David Schoenfield over at ESPN examines if the Oakland A’s are for real and can repeat what they did this past season again in 2013. What I found interesting is the approach he took into examining this. Schoenfield writes,
“I went back through the wild-card era and initially looked for all teams that improved by at least 15 wins and finished above .500, and then further cut that list to teams that did so after suffering at least three straight non-winning seasons. I “losing seasons” since the A’s were 81-81 in 2010.
This provided the list below of 14 teams. One thing I was curious to see is if the A’s registered as a young team and to see if there is any correlation with age and future success. The teams are sorted from youngest to oldest, based on the average weighted age of the position players and pitching staff, from Baseball-Reference.com.”
Click here to read the results of his examination.