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Last season the San Francisco Giants were celebrating their second World Series championship in three years. This year… well, they are sitting in last place in the National League West, 17 games out of first place, and 13 games under .500.
The Giants’ drop from World Series champs to cellar-dwellers is fast approaching historic significance. The Giants would become the sixth World Series champs in history to go from World Series title-holder to finishing 10 or more games under .500 the following season.
Fortunately for the Giants, the Florida Marlins of 1998 will likely hold this dubious distinction of going from World Series champs to a total collapse for a long time. The Marlins won the 1997 World Series and then in 1998 finished 54 games under .500.