(Final rankings through end of regular season. Last week in parenthesis)
1. Chicago Cubs. A 103-win season was their best since 1910. Will it translate to October? (1).
2. Texas Rangers. A big year for Hamels (15-5, 3.32), a big flameout in opener vs. Jays. (2)
3. Washington Nationals. Still seeking first playoff series win in five-year run of excellence. (3)
4. Cleveland Indians. Fans finally show up in playoffs after pathetic 28th-place showing in regular season. (4)
5. Boston Red Sox. In Big Papi, Betts and Ramirez, had trio of 30 HR/100 RBI guys for first time in franchise history. (5)
6. Los Angeles Dodgers. Viva Vin for fabulous finale in Frisco. (6)
7. Toronto Blue Jays. Came up clutch with two wins at Fenway on final weekend. (8)
8. Baltimore Orioles. All 89 wins wiped out by Buck's Britton Braincramp. (7)
9. New York Mets. Winter to-do list: Get pitchers and Wright healthy, re-sign Cespedes. (10)
10. San Francisco Giants. It's an even year. MadBum is dealing. Look out. (12)
11. Detroit Tigers. Came up small by stumbling against Braves on final weekend. (9)
12. Seattle Mariners. Did not figure them for 86 wins. A solid bounceback season. (11)
13. St. Louis Cardinals. Went 38-43 at home and missed wild-card by one game. You do the math. (13).
14. New York Yankees. Missed playoffs but really have to love thoughts of the future. (15)
15. Houston Astros. Learned the hard way that games in April count the same as games in September. (14).
16. Miami Marlins. Offseason brings harsh baseball reality of Fernandez tragedy: They no longer have an ace. (16)
17. Kansas City Royals. Defending champs plummeted to 81-81 and now there's talk of slashing payroll. (17)
18. Pittsburgh Pirates. A 2-8 finish left them below .500 for first time since 2012. (18)
19. Chicago White Sox. Renteria gets second chance at managing in Windy City. (19)
20. Colorado Rockies. Never understood Weiss hiring. Former player or not, who goes from high school managing to big leagues? (20)
21. Los Angeles Angels. Amazingly, still not ready to cut bait with Scioscia. (21)
22. Milwaukee Brewers. Irrelevance: One playoff series win in last 34 seasons. (23)
23. Philadelphia Phillies. Emotional farwell for Howard, slugger who was last link to '08. (22).
24. Arizona Diamondbacks. Now the ex-GM, Stewart paid for foolish Dansby trade with his job. (27)
25. Atlanta Braves. Spoiled Tigers' chances with strong farewell to Turner Field. (29).
26. Oakland Athletics. Some year, they'll get a new stadium. If not, move 'em to Montreal. (26)
27. San Diego Padres. No playoff series wins since making '98 World Series. (24)
28. Cincinnati Reds. Price accepts one-year deal to return as skipper. (25)
29. Tampa Bay Rays. See Athletics. Ditto. (28)
30. Minnesota Twins. Owner Pohlad insists Molitor will return after 103-loss season. We'll see. (30).