Yankees stand among MLB’s Longest World Series droughts

Yankees roster in 2010

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While the New York Yankees, a revered name in baseball lore, have celebrated numerous triumphs throughout their history, it’s important to note that other MLB teams have grappled with lengthy World Series droughts. In stark contrast to the Yankees’ perennial success, the Seattle Mariners, as of our latest data, hold the unenviable distinction of enduring the longest active World Series drought, an astonishing 47 years without setting foot on baseball’s grandest stage. Astonishingly, prior to the 2022 season, the Mariners also suffered the longest postseason absence across all four major professional leagues, enduring a daunting 20-year hiatus.

Hitting home runs and hitting dry spells

Yankees roster in 2010

This year, it’s worth noting that the New York Yankees didn’t qualify for the playoffs, a departure from their storied history of postseason success. However, their past is rich with greatness and triumphs in the world of baseball.

However, the Yankees’ situation, while not as dire, reminds us that even the most illustrious franchises can face challenges and dry spells. Their 14th title in 2010 was undoubtedly a shining moment in their storied history, but it also serves as a testament to the ever-evolving nature of the sport, where winning streaks and droughts are all part of the journey. The Yankees, without a doubt, remain a baseball powerhouse, and their enduring legacy continues to captivate the hearts and imaginations of fans worldwide.

But if you think the Yankees’ drought is notable, consider the Chicago Cubs, who held the unenviable record of a 70-year World Series drought, stretching from 1946 to 2016. It’s almost hard to believe that they went seven decades without a single appearance in a World Series. Prior to their 2016 trip to the ‘Fall Classic,’ which they won, their last appearance dated back to 1945 when they faced the Detroit Tigers and lost. Their previous World Series victory before 2016 was in 1908, once again against the Detroit Tigers, meaning they endured a full 108-year gap between titles.

Which MLB teams have gone the longest since making the World Series?

Here’s a comprehensive list of teams with extended periods without an appearance in MLB’s showpiece series:

TeamNo. of YearsStart Year
Seattle Mariners471977
Pittsburgh Pirates441980
Milwaukee Brewers401983
Baltimore Orioles391984
Oakland Athletics331991
Cincinnati Reds331991
Minnesota Twins311992
Toronto Blue Jays281995
San Diego Padres251999
Arizona Diamondbacks212002
Los Angeles Angels212003
Miami Marlins192004
Chicago White Sox182006
Colorado Rockies162008
New York Yankees142010

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