Favorite MLB Teams – Why I Like Some Better Than Others

Favorite MLB Teams – Why I Like Some Better Than Others

Here I rank my favorite MLB teams as of August 2019, all 30 of them!  These rankings are very subject to change, but most teams probably won’t shift around by more than 1-5 spots over time.  It gets a lot harder and more random after the first 5-7 teams of course.

I grew up in a town near Syracuse right in the middle of New York State.  I wanted to root for a home team, and since I was born in 1994, the Yankees were a clear and obvious choice from the start.  Come to think of it, I don’t know if I knew the Mets existed as a child, and now they’re my least favorite team.

A lot of these rankings are due to my opinions about the front office of a franchise.  If the management of a team cannot make the right decisions via the draft, trades, free agency, and player development, I generally find it very hard to root for the team.   It’s just too hard to be a fan of a franchise that never wins and doesn’t seem committed to changing their losing streak.  Of course I’m spoiled as a Yankees fan, but I also don’t like when teams end a “championship window” earlier than needed due to finances.

For a while now I’ve said that I’m more a fan of Major League Baseball than I am of the Yankees, which I think allows me to enjoy the sport and postseason more than most fans.  The trouble with being a big fan of one team per sport (rather than the sport/league itself) is that you’re almost guaranteed to be disappointed (almost heartbroken) every year when your team inevitably does not win the championship.  But that’s a subject for another post.  Onto my favorite MLB teams!

1. New York Yankees

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They have and always will be my favorite.  Super happy to root for the most successful baseball franchise ever.  Derek Jeter was my hero growing up.

2. Atlanta Braves

Rich history, awesome ballparks, tons of memorable and cool players.  The Braves became one of my favorite teams by default because back in 2006 when I started watching baseball a lot on TV, the Braves were on TBS pretty often.  I was able to catch probably at least one Braves game per week or every other week until a few years later when the games weren’t broadcast on TBS as much.  Growing up it was awesome to see John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones and others.  It was also neat to see the start of Andrelton Simmons’ career.

3. St. Louis Cardinals

With Phat Albert leading the way, the 2006 Cardinals took over the TV screen in October and beat the Tigers in the World Series.  Somewhat random players like Jeff Suppan and Jeff Weaver made their way into my “baseball lore” and watching “Cardinal magic” (as I call it) unfold throughout 2011 and in later postseasons was such a joy to watch.  They’ve been a little disappointing the past handful of years, but I love seeing what the Cardinals can do come postseason time – one of the best teams for epic moments.

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4. San Francisco Giants

Another incredible and old franchise.  Barry Bonds is generally my second-favorite player after only Jeter.  Combine his splash hits with one of the most beautiful and iconic ballparks in the league, and it’s a recipe for awesomeness.  I wish the Giants could have won a title with Barry still around, but the teams from 2010-2014 (and even 2016) were classic to watch.

5. Colorado Rockies

This team would be a lot lower a handful of years ago, but I’ve really loved watching the combination of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon (and others) power their offense.

6. Toronto Blue Jays

This is mostly based on their EPIC postseasons in 2015 and 2016.  I wish they could have won a pennant or had a longer “window”, but it was a huge amount of fun while it lasted.  Not many goosebumps moments compare to the dome in Toronto with the horn going off after a huge home run or walkoff win.

7. Washington Nationals

The team that can’t get past the NLDS.  The Nationals have still provided a really interesting baseball tale since their name transition from the Expos.  From total laughingstocks to occasional World Series favorites.  Anthony Rendon is consistently one of the most underrated players in the game.

8. Arizona Diamondbacks

I feel like this is a team that consistently fields good talent, but cannot seem to make the postseason or make it far when they do qualify.  Definitely in a tough division this decade with the Giants and Dodgers dominating.

9. Chicago White Sox

Seems like the White Sox have been perpetually rebuilding for far too long now.  I used to overrate them based on my bias in preseason predictions (even expecting them to win the Central when the Tigers were still dominant), but that time has passed as now they always underperform.  Arguably one of the most disappointing teams of the 2010’s overall.  The White Sox have been one of my favorite teams since I started watching more in 2006, as they were on WGN a lot just like the Cubs.

10. Oakland Athletics

The A’s have a rich history, with some of my favorite historical players coming from them (Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove).  Sometimes they remind me of the D-Backs – talented but not quite good enough for consistent postseason appearances.

11. Milwaukee Brewers

This was a fun team to watch in the 2018 postseason, and they’ve had a lot of cool players I’ve enjoyed seeing over the years.

12. Tampa Bay Rays

I find it ironic that they became much more successful when they took the “devil” out of their team name.  The Rays always seem to do fine with less, and have been surprisingly successful at the end of this decade.

13. Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw has been fun to watch for a while now, and I have to enjoy some of his epic postseason chokes against the Cardinals and other teams I like better.  They’ve managed to stay on top for a while now, and have plenty of awesome franchise moments from the past few Octobers.

14. LA Angels

Trout and Pujols is such an incredible Hall of Fame duo that we are lucky to be witnessing.  It’s crazy how this team has almost no postseason success this decade with names like those and many others that have had some time to shine. (CJ Wilson, Jered Weaver, and tons more)  I can’t believe Mike Scioscia hasn’t been able to get this team into contention, and I think he’s one of the most overrated managers in history as a result.

15. Philadelphia Phillies

The big bad monster team my Yankees took down in 2009.  Took way too long to rebuild and now finally starting to contend again… maybe.

16. Houston Astros

The Astros have broken Yankee hearts in 2015 and 2017.  I sometimes have fun watching them when they’re not playing the Yankees lol.  Unfortunately they definitely look like a better team than the Yankees heading into the 2019 postseason.

17. Pittsburgh Pirates

18. Chicago Cubs

I’ve grown less fond of the Cubs over time, mostly due to the excessive hype starting around 2015 and continuing after they clearly had a (long) championship hangover of sorts.  Loved seeing them on WGN a ton as a kid from 2006-2010, not so much since then.  I just like the old teams better and kind of miss Carlos Zambrano, Alfonso Soriano, Mike Fontenot, and others.

19. Cleveland Indians

Really missed their opportunities in 2016 and 2017.  Still can hardly believe the Yankees came back and beat them in the 2017 ALDS.

20. Seattle Mariners

21. Cincinnati Reds

22. Detroit Tigers

23. Texas Rangers

Yankee nemesis in 2010 and 2011, I won’t forget!  XD

24. Miami Marlins

25. Minnesota Twins

26. Baltimore Orioles

27. Kansas City Royals

28. Boston Red Sox

29. San Diego Padres

One of the worst decision making teams of all time.  Incredibly inept.  Signing the biggest douche in the sport (Manny Machado) will only cripple the franchise for yet another decade.

30. New York mets

(this is just a rant I find funny)  They need to get the hell out of New York.  The Dodgers and Giants recognized Yankee greatness and moved.  Time for the mets to go.  New York is a huge city, but the Yankees are a huge team with HUGE success, so MLB only needs one team in New York.  The mets should take their failures elsewhere.  Dumb name, embarrassing meltdowns when they should have made the postseason, just horrendous really.  XD  So glad to see them struggle since I started hating them in the 2000’s.  Obviously the 2015 World Series was a nightmare for me lol.

In general I like NL teams more than AL teams, I really like the NL East and NL West, and I can’t stand the AL Central which is always wicked boring and seems devoid of interesting/great players.  Sometime I may try to find my favorite MLB teams ranking from sometime during my 2006-2010 period of massive interest in baseball.

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Top 100 Baseball Players of All Time #1

Ben’s Top 100 Baseball Players of All Time #1

This is a list I made in middle or high school, sometime in the period between 2006 and 2010.  Therefore some steroid revelations hadn’t come out or been resolved, and Mike Trout hadn’t debuted.  It was also heavily influenced by Elliott Kalb’s book, which you can find by clicking the picture.  The list would be quite different if I made it in 2019!

  1. Barry BondsTop 100 Baseball Players of All Time #1
  2. Babe Ruth
  3. Hank Aaron
  4. Willie Mays
  5. Walter Johnson
  6. Ted Williams
  7. Alex Rodrigeuz
  8. Ty Cobb
  9. Honus Wagner
  10. Lou Gehrig
  11. Josh Gibson
  12. Mickey Mantle
  13. Christy Mathewson
  14. Lefty Grove
  15. Satchel Paige
  16. Rogers Hornsby
  17. Oscar Charleston
  18. Mike Schmidt
  19. Tris Speaker
  20. Grover Cleveland
  21. Jimmie Foxx
  22. Stan Musial
  23. Joe DiMaggio
  24. George Brett
  25. Roger Clemens
  26. Sandy Koufax
  27. Cy Young
  28. Rickey Henderson
  29. Joe Morgan
  30. Nap Lajoie
  31. Greg Maddux
  32. Bob Feller
  33. Warren Spahn
  34. Randy Johnson
  35. Johnny Bench
  36. Eddie Collins
  37. Bob Gibson
  38. Frank Robinson
  39. Tom Seaver
  40. Joe Jackson
  41. Pete Rose
  42. Cal Ripken Jr.
  43. Tony Gwynn
  44. Ken Griffey Jr.
  45. Steve Carlton
  46. Yogi Berra
  47. Roy Campanella
  48. Mel Ott
  49. Eddie Mathews
  50. Carl Hubbell
  51. Sammy Sosa
  52. Mike Piazza
  53. Paul Waner
  54. Harmon Killebrew
  55. Manny Ramirez
  56. Mark McGwire
  57. Reggie Jackson
  58. Carl Yastrzemski
  59. Johnny Mize
  60. Duke Snider
  61. Roberto Clemente
  62. Juan Marichal
  63. Jackie Robinson
  64. Al Simmons
  65. Ivan Rodrigeuz
  66. Dave Winfield
  67. Charlie Gehringer
  68. Whitey Ford
  69. Mariano Rivera
  70. Hank Greenberg
  71. Nolan Ryan
  72. Eddie Murray
  73. Jim Palmer
  74. Pedro Martinez
  75. Derek Jeter
  76. George Sisler
  77. Albert Pujols
  78. John Smoltz
  79. Frank Thomas
  80. Ernie Banks
  81. Dizzy Dean
  82. Vladimir Guerrero
  83. Willie McCovey
  84. Kirby Puckett
  85. Rod Carew
  86. Al Kaline
  87. Sadaharu Oh
  88. Dennis Eckersley
  89. Tim Raines
  90. Carlton Fisk
  91. Frankie Frisch
  92. Buck Leonard
  93. Mickey Cochrane
  94. Earl “Pop” Lloyd
  95. Sam Crawford
  96. Harry Heilmann
  97. Martin Dihigo
  98. Smokey Joe Williams
  99. Jim Thome
  100. Jeff Bagwell