The 2010 Orioles have broken the franchise record for consecutive last-place finishes, with three. The previous record was two consecutive seasons, posted by the 1910 and 1911 St. Louis Browns.
Despite their reputation as “St. Louis, First in Shoes, First in Booze, and last in the American League”, the Browns in their 52-year history avoided finishing in the cellar two years in a row, except for that one instance in their first decade.
It is to be noted:
1. the Orioles play in a five-team division whereas the Browns played in an eight-team league.
2. There is an expansion team in the division, however, the Tampa Bay Rays.
3. If it were not for the Devil Rays, the Orioles would have finished in last place 12 out of the last 13 seasons.
In order to avoid a fourth-straight last place finish in 2011, the Orioles will have to make up at least 19 games between them and their 4th-place rival.
But there is great hope for the Orioles to do exactly that, under new manager Buck Showalter. Go O’s!