In the 10-season period between the Texas Rangers' last division title in 1999 and their next one in 2010, the team finished third or fourth in the AL West eight times.
History wasn't exactly on their side before that span either. Despite some success in the '90s, the Rangers still had only three division titles and zero playoff series wins in almost 40 years.
Let's just say times have changed. Consecutive American League pennants have transformed the franchise's image in the eyes of baseball.
Texas had eight players selected to this year's All-Star game. At the halfway point in 2012, the team is tied for the most wins in baseball, despite numerous injuries and a few stretches of poor play.
The Rangers don't look like they plan on slowing down anytime soon. Here is a breakdown of how this potential MLB dynasty was built.