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Which team will be next to end title drought?

Mariners, Astros and Rangers among 8 clubs hoping to win first World Series
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It was fitting that just a little while before Kris Bryant fielded Michael Martinez's ground ball and fired to Anthony Rizzo for the final out of the seventh game of the 2016 World Series, rain fell from the sky.

The longest drought in American professional sports history had just ended. The Cubs had beaten the Indians and won it all for the first time in 108 years. The party that raged into the night and that continues today, not only on the North Side of Chicago but all over the baseball-loving world, was proof that no delay is ever too long when you keep believing.

It was fitting that just a little while before Kris Bryant fielded Michael Martinez's ground ball and fired to Anthony Rizzo for the final out of the seventh game of the 2016 World Series, rain fell from the sky.

The longest drought in American professional sports history had just ended. The Cubs had beaten the Indians and won it all for the first time in 108 years. The party that raged into the night and that continues today, not only on the North Side of Chicago but all over the baseball-loving world, was proof that no delay is ever too long when you keep believing.

But that long-awaited bookend provided closure for only one fan base.

Video: MLB Tonight: Which teams can break a title drought?

When it comes to the Major Leagues, there are still eight teams that have never won the World Series. For the fans of those clubs, ring-size orders are long overdue and would certainly be welcomed sometime around, oh, well, November 2017, to be exact.

Granted, of the four major sports leagues in North America, baseball fans are suffering the least, although that's probably not a great consolation if you love the Indians. Yes, the Tribe triumphed in the World Series in 1948, but they haven't done so since, and last year's 10th-inning, seventh-game defeat to the Cubs was particularly brutal. Now the Indians are the team with the longest championship drought in all of sports.

But the National Basketball Association (12), National Football League (12) and National Hockey League (11) all have more championship-less franchises than MLB's eight, and several baseball teams have a chance of making history like the 2016 Cubs in '17.

Here are the eight for which fans still wait, in order of how long they've been in their current city:

Washington Nationals (2005): They started out in the big leagues as the Montreal Expos and moved to Washington before the 2005 season. The Nats have already had some playoff heartbreak, including their Game 5 National League Division Series defeat to the Cardinals in 2012 and pre-NL Championship Series exits in '14 and '16. But this team is loaded with talent - including '16 NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and '15 NL MVP Award winner Bryce Harper -- and expected to contend once again. Just ask the Cubs. It can happen.

Video: Must C Clinch: Nationals are NL East champions

Tampa Bay Rays (1998): The Rays -- led by ace Chris Archer -- will get the first chance to make a strong first impression when they play the first game of the regular season Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET at home against the Yankees (ESPN, MLB.TV). While this team doesn't have the history of some of the other clubs on this list, the Rays did make it to a World Series, losing in five games to the Phillies in 2008. Their manager that year? None other than Joe Maddon, who led the Cubs to the title last year to cement permanent rock-star status in the Windy City.

Video: Price gets Lowrie to ground out to end the ALCS

Colorado Rockies (1993): Baseball was back in the Mile High City in 1993, and the Rockies finally made it to a Fall Classic in 2007 after sweeping their way past the Phillies in the NLDS and the D-backs in the NLCS. But they were no match for the surging Red Sox, who returned the favor by sweeping Colorado in that World Series. The Rockies haven't been back to the playoffs since losing to the Phillies in the '09 NLDS, but a power-packed lineup that features Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and newcomer Ian Desmond has them entering '17 with optimism for big-time improvement.

Video: 2007 NLCS Gm4: Rockies win the NLCS vs. the D-backs

Seattle Mariners (1977): The team is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season and the fan base is more than ready to make it back to October for the first time since 2001. The Mariners have not appeared in a World Series, but that could change this year after an 86-win campaign in '16 and a beefed-up roster to supplement the talented core of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez.

Video: 2001ALDS Gm5: Mariners take Game 5, move on to ALCS

Texas Rangers (1972): They were the Washington Senators before moving to Arlington, and they've been really good lately, but they haven't quite gotten over the top. They lost the World Series to the Giants in 2010, then were a strike away from a title in Game 6 of the '11 Series against the Cardinals -- twice -- before losing that game and Game 7. Then they lost the AL Wild Card Game to the Orioles in 2012 and were knocked out of the ALDS by the Blue Jays in '15 and '16. With a roster featuring bold-faced names such as Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels and future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre, they're still looking very good heading into '17. Maybe all they need is a little luck.

Video: ALCS Gm 6: Feliz gets A-Rod to secure the AL pennant

Milwaukee Brewers (1970): The franchise started as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, played one season there in Sick's Stadium, and then moved to Milwaukee's County Stadium the following season. The Brew Crew has only made it to one World Series, a memorable seven-game loss to the Cardinals in '82 with the "Harvey's Wallbangers" team. Milwaukee hasn't made the postseason since 2011, but the club played hard for manager Craig Counsell last year and seems to be on the way up again under the leadership of general manager David Stearns. Talented youngsters Orlando Arcia, Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar make this an exciting young team worth watching.

Video: 1982 ALCS Gm5: Brewers advance to World Series

San Diego Padres (1969): The Friars have reached the World Series twice, but both times they ran up against buzzsaws. The first was a dominant Tigers team that beat Tony Gwynn and Steve Garvey's Padres, four games to one, in the 1984 World Series. The second was a sweep at the hands of the incredible '98 Yankees, who won 114 games in the regular season and stampeded through the postseason. The rebuilding Padres might be a stretch to win it all this year, but cornerstone Wil Myers just signed a six-year contract extension, suggesting he's hoping to be the man who can help bring the elusive title to San Diego.

Video: 1984 NLCS Gm5: Padres win the NL pennant

Houston Astros (1962): From the Colt 45s at the very beginning in 1962 to the amazing Astrodome three years later and now beautiful Minute Maid Park, this franchise is eager to get back to the World Series (its only such appearance was in 2005, when the Astros were swept by the White Sox) and finally win it. Sports Illustrated predicted back in '14 that '17 would be the year for this to happen, and a look at the roster -- young stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer plus veterans Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick -- says it wouldn't be a surprise at all.

Video: 2005 NLCS Gm6: Astros reach first World Series

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.