 2045 Rangers won 112 games in a mediocre WL Southwest Division. Only Houston had a winning record. Nevertheless, going into the playoffs, they were destined to meet up with the 113 win Chicago Cubs in one of the more anticipated WLCS in Dugout history. Unfortunately, the 99 win Anaheim Angels upset the Rangers 3 games to 2 in the divisional series. The Angels would go on to win the World Series over the New York Yankees.
Overall, this Rangers team is the highest ranked team in our countdown not to win a World Series. Statistically, the 2045 Rangers are one of the greatest offensive teams of all-time scoring 954 runs on the year. They had 2 players with over 200 hits; 3 players with over 100 RBI's; and 9 players with batting averages over .300 including Octavio Torres who batted .413 in 84 games played. They didn't hit much for power but the team had 371 doubles, 43 triples and 1,190 singles which I'm told is decent. Though their pitching let them down in the playoffs, their offensive prowess is enough to make them one of the best teams in Dugout history.
#10 - 2035 Philadelphia Phillies
With a composite score of 53 (as high as 7th on Hal's ballot and as low as 14th on Colby's ballot), the 10th team on the list is the 2035 Philadelphia Phillies. This team was led by All Star Ed Sabine who posted the best season in his career with a 6.4 WAR, .311 BA, .835 OPS, 20 HRs, and he was one of the best fielding outfielders in the Dugout. Another leader for this Phillies team who also had a career year was Aurelio 'The Poet' Garcia. Garcia batted .310 with 43 HRs, 113 RBIs, a .615 SLG % and a WAR of 6.
Other notables include SP Bob Hines and CL Elton Rice. Hines finished 3rd in the Cy Young race with a 17-5 record, 4.5 WAR, 2.95 ERA and only 1.5 BB/9. Rice is one of the best closers in Dugout history with a career ERA of 2.32 and 514 career saves. He was inducted into the HOF in 2053.
The 2035 Phillies won 106 games in a fairly mediocre AL East. However, this team will be most remember for their 4-0 sweep over the 104 win Chicago Cubs.
Looking at this team on paper, there isn't a large amount of star power. Besides Rice, you don't have many players that really will be remembered as superstars of their era. That's what makes this team so impressive. The year before the 2035 championship season, the Phillies won just 72 games. In 2035, they won 106. That is definitely one of the most impressive turnarounds in Dugout history. You had a bunch of players that just so happened to have all of their career years in the 2035 season. It was an incredibly well put together team of above average players that all seemed to mesh at the right time.
#11 - 2030 Baltimore Orioles
With a composite score of 53 (as high as 1st on NT's ballot and as low as 20th on Roggie's ballot), the 11th team on the list is the 2030 Baltimore Orioles. This team was led by 2030 Cy Young winner and Hall of Famer Luis "Blab" Saldina. Saldina had one of the best seasons on the mound in Dugout history posting a 9.2 WAR, 25-4 record, 2.12 ERA, 269K's, 32 QS, an .862 winning percentage, and a .266 BABIP. Saldina did all of this in Camden Yards which most would consider to be one of the better hitters parks in the league. The offense, one that scored a league leading 945 runs (yes...945), was led by international free agent pickup and 34 year old rookie of the year winner, Ricardo "Lick" Rivera. Rivera led the league in walks with 119, hit 41 HRs, and posted a 5.9 WAR.
Other notables include Hall of Famer Dave Harris. Harris posted another 40+ HR season (he had 6 in his career), a 4.1 WAR and 122 RBI's. SP Pablo Gonzales also had a very nice season with a 6.5 WAR, 13 wins, 233 IP's while only giving up a league leading .5 HR/9.
The 2030 Orioles won 110 games in a very strong AL East. Boston would win 104 followed by an 89 win Yankee team which makes the 110 wins that more impressive. However, this team was upset in the ALCS by the 104 win world champion Angels.
