Long road back

Since the American League adopted a 162-game schedule in 1961 (the same season the Twins debuted in Minnesota), AL teams have suffered 100 or more losses 40 times. Only six of those teams bounced back to post a winning record the following season, and none qualified for the postseason; 11 times, they lost 100 again the next year. The average bounce-back season finished with a 70-92 record, and none was better than the Orioles’ 87-75 finish in 1989.

Franchise 100 losses Next year Next time in playoffs

Boston 1965: 62-100 72-90 1967: Won AL title in 1967

Baltimore 1988: 54-107 87-75 1996: Reached ALCS

Cleveland 1971: 60-102 72-84

Cleveland 1985: 60-102 84-78

Cleveland 1987: 61-101 78-84

Cleveland 1991: 57-105 76-86 1995: Won AL title

Chicago 1970: 56-106 79-83 1983: Reached ALCS

Detroit 1975: 57-102 74-87 1984: Won World Series

Detroit 1989: 59-103 79-83

Detroit 1996: 53-109 79-83

Detroit 2002: 55-106 43-119

Detroit 2003: 43-119 72-90 2006: Won AL title

Houston+ 2013: 51-111 70-92 2015: Reached AL Division Series

Kansas City 2002: 62-100 83-79

Kansas City 2004: 58-104 56-106

Kansas City 2005: 56-106 62-100

Kansas City 2006: 62-100 69-93 2014: Won AL title

Twins 1982: 60-102 70-92 1987: Won World Series

Twins 2016: 57-103 ??-??

Oakland* 1961: 61-100 72-90

Oakland* 1964: 57-105 59-103

Franchise 100 losses Next year Next time in playoffs

Oakland* 1965: 59-103 74-86 1971: Reached ALCS

Oakland 1979: 54-108 83-79 1981: Reached ALCS

Seattle 1978: 56-104 67-95

Seattle 1980: 59-103 44-65 (x)

Seattle 1983: 60-102 74-88 1995: Reached ALCS

Seattle 2008: 61-101 85-77

Seattle 2010: 61-101 67-95

Tampa Bay 2001: 62-100 55-106

Tampa Bay 2002: 55-106 63-99

Tampa Bay 2006: 61-101 66-96 2008: Won AL title

Texas** 1961: 61-100 60-101-1

Texas** 1962: 60-101-1 56-106

Texas** 1963: 56-106 62-100

Texas** 1964: 62-100 70-92

Texas 1972: 54-100 57-105

Texas 1973: 57-105 84-76 1996: Reached AL Division Series

Toronto 1977: 54-107 59-102

Toronto 1978: 59-102 53-109

Toronto 1979: 53-109 67-95 1985: Reached ALCS

* As Kansas City Athletics ** As expansion Washington Senators