Batting Across: Do Astros Deserve the ‘Breed’ Title After Their Second World Championship?

Throughout the holiday period, the MLB experts at CBS Sports will present you with a weekly batting roundtable about just about anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts on the future of baseball, all sorts of things. Last time we discussed the surprising difference in postseason. This time we will process 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 strike question…

Are the Astros a breed?

Matt Snyder: of course not. end of discussion.

Well, I guess I should say more. There were four different heroes between only two titles. If they win next year, we can talk about it, but two in six years is not breed material and it would be very liberal in a way that the label could be applied. They are a descendant of the MLS, having won the league four of the six times and reached the NBA Finals for all six years, but that’s nothing. There is no conference, division, or dynasty league in sports.

RJ Anderson: It’s a no to me because of how the term “breed” is used. I think we need a new word for the team one step below, or “a really good, consistent team with two nicknames.” I agree that two titles in six years is not what you think of when you think of the word “dynasty”. Six straight trips to the LCS Tour are impressive, however, and they should be celebrated. With the continued expansion into the post-season period, it is unlikely that we will see teams launch with three or four more championships in such a short time. So, in the end, I think we just need a new term to use to name these stars, or the Dodgers – That, or maybe we just need to redefine what exactly makes up the breed.

not shiny: I agree with RJ that we can come up with another term to separate teams that are really great over longer periods of time than teams with just one title. As for what makes a dynasty, the dynasty we’ve seen in baseball in my life is Yankees. They won four titles in five years. Many people like to use the phrase, “When you see it, you know it.” You knew this was a breed.

Mike Axisa: No. Come. The Astros are 2-2 in the World Series during this race and 13-13 in the World Series games. Two titles in six years is not enough – 2006 and 2011 basics strain? – And you won’t get credit for going to the World Championships and loser. If the Astros win the World Championship next season, we can ask the family question more seriously. For now, this is a great run by a great team. We can enjoy it without forcing a family discussion.

Dane Berry: I’m not entirely sure if there is a consensus on what dynasty means in MLB, but two titles in six years don’t make a dynasty. I’m not even sure that the 2017 title, because it was in 2017, has anything to do with whether the 2022 team will one day be part of a dynasty. No is the easy answer here.

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