As the 2020 Major League Baseball season comes to an end, which has obviously been a season unlike any other, the Tampa Bay Rays and their small payroll are looking to claim their first World Series title by knocking off the rich LA Dodgers.
The Rays, who are making their second World Series appearance, are one of six teams that have never won the Fall Classic. With Tampa Bay having a chance to knock that list down to five, we thought it might be fun to take a quick look at the teams who have yet to win a World Series. Well, it might not be that fun if you’re a fan of one of these teams but here’s the list anyway.
The San Diego Padres are 0-2 in the World Series
Founded in 1969, the San Diego Padres have made two World Series appearances over the last five-plus decades and have obviously lost both times, although they ran into some hot ballclubs in the Fall Classic. In 1984, after coming back from an 0-2 deficit in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, the Padres faced the Detroit Tigers in the World Series and lost in five games. In 1998, they essentially had no chance against a New York Yankees team that won 114 games in the regular season and were swept in four games.
The Brewers made one Fall Classic appearance while a member of the American League
Founded in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, the Milwaukee Brewers, who moved and changed their name in 1970, have been to just one World Series and that appearance came when the Brew Crew was still a member of the American League. Their 1982 matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals, who are now their rivals in the National League Central, was highly entertaining but resulted in a 4-3 series win for the Redbirds.
The Texas Rangers were a strike away from a championship in 2011
Speaking of the Redbirds, the Texas Rangers, who were founded in 1961 as the Washington Senators (the expansion version), were twice one strike away from beating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series but couldn’t get the job done and lost the series in seven. The year before, in their first appearance in the Fall Classic, the Rangers lost to the San Francisco Giants in five games.
The Seattle Mariners have never made a World Series appearance
Well, there really isn’t much to talk about here, is there? The Seattle Mariners, who were founded in 1977, are the only current MLB team to have never made a single appearance in the World Series. They have made two ALCS appearances but haven’t made the postseason since losing to the Yankees in five games in 2001.
The Colorado Rockies were swept in their only appearance
The Colorado Rockies joined Major League Baseball in 1993, the same year as the two-time World Series champion Florida Marlins, and have made one appearance in the Fall Classic thus far. In 2007, after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS, the Rockies were swept in the World Series by the Boston Red Sox, who claimed their second title in four years.
2020 marks the second World Series appearance for the Tampa Bay Rays
As mentioned, 2020 marks the second World Series appearance for the Tampa Bay Rays, who played their first MLB season in 1998. Tampa Bay first played in the World Series in 2008, the same year Joe Maddon won the first of two Manager of the Year awards with the club, but the Rays lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.
All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference