17. 1996 New York Yankees
“Clueless Joe” Torre proved to be a brilliant Bomber. In his inaugural season in the Bronx, Torre managed the Yankees to a 92-70 record and an AL East title. New York then outperformed the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles to qualify for its first World Series since 1981. Despite falling into a 2-0 hole against the Atlanta Braves, the Yankees showed resolve and won four consecutive games to secure the Commissioner’s Trophy on October 26. John Wetteland collected the MVP for his invaluable contributions out of the bullpen.