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Top 10 Biggest Team Rivalries in MLB History

Major League Baseball has seen some of the greatest rivalries exist anywhere in major professional sports. Teams that have faced each other for over a hundred years and thousands of games make the spo

Major League Baseball has seen some of the greatest rivalries exist anywhere in major professional sports. Teams that have faced each other for over a hundred years and thousands of games make the sport the best there is out there. There are some rivalries though, that just go over the top and make for the best baseball every time a certain two teams play each other.

It could be because of a major fight or a pennant race that came down to the final days, but some rivalries just make for compelling theatre and excitement for fans. Some of the rivalries can be civil while others see fans fighting each other in the stands because of the pride they have in their own team.

It has led to police needing to be brought in or more security around the ballpark when those teams get together. The television ratings go through the roof when these teams get together because of the unknown element of what could possibly happen next. Here are the top 10 Major League Baseball rivalries with some teams making more than one appearance on this list.

10 Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays

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9 New York Mets/New York Yankees

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8 St. Louis Cardinals/Cincinnati Reds

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7 Chicago Cubs/Chicago White Sox

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6 New York Yankees/Baltimore Orioles

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5 Chicago White Sox/Detroit Tigers

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4 Los Angeles Dodgers/Arizona Diamondbacks

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3 Chicago Cubs/St. Louis Cardinals

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2 Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees

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1 San Francisco Giants/Los Angeles Dodgers

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The rivalry that tops this list has existed since 1890 and is one of the best around. The two teams were both based in New York for the first 70 years of the rivalry before the Dodgers moved west to Los Angeles and took the Giants with them out to San Francisco. The two teams have played nearly 2,400 times with each team winning nearly the same number of games. The incident that really brought this rivalry to its peak came in 1965 when Giants pitcher Juan Marichal hit Dodgers coach Johnny Roseboro in the head with a bat. The genuine dislike is there with both teams and their fans wanting blood literally and figuratively each time the two teams play.

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