The History of MLB Dynasties

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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.

The Past: 

PHILADELPHIA/OAKLAND ATHLETICS:

              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.

 

The Present: 

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.

 

The Future: 

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.

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12 thoughts on “The History of MLB Dynasties

  1. I am a new member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and I was not attempting to be rude or anything in my original comment. I may be a new reader but I already enjoy your guys’ blog immensely! You do a great job … and of course there will be different points of view on many things but it’s all in good fun and to spur new conversations! Anyway, I’m happy to now be following you guys and wish you the best!! 😉

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      • Last comment I promise but that is the truth. I love everything about the game and can appreciate something from 29 out of 30 teams … one I completely ignore but that’s not important … I also don’t care which team you root for if you really truly root for them and pay attention – I feel like anyone who sticks with their team through thick and thin is a GREAT fan and we all have so much in common when it comes down to it! 🙂

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  2. Ok, I am biased I admit that but the Giants of ’10, ’12 and ’14 are NOT a dynasty … all the other dynasties you mentioned didn’t have odd and even years for one thing. Secondly, the way I define a dynasty is being consistently dominant over a period of say 3-5 years. The giants have NOT been consistently dominant. They got lucky making the playoffs in 2010 and 2014 – and got on hot streaks at the right time – that is all dumb, pure luck.. But if things were done the correct way as they were in the past the top 2 AL teams and the top 2 NL teams (by record) would play each other and the winners would meet in the World Series. Being a wild card or worse a second wild card means that you shouldn’t even be in the post season … when you consider that as well as the fact that they have not made the playoffs in the so-called “odd years”?? Proves that with the exception of MAYBE 2012, the giants were not dominant. They got lucky and hot in October and won a few World Series … IMHO the Wild Cards basically render all the hard work teams do during the season moot! Which is kind of disgusting when you think about it.

    I’d consider the late 80’s – early 90’s A’s more of a dynasty than the 2010’s giants … the A’s were dominant consistently from 1988-1991. They went to four straight ALCS’s going 3-1. Sure they lost the three of four World Series but they dominated the one they did win (SWEEP!) and they consistently dominated the American League.

    Even the early 90’s Steve Young 49ers are more of a dynasty that the recent giants, to put it in a football perspective. – The early 90’s Troy Aikman Cowboys were the real dynasty of course beating the 49ers 3-4 times in the NFC Championship Game and winning three SB’s – but the Niners dominated the NFC, they just couldn’t beat the Cowboys but there were not years in between that they were dominant enough to go all the way to the NFC Championship.

    The 2010, 12, and 14 Giants ARE NOT A DYNASTY. It’s just facts and a couple of pretty opposite observations ….

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    • I did not say the Giants were a dynasty. Like the Royals, the Giants have the potential to BECOME one because of the fact that they’ve won 3 World Series in this decade. I understand that they’ve played pretty bad baseball in those odd years but winning the World Series 3 times in 5 years is nothing to look over, in my belief

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      • You make a solid point. I apologize you did say that they could be and not that they are yet. Sure 3 in 5 is an accomplishment but when you suck in the years you don’t win I just think it makes it extremely lackluster and when you barely get into the playoffs as a second Wild Card? That’s kind of bullsh*t (excuse my language, I really couldn’t think of a better word). But a discussion about the addition of both wild cards is a discussion for another day – don’t you agree? 🙂

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        • Yes, definitely. It can be frustrating to see your team win the division and not go to the World Series and see a team that barely made it in through the Wild Card win it. I’m guessing your favorite team did that?

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          • My team has NOT gone to the WS a ton of times in this century alone – and they’ve used the WC to get in a couple of the 8 times in the past 16 seasons that they have made the postseason and I’ve enjoyed those post season games – even getting shut out by Verlander in Game 5 two straight years! I’m not bitter about it. It’s baseball and that’s just how it works – like in 2003 when we completely blew a 2-0 series lead going into Boston and one of our pitchers got into a bar fight the night before he was supposed to start and we ended up going to the bullpen in like the 2nd inning (that was just one of many odd terrible things that happened in that series – I can’t even list them). My team (as you’ve probably already guessed who they are) has won enough WS at this point and they will win won within the next decade, I’m pretty sure that is not an unreasonable goal. I may not have been alive for 8 of their 9 World Series as some were in the 1910’s, 1930’s and 1970’s – but I saw the best and most important one of all in 1989 and that has satisfied me through a lot of loss and almost heartbreak (I refuse to let my heart break over a trade or a loss like a lot of fans do. That’s the nature of the game – it is also a business after all). However the second Wild Cards sneaking in and winning? Honestly I feel like it is a slap in the face of the hard work put in by every single player during the grueling regular season! It just doesn’t sit right …. Anyways, here I am rambling as usual … so I’m gonna just stop while I’m ahead (or more likely somewhat behind already) … LOL!

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            • I should’ve guessed that your favorite team was the Athletics based on your comment in your original comment haha. But yeah, it is hard to watch those second Wild Card teams having lots of success. But the A’s are a good ball club and they’ve had their fair share of success. I remember watching those Game 5s with my Tigers and your A’s

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            • I was at both of those games … 2012 despite the shutout was one of my all-time favorite sports memories. We’d been predicted to lose 100 games but came from behind to take the division title on the last day of the season – against the Rangers – AT HOME! It was unbelievable. It was the only day of the season that we were in 1st place. As Bob Melvin put it, “it was only one day but it was the one day that mattered.” So back to game five – the Tigers were celebrating as they should but the entire stadium got on their seats and chanted “Lets Go Oakland” for a full five mins (there are videos on You Tube) – the sad A’s players began emerging one by one to see the spectacle and to the Tigers credit they were very classy – they tipped their caps to the A’s players and took their celebration inside so the A’s players could see the appreciation the fans had for them. They basically accomplished what was considered in April impossible. I get chills just thinking about that game … it’s funny that one of my top 5 baseball moments (that I was there to see – except game 4 of the 89 WS – that is my favorite but I was not at Candlestick that day since I was 8 and we couldn’t afford it) was after a pretty demoralizing loss … again, just the beauty of the game and the people who love it!

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