The Chicago Cubs have a long and storied history in Major League Baseball, although most of that history is known for going 108 years without winning a World Series.
The Lovable Losers of Chicago dealt with the Curse of the Billy Goat for a long time, but they finally shook it off in 2016 when they won their most recent championship.
Despite that long championship drought, they've had plenty of good seasons throughout their time. They've had 15 seasons with a winning percentage of .640 or above and six seasons with 100 or more wins.
Only one of those seasons has happened after 1935, though, and it's their magical 2016 championship year.
That team is by far the best group of players the Cubs have ever put on the field. They had seven All-Stars, the NL MVP, two Gold Glove winners and two Silver Slugger winners.
The Cubs were second in the league in on-base percentage (.343) and third in OPS (.772). Their pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.15) and was third in strikeouts (1,441). They led the entire league in wins during the 2016 season and were the only team to win 100 games. They also led the league with a 1.6 run differential per game.
Any long-time Cubs fan can tell you how great it was to see them finally win that long-awaited championship in 2016, and the magic of that feeling could be enough to crown 2016 as the best Cubs team of all-time. But the reality is that this was a really dominant team that was built to compete for years to come, and they will go down as a historically great team in MLB.
Check out the rest of our best seasons posts here, and stay tuned over the next few days as we go through the rest of the NL Central teams to determine each of their best seasons.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.