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The Kansas City Royals tied the World Series 1-1 on Wednesday night with a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. While the Royals proved that this year’s Fall Classic won’t be a walkover for the Giants, they are still a long way from knocking off the franchise that has won two of the last four World Series. If Kansas City can’t stop San Francisco, it is indisputable that the current crop of Giants would constitute a dynasty.
The Giants entered the 2014 World Series having won titles in 2010 and 2012. The nucleus of both of those teams is still intact, as eight players on San Francisco’s current roster have been a part of both title runs. Jeremy Affeldt, Madison Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval are all looking for their third ring with the Giants. In addition to that, San Francisco has retained manager Bruce Bochy and all the important members of his coaching staff for all three championship runs.
The last time a Major League Baseball franchise won three or more titles in a five-year span came when the New York Yankees won four of five from 1996-2000. Before that, the last time a MLB team won three championships in that short amount of time was when the Oakland A’s won three in a row from 1972-1974. That shows you how rare it is for a baseball franchise to experience long-term sustained success.
Over the past five seasons, this is the third time the Giants have reached the postseason, and each time they wound up in the World Series. Coming into the 2014 World Series, San Francisco has a 30-11 record in the playoffs since 2010. That’s simply incredible. In 2010 the Giants won the Fall Classic 4-1 over the Texas Rangers in a series that was never close. In the 2012 World Series they swept the Detroit Tigers, who looked hapless from the start.
Given their incredible success over the past five seasons, it’s safe to say that if the San Francisco Giants manage to top the Kansas City Royals to win the 2014 World Series, they will officially be baseball’s newest dynasty.