90 wins is a big number for a team.
In a 162 season, teams that win 90 have a legit shot at the post season.
90 wins is a mark of excellence.
And by that rationale, 10 of the 30 big league teams could be excellent by the time the year is up.
Right now the Rays, Yankees, Twins and Phillies have all reached 90.
If the Giants and Braves win 2 more they will get to 90.
If the Red Sox, Rangers, Reds and Padres each win three more, they'll be there as well.
The odds are that all 10 will get to the 90 mark.
Has that ever happened before? TEN 90 win teams in one year?
As I type this, I don't know the answer. Let's turn to Baseball-Reference.com, the greatest website in the world, for answers.
It turns out that a recent year topped 10.
In 2002 there were eleven. The Braves, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, A's, Angels and Mariners all topped 90.
Ten 90 win teams also happened in 2004... The Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, Angels, A's, Braves, Cardinals, Astros and Giants all won 90.
I didn't realize it had happened twice in the last 10 years.
And I am guessing you didn't either.
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