San Francisco Giants: Is It Appropriate to Label Them a Dynasty?

Zak SchmollAnalyst IOctober 31, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28:  Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with the Most Valuable Player trophy after defeating the Detroit Tigers to win Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the tenth inning to win the World Series in 4 straight games.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Of course, winning two World Series in three seasons is definitely an impressive feat. There is no way that I would deny that, and I want to congratulate the San Francisco Giants for everything that they have accomplished.

However, I am a little bit concerned by the use of the term "dynasty" as a description for the San Francisco Giants of recent history.

Before you entirely stop reading, please hear out some of my rationale.

When I think of a dynasty, I tend to think of Chinese emperors. What made them a dynasty? The rulers all came from the same family.

To transfer this thought to baseball, if the San Francisco Giants were a dynasty, they would have a significant portion of their roster on both World Series rosters.

To their credit, four out of the five starting pitchers are the same, and many of their significant bullpen pitchers, such as Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla, remain with the franchise.

However, their lineup is significantly different. Seven out of the nine typical starters are new. Only Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval have played significant roles in both of these World Series.

That troubles me a little bit when we are labeling the San Francisco Giants a dynasty, but I am also slightly concerned by the lack of entire dominance during this period.

Yes, they won games when they counted in October, and they definitely deserve credit for that. However, they have never won more than 94 games in the past three seasons. When I think about dynasties, like the New York Yankees around the turn of the century, even though they didn't always win the World Series, they had much more regular-season success.

Regular-season success matters because part of being a dynasty is being expected to win the World Series. That reputation needs to precede a team. During that time I just mentioned, the Yankees were never seen as a fluke. They were always expected to make the playoffs because they dominated the regular season as well.

I don't mean to diminish the San Francisco Giants whatsoever, and I think that they have accomplished amazing things. However, I do not think we should label them a dynasty quite yet.

I think that they need a little bit more dominance to build that reputation and a little more continuity on the roster before I would be willing to label them among the very few dynasties that have existed in Major League Baseball.


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