Postseason Fantasies of a Baseball Elitist

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October 24, 2012 by NowhereButPop

By Andrew Doscas

Imagine a world with no wild cards……it’s easy if you try.

This is what every World Series from 1969-present would look like had there not been playoff expansion.

Bold-Actual World Series

Italics-Neither team made World Series

Year National League Champion American League Champion
1969 New York Mets (100-62) Baltimore Orioles (109-53)
1970 Cincinnati Reds (102-60) Baltimore Orioles (108-54)
1971 Pittsburgh Pirates (97-65) Baltimore Orioles (101-57)
1972 Pittsburgh Pirates (96-59) Oakland Athletics (93-62)
1973 Cincinnati Reds (99-63) Baltimore Orioles (97-65)
1974 Los Angeles Dodgers (102-60) Baltimore Orioles (91-71)
1975 Cincinnati Reds (108-54) Oakland Athletics (98-64)
1976 Cincinnati Reds (102-60) New York Yankees (97-62)
1977 Philadelphia Phillies (101-61) Kansas City Royals (102-60)
1978 Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67) New York Yankees (103-60)
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates (98-64) Baltimore Orioles (102-57)
1980 Houston Astros (93-70) New York Yankees (103-59)
1981 (Strike Season/Playoffs) Cincinnati Reds (66-42) Oakland Athletics (64-45)
1982 St. Louis Cardinals (92-70) Milwaukee Brewers (95-67)
1983 Los Angeles Dodgers (91-71) Chicago White Sox (99-63)
1984 Chicago Cubs (96-65) Detroit Tigers (104-58)
1985 St. Louis Cardinals (101-61) Toronto Blue Jays (99-62)
1986 New York Mets (108-54) Boston Red Sox (95-66)
1987 St. Louis Cardinals (95-67) Detroit Tigers (98-64)
1988 New York Mets (100-60) Oakland Athletics (104-58)
1989 Chicago Cubs (93-69) Oakland Athletics (99-63)
1990 Pittsburgh Pirates (95-67) Oakland Athletics (103-59)
1991 Pittsburgh Pirates (98-64) Minnesota Twins (95-67)
1992 Atlanta Braves (98-64) Toronto Blue Jays (96-66)
1993 Atlanta Braves (104-58) Toronto Blue Jays (95-67)
1994 (Strike Season/No Playoffs) Montreal Expos (74-40) New York Yankees (70-44)
1995 Atlanta Braves (90-54) Cleveland Indians (100-44)
1996 Atlanta Braves (96-66) Cleveland Indians (99-62)
1997 Atlanta Braves (101-61) Baltimore Orioles (98-64)
1998 Atlanta Braves (106-56) New York Yankees (114-48)
1999 Atlanta Braves (103-59) New York Yankees (98-64)
2000 San Francisco Giants (97-65) Chicago White Sox (95-67)
2001 Houston Astros (93-69) Seattle Mariners (116-46)
2002 Atlanta Braves (101-59) New York Yankees (103-58)
2003 Atlanta Braves (101-61) New York Yankees (101-61)
2004 St. Louis Cardinals (105-57) New York Yankees (101-61)
2005 St. Louis Cardinals (100-62) Chicago White Sox (99-63)
2006 New York Mets (97-65) New York Yankees (97-65)
2007 Arizona Diamondbacks (90-72) Boston Red Sox (96-66)
2008 Chicago Cubs (97-64) Los Angeles Angels (100-62)
2009 Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67) New York Yankees (103-59)
2010 Philadelphia Phillies (97-65) Tampa Bay Rays (96-66)
2011 Philadelphia Phillies (102-60) New York Yankees (97-65)
2012 Washington Nationals (98-64) New York Yankees (95-67)
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