Neil Paine, over at B-R Blog & Stat of the Day, takes a look at “Maximum Likelihood Teams of the 2000s.” Doing some heavy math, Neil makes a case for the Yankees being ‘the team of the last decade.’ Good stuff. Check it out. As Neil states:
Shifting our attention back to the other end of the spectrum, the battle for #1 overall wasn’t especially close going into 2009, and the Yankees blew it wide open by winning their 2nd title of the decade. They finished the 2000s as the only team with more than 1,000 combined regular-season and playoff wins, an MLB-best 8 division titles, and an MLB-best 4 pennants as well. Many would argue that I forgot to include an additional column for their record-shattering payroll, their advantage in which mirrors their lead in the ratings… But whatever the reason for their success, you have to acknowledge that — by the numbers, at least — the Yankees were the decade’s most accomplished team (and this is coming from a very committed Red Sox fan).