Challenging the wins record

These teams have a puncher's chance to pass the 2001 Mariners' record

Updated: January 25, 2013, 6:27 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | Baseball Think Factory

The 1998 New York Yankees won 114 games, becoming the first team to pass the 110-win mark since the 1954 Indians. Three years later, the Seattle Mariners performed the same feat, winning 116 games and tying the 1906 Cubs for the most wins in a season, albeit with 10 more games on the schedule.

Rather than signaling a new era of dominant superteams, the well has been dry, with only a single team (the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals) hitting 105.

Even the century mark, usually the hallmark of a dominating season, has been eclipsed by only three teams in the past five years. Today, Buster Olney ranks the top 10 teams of all time. With that in mind, I figured this was as good a time as any to look at which 2013 squads, if any, have a chance of joining those ranks. And there are a few.