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).
Here are the Top 10 records from 2010-2012.
Team, Record 2010-2012, pct. (World Series appearances 2010-2012)
1. New York Yankees 287-199 .591 (0)
2. Philadelphia 280-206 .576 (0)
3. Texas 279-207 .574 (2)
4. Tampa Bay 277-209 .570 (0)
5. Atlanta 274-212 .564 (0)
6. San Francisco 272-214 .560 (2)
7. Cincinnati 267-219 .549 (0)
8 (tie). Detroit 264-222 .543 (1)
8 (tie). St. Louis 264-222 .543 (1)
10. Milwaukee 256-230 .527 (0)
In the past three seasons, the Giants never finished with one of the Top Three records in all of baseball. In 2010, they won 92 games, second-best in the National League behind the Phillies, but fifth overall. In 2011, the Giants won 86 games, tied for 11th most in the majors. This past season, San Francisco won 94 games, tied for third-best in the league (with Atlanta) behind Washington (98) and Cincinnati (97). They were tied for the fourth most wins in the majors this year.
Since 2000, only two teams have won the World Series after having the most wins (or tied for most wins) in the majors. The 2009 Yankees had 103 wins and won the World Series that season. In 2007, the Boston Red Sox tied for most wins in baseball with 96 and went on to win the World Series that year.
Here’s a rundown of the champions since 2000 and the number of regular-season wins they had that year and where those wins ranked among the 30 teams.
2000: New York Yankees, 87 wins (ninth most in MLB)
2001: Arizona, 92 wins (sixth most in MLB)
2002: Anaheim, 99 wins (fourth most in MLB)
2003: Florida, 91 (seventh most in MLB)
2004: Boston, 98 (third most in MLB)
2005: Chicago White Sox, 99 (second most in MLB)
2006: St. Louis, 83 (13th most in MLB)
2007: Boston, 96 (tied for most in MLB)
2008: Philadelphia, 92 (fifth most in MLB)
2009: New York Yankees, 103 (most in MLB)
2010: San Francisco, 92 (fifth most in MLB)
2011: St. Louis, 90 (tied for eighth most in MLB)
2012: San Francisco, 94 (tied for fourth most in MLB)
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