I would definitely like to hear the logic NeuroticTruth has for putting this team #1 of all-time when Roggie had this team at #20. That is definitely a very wide discrepancy for two people that know so much about the sport!
#12 - 2022 Milwaukee Brewers
With a composite score of 65 (as high as 7th Roggie's ballot and completely excluded from NT's hating ballot), the 12th team on the list is the 2022 Milwaukee Brewers. This team was led by 2022 MVP CF Jason Parrish and HOF SP Aroldis "2 Pitch" Chapman. Parrish had a career year posting a 9.7 WAR, .342 BA, 204 hits, 30 Sb's, 113 runs scored, 18 HR's, and a .934 OPS while Aroldis posted a 5.8 WAR, 16-4 record, 208K's in 170 innings, and an ERA of 2.57.
Other notables include Japanese Sensation Shirai Sana who was one of the first Nippon League players to be signed by a MLB team. At 34 years of age, Sana hit 40 HR's, drove in 109 and walked 112 times. Along with Parrish and Sana, this lineup also featured Jose Garcia who drove in 112 and hit 35 HR's. With these three players, this lineup was one of the more formidable that we've had in the Dugout. They led the baseball with a 5.4 runs per game average and hit 229 HR's.
The 2022 Brewers won 113 games in a very strong NL Central. Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati were all over .500 which makes the 113 wins in a 162 game season a very impressive number. However, this team was upset in the divisional round by the 91 win Pittsburgh Pirates in what many think is one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Dugout. Though Big Smooth never won that elusive Dugout championship, he will always be known as one of the better GM's in the history of the league.
#13 - 2017 Houston Astros
With a composite score of 66 (as high as 9th Ry's ballot and completely excluded from NT's hating ballot), the 13th team on the list is the 2017 WORLD CHAMPION Houston Astros. This team was led by Hall of Fame LF Phil Davidson and 2 year wonder kid CF Antonio Pajarillo. Davidson posted a 6.1 WAR, .344 BA, 1.028 OPS, and 102 RBI's while Pajarillo, at 24 years of age, posted a 8.0 WAR, .297 BA, 102 RBI's, 27 HRs and 170 hits.
Other notables include SP Casey Kelly who led the team with 17 wins, a 4.2 WAR and 25 QS along with SS Francisco Lindor (I would really like to know why the 2014 Indians traded this man!) and his gold glove.
The 2017 Astros won 105 games in a fairly mediocre division. Only the 85 win Seattle Mariners were over .500. However, they completely dominated the AL Playoffs winning 7 straight including a sweep of the very talented 104 win Toronto Blue Jays (led by Christopher Hawkins and Chris Sale). They capped off this excellent season with a 4-2 series victory of the Cincinnati Reds.
*On a side note, I would really like to know what happened to Pajarillo. Here is a guy - the first pick of the 2014 draft - that had two of the best seasons I've seen for a young kid under 25.
Unfortunately, his 2017 would be his last good season. He would completely fall off the map after the 2018 season.
I don't exactly know what happened to Pajarillo since my archives don't go back that far but I would definitely be curious to know if this was injury related or just a complete collapse. Honestly, I'm not sure if I've ever seen such a quick fall from grace.
#14 - 2054 San Diego Padres
With a composite score of 70 (as high as 10th Ry's ballot and as low as 18th on Hal's ballot), the 14th team on the list is the 2054 WORLD CHAMPION San Diego Padres. This team was led by SS Nick "The Duke of Tralee" (WTF does that mean?) Dixon and LF John "Shoulders" Hall. Dixon, the 2054 WL Platinum Stick Winner at SS, posted a 7.1 WAR, .325 BA, 61 stolen bases, and 214 hits while Hall, 2054 WL Platinum Stick Winner at LF, posted a 6.3 WAR, .518 SLG %, .320 BA, 109 RBI's and 24 HRs. Obviously, both of these players had great statistical seasons but what makes it even more amazing is that they did it in PETCO. (ask CxMACx10 about that ballpark)
Other notables include SP Steven Hodges who led the team with 19 wins, a 4.5 WAR and the team in ERA and catcher Steve Shaffer who hit 24 home runs.
