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The 1988-92 Oakland Athletics: Another Underrated Three-Peat

oak The 1988 to 1992 Oakland Athletics, despite their three straight pennants and four division titles in five years, are not generally regarded historically as one of the best teams to have taken the field. But with core regulars for all or the majority of those five years including Rickey Henderson, who returned to the A's in a June 1989 trade with the Yankees; sluggers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire - the so-called Bash Brothers; Dave Stewart, one of the game's most durable and reliable starting pitchers at the time; and Dennis Eckersley, resurrected from his flamed out career as a starter to become the prototype for the modern-day ninth-inning "closer," the question must be, why not? No doubt a major contributing factor for why not is that the A's won only one of the three World Series they played. Of course, the same is also true of the 1969-74 Baltimore Orioles, yet the Orioles are always in the discussion about baseball's greatest teams for the three dominant years they put together from 1969 to 1971.

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