Monday, October 19, 2020

Penant Drought Update: 2020

Last year I noted how long it had been since each Major League Baseball team has won a penant. Well, this past weekend, the 2020 penants were decided. Here's how the list looks now.

  1. Seattle Mariners - 43 years (have never won; began play in 1977)
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates - 41 years (Oct. 5, 1979)
  3. Milwaukee Brewers - 38 years (Oct. 10, 1982)
  4. Baltimore Orioles - 37 years (Oct. 8, 1983)
  5. Oakland Athletics - 30 years (Oct. 10, 1990)
  6. Cincinnati Reds - 30 years (Oct. 12, 1990)
  7. Minnesota Twins - 29 years (Oct. 13, 1991)
  8. Toronto Blue Jays - 27 years (Oct. 12, 1993)
  9. San Diego Padres - 22 years (Oct. 14, 1998)
  10. Atlanta Braves - 21 years (Oct. 19, 1999)
  11. Arizona Diamondbacks - 19 years (Oct. 21, 2001)
  12. Los Angeles Angels - 18 years (Oct. 13, 2002)
  13. Miami Marlins - 17 years (Oct. 15, 2003)
  14. Chicago White Sox - 15 years (Oct. 16, 2005)
  15. Colorado Rockies - 13 years (Oct. 15, 2007)
  16. Philadelphia Phillies - 11 years (Oct. 21, 2009)
  17. New York Yankees - 11 years (Oct. 25, 2009)
  18. Texas Rangers - nine years (Oct. 15, 2011)
  19. Detroit Tigers - eight years (Oct. 18, 2012)
  20. Saint Louis Cardinals - seven years (Oct. 18, 2013)
  21. San Francisco Giants - six years (Oct. 16, 2014)
  22. Kansas City Royals - five years (Oct. 23, 2015)
  23. New York Mets - five years (Oct. 21, 2015)
  24. Chicago Cubs - four years (Oct. 22, 2016)
  25. Cleveland Indians - four years (Oct. 19, 2016)
  26. Boston Red Sox - two years (Oct. 18, 2018)
  27. Washington Nationals - one year (Oct. 15, 2019)
  28. Houston Astros - one year (Oct. 19, 2019)
  29. Tampa Bay Rays - zero years (Oct. 17, 2020)
  30. Los Angeles Dodgers - zero years (Oct. 18, 2020)

My favorite team is still second on this list, but as I tweeted once, my continuum of favorite teams begins and ends thus:

  • 1. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 3. Washington Nationals
  • 4. Kansas City Royals
  • 5. Los Angeles Angels
  • 6. Boston Red Sox
  • ...
  • 25. Cincinnati Reds
  • 26. Atlanta Braves
  • 27. Chicago Cubs
  • 28. Houston Astros
  • 29. New York Yankees
  • 30. San Francisco Giants

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