On election day, 56 more years.

This is a little off the beaten path, even for a Sporting Gentlemen post, and firstly congratulations to the World Champion San Fransisco Giants, but Ken Rosenthal in his infinite wisdom over at Fox Sports is forecasting longevity for this team built mostly of journeymen rentals.

In the last decade, only the Yankees repeated as champions, and even they took nine years to do so. In deference to the quality young pitching that Rosenthal touts, the Atlanta Braves only won once with the best trio of starters ever, and closers can disappear from one year to the next (see: Brad Lidge or anyone other than Mariano Rivera and Denis Eckersley for that matter).

To be clear, by journeymen rentals, I mean players in the declining stages of their careers with 0-2 years left under contract: Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez, Juan Uribe, Edgar Renteria, Mark DeRosa, Pat Burrell, Andres Torres, Aaron Rowand, Javier Lopez, and Guillermo Mota. Most of these guys had good years and in some cases came up big in the postseason, but it’s going to be tough (i.e. bordeline impossible) to duplicate this year’s results with a rotating cast of position players, even if your quality young pitching stays healthy and quality.


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