New York Yankees Editorial: Even after winning series opener, Astros can never mirror Yankees


The Houston Astros have been one of the most exciting, young teams in baseball in 2015, featuring a roster stacked with future All-Stars.  The New York Yankees have been quite the opposite, an inconsistent group of veterans, most of whom are past their prime nearing the end of their baseball lives.

Looking at the two teams rosters combined with their farm systems could cause some to assume the Yankees would love to trade places with the young, up-and-coming Astros.  While the Astros future appears bright, the logic is still flawed.

The Yankees have won 27 World Series championships, more than any team in baseball.  Heck, they’ve won more championships than any team in professional sports.  The Astros have only been to one World Series, in 2005, and they were swept in four games.  They are one of eight teams to have never won a World Series.

More from Yankees News

The Astros success can largely be attributed to their years of failure, and consistently selecting near the top of the draft.  The Astros are coming of off a four-season stretch which saw them lose 106, 107, 111, and finally 92 games, something that would never be close to acceptable for the Yankees.  Even after winning 89 games in 2008, missing the playoffs led to the Yankees splurging on players such as Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and A.J. Burnett to guarantee no such thing would happen in the first year of the new stadium.  The end result? Title number 27.

Consider this, the Yankees have been around since 1903, nearly 60 years longer than the Astros, and the team has only lost 100 or more games in a season twice, something that hasn’t happened since 1912.  Even when missing the postseason 11 straight years from 1965-1975, the team never lost more than 90 games, which happened in 1967, and had a winning record in five of those years.

The Yankees have only suffered 17 losing seasons in their entire history, and only twice have they had a losing record in four consecutive seasons, most recently from 1989-1992.  The Yankees have also used their losing seasons to turn into winners, as evident by the most recent dynasty, something the young Astros surely hope to emulate.  While the Yankees would love to get younger, they could never do so at the same cost of losing as Astros.

Next: New York Yankees Editorial: What do Alex Rodriguez's milestones really mean?

More from Yanks Go Yard