The 2054 Padres won 108 games in a division that wasn't very good. There wasn't another team in the Teheran division with a wining record. However, they rolled in the playoffs knocking off a very good 103 win Cardinals team 2-0, the Cubs 3-1 and the Yankees 4-1 to win the WS. 9-2 against the Yankees, Cubs and Cardinals isn't easy to do. This team is a testament to solid team building through the draft and one hell of a Colorado farm system.
#15 - 2024 Baltimore Orioles
With a composite score of 72 (as high as 10th NT's ballot and completely excluded from Hal's ballot), the 15th team on the list is the 2024 WORLD CHAMPION Baltimore Orioles. This team was led by first ballot Hall of Famer, 1B Dave Harris. Harris is one of the better position players in the history of the Dugout. In 2024, Harris had a .329 BA, 47 HR's, 132 RBI's, 1.044 OPS and a 6.8 WAR.
Other notables included SP Kevin Gausman who led the team with 21 wins, a 6.4 WAR and pretty much every other Orioles statistical pitching category. Also, two time MVP winner and 5 time all-star Dave Moore manned the middle of the lineup. Moore is one of the more interesting players in Dugout history. Without the injuries, he would have probably made the HOF. It is definitely a career of "what-ifs".
The 2024 Orioles won 100 games in a division that had 4 out of 5 teams over .500. They were able to go 7-4 in the playoffs with wins over the Royals (3-2) and over the Diamondbacks (4-2). They did all of this with their offense leading the way with 931 runs on the season. The offense was so good that it was able to make up for a mediocre to poor pitching staff that basically consisted of one ace, Gausman. The team ERA was over 4 which isn't great for a world series winner in the Dugout.
#16 - 2050 Texas Rangers
With a composite score of 76 (as high as 9th on NT's ballot and completely excluded from Hal's ballot), the 16th team on the list is the 2050 WORLD CHAMPION Texas Rangers. They were led by WL Platinum Stick winner, All Star Powell "Deathblow" Beard. The former 1st pick of the 2043 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Beard, posted a 4.9 WAR along with .345 average in the post season. Beard was acquired in an excellent trade by the Rangers for SP Quinn Bell. In Bell's short career, he went 16-31 with an ERA around 5.
Other notables included SP Nick "Hawk" Scheel who led the team with 19 wins, a 4.5 WAR and pretty much every other Rangers statistical category in 2050. Also, 2050 World Series MVP, Chris Sims. Sims, a former MVP and rookie of the year winner, was known for his ability to pretty much do everything. He was the definition of a 5 tool player. In 2050, he had 32 stolen bases, .355 OB% and hit 21 HR's.
The 2050 Rangers won 103 games in a division that had 4 out of 5 teams over .500. They were able to go 7-2 in the playoffs with wins over the Cubs (3-1) and over the Rays (4-1). Though they didn't have any players with career years, they will be known as team that could do everything very well. Pitching, hitting and fielding as a team were all among the team league leaders.
One interesting fact about this team - the core of the team was built in via free agency and excellent trades:
CF Beard - Trade with the Brewers
3B Sims - Trade with the Brewers
SP Scheel - Free Agency
SP Pole - Trade with the Rangers
CL McGinnity - Trade with the White Sox
In today's Dugout where prospects are valued much more than proven vets, maybe the 2050 Rangers will remind people that hoarding prospects isn't the only winning formula.
#17 - 2032 New York Mets
With a composite score of 78 (as high as 13th on Roggie's ballot and completely excluded from Hal's ballot), the 17th team on the list is the 2032 WORLD CHAMPION New York Mets. This team is known as a team that could really hit. They were led by first ballot Hall of Famer, catcher Jose Garcia. Garcia was so good that he made HOF Adrian Warren expendable (traded to the Cards in 2027). Garcia posted a .321 BA, 7.7 WAR, .917 OPS and 181 hits in his MVP season.
Other notables included future MVP Homer "Skins" Hunter who scored a league leading 113 runs along with a 4.7 WAR and .316 BA and gold glove winner/all star SS Bruce "Little Phil" Larson who posted a solid 4.5 WAR.
What is very surprising about this Mets team is that the lineup was able to completely dominate 2032 with a fairly mediocre pitching staff. The top two pitchers in games started, Fernando Martinez and Luis Trindad, were an underwhelming 24-28 with a combined 5.8 WAR. Furthermore, the fielding was also underwhelming with only 2 players over a +1 ZR. Nevertheless, even with a mediocre pitching staff and less than stellar fielding, this team was able to win 7 of their 11 playoff games and upset Ipeench's loaded 107-55 Anaheim Angels.
Other than the 1986 team, this team and it's really good offense is probably the 2nd best team in the 94 year history of the New York Metropolitans.
#18 - 2052 Minnesota Twins
With a composite score of 86 (as high as 15th on Ry's ballot and completely excluded from NT's ballot), the 18th team on the list is the 2052 WORLD CHAMPION Minnesota Twins. This team is known for the amazing year of Jamie Ames. Ames won a gold glove in RF, a WL Platinum Stick and the 2052 MVP Award. He put up a 8.2 WAR, a .900 OPS, 117 runs scored and .309 BA amongst other great stats.
Other notables SS Joe Spivey, platinum stick award winner and gold glove winner at SS, and 20 game winner Rob Morrison, a very solid free agent pickup prior to the 2052 season.
In the playoffs, this team won 11 of it's 14 games and cruised to a championship.
This team was able to win 107 and a world series without their clear ace, Dan Thomas, who was injured in mid-July. With a healthy Thomas (who still posted a 4.7 WAR and 9 wins), this team could have easily won 112-114 games and probably would have been higher on this list.
#19 - 2051 Chicago Cubs
With a composite score of 88 (as high as 14th on Hal's ballot and not even listed on CMac's ballot), the 19th team on the list is the 2051 Chicago Cubs. This team featured a high-powered pitching staff led by future HOF Albert Mitchell who posted a 7.7 WAR to go along with a ridiculous 1.76 ERA. It also featured 2051 WL 3B Platinum Award winner Armando Calderon who hit 36 bombs to go along with a 4.6 WAR.
Other notables included 55 save Jimmy Dickerson and 5.8 WAR SP Tim Price.
The true greatness of this team is magnified by it's ability to win 115 games in a very strong division where the worst team had 87 wins. It included a 98 win Texas Rangers team with a very solid lineup of Chris Sims, Vincent Sherman and Powell Beard and one of Jeff's better White Sox teams that included a very strong young core of Maldonado, Aumon, Wood and Ullger (97 wins).
Unfortunately, this team was upset in the Divisional Round of the playoffs by far inferior Twins team in a 3-0 sweep. The 2051 Cubs are the poster children for the randomness of the OOTP playoffs.
#20 - 2052 St. Louis Cardinals
With a composite score of 88 (11th on Neurotictruth's ballot), the 20th team on the list is the 2052 St. Louis Cardinals. The strength of this team was clearly in it's pitching with a league leading team ERA of 2.98 and only allowing 540 runs on the season.
The pitching staff was led by closer Hector Lopez who produced one of the best seasons for a closer in Dugout History. Lopez won the Cy Young with an amazing .89 ERA, .78 WHIP and 12.9K's/9. He's also finished 2nd in the MVP Race.
Other notables included Mark Sells who posted a solid 13.4 ZR at SS to win his 4th gold glove and John Krobot who posted a league leading.335 BA with 203 hits and a .401 OB%.
Unfortunately, this team was upset in the Divisional Round of the playoffs by the Cardinals long time Dugout nemesis, the Chicago Cubs.