The 6 MLB Teams That Still Haven’t Won a World Series
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The Major League Baseball regular season seemingly goes on forever. It all starts with the first pitch in April, then a bunch of months in between before we get to October.

The postseasons in the NFL, NBA and NHL are riveting, but the MLB playoffs take on an entirely new persona. It’s all about winning 11 games and capturing a World Series ring. The matchups become more intricate and players who smash clutch home runs and win World Series MVPs earn a place in history.

On the other end of the spectrum are the baseball teams who have never experienced a World Series win. Some of these franchises are fairly new expansion teams. Others are still looking for their first championship after decades of existence. One hasn’t even tasted a World Series appearance.

From the American League to the National League, here are the six MLB franchises who have never won a World Series in order from oldest to youngest.

The 6 MLB Teams Without a World Series Title

Texas Rangers (1961)

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The Rangers just finished their 61st year and still haven’t been able to win a ring even though baseball legends such as Nolan Ryan, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez all played for the North Texas team at some point.

Texas was on the cusp of a World Series win in 2010 and 2011 with a solid core of Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson. They fell to the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively, and they haven’t been back to the Fall Classic since.


Milwaukee Brewers (1969)

The Brewers regularly put a respectable team out on the field. Respectable teams doesn’t necessarily win games in October.

Milwaukee has had several legends don its uniform such as Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. But the Brew Crew hasn’t been to a World Series since 1982, when they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

San Diego Padres (1969)

It’s easy to forget about the Padres. I had to remind myself there’s a team in San Diego as I wrote that sentence. The Southern California franchise won the National League pennant in 1984 and 1998 led by the sweet stroke of Tony Gwynn. Gwynn’s bat wasn’t enough as the Padres were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in ’84 and the New York Yankees in ’98.

Current shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is as good a guy as any to lead the team to a title.

Seattle Mariners (1977)

The Seattle MLB franchise doesn’t only not have a World Series title, it also holds the distinction as the only team that’s never appeared on baseball’s biggest stage.

Poor Mariners fans. Maybe one day.

Colorado Rockies (1993)

The Rockies went on a magical run during the 2007 postseason. They beat the Padres in the Wild Card game, swept the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series and kept the brooms out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

They went into the 2007 World Series against the Boston Red Sox undefeated in the playoffs and on top of the world. The Red Sox flipped the script and ended up sweeping the Denver-based team in its only World Series appearance in franchise history.

Tampa Bay Rays (1998)

The Tampa Bay Rays have won the American League pennant twice despite being the youngest franchise in the league. They fell to a loaded Phillies team in 2008 and lost in six games to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020. The Dodgers were probably due after heartbreaking loses in two of the three previous seasons.

The Rays looked to be headed towards a rebound in 2021, going 100-62 in the regular season. The baseball gods apparently don’t want the World Series trophy to live in Tampa just yet, because the Rays fell to AL East rival Boston in four games in the American League Division Series (ALDS).

MLB Teams With the Most World Series Wins

We’ve talked about the franchises who have yet to win baseball’s most precious hardware. Since the first World Series was played in 1903, 24 different clubs have won the title. Here are those franchises, in order from most titles to least.

  • New York Yankees — 27
  • St. Louis Cardinals — 11
  • Oakland Athletics — 9
  • Boston Red Sox — 9
  • San Francisco Giants — 8
  • Los Angeles Dodgers — 7
  • Cincinnati Reds — 5
  • Pittsburgh Pirates — 5
  • Detroit Tigers — 4
  • Chicago Cubs — 3
  • Atlanta Braves — 3
  • St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles — 3
  • Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins — 3
  • Chicago White Sox — 3
  • Philadelphia Phillies — 2
  • Cleveland Indians — 2
  • New York Mets — 2
  • Kansas City Royals — 2
  • Toronto Blue Jays — 2
  • Miami Marlins — 2
  • Houston Astros — 1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks — 1
  • Los Angels Angels — 1
  • Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals — 1

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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