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The Cubs Are Power Ranked

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I don’t know why every ranking of Major League Baseball teams in the universe are called “power rankings” (because baseball involves power, I guess?), but they are. And the first two big ones have popped up for this season, ESPN and Yahoo. Phil Rogers put together a third, and decidedly lesser power ranking.

Yahoo’s top ten looks like this:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Philadelphia Phillies
  5. Chicago Cubs
  6. Los Angeles Angels
  7. New York Mets
  8. Cleveland Indians
  9. Los Angeles Dodgers
  10. Minnesota Twins

Having the Rays in the top spot seems like a nice nod to last season, but I’d have a hard time placing them ahead of the Red Sox. To me, the Yankees look like comparative shit – Andy Pettitte is old, AJ Burnett is the most overrated pitcher in baseball, ARod is out (and exposed, and sucks), everyone else is old. Yeah, they’re still good. But top three in baseball? I don’t see it.

The Cubs look about right to me, actually.

ESPN ranks the teams thusly:

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. Tampa Bay Rays
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Chicago Cubs
  5. Philadelphia Phillies
  6. New York Mets
  7. Los Angeles Angels
  8. Los Angeles Dodgers
  9. Cleveland Indians
  10. Minnesota Twins

The AL East trio again tops the list. I want to claim Northeast baseball bias, but outside of the Yankees, I can’t really argue with it. Clearly there is some concensus on these top ten teams (notice, they’re the exact same in each list.

Wonder what a list of the top ten payrolls would look like…

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.