As the Giants and A’s wrap up their respective wastes of a season, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on one of the most painful baseball summers in recent history.
But let’s take a moment to consider just how lucky the Bay Area has been in terms of putting out competitive baseball teams over the last two decades.
The last time both Bay Area teams lost 85 games was that magical 1985 season. The Giants are pretty much a shoe-in for 85 losses this year, but Oakland’s late-season “surge” has made it necessary for them to lose 10 of their last 14 games to reach the 85-loss mark.
Why do we mention this? Take a look at the other two-team markets in the Major League and the last time(s) both teams lost at least 85 games.
- New York: Mets and Yankees lost 85+ games in 1992, 1991.
- Los Angeles: Dodgers and Angels lost 85+ games in 1999, 1992, 1987
- Chicago: Cubs and White Sox lost 85+ games in 1999, 1988, 1987, 1986
Not only does the Bay Area have the longest streak going (by far), but since that 1985 disaster–which simultaneously spawned two dynasties (one led by a certain Will Clark, the other by the Bash Brothers)–the three other markets have a combined nine 170+ loss seasons.