Lasting Memories – The Last Time Each Team Finished Last

When my kids were little we used to sing to them a song called “Upsy Down Town,” where “the sky is in the sea and the fish are in the air where the birds should be.”

Today, it’s where the Blue Jays, Indians, Rangers, Cardinals, and Giants are in last place instead of on top where the pennants fly.

Fortunately for you (and not so much for me) this piqued my interest enough to find out when each team last finished the season in the basement.

  • Only five teams have not finished last in the 2000s.
  • Greater Los Angeles has not had a last place team this century.
  • The Cardinals and the Yankees have gone the longest without finishing last.

The Last Time Each Team Finished Last

(Alphabetically)

Arizona Diamondbacks – 5th of five in 2014

Atlanta Braves – 5th of five in 2016

Baltimore Orioles – 5th of five in 2011

Boston Red Sox – 5th of five in 2015

Chicago Cubs – 5th of five in 2014

Chicago White Sox – 5th of five in 2013

Cincinnati Reds – 5th of five in 2016

Cleveland Indians – 7th of seven in 1991

Colorado Rockies – 5th of five in 2015

Detroit Tigers – 5th of five in 2015

Houston Astros – 5th of five in 2013

Kansas City Royals – 5th of five in 2010

Los Angeles Angels – 4th of four in 1999

Los Angeles Dodgers – 6th of six in 1992

Miami Marlins – 5th of five in 2013

Milwaukee Brewers – 6th of six in 2004

Minnesota Twins – 5th of five in 2016

New York Mets – 5th of five in 2003

New York Yankees – 7th of seven in 1990

Oakland Athletics – 5th of five in 2016

Philadelphia Phillies – 5th of five in 2015

Pittsburgh Pirates – 6th of six in 2010

San Diego Padres – 5th of five in 2016

San Francisco Giants – 5th of five in 2007

Seattle Mariners – 4th of four in 2012

St. Louis Cardinals – 6th of six in 1990

Tampa Bay Rays – 5th of five in 2016

Texas Rangers – 5th of five in 2014

Toronto Blue Jays – 5th of five in 2013

Washington Nationals – 5th of five in 2010

The Last Time Each Team Finished Last

(Chronologically)

New York Yankees – 7th of seven in 1990

St. Louis Cardinals – 6th of six in 1990

Cleveland Indians – 7th of seven in 1991

Los Angeles Dodgers – 6th of six in 1992

Los Angeles Angels – 4th of four in 1999

New York Mets – 5th of five in 2003

Milwaukee Brewers – 6th of six in 2004

San Francisco Giants – 5th of five in 2007

Kansas City Royals – 5th of five in 2010

Pittsburgh Pirates – 6th of six in 2010

Washington Nationals – 5th of five in 2010

Baltimore Orioles – 5th of five in 2011

Seattle Mariners – 4th of four in 2012

Chicago White Sox – 5th of five in 2013

Houston Astros – 5th of five in 2013

Miami Marlins – 5th of five in 2013

Toronto Blue Jays – 5th of five in 2013

Arizona Diamondbacks – 5th of five in 2014

Chicago Cubs – 5th of five in 2014

Texas Rangers – 5th of five in 2014

Boston Red Sox – 5th of five in 2015

Colorado Rockies – 5th of five in 2015

Detroit Tigers – 5th of five in 2015

Philadelphia Phillies – 5th of five in 2015

Atlanta Braves – 5th of five in 2016

Cincinnati Reds – 5th of five in 2016

Minnesota Twins – 5th of five in 2016

Oakland Athletics – 5th of five in 2016

San Diego Padres – 5th of five in 2016

Tampa Bay Rays – 5th of five in 2016