If you haven’t heard by now, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series for the first time since 1908. Even if you’re not a baseball or sports fan, you still have to acknowledge how historical the win is for the Cubs and their fans. But how do the Cubs rank overall when compared to every team in every season of MLB history? Well, if you were wondering, wonder no more. Earlier in the year, FiveThirtyEight compiled the list using Elo ratings, a system measuring relative team strength and recently updated the list to include the 2016 Cubs.
Based on the ratings they collected, the 2016 Cubs actually came in at number 70 on the list, while the 1906 Cubs took the number two spot and the 1939 Yankees came in at number one.
At the beginning of the season, Chicago was on their way to be crowned the greatest team of all time, but lost their momentum mid-season and ended on a 50-23 run with an 110-win pace. Check out the fluctuation in their Elo rating below:
As you can see from this next chart, the 2016 Cubs are the third team from the 2010s to make it into the top 100, the last Cubs team to make it was back in the 1930s. Even though they haven’t made it into the top 25 yet, with a such a talented lineup, they’re well on their way to overtaking their current rank in 2017.
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