The Last 1,000 Run Team

1) #7 Lofton CF

2) #13 Vizquel SS

3) #12 Alomar 2B

4) #24 Ramirez RF

5) #25 Thome 1B

6) #44 Sexson DH

7) #23 Justice LF

8) #17 Fryman 3B

9) #15 Alomar C

The Cleveland Indians put out over 120 different lineups during the 1999 Major League Baseball season, but this is what their strongest lineup looked like.

The 1999 Cleveland Indians, who scored a total of 1,009 runs, are the only team to score at least 1,000 runs in a single season since the Boston Red Sox scored 1,027 runs in 1950. In fact, from 1950 through 1993 only one team scored at least 900 runs in a season. That team was the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers; and it was quite possibly the strongest team Brooklyn fielded during their dynasty in the 40’s and 50’s. During this span, the Detroit Tigers came close to the 900 run mark twice. In 1987, they scored 896 runs en route to the American League East title and then scored an even better 899 runs during the 1993 season. The Cleveland Indians led Major League Baseball in runs scored during both the 1994 and 1995 strike-shortened seasons, and were on pace to score at least 900 runs in each season if a full 162-game schedule had been played out. Then amazingly, but not surprisingly, in 1996, six teams scored over 900 runs. The Seattle Mariners led the league with 993 runs scored followed by the Rockies, Indians, Orioles, Red Sox and Rangers. The White Sox scored 898 runs, the Brewers scored 894 and, in total, 11 teams scored over 850 runs that year. In both 1997 and 1998, two teams scored over 900 runs. During Cleveland’s amazing year in 1999, four other teams scored at least 900 runs, and the 2000 Major League Baseball season saw seven teams score over 900. The 2001 and 2003 seasons each had two teams score at least 900 runs, but no team reached the 900 run mark in 2002. Then, the next six seasons (2004-2009), each saw just one team score at least 900 runs. From 2010 through 2013, no team scored 900 runs in a season, and only nine total teams scored even 800 runs. There is a good chance that, for the first time since 1992 when the Detroit Tigers led all of Major League Baseball with 791 runs scored, the 2014 Major League Baseball season will finish without a team scoring a total of 800 runs. The Los Angeles Angels currently lead all of Major League Baseball with 688 runs scored in 143 games. This averages out to 4.8 runs scored per game, and they have 19 games left to play. Based on the averages, the Angels are on pace to score a little over 91 runs during the remaining 19 games. This would give them about 780 runs scored for the entire season. At this rate, even if the Angels lineup continues to go off, they more than likely will not reach the 800 run mark.


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