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The Cubs have joined the 10,000 loss club

May 11, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

Chris Coghlan Chris Coghlan

With Sunday’s 5-2 victory, the Braves wrapped up a series sweep over the Cubs. The Cubs fell to 12-24, 10.5 games out of first place, dead last in the NL Central. But the embarrassment didn’t end there.

Sunday’s loss marked the 10,000th in club history for the Cubs, joining only the Phillies (10,480) and Braves (10,176) in the five-figure gang. The Cubs got there a bit sooner than they would have liked, having won games at a meager .417 clip since the start of the 2010 season.

The Pirates will become the next team to join the ignominious club with 55 more losses. And unless the Reds lose 142 games between Tuesday and the end of the 2015 season, the club won’t see a fifth member until 2016.

The list:

  • Phillies: 10,480 losses (.473 winning percentage)
  • Braves: 10,176 (.502)
  • Cubs: 10,000 (.511)
  • Pirates: 9,945 (.503)
  • Reds: 9,858 (.508)

  1. phillysports1 - May 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    When the phillies lost their 10th thousand game I was there. To the cardinals; we lost 10-3 I believe…. Adam Wainwright pitch that game and this was on July 15th a day before my birthday.

    • cohnjusack - May 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      …and they lost their first game 1-0 against the Providence Grays in 1883 again Old Hoss Radbourn. They went 17-81 that year.

      Damn, I love Baseball Reference.

  2. chaseutley - May 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Good luck catching us, dorks!

  3. musketmaniac - May 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    this only proves they played alot of games

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      It’s a bit like a pitcher losing 20 in a season. You have to be at least somewhat good to get that many chances.

      • cohnjusack - May 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Or be “lucky” enough to play for the 03 Tigers.

        There was nothing even remotely good about Mike Maroth that season.

  4. tfbuckfutter - May 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Let Epstein keep signing weak hitters at power positions and they’ll have the lead soon enough.

    Ryan Sweeney team MVP 2014-2020!!

    • 18thstreet - May 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Yes, what experience does Theo Epstein have building a championship team? Or two?

      • tfbuckfutter - May 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        And leaving a dumpster fire of a roster with terrible signings and misjudgements.

        If he hadn’t hit on Ortiz who, again, was signed as a backup to Jeremy Giambi, he was out of a job 8 years ago.

      • 18thstreet - May 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        If not for his best signings, he would have been a disaster.

        Good point!

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Bill says: And unless the Reds lose 142 games between Tuesday and the end of the 2015 season, the club won’t see a fifth member until 2016.
    Check my math, but with about 65 more losses this year, at their current pace, they would need just 77 losses in 2015. I think they can do it, and they will certainly have the support of a majority of MLB fans.

  6. gbart22 - May 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    It’s a dumb statistic as every single franchise will get there.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Not necessarily so, sir. In this centennial year of the first season of the ill-fated Federal League, we should know nothing lasts forever. Next year will mark the centennial of the final season of the Federal League, which was home to 6 future Hall of Famers, including Mordecai Brown of the St. Louis Terriers.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown would have been an excellent addition to the Springfield Power Plant’s softball team if not for the noticeable handicap of being dead.

    • proudlycanadian - May 11, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Alas, the Expos will not reach that mark.

      • jwbiii - May 11, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        These are franchise records. You don’t think the Braves have lost 10,000 games in Atlanta, do you? The 1969 expansion group teams have lost between 3,900 and 3,700 games each, so the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise has a long way to go.

      • bravojawja - May 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        I watched the Atlanta Braves in the late 80s; it sure felt like they lost 10,000 games every summer.

  7. gbart22 - May 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Especially in baseball when you consider every team will lose 60 games every year no matter how good or how bad

  8. emaney477 - May 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    All that basically proves is that the Cubs have been around a long time. The Marlins have far less loses, does mean they are a better franchise? No!!!!! It just means the Cubs are a historic team that has been around forever.

    • jwbiii - May 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      It’s basically a list of the 8 NL teams which survived into the 20th century, in rough order of their winning percentage. The other three: Cardinals (9,648 .519), Dodgers (9,442 .525), and Giants (9,202 .538).

      Actually, the Orioles (9,212 .475) are a bit ahead of the Giants and the Twins (9,126 .481) are not far behind. Then come the other six of the original eight AL teams.

      • billyboots - May 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Just for the record, do the Twins win-losses include the Washington teams? If they do, that’s fine with me, but the argument I always get as to why we don’t have any championship pennants from the 20s is that those stayed with the Senators in Washington, so why wouldn’t the losses stay as well?

      • jwbiii - May 13, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        Sure, the Twins have lost over 9,000 games since they moved to Minnesota in 1961. They have obviously lost 217 games per year. Or not. Your choice.

  9. carpi2 - May 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    What I see, is that my Phillies have the worst all-time winning percentage in the league.

  10. stephenacosta91 - May 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Meanwhile the Dodgers just got their 10,000 franchise win in the same season.

  11. savior72 - May 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    I really thought they passed this milestone years ago

  12. r8rbhawk - May 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Love it, I am quite surprised they are third on that list. Go White Sox

  13. proceednet - May 12, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    COME ON! Give the Rockies some time! It takes DECADES to suck this much!!

  14. sidelineshot - May 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    So … what is Theo Epstein’s plan?
    Turns out that Ben Cherington had the brains, not Theo.

  15. Calvin - May 13, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Nothing to be ashaimed of. I’ll always be proud to be a Cubs fan.

    10451-10000 (.511) All-Time
    16 WS Titles
    2 Pennants
    16 PlayoffApps

  16. Calvin - May 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    And in comparison:

    White Sox:
    8874-8690 (.505) All-Time
    6 WS Titles
    3 Pennants
    9 PlayoffApps

    I would say the Cubs are looking a little better. :-)

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