When talking about the best teams in the history of baseball, it is hard not to mention the New York Yankees. There were periods where they dominated the league and had the best players in the game playing on the team. Players like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and a host of others all played for the Yankees.
Other teams around the league knew they would have to compete with the Yankees if they wanted to compete for a World Series. In 2000 the Yankees became the last team to win three World Series titles in a row. Twenty years later, we take a look at that team that was a dynasty during those years.
The 2000 New York Yankees
The Yankees’ team in 2000 had multiple Hall of Fame players on that roster. There was Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens, and Mariano Rivera on that team with a host of other top players. The team finished the regular season with an 87-74 record, which was first in the AL East. Despite the team’s dominance over the past few years, the Yankees struggled during that season. They lost 15 of their last 18 games.
Here you have a team who is just coming off their second consecutive World Series title and looking for a three-peat. The Yankees knew they had a target on their back and would have to play at a high-level to win a third straight title.
Going into the playoffs, the Yankees took on the Oakland Athletics in the American League Division Series, and it was a battle. With the series tied at 2-2, the Yankees needed a win to advance, and they were able to come out with a 7-5 win to move on to the American League Championships.
In the ALCS, the Yankees took on the Seattle Mariners and won the series 4-2 to advance to the World Series and take on the New York Mets. Here you had to teams from the same state battle to see who the best team in New York was. The matchup between the Mets was the first World Series matchup between two New York teams since the 1956 World Series,
A three-peat for the Yankees
The Yankees battled each game in the 2000 World Series, only losing one game. Four out of the five games were decided by one while two runs decided the other game. Derek Jeter was named the World Series Most Valuable Player as the Yankees celebrated another title.
It was the 26th overall title for the Yankees. They were the fourth team since 1960 to make the World Series after winning fewer than 90 games during the regular season.
Building a dynasty
The Yankees became the first team in baseball to win three consecutive championships since the 1972-1974 Oakland Athletics. No team in MLB has yet to win three straight since the Yankees. At that time, they were the only professional team win three in a row since the 1996-1998 Chicago Bulls did it.
Will the game of baseball ever see another team win three in a row? The 1998-2000 Yankees team is one of the best teams ever in the history of the game, and until another team does it, they can say they were the last team to three-peat.