In much the same way that sports magazine should probably stick to talking about sports, business magazines should probably consider sticking to talking about business.
Take Forbes Magazine, for example.
In the case of the ‘87 Twins, No. 1 on our list of the worst champions, the standard deviation for the American League that year was 0.064, meaning that a “typical” team’s record was within 64 percentage points of 0.500 (i.e. a winning percentage ranging from 0.436 to 0.564). The Twins’ 0.525 winning percentage fell within that standard range, translating to a score of less than one standard deviation above the 0.500 mean.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah. So the Twins squeaked into the post-season and rode what was the best home-field advantage in baseball to a couple of upsets and a World Series title. I don’t think anybody will deny that.
But this sort of reminds me of an old joke: What do you call the guy that finishes last in his class in medical school? You call him “doctor.”
And what do you call the “worst World Series champions of all time?” That’s right. . .you still call them “champions.”
Maybe Forbes should make a list of the greatest teams to not win the World Series. Then they could go around and ask players from both groups who’s happier with their accomplishments. Heck, I bet I could give you the answer right now.