WHAT IF THEY NEVER CHANGED THE PLAYOFF SYSTEM IN 1969?

What if the teams with the best records in their leagues faced each other in the World Series every year? What if the playoffs were never used starting with the 1969 season. I used this to simulate World Series results. I edited lineups to the ones that were actually used, alternated the home team and Starting Pitchers. I realize that schedules would’ve been different and teams would’ve traded differently, so it’s possible that different teams could’ve had the best records in their leagues, so this is just one possibility. You can see the real life results here. I’m not including the 1981 World Series due to the system being hard to use to determine pennant winners based on records. In the case for ties for best record, I went with the team that went further in real life. In the case of two teams with best records meeting in real life too, I assumed that the result would’ve been the same.

HYPOTHETICAL WORLD SERIES RESULTS

1972: PITTSBURGH PIRATES 4 OAKLAND ATHLETICS 2

1973: BALTIMORE ORIOLES 4 CINCINNATI REDS 1

1974: BALTIMORE ORIOLES 4 LOS ANGELES DODGERS 2

1975: CINCINNATI REDS 4 OAKLAND ATHLETICS 1

1977: PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 KANSAS CITY ROYALS 2

1980: NEW YORK YANKEES 4 HOUSTON ASTROS 1

1983: LOS ANGELES DODGERS 4 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3

1984: DETROIT TIGERS 4 CHICAGO CUBS 2

1985: TORONTO BLUE JAYS 4 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 2

1987: DETROIT TIGERS 4 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 3

1988: NEW YORK METS 4 OAKLAND ATHLETICS 2

1989: OAKLAND ATHLETICS 4 CHICAGO CUBS 2

1990: PITTSBURGH PIRATES 4 OAKLAND ATHLETICS 1

1991: PITTSBURGH PIRATES 4 MINNESOTA TWINS 1

1993: ATLANTA BRAVES 4 TORONTO BLUE JAYS 3

1996: ATLANTA BRAVES 4 CLEVELAND INDIANS 2

1997: ATLANTA BRAVES 4 BALTIMORE ORIOLES 0

1998: NEW YORK YANKEES 4 ATLANTA BRAVES 0

2000: CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 2

2001: SEATTLE MARINERS 4 HOUSTON ASTROS 2

2002: NEW YORK YANKEES 4 ATLANTA BRAVES 0

2003: NEW YORK YANKEES 4 ATLANTA BRAVES 1

2004: NEW YORK YANKEES 4 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 0

2005: CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 2

2006: NEW YORK YANKEES 4 NEW YORK METS 2

2007: BOSTON RED SOX 4 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 0

2008: LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM 4 CHICAGO CUBS 2

2009: NEW YORK YANKEES 4 LOS ANGELES DODGERS 1

2010: PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 TAMPA BAY RAYS 1

2011: PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 NEW YORK YANKEES 1

2012: NEW YORK YANKEES 4 WASHINGTON NATIONALS 2

2014: WASHINGTON NATIONALS 4 LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM 1

2015: KANSAS CITY ROYALS 4 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 3

2016: CHICAGO CUBS 4 TEXAS RANGERS 0

2017: LOS ANGELES DODGERS 4 CLEVELAND INDIANS 1

2018: BOSTON RED SOX 4 MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1

2019: HOUSTON ASTROS 4 LOS ANGELES DODGERS 2

Let’s put it all together…

NEW YORK YANKEES

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 11

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 7

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 13

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 10

BOSTON RED SOX

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 6

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 4

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3

ATLANTA BRAVES

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 5

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 9

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 5

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 3

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3

MIAMI MARLINS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 5

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 7

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3

SEATTLE MARINERS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 0

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 6

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 5

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 5

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 7

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 7

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3

LOS ANGELES ANGELS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

SAN DIEGO PADRES

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

COLORADO ROCKIES

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 4

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 7

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 7

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

TEXAS RANGERS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

HOUSTON ASTROS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 3

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 3

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

MINNESOTA TWINS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

DETROIT TIGERS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 3

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

CHICAGO CUBS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 4

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 3

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

CINCINNATI REDS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 5

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 4

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

CLEVELAND INDIANS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 3

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 3

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

TAMPA BAY RAYS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 1

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 5

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1

NEW YORK METS

1969-2019 REAL LIFE PENNANTS: 5

1969-2019 REAL LIFE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL PENNANTS: 4

1969-2019 HYPOTHETICAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s