Major League Baseball is a sport followed by millions of fans. The top teams have the strongest winning records, followed by a list of impressive player and team stats that continue for multiple seasons. The worst teams set a record for the most losses and consecutive seasons of poor performance. What are the ten worst MLB franchises in operation today?
Ranking each team based on the deciding factors of win/loss ratios is part of the formula. The number of pennants and championships, as well as World Series matches and victories. Some teams have remained at the bottom of the list for decades. They appear as the worst teams in the history of the sport. We’ve listed them with No. 10 being the least of the most disappointing teams and No. 1 being the absolute worst team in the league.
10. Philadelphia Phillies
- Seasons played: 122
- Winning games: 2 world championships, 7 pennants and 14 playoff appearances.
The Philadelphia Phillies aren’t the worst team in MLB, but their stats aren’t impressive compared to 29 other franchises. The Phillies have been around for 122 seasons. You would think that a team that has been around for so long would have a few more victories in its history. Bleacher Report confirms that the last World Series victory was in 2008, after its previous victory in 1980.
In the last season, they once again occupy the place of the lowest ranked team in their division. When we go back further in the history of the team, it held the record for the number of defeats with a 1942 season of 109 to 42 victories. The 1940s was when they belonged to the National League even before the league created divisions. The Phillies won three straight games that year, while the 13-game losing streak erased their record. We can confidently say they are the tenth worst team in MLB. A .278 winning percentage is horrible, but the fans still come out to support them.
9. Anaheim Angels in Los Angeles
- Seasons played: 51
- Winning games: 1 world championship, 1 pennant and 9 playoffs
While the Angels of Anaheim aren’t the worst team in Major League Baseball, they’re not far off. In 51 seasons of play, the team won a pennant and a world championship and reached the playoffs for 9 appearances. The team had a glimmer of hope when they won the World Series title in 2002. It would be the team’s only championship victory so far. They had a good run in the 1980s, from winning the championship until 2009.
They’ve fallen into old habits, and Inside Hook reports that 2014 was another decent year for them in the playoffs, but they finished 29 out of 30 in 2021. We can confirm they’ve improved by moving up 8 spots . Instead of being the second-to-last team, eight others edged them out as the worst teams in MLB. The players are skilled, but their teamwork is lacking. They can’t cope with the many injuries of the players.
8. Tampa Bay Rays
- Seasons played: 14
- Winning games: 1 pennant and 3 playoff appearances
The Tampa Bay Rays are still in their infancy compared to some of MLB’s other older franchises, but is that an excuse to win a pennant and only make three playoff appearances? In 14 seasons of professional play, the Tampa Bay Rays have a lackluster winning record with 4 positive season events versus 10 miserable seasons. We can give them a pass to be the youngest team in the league, because they’re not the worst team.
Perhaps their young talent will be rewarded with a few more seasons of practice? We’ll have to wait and see what happens in their future endeavors. Although they had a great season with 97 wins in 2008, they struggled to move up the list of top teams. We hope the Rays can put it together and begin the journey to a better stat data set. It will take more than a few good seasons, but with David Price and Evan Longoria, the odds for improvement seem to be in their favor.
7. Colorado Rockies
- Seasons played: 19
- Winning games: 1 pennant and 3 playoff appearances
The Colorado Rockies are also a young team, but they have been MLB players for five years longer than the Tampa Bay Rays. Although they’ve had more time to pull themselves together as a cohesive team, the Rockies have fared less well than the Rays. We can’t ignore the pennant they earned and their accomplishments in 3 playoff appearances. They haven’t been able to stay on top of their game yet to pull off a long winning streak. They seem to be on a roller coaster with a few impressive wins followed by a host of losses and lackluster performances. They have the potential to change their position over the next few seasons, but for now they remain in the middle of MLB’s ten worst teams in 2022. If you think their stats are disappointing, just wait until you see the horrible l history of the following six worst MLB teams.
6. San Diego Padres
- Seasons played: 43
- Winning games: 2 pennants, 5 playoff appearances
ESPN suggests the Padres are MLB’s worst team for 2022, but we agree with Bleacher Report’s assessment that bumps it up five notches. They explain their position by confirming that the team suffered from the suspension of Fernando Tatis Jr as a shortstop for clostebol abuse. The drug is an illegal performance enhancer and MLB has banned its use in Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, he broke the rules as a penalty is an 80 game suspension which has taken its toll on the team. It’s an outrage, but Taitis claims he accidentally ingested the drug, using it as a treatment for ringworm. It all sounds innocent, but MLB offers no wiggle room, even if it was an accident.
The rules are the law. He apologized for the error. While this is a blow to the team, it doesn’t fully account for the lack of wins on their record. The franchise has played 43 seasons with just 5 playoff appearances and 2 pennants. The unfortunate situation took him out of 48 games in 2022, and the remaining suspensions will keep him for 32 games at the start of 2023. The unfortunate event isn’t going to help them move up the roster and out of the top ten. worst teams in MLB so soon. They still haven’t bounced back from the losing streak that put them in last place from 1969 to 1983. They showed the world they could qualify for the World Series in 1984. They didn’t win but were winners until losing in five games. . They are far from throwing in the towel. The team plans to rebuild and make necessary improvements to their game strategies regardless of the obstacles.
- Seasons played: 51
- Winning games: 2 pennants and 5 appearances in three playoff series
The Texas Rangers have the same record for pennants and playoff appearances as the Padres. We can’t call it a tie because they’ve been an MLB franchise for eight years longer than the Pads. This takes them down a notch and further from removing their team from the list of the 10 worst teams in MLB. They’d be even lower down the list if they hadn’t won back-to-back American League titles. Their Premier League title dates back to 1996. Fans are hoping Rangers will come out of the hole they dug and rediscover the magic they once enjoyed.
4. Milwaukee Brewers
- Seasons played: 43
- Winning games: 1 pennant and 4 appearances in playoff matches
The Milwaukee Brewers have been around for 43 seasons. They only earned one pennant and 4 playoff appearances. They reached the 1982 World Series, which showed the team was at their best, but they fell back into a losing streak, with poor performances and below average play until they did. their first comeback in the playoffs in 2008.
The awesome events were too far off to take them off the cursed list of worst franchises. The Brewers have had their share of top notch players including Hank Aaron, Paul Molitor, Rollie Fingers and Robin Yount. It’s just not in the cards for the Brewers to maintain consistency in the game. The one constant in their four-plus-decade existence is that they’ve been on the worst team list most often.
3. Houston Astros
- Seasons played: 50
- Winning games: 1 pennant and 9 playoff appearances
You’d think the 9 playoff appearances would move the Astros higher on the list. The team played in the 2005 World Series and even won a pennant. The problem is that the Astros have had a few good years but a history with too many low league seasons. They played at their best between 1997 and 2005, but the rest of the 50 seasons are lackluster.
2. Seattle Mariners
- Seasons played: 35
- Winning Games: 4 playoff appearances, no other wins
The second worst team in MLB is unquestionably the Seattle Mariners. The team is expected to emerge from its infancy with 35 seasons under its belt, but that hasn’t gone well for most of its three and a half decades. The Mariners enjoyed several seasons with Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Ken Grifffey, Jr, Ichiro and Alex Rodriguez. With all that talent, they haven’t made it past 4 playoff appearances once. Their best season came in 2021, when they scored 115 wins on the scoreboard.
They did well during the 1995-2000 era, encouraging fans to believe that the team would break out of their rut and break out of the villain roster. Please don’t count out the Mariners, as they have worked hard to make improvements in order to experience another string of successes and victories. It will take them a while to make up for all the negatives, but if they work hard they can gradually pull the averages out of the hole and start to rank higher on the list of best teams instead of the worst.
1. Washington Nationals
- Number of seasons played: 43
- Winning games: 1 playoff appearance
The Washington Nationals are officially the worst franchise in MLB. Federal Baseball called it out in April 2022 and pointed out the huge shortcomings with a record one playoff appearance and no other notable games in its 43-year run. They managed to get winning records for “seventeen seasons”, but the team’s history is disappointing for the fans. Compared to every other Major League Baseball team, they’re bottom of the list with the most losses and the fewest wins.
They haven’t figured out how to turn around and transform from the bottom to begin the slow and painful climb to the top. The media confirmed in August 2022 that they were negotiating a few key players. Sports analysts think it will be a mistake, but when you’re already down there’s nowhere to go but up. The alternative is to stay in last place. So far, the Nationals franchise shows no signs of improving soon. Only time will tell if he will remain the leader of the worst teams list or if he will pull himself together and let someone else enjoy the honors.