Ms. Dysfunctional (MLB Edition)

In all sports, dysfunction usually will not lead to long-term success. Every sport has their teams.  In football we have the Browns, Dolphins, Raiders, and Bills.  Likewise, in baseball there are similar teams.  These teams are not necessarily losing/tanking teams, although it plays a major factor, but rather teams that over the course of the past decade have made moves that question the stability of a franchise.  In this post we will look at various contestants and with applying various conditions we will be left with the award for MLB’s most dysfunctional team. Without further ado here are your contestants!

Miami Marlins

New York Mets

Washington Nationals

Seattle Mariners

Baltimore Orioles

San Diego Padres

Cincinnati Reds

Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

LA Angels

Philadelphia Phillies

We will start out with these 11 contestants.  Now, based on certain criteria we will narrow down the list to find the winner of the Most Dysfunctional MLB Team Award!

Consistent Playoff Contenders:

Here we eliminate the Nationals and the Royals.  Both teams have aspects of dysfunction, however the Royals recent success in making an unbelievable run in 2014 and then returning the next season to win the World Series in 2015 can exclude them from this competition.  The Nationals simply have a first round block.  While the Nats are dysfunctional from the aspect of firing great managers, their recent success eliminates them from this competition.  The Mets, Twins, and Orioles all have made the playoffs in the past 3 seasons, however for the most part it was a one-year deal and two of those three didn’t make it past the Wild Card.

 

Miami Marlins

New York Mets

Washington Nationals

Seattle Mariners

Baltimore Orioles

San Diego Padres

Cincinnati Reds

Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

LA Angels

Philadelphia Phillies

 

Good Farm System/Development

In this category we can eliminate the Phillies, Padres, and Twins.  The Padres have the #1 ranked farm system while the Phillies are 8th, and the Twins are 6th according to Bleacher Report’s end of year rankings.  These teams, while they may have deep farm systems, need to convert on some of their big prospects.  The Twins have struggled with their top guys as Buxton offensive struggles continue and Sano spent a stint in the Minors this season.  Royce Lewis gives the club hope and Berrios is coming into his own as a front line starter.  The Phillies need JP Crawford and Micky Moniak to turn out.  Rhys Hoskins has been a success so far which helps their cause.  The Padres have had prospects in Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges, and Hunter Renfroe turn into everyday players but not necessarily stars.  The Padres will need Tatis Jr. and Makenzie Gore to become the stars they are supposed to be.

Miami Marlins

New York Mets

Washington Nationals

Seattle Mariners

Baltimore Orioles

San Diego Padres

Cincinnati Reds

Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

LA Angels

Philadelphia Phillies

Stable Face of the Franchise:

In this category the Angels and Reds can be eliminated.  As it is clear, Mike Trout is the best baseball player in the world and has been the face of this organization for the better part of the past 8 years.  This team has been dysfunctional in ways such as taking on large contracts that have not worked out such as Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, CJ Wilson, and Jared Weaver.  The Reds could have arguably been out of the contest in the previous category as they also have a top 10 farm system.  They definitely exit the competition here as Joey Votto has been a solid face of the Reds for the past decade and has aged incredibly well thanks to his approach at the plate.  With prospects such as Nick Senzel coming up the Reds are starting to turn things around.

Miami Marlins

New York Mets

Washington Nationals

Seattle Mariners

Baltimore Orioles

San Diego Padres

Cincinnati Reds

Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

LA Angels

Philadelphia Phillies

We are down to our final 4 in our contest.  While tensions build they can take comfort in knowing that all four are unbelievably dysfunctional organizations.

General Managers:

This is a tough category to eliminate any team.  The Mariners however, you are eliminated.  While Jerry Dipoto makes some questionable moves, he has made a lot of decent moves.  He has not completely torn down the team and have always been competitive (.500 win % or better) for the most part.  This is in part why their farm system is ranked dead last in the league.  Just for context, earlier in summer Dipoto tried trading for Padres OF Travis Jankowski and AJ Preller declined saying that they aren’t interested in anyone in the Mariners organization.  It’s a sad state of affairs when you can’t afford Travis Jankowski of whom the casual fan has never even heard of.  The trade he made for Segura and Haniger and giving up Tiajuan Walker was a great move.  While sometimes he makes too many moves, he has been involved in the international market and made moves to help the team win.  As for the other teams, Marlins were a couple starting pitchers away from a playoff last season and you decided to tear it down and start over even with the best outfield in baseball, Dan Duquette (when GM of the O’s) refused to get involved in the highly competitive international market, and the Mets just hired an agent as their new GM.  Yes, you read right.  They hired an agent and he is now tasked with the job of creating a championship baseball team. Moving on!

 

Here are the final 3:

Baltimore Orioles

Miami Marlins

New York Mets

While it is hard to decide between these three very dysfunctional teams, the winner of this Most Dysfunctional Organization Award goes to…  the New York Mets!

Congratulations New York! This team is incredibly dysfunctional and here is why:

First off, they hired agent Brodie Van Wagenen as the new GM.  Now this could turn out to be an intriguing move that works out.  Clearly Wagenen has great knowledge in contract talk, but it is yet to be seen how everything else works out.  The Mets have a bottom 10 farm system with a team last year that fielded half of the 2013 All-Star teams with the likes of Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Jose Bautista, Devin Mesoraco, and Jose Reyes.  Capping it off at the end of the season, the Mets nominated Jose Reyes for the “Man of the Year” Award. Did he visit sick children at hospitals? No. Did he donate money to an organization? No. Surly he was giving a helping hand in the community, right? Nope. What did he do to receive that recognition you ask? Well he mentored Ahmed Rosario and was a team player. Attaway Reyes. You did something that every Major League seasoned vet is supposed to do. The Mets should be embarrassed as there were many other players on the team who do great work in the community.  In addition the media is flocking over the publicity stunt that is Tim Tebow.  It doesn’t help the Mets that their cross town AL rivals have an incredible system and will be making the playoffs for the next decade or so.  Granted the Orioles and Marlins are very close to winning they will be co-runner ups for reasons mentioned in previous criteria.  Yet again congratulations Mets! Good luck out there.

 

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