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Teams without a World Series title
The World Series has been in existence since 1903. Every team starts out the season with the belief that it's their championship year, but winning is not for everybody. There's a definite World Series drought, and it favors expansion teams. Every major league club has won at least one title, except the following squads.
The first 11 years of their existence, they were known as Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and suffered 11 miserable losing seasons. They drop the Devil and not only make the playoffs but reach the World Series, losing in five games to the Philadelphia Phillies. Since the name change, they've become a powerhouse in the American League East, winning the division two out of three years.
The team has retired the jersey of Hall of Famer Wade Boggs where he played his last two seasons, and recorded his 3,000th hit. Carl Crawford(notes) holds almost all team career batting records and will eventually have his number up on the rafters next to Wade.
As expansion teams go, The Colorado Rockies are strongly etched on the success side. They are the fastest to make the playoffs in only their third year of existence. They reached the World Series in 2007 and again the playoffs two years later. The club has figured out how to keep baseballs from flying out of the stadium in the mile high light air, allowing their pitchers to pitch instead of tossing batting practice.
The Rockies have not yet produced or affiliated themselves with a Hall of Famer, but have featured a long list of All-stars, including Matt Holiday, Todd Helton(notes), Larry Walker and Dante Bichette.
It took the Mariners 15 years to post a winning season. They've made the playoffs on four occasions and have never reached the World Series. The team can claim several future Hall of Famers in Ichiro Suzuki(notes), Ken Griffey Jr.(notes) Alex Rodriguez(notes) and Randy Johnson(notes), along with perennial ALL-stars, Edgar and Tino Martinez, and long time Mariner, Jay Buhner.
The organization has always had their share of talent, but winning on a consistent basis, and eliminating the World Series Drought has proved very difficult.
The club began as the Texas Rangers in 1972. The old Washington Senators bolted out of Washington D.C. to become the Minnesota Twins. The nation's capital was awarded another team under the Washington Senators moniker. Eleven years later the American League allowed this expansion Senators to move to Dallas and rename the team, the Texas Rangers.
A long list of marquee players have worn The Texas Rangers uniform, including, Hall of Famers, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Nolan Ryan, Goose Gossage and their first manager, Ted Williams. Four league MVP's have won their awards for the Rangers, Jeff Burroughs, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan and Alex Rodriguez. The team also featured a very visible share of controversial steroid tinted players, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Jose Canseco and Sammy Sosa.
The only year (1994) that the Nationals, who were then known as the Montreal Expos, won their division, Major League Baseball went on strike, erasing a rare venture into the post season. The Expos reached the playoffs just once and only by the virtue of the wild card, and lost in five games. Major League Baseball threatened to dissolve the team, but instead purchased the franchise and moved it to Washington where they became the Nationals. The move has not helped much.
The team is still looking for its first winning season in their new surroundings. They've produced two Hall of Famers during their Expos days in Gary Carter and Andre Dawson, along with All-stars and popular players, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Rusty Staub and Vladimir Guererro. Major League Baseball hopes that their star prospect Stephen Strassburg will someday help break the franchise's World Series drought.
They lost 90 or more games their first seven years, posted the first winning season in their tenth year, and
reached the World Series in their first playoff appearance during their 16th campaign, where they lost in five games to the Detroit Tigers. The World Series came calling again 14 years later in 1998, and this time promptly swept by the Yankees.
All in all the Padres have reached the playoffs five times since their birth in 1969. They've produced a strong crop of Hall of Famers including, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, and traded for a few others like Gaylord Perry, Ozzie Smith, Willie McCovey and Goose Gossage. Their All-stars have been plenty, from their first slugger Nate Colbert, to Randy Jones, Adrian Gonzalez(notes) and future Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman(notes).
Surprise, surprise. Out off all the teams on the list, I was shocked to see that the Brewers are also suffering
from a World Series drought. I've always associated them with the Milwaukee Braves, but no, those Braves moved to Atlanta. The current Brewers who have been in existence since 1969, are the offspring of the Seattle Pilots. If you're in need of a trivia question, - what's the only baseball team to play only one year in its original city? The aforementioned Seattle Pilots. Bud Selig bought them after they went bankrupt in their first year, moved the Pilots to Milwaukee and renamed them the Brewers.
Oh what a fun team they were in 1982, with the likes of All-stars Ben Oglivie, Gorman Thomas, Cecil Cooper, Ted Simmons and Hall of Famers, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount. Nicknamed Harvey's Wallbangers, they reached the World Series and lost in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. A recent post season venture in 2008, anchored by slugger Prince Fielder(notes) gave hints that the club may soon erase their World Series drought.
The Astros have made one lone appearance in the World Series and were swept by the Chicago White Sox. They started out as the Houston Colt 45's and proved to be way ahead of the political correctness wave by changing their name to the less aggressive Astros, where they played in the first indoor baseball stadium ever built. The Astrodome. It took the Astros 19 years to make the playoffs, but only to lose in game five of the 1980 NLCS. They've since reached the playoffs seven more times.
Many great players have worn the Astros uniform, including Hall of Famers, Joe Morgan, Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton. All-star Astros Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jimmy Wynn, Rusty Staub and Cesar Cedeno have produced high quality baseball in Houston but without that elusive World Series title.
Which one of these teams will be the first to get off the World Series drought list? They may not have yet won a World Series ring, but they have a long way to catch the Chicago Cubs whose last ring came in 1908. At the time of writing this article, the Texas Rangers are battling the San Francisco Giants in the Fall Classic who themselves are looking to break their own World Series drought. They have not won since 1954, way back in their New York days.
To all fans of a World Series challenged team, have faith. There's always next year.
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