With their second World Series title in three years, you just knew the word was going to be thrown around eventually… DYNASTY.
The San Francisco Giants became the first team since the New York Yankees of 1996 and 1998 to win two titles in three years (the Yankees went on to win three straight after that ’98 championship). But let’s deal with the seven-letter word mentioned above.
Here’s the question: Can a team be considered a dynasty if they win two championships in three years yet don’t have the best record in that three-year period? What about if they aren’t even in the Top Five of best regular-season records in the past three years?
Looking at the combined records of the 30 MLB teams from 2010-2012, the Giants compiled a 272-214 record (.560 winning percentage). That is good enough for the sixth best record in the past three seasons. The New York Yankees have the best three-year record with a 287-199 record (.591 winning percentage).