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Tony's Top 5: Most hopeless franchises in baseball

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  June 9, 2009 04:10 PM

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Tony's Top 5

Most hopeless franchises in baseball

5
Houston Astros. Since losing the 2005 World Series to the White Sox, they were 266-274 through June 7. The embodiment of mediocrity.
4
Colorado Rockies. In retrospect, that `07 Series run was an enormous fluke. With all due respect, how has Dan O'Dowd survived?
3
San Diego Padres. You know it's bad when a team is 26-30 after 56 games and everyone thinks, "Hey, that's not bad."
2
Pittsburgh Pirates. GM Neal Huntington had to rationalize the Nate McLouth deal in an e-mail to season-ticket holders and got ripped by Adam LaRoche. Yikes.
1
Washington Nationals. After the draft is completed, feel free to swap the Nationals with the Pirates if you are so inclined. Stephen Strasburg could be that good.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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