The Truth: Yankees and the 80s

The frequent Yankee fan complaint about the drought of the 1980s is about as regular as the tides.  I recently heard that the Yankees actually fared quite well in the 80s, even though they didn’t win a World Series.  By the way, the 1980s are the only decade since the 1910s that the Bronx Bombers didn’t win the Fall Classic.  As the table below shows, the Yanks were clearly still winners.  They compiled a record of 854 wins and 708 losses resulting in a 0.547 win percentage for the 1980s.  They had just two losing seasons, 1982 and 1989.  The Yanks worst finish in the AL East for the period was 5th place, which occurred just three times in the 80s.  The Yankees average finish was 3.4 place in the decade, signaling more winner than loser.  Oh yeah, they won the AL pennant in 1980 and 1981 and lost in the 1981 World Series.  Hmm, not too bad for a “bad” decade.  Soooo, what’s the complaint again?!?

Year Tm Lg G W L W-L% Finish Playoffs
1989 New York Yankees AL East 161 74 87 .460 5th of 7
1988 New York Yankees AL East 161 85 76 .528 5th of 7
1987 New York Yankees AL East 162 89 73 .549 4th of 7
1986 New York Yankees AL East 162 90 72 .556 2nd of 7
1985 New York Yankees AL East 161 97 64 .602 2nd of 7
1984 New York Yankees AL East 162 87 75 .537 3rd of 7
1983 New York Yankees AL East 162 91 71 .562 3rd of 7
1982 New York Yankees AL East 162 79 83 .488 5th of 7
1981 New York Yankees AL East 107 59 48 .551 4th of 7 Lost WS (4-2)
1980 New York Yankees AL East 162 103 59 .636 1st of 7 Lost ALCS (3-0)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/20/2011.
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