Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Training Success

Taking a look at the spring training standings this Saturday morning made me wonder how having a good spring training record translates into possible success in the regular season.

2012 spring training standings, as of Mar 17

On the morning of March 17th, the Blue Jays are 12-2, the Tigers are 10-1, the Athletics are 11-3 and the Dodgers are 8-3.  On the flip side, the White Sox are 3-10 and the  Braves are 3-11.  Mean anything?  Lets see how teams that do well in spring training, since 2006, have done in the regular season that same season.


2006 Season
Best spring record in the American League: Kansas City Royals: 17-10

That season, the Royals finished at 62-100, last in the AL Central

Best spring record in the National League: Florida Marlins: 19-9

That season, the Marlins finished 78-84, 4th in the NL East

2007 Season


Best spring record in the American League: Detroit Tigers: 21-10

That season, the Tigers finished 88-74, 2nd in the AL Central

Best spring record in the National League: Arizona Diamondbacks: 20-12

That season, the Diamondbacks finished 90-72, and won the NL West

2008 Season

Best spring record in the American League: Oakland Athletics: 18-8

That season, the Athletics finished 75-86, 3rd in the AL West

Best spring record in the National League: New York Mets: 20-11

That season, the Mets finished 89-73, 2nd in the NL East

2009 Season


Best spring record in the American League: LA Angels: 26-8

That season, the Angels finished  97-65, and won the AL West

Best spring record in the National League: Milwaukee Brewers: 22-10

That season, the Brewers finished  80-82, 3rd in the NL Central

2010 Season


Best spring record in the American League: Tampa Bay Rays: 20-8

That season, the Rays finished 96 -66, and won the AL East
 
Best spring record in the National League: San Francisco Giants: 23-12

That season, the Giants finished 92-70, and won the NL West, and the WORLD SERIES

2011 Season


Best spring record in the American League: Kansas City Royals: 20-10

That season, the Royals finished 71-91, 4th in the AL Central

Best spring record in the National League: San Francisco Giants: 23-12 

That season, the Giants finished 86-76, 2nd in the NL West.

So, after looking at the numbers, maybe there is something to be said about having spring success.  The one thing they say in baseball, is a winning culture in the clubhouse starts from Day 1 of spring training, so maybe, just maybe, the Blue Jays, Dodgers, and Tigers have a shot at something special this season.

Since 2006, teams from both leagues that have owned the best spring records have made the playoffs four times, with the Giants winning the World Series.


A lot of people, including the New York Yankees, are saying the Jays are becoming a threat in the AL East, but after the start they've had in spring, and the success the starting pitchers have had to date, this could be the year.  Remember, the Rays have surprised us before, and winning, well, much better than losing!

1 comment:

  1. Bodes well but any 'this could be the year' talk makes me think you could also be a Leaf Fan. Too many variables IMO to start planning a parade just yet. We've had a lot of games vs. Houston and Pittsburg. Then, the inevitable injuries and young kids.
    Go Jays

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