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The wild card was established for Major League Baseball's playoffs in 1994 with the intention of helping the best teams that did not win their division to still have a chance to win the World Series. The restructuring of both the National and American Leagues from two divisions each to three made it necessary to either give one team a bye in the first round of playoffs, or create the wild card for the best second-place team. In addition, the wild card guaranteed that the team with the second best record in each league would qualify for the playoffs, even if they were in the same division with the team having the best record.

There were no division or wild-card winners in 1994, due to the 1994 Major League Baseball strike.


NL wild-card qualifiers by year

Year Team Record % Playoffs
1995 Colorado Rockies 77-67 .535 Lost Division Series to Atlanta, 3-1
1996 Los Angeles Dodgers 90-72 .556 Lost Division Series to Atlanta, 3-0
1997 Florida Marlins 92-70 .568 Won World Series over Cleveland, 4-3
1998 Chicago Cubs 90-73 .552 Lost Division Series to Atlanta, 3-0
1999 New York Mets 97-66 .595 Lost NLCS to Atlanta, 4-2
2000 New York Mets 94-68 .580 Lost World Series to New York (AL), 4-1
2001 St. Louis Cardinals 93-69 .574 Lost Division Series to Arizona, 3-2
2002 San Francisco Giants 95-66 .590 Lost World Series to Anaheim, 4-3
2003 Florida Marlins 91-71 .562 Won World Series over New York (AL), 4-2
2004 Houston Astros 92-70 .568 Lost NLCS to St. Louis, 4-3
2005 Houston Astros 89-73 .549 Lost World Series to Chicago (AL), 4-0
2006 Los Angeles Dodgers 88-74 .543 Lost Division Series to New York (NL), 3-0
2007 Colorado Rockies 90-73 .552 Lost World Series to Boston, 4-0
2008 Milwaukee Brewers 90-72 .556 Lost Division Series to Philadelphia, 3-1
2009 Colorado Rockies 92-69 .571 Lost Division Series to Philadelphia, 3-1

† - Wild card won in a tiebreaker one-game playoff.

Most NL wild-card appearances

Rank Team Total Year(s)
1 Colorado Rockies 3 1995, 2007,2009
T-2 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 1996, 2006
T-2 Florida Marlins 2 1997, 2003
T-2 New York Mets 2 1999, 2000
T-2 Houston Astros 2 2004, 2005
T-6 Chicago Cubs 1 1998
T-6 St. Louis Cardinals 1 2001
T-6 San Francisco Giants 1 2002
T-6 Milwaukee Brewers 1 2008

Teams' series records as NL wild-card qualifiers

NL Team Series Record
Florida Marlins 6-0
San Francisco Giants 2-1
Houston Astros 3-2
New York Mets 3-2
Colorado Rockies 2-3
Chicago Cubs 0-1
Milwaukee Brewers 0-1
St. Louis Cardinals 0-1
Los Angeles Dodgers 0-2

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