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Major League Baseball Teams That Have Never Won the World Series

by Joe Dorish 9 days ago in baseball

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Major League Baseball Teams That Have Never Won the World Series

There are 30 teams in major league baseball and six of those teams have yet to win the World Series. Here are those six teams along with when they joined the major leagues and how many years they've each gone without winning a World Series.

The team that has suffered the longest without winning the World Series is the Texas Rangers, whose franchise is at 60 years of World Series futility and counting. The nearby Houston Astros were only one year behind in futility but the Astros got themselves off this list by winning the 2017 World Series.

The Washington Nationals, who began playing in the Major Leagues in 1969 as the Montreal Expos, won their very first World Series in 2019. Fifty years is a long time to wait for a first World Series win.

Major League Baseball Teams That Have Never Won the World Series

Texas Rangers/Washington Senators

The Texas Rangers started out in 1961 as the expansion Washington Senators, which was the second baseball team named the Senators to play in Washington. In 1972, the team moved to Texas and became the Texas Rangers and neither the Senators or Rangers have ever won a World Series.

The Texas Rangers did make it to the World Series in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011, but they lost both times. The Rangers World Series futility stands at 60 years and counting.

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres became a major league baseball team in 1969 through expansion and have made it to the World Series twice but lost both times. In 1984 the Detroit Tigers beat them in five games, and in 1998 one of the best major league baseball teams of all time the New York Yankees, who won 125 games that year including the post-season, swept the Padres 4-0.

San Diego's World Series futility is at 51 years and counting.

Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers

The Seattle Pilots played the 1969 season in major league baseball and went bankrupt. Bud Selig then bought the team and moved them to Milwaukee where they remain today.

The Milwaukee Brewers went to the World Series in 1982 only to lose to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. Of the nine teams never to have won a World Series the Brewers have come the closest, but their World Series futility stands at 51 years.

Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners became a major league team in 1977 and have made it to the post-season four times but have yet to appear in a World Series. The 2001 season was especially tough as the Mariners won 116 regular season games but lost in the playoffs to the New York Yankees, who themselves would go on to lose a heartbreaking seventh game in the World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Seattle's World Series futility stands at 44 years.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies joined major league baseball in 1993 as an expansion team and made the World Series in 2007, but they were swept by the Boston Red Sox 4-0. Amazingly the 2007 Colorado Rockies went 13-1 over their last 14 regular season games and then beat the San Diego Padres in a one game playoff to be the NL Wild Card Team.

The Rockies then swept the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 and the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 to make the World Series. So the Rockies went 21-1 before being swept by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. It was an amazing run and if the Rockies had somehow won that World Series that team would be a legendary team today.

The Colorado Rockies World Series futility stands at 27 years and counting.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays joined major league baseball in 1998 and made it to the World Series in 2008 and they were favored to win but were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1.

Tampa Bay Rays World Series futility stands at 23 years and counting.

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Joe Dorish is a native New Yorker who has traveled to all 50 states and beyond.

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