Following the 2012 Election, we here at YES thought it would be fun to see who the most successful Major League Baseball teams were during certain Presidential tenures.
While our results were mostly in line with gut reaction, we were pleasantly surprised to remember that in our surveyed period, several key changes in baseball — including the implementation of a 162-game schedule (1961), the split into divisional play (1969), the debut of the designated hitter (1973), and three expansions (1969, 1977, and 1993) all happened in years following Presidential elections.
And so, now that both the 2012 MLB season and elections have passed, we present our list of which “local nines” did best under the last nine elected Commanders-in-Chief…and as a note, we combined the Nixon/Ford era into one span because Ford replaced Nixon mid-season in 1974 and simply finished his term, never serving an elected term of his own.
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