Best Teams Ever
1871-2020 (Regular Season)
Batting and Pitching.
|1||1875||Boston Red Stockings||NA||71||8||1.87||95.303||196.454||0.321||291.757|
|3||1927||New York Yankees||AL||110||44||3.20||91.461||171.098||0.307||262.559|
|4||1888||St. Louis Browns||AA||92||43||2.09||166.887||89.219||0.250||256.105|
|5||1937||New York Yankees||AL||102||52||3.65||97.265||150.175||0.283||247.440|
|6||1879||Boston Red Caps||NL||54||30||2.19||126.397||120.463||0.274||247.430|
|7||2019||Los Angeles Dodgers||NL||106||56||3.37||124.151||117.840||0.257||241.990|
|20||1874||Boston Red Stockings||NA||52||18||1.93||90.604||139.659||0.312||230.263|
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What is PEVA?
PEVA is the acronym for Stat Geek Baseball's New Player Rating value. This grade is given to each player and pitcher each season, rating their performance on a peer to peer review. Six components for pitchers and batters are melded together into the PEVA Rating, which ranges each year from 0.200 to 64.000. For more information on PEVA and the other new Stat Geek Baseball Stats, see our Definitions page. PEVA ratings are available for every pitcher and hitter in baseball history.
64.000 - Maximum
32.000 - Cy Young/MVP Candidate
20.000 - All League
15.000 - All-Star Level
10.000 - Very Good
3.500 - Average
0.200 - Minimum
Notes: Photo/Image Credits: Baseball painting, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Ty Cobb, and Christy Mathewson. Library of Congress.
Note: PITCHING APEVA = Total team pitching PEVA adjusted for decade. BATTING PEVA = Unadjusted batting PEVA total for team. TOTAL PEVA = Total of Adjusted Pitching PEVA and Batting PEVA. Leagues: NA - National Association. AL - American League. NL - National League. RBI/AB = RBI per AB. Regular PEVA = Total PEVA for all pitchers during the year per team. AdjF = Adjustment Factor per decade. Adj. PEVA = Comparative Total for pitching staffs, REG. PEVA x ADJ. FACTOR.
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Who were the best teams in history? That is not an easy calculation. Wins and losses only get you so far, although that is important, but it does not take into account the quality of the competition or league that year. Counting stats are unreliable when the game has changed so much over the various eras. One thing to note right off the bat. We've segmented this into batting and pitching first off, which helps us understand just why the team was so great. And we'll note up front that it is much easier to compare a great Batting Team over the history of the game than a Pitching Team.
Why? Well, we have a theory, and it starts with the fact that nine players have batted throughout the game from 1871 to the present day, even if now one half, and more in 2020, of baseball has the designated hitter. And that has been consistent. With pitching, staffs have changed so much since the early days, and even over the last generation, that a team may have had only five pitchers prior to 1900, ten one generation ago, and twelve to fourteen now, even higher in 2020. And that seems to push the current teams on the pitching side of the Best Ever equation higher on the list than we wonder if accurate, and that's even after we adjust for era. It's probably better to think of Best Pitching by those eras, and that can extend to the Best Ever Total, too. Then there's those recent problems with very good teams that banged trash cans and stole signs, then won a World Series. Adjust as you must.