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    I'm sure every one of you out there have experienced heartbreak over your favorite team falling just short of the ultimate goal at one time or another.Whether your team was bounced in the Division Series last October or you have been waiting since Babe Ruth was a toddler,I would like to know what you think was the best team to not win it all.Case in point,the 2001 Mariners and A's.I know there will be some very interesting posts.

    I'll start with my pick the 1983 White Sox who won 99 games and won the AL West by 20 games,only to have their hopes dashed by that noted home run hitter Tito Landrum and the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS.

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    RE: The Best Teams To Never Go To The World Series

    Good topic. I'd say the '54 Yanks were pretty fair. They won 103 games, but finished 8 games back of the Tribe that season.

    The Braves set a standard for underachievement. In 1997 they went 101-61 and knocked off the Giants before falling to the Marlins in the NLCS. The very next year, they went 106-56, knocking off the Cubs before falling to San Diego in the NLCS. In '93, the Braves won 104 before falling to the Phillies in the NLCS.

    The '73 Reds won 99 games and lost the NLCS to the 82-79 Mets, which is pretty humbling.

    But my all-time post-season underachiever has to be the 2001 Mariners. 116 wins and it was all they could do to get past Cleveland in the ALDS before losing to the Yanks in the ALCS.

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    • #3
      RE: The Best Teams To Never Go To The World Series

      You won't get a lot of arguments about the 2001 Mariners being post-season underachievers.But how abut the 1993 Giants who won 103 games and finished 1 game behind Atlanta in Barry Bonds' 1st season in Frisco.

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      • #4
        RE: The Best Teams To Never Go To The World Series

        That team, along with the '94 strike, really got the ball rolling on the wildcard.

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        • #5
          RE: The Best Teams To Never Go To The World Series

          The 1981 Cincinnati Reds, as well as the '81 St.Louis Cardinals won the most games in their respective divisions over the course of the lockout interrupted season. The owners decided to "split" the season into two halves, and thus, the Reds and Cards were not even in the division playoffs, let alone the NLCS and were, in my mind (and backed up by their W/L record,) better teams than the Dodgers or Yankees that screwy year.
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          • #6
            RE: The Best Teams To Never Go To The World Series

            [updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-19-01 AT 03:49 PM (EST)]Gang-

            Not sure on their exact record/numbers/stats/etc. but I need to put in a vote for my 1978 Red Sox, who were eliminated from even making the AL Playoffs in the illustrious 163rd game of the season by one, Bucky Dent? Go figure?

            Also, among recent teams, how about the 1994 ChiSox? That squad looked great until the strike?

            -FenwayJeff-
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            • #7
              RE: The Best Teams To Never Go To The World Series

              That '94 White Sox team sure looked good.Just think,a Chisox-Expos World Series,but then again this isn't a perfect world.But the only good thing that came out of '94 was that we did not have a sub .500 team make the playoffs which would have been the Texas Rangers who were 12 games under .500 and leading the AL West in '94.

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              • #8
                RE: The Best Teams To Never Go To The World Series

                [updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-25-01 AT 06:09 PM (EST)]The answer is:

                2001 Seattle Mariners
                1904 Giants
                1909 Cubs
                1942 Brooklyn Dodgers
                1954 Yankees
                1915 Tigers
                1994 Expos
                1993 Braves
                1928 Phil As
                1908 NY Giants
                1908 Pirates
                1980 Yankees
                1993 Giants
                1941 Cardinals
                1906 NY Giants
                1977 Royals
                1905 Pirates
                1997 Braves
                1961 Tigers
                1976-77 Phillies
                1949 Red Sox
                1935 Cardinals
                1920 White Sox
                1909 Phil As
                1919 Giants
                1994 Yankees
                1948 Red Sox
                1972 Pirates
                1962 Dodgers
                1951 Dodgers
                28 year SABR member.

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                • #9
                  RE: The Best Teams To Never Go To The World Series

                  Great list SportsFan 07!

                  I got a couple of more.The 1987 Tigers who had the best record in baseball at 98-64 only to get bounced in 5 games by Minnesota in the ALCS.My other is the 1984 Cubs had the top NL mark at 96-65 but lost to San Diego in the NLCS in 5.('84 was the last year of the best of 5 in LCS play.)

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                  • #10
                    The 1990-1992 Pirates. Talentwise, they were the best team in the NL in those years, in my opinion, with Bonds, Bonilla, Bell, Drabek, Van Slyke etc., but they lacked that dominant closer, which came to haunt them in 1992. It also didn't