It’s hard for a team to reach and win the World Series, and it’s even harder to return in multiple years and form a true dynasty. Baseball might be the one professional league that has the most parity amongst its teams today where its ball clubs can go from last-place finishes to World Series winners in just a single season. But there’s been times where a team has utterly dominated for a stretch of years in the MLB, as well. So, let’s take a look at the past, present, and future of potential MLB dynasties.
1910-1913: The Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series in 3 of the 4 years against the Cubs in 1910 and the Giants in 1911 and 1913. Winning the World Series three times in a four-year span is very impressive, and this Philly team certainly had its stars aligned.
1972-74: The Oakland Athletics won three straight World Series against the Reds, Mets, and Dodgers. Some of the players that helped Oakland achieve this feat was Reggie Jackson and a star-studded rotation featuring Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, and Rollie Fingers.
BOSTON RED SOX:
1915-1918: The Boston Red Sox won three World Series in a span of four seasons as well behind the prowess of Babe Ruth over the Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Robins, and Chicago Cubs.
NEW YORK YANKEES:
1936-1943: The New York Yankees’ first string of World Series titles began in 1936. They won the World Series in four straight seasons from 1936-1939 and then won two of the next four World Series as well. This brings the Yankees’ dynasty six World Series crowns in a span of eight seasons.
1947-1953: These Yankees won six World Series in a span of seven years, including five straight.
1955-1964: The Yankees continued their success once again, by appearing in nine of ten years. They won four of these nine. You could count the Yankees’ dynasty from 1936-1964 and you’d see sixteen World Series championships and twenty-two appearances in 29 years. They were truly a dynasty for almost 30 years in MLB history.
1996-2000: The Bronx Bombers returned again; this time, they won four World Series in a span of five seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: The Giants have won the World Series three times in a span of five seasons: 2010, 2012, and 2014. All have been in even-number seasons, prompting fans to believe the Giants will return to the Fall Classic in 2016. Their front office certainly made the necessary moves to put the Giants in a good position by signing Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, and Denard Span.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: The Royals don’t exactly have a dynasty, per say, but they might have the beginning of one. After appearing in the 2014 World Series after a Cinderella run in the playoffs and losing to the Giants in Game 7, the Royals returned to the promised land in 2015 and beat the New York Mets. They’ll certainly contend this year, even with the loss of Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist.
It’s becoming very hard for a team to be competitive for numerous years in a row. Winning multiple World Series in a short span of time will be more difficult. Nevertheless, of all the current ball clubs, I believe these following teams have a very good core group of players that could lead them to possibly several World Series titles.
CHICAGO CUBS: The Cubs reached the NLCS in 2015, possibly a year earlier than most expected them to seriously contend. The Cubs have NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler, Addison Russell, and Javier Baez as young studs in their lineup. This doesn’t include others like Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and a rotation featuring NL Cy Young Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. They certainly have the pieces to contend for several years into the future.
NEW YORK METS: No one expected the Mets to win the NL pennant in 2015, but they did just that. They beat out the preseason World Series favorite Washington Nationals for the division and behind the back of their star-studded rotation and Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets defied expectations by appearing in the World Series. Their rotation (Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz) is very young and controllable for several seasons. If the Mets contend in the near future, it’ll be because of their rotation.
HOUSTON ASTROS: Featuring AL Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa and AL Cy Young Dallas Keuchel, the Astros returned to the playoffs in 2015. They’ll look to improve on that and get closer to that World Series crown. They definitely have the pieces like Lance McCullers, Jose Altuve, and prospect A.J. Reed. With new additions like Doug Fister and Ken Giles, the Astros hope these new players can push the Astros into championship contention for years to come.
NEW YORK YANKEES: It’s been a while since the Yankees have been seriously relevant in postseason baseball. After their legendary Core Four all retired, the Yankees found themselves having to rely on aging veterans like C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. Within a few years, the veterans will be out of New York and Yankees fans will see the birth of a new core featuring Luis Severino, Jorge Mateo, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, and Greg Bird. The Yankees are ready to take that next step in giving these young prospects the necessary playing time to allow them to fully mature into the stars everyone expects them to be in the near future. The Yankees could have the beginning of a new Yankees’ dynasty behind the backs of a new Core Four.