For the time being, the Seattle Mariners hold the record for the most wins in a 162-game season with 116 in 2001. The 2018 Boston Red Sox entered play on Tuesday with a 79-34 record and a...
The first week of May is over, which means it's time for this year's MLB draft. The top pick will be announced on Thursday, with the first round expected to begin around 6:30 p.m. ET. Here's a look at who the Mariners are likely to select with the No. 1 overall pick:
First base This pick could go almost any where from here on out, but if I had to guess, I'd say the M's would take a first baseman. They need some power after losing several during the off-season, including Mark Trumbo who was one of the league's best hitters before getting injured last year.
Second base With Jean Segura coming back from injury, there isn't as big of a need here as there might have been a month ago, but still, someone needs to step up and help him out. A player like Nick Pratto of Eureka College is an excellent choice here. He has hit for average and power while playing good defense too. He's sure to get picked early in the second round, so the M's could land him with their first pick in that round.
Here is a list of the finest seasons in Red Sox history, as measured by victory total.
With 511 wins, Cy Young owns the MLB record; Walter Johnson is second with 417. Young and Johnson are the only players with 400 or more victories. Warren Spahn has the most victories (363) among pitchers who spent their whole careers in the post-1920 live-ball era. Bob Gibson has the most strikeouts with 921.
George Brett was one of the best hitters of his time but he also won three MVP awards. He is the all-time leader in hits (1983), runs (1987), and total bases (1989). Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig are second on each list.
Brett also won three Golden Gloves during his career. He is the only player to win three straight from 1977 to 1979. Rod Carew, Mike Schmidt, and Paul O'Neill have two wins each.
Brett's 3,963 hits are still third all-time while his 341 home runs rank fourth.
He made an impact in the community and on charity events throughout his career. After his death in October 2016, it was revealed that Brett had leukemia. In 1981, when he was with the Kansas City Royals, he led a campaign to raise $100,000 for bone marrow research. The "Bone Marrow Drive" raised over $750,000.
Only two teams have attained a winning percentage of 700 or higher (which needs 114 or more victories) since the season was expanded to 162 games in 1961: the 1998 New York Yankees and the 2001 Seattle Mariners.
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According to odds repository SportsOddsHistory.com, this is tied with the 1999 Yankees for the highest victory total at bookmakers in the previous 32 seasons. The Yankees finished with a record of 211-409 (.385 winning percentage), while the 1997 Mets are second with a 186-426 (.382).
The Yankees and Mets both had 511 games played plus an additional game against the Boston Red Sox due to the 1997 American League Division Series. That makes a combined total of 512 games played. To put that into perspective, the 2018 season has only six more games than that!
In addition, the 1999 Yankees and 1997 Mets both won their division titles by large margins - the Yankees won 110 games compared to 90 for second place Baltimore Orioles, and the Mets beat 87-75 to claim the NL East over Florida Marlins by 11 games.
So, overall, the New York Yankees and New York Mets are tied for first place with a combined record of 636-396 (.599) after this year's season has been played so far.
When it comes to baseball's most successful seasons,
The following is a list of the top season win-loss records in Major League Baseball. The club finished fourth in 1876 with a 39-31 record before capturing the pennant in 1877 and 1878 with records of 42-18 and 41-19. The St. Louis Maroons of the 1884 Union Association had the third-best record, finishing with a 94-19 record (.832)...
*As determined by Baseball-reference.com for years prior to 1999. The single-season MLB record for holds is 41, which Joel Peralta set in 2013 while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays and Tony Watson tied in 2015 while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The all-time mark was reached multiple times during the 1992 season when it was achieved 70 times.