What does it take to be a dynasty? According to Wikipedia, it is a team that dominates their sport for an extended length of time. Talk about vague. Do these years all have to be consecutive? How long is an extended length? Do we count in years? Months? Days? What if a team is abnormally dominant for a shorter period of time? WHAT DOES IT MEAN!?
I ask, of course, because the Royals could be on the precipice of a dynasty. If the boys in blue make it back to the World Series for a third year in a row, that’s it, y’all. History—made. Right? Maybe we should compare some of baseball’s other recent dynasties to see.
1971-1975 Oakland Athletics. With MLB studs like Reggie Jackson, Vida Blue, Catfish Hunter, and Rollie Fingers, the A’s won 5 straight division titles. FIVE STRAIGHT. Insta-ballers.
1949-1953 New York Yankees. This dynasty is a bit of a stretch for the “recent” categories, but having a talk about the baseball greats and leaving out a team staffed by Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Joe DiMaggio just seems wrong. The 49-53 Yankees were yet another team with 5 titles in a row, only these were WORLD SERIES titles. Bit of an upgrade, no?
1996-2000 New York Yankees. It’s not my fault the Yankees are good at buying players, don’t shoot the messenger. For any current baseball fan, almost every name on the roster during these Yankee glory years is a household name: Wade Boggs, Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and so many more. The Yankees went to the postseason 5 years in a row, making it to the World Series in 4 of the 5. To top it all off, they did it with zero (recognized) MVP’s or Cy Young award winners.
2010-2014 San Francisco Giants. For some unknown reason, many people refuse to set the Giants among the gods by naming them a dynasty. For the record, those people are wrong. As Royals fans, we are all too familiar with the cast of untouchables the Giants have gathered with Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence, and Matt Cain. The Giants have gone to, and won, the World Series in 3 of their 5 years as a dynasty. What is even scarier, the Giants aren’t done, yet.
5 seems to be a major key in getting the dynasty tag, but who is to say any of the teams listed above weren’t already legacies after 3? The Royals situation is a little bit sticky since almost everyone outside of KC ruled their first trip to the Fall Classic a fluke. Seeing as the Royals just barely slid in after the most intense playoff game in history, it’s hard to disagree. However, in 2015, Kansas City proved themselves as a worthy contender, easily winning the World Series in 5 games.
If the Royals were to make it back to the World Series in 2016, I would say it would take winning the whole darn thing to even mention them in the same breath as these other great teams. Maybe we should revisit this conversation when the Roys are in the playoffs in 2017…
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