When it comes to the Major Leagues, there are still seven teams that have never won the World Series. Granted, of the four major sports leagues in North America, baseball fans are suffering the least -- the NBA (13), NFL (12) and NHL (11) all have more championship-less franchises than
When it comes to the Major Leagues, there are still seven teams that have never won the World Series. Granted, of the four major sports leagues in North America, baseball fans are suffering the least -- the NBA (13), NFL (12) and NHL (11) all have more championship-less franchises than MLB's seven.
Here are the clubs for which fans still wait, in order of how long they've been in their current city:
The Nats began in the big leagues as the Montreal Expos and moved to Washington before the 2005 season. And since then, they've already had plenty of postseason heartbreak, including their Game 5 National League Division Series defeats to the Cardinals in 2012 and the Cubs in '17, as well as first-round exits in '14 anad '16. The Expos, who were founded in 1969, never won a title in Montreal, either.
The Rays don't have a lengthy history like some of the other clubs on this list, though they did win the American League pennant in 2008 before bowing out to the Phillies in a five-game World Series. That marked their first of four postseason appearances in a six-year stretch under former manager Joe Maddon. Tampa Bay has always been unconventional and unorthodox as a mid-market club lacking some of the resources that the heavyweights benefit from, and it quietly put together a 90-win season in '18 that indicates there might be more to come.
The Rockies clinched consecutive postseason berths for the first time in franchise history in 2017 and '18, but they didn't win a single playoff game in either run. In fact, over their three playoff appearances (they also reached in '09 as the NL Wild Card) since reaching the World Series in the well-revered "Rocktober" of '07, Colorado has only one won postseason contest since its NL-pennant clinching win against Arizona; the Rox were swept by the Red Sox in that year's World Series. The Rockies have never won the NL West, though they did force a Game 163 against the Dodgers in '18 for the right to win what would've been their first division title.
The Mariners have not only never appeared in a World Series, but they are riding the longest playoff drought in any of the four major pro sports at 17 years. Seattle has had some of the game's biggest superstars through the years -- Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Ichiro Suzuki and many more -- but it has also had some of the postseason's biggest disappointments, most notably in 2001, when the Mariners set an MLB record with 116 wins (a feat some suggest may never been matched), yet lost to the Yankees in the ALCS in just five games.
Rangers fans have had some of the most agony lately among clubs on this list, particularly given that thieir five postseason appearances since 2010 have failed to produce a title. Prior, they had made the postseason only three times -- including their time as the Washington Senators, who were founded in 1961. Texas was twice a strike away from winning the title in Game 6 of the '11 World Series against St. Louis, and the Rangers lost in five games to a Giants team that simply got hot at the right time in 2010. They also lost the 2012 AL Wild Card Game at home to the Orioles and were knocked out of the ALDS by the Blue Jays in '15 and '16.
The Brew Crew has made it to only one World Series -- a memorable seven-game loss to the Cardinals in 1982 with the "Harvey's Wallbangers" team -- and that was when they were in the AL. They nearly made it back in 2018, taking the Dodgers all the way to Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.
• Longest stretches between WS appearances
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, 4-1, in the 1984 World Series, and the second was a sweep at the hands of the incredible '98 Yankees, who won 114 games in the regular season and are considered among a handful of teams as the greatest of all-time.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.