Sugar Land paces full-season leagues with ALPB record 95 wins
Heading into the final week of the season, with the Sugar Land Skeeters comfortably in the playoffs and the York Revolution out of contention, York was still playing the role of spoiler…for the Wichita Wingnuts. The Skeeters entered the final six regular season games against the Revolution with a 93-41 record, which at the time was good for a .709 winning percentage, by far the best in the domestic professional leagues. However, the Revs had other plans, taking four of the six games in Texas, dropping Sugar Land to 95-45 on the season, which, as you’ll see below, gave the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association the winning percentage title by a single point.
It is worth noting though, that Sugar Land was far and away the best club in “full season” leagues, or leagues that have 140 or more scheduled games. In fact, the Atlantic League’s top two finishers top that category, with Somerset in second. With 95 wins, the Skeeters obliterated the Atlantic League record for wins in a season, which stood for less than a year after Lancaster’s 88 a season ago. That total is now actually third all-time, with Somerset’s 90 wins this season.
The full list of each team to play .600 ball or better is below after the jump.
Wichita Wingnuts, American Association: 68-32 (.680)
Sugar Land Skeeters, Atlantic: 95-45 (.679)
Somerset Patriots, Atlantic: 90-49 (.647)
State College Spikes, New York-Penn: 48-27 (.640)
Cedar Rapids Kernals, Midwest: 88-50 (.638)
Great Falls Voyagers, Pioneer: 48-28 (.632)
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, American Association: 62-38 (.620)
Fort Worth Cats, United: 49-30 (.620)
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Northwest: 47-29 (.618)
Schaumburg Boomers, Frontier: 59-37 (.615)
Binghamton Mets, Eastern: 86-65 (.610)
Durham Bulls, International: 87-57 (.604)
Potomac Nationals, Carolina: 84-55 (.604)
Pulaski Mariners, Appalachian: 41-27 (.603)
NOTES: I did not include the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League or Arizona League in the tabulations, because it’s more of an instructional league atmosphere. But it’s worth noting that the Washington Nationals entry in the GCL went 49-9 (.845) in the regular season, and won the championship. In Arizona, it was about the same situation, where the San Francisco Giants rookies went 41-14 (.745) in the regular season, and also won the title.
Since the Major League regular season isn’t yet complete, I didn’t include them on this list. But at the time of this post, only the Boston Red Sox hold a winning percentage over .600, 92-59 (.609).