Originally Posted by jnwohio
If championships took care of themselves, the 1999 Reds team would have been somewhere besides in a 1 game playoff to be in the playoffs. They weren't because they couldn't make a timely big play, hit, or pitch in Houston or Milwaukee the last week of the season. So their 95 or 96 wins basically got them zilch.
I think you're taking my point and making it say something it's not saying. Championships DO take care of themselves, but there is no "planning" to win a world championship. As long you continue to improve the product on the MLB field, championships will occur; when you become complacent or paralyzed, that's when they stop occurring.
Does a team always need a little luck to win a championship? Sure. And improving your team midseason helps a bunch in most championship runs, but building a championship team is a process, not a product. You don't just load up for bear in the offseason and call it quits, saying you've a championship team, you improve the team in big and little ways at all times.