Batting Around: After Second World Series Title, Does Astros Deserve the ‘Dynasty’ Label?

During the off-season, the MLB pundits at CBS Sports will bring you a weekly Batting Around roundtable that breaks down just about everything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts on the future of baseball, all sorts of things. Last time we talked about surprise teams in the postseason. This time, we’ll address the Astros’ success after they won their second title in franchise history on Saturday night, beating the Phillies in six games.

Houston’s win brings us to our batting around question…

Are the Astros a dynasty?

Matt Snyder: Absolutely not. end of discussion.

OK, I think I should say more. There were four different champions between just two titles. If they win next year we can talk about it, but two in six years isn’t dynasty material and would be far too liberal a way to put the label on. They’re an American League dynasty, winning the league four out of six times and reaching the league tournament finals every six years, but that’s not a thing. There are no conference, division, or league dynasties in sport.

RJ Anderson: It’s a no for me because the term “dynasty” tends to be used. I think we need a new word to describe a team that’s a notch down or “really good and consistent team with a few titles”. I agree that two titles in six years isn’t what you think of when you think of the word dynasty. However, six consecutive trips to the LCS round are impressive and should be celebrated. With continued post-season expansion, teams are less likely to reel off three or four more championships in a short space of time. Ultimately, I think we just need a new term to refer to these Astros or the Dodgers — that, or maybe we just need to redefine what exactly constitutes a dynasty.

Frosted: I agree with RJ that we could come up with another term to separate teams that have been really great over time from teams that only have one title. What makes a dynasty, the ones we’ve seen in baseball in my lifetime, is the Yankees. They won four titles in five years. Many people like to use the phrase, “If you see it, you know it.” They knew this was a dynasty.

Mike Axisa: no come on The Astros are 2-2 in the World Series during this run and 13-13 in World Series games. Two titles in six years isn’t enough – are the 2006 and 2011 Cardinals a dynasty? — and you don’t get credit for participating in the World Series and to lose. If the Astros win the World Series next season, we can take the dynasty question a little more seriously. At the moment this is a great run from a great team. We can enjoy it without forcing the dynasty debate.

Dayn Perry: I’m not entirely sure there’s a consensus on what makes a dynasty in MLB, but two titles in six years doesn’t make a dynasty. I’m not even sure if the 2017 title, because it was 2017, is relevant to whether the 2022 team will one day be part of a dynasty. No is the simple answer here.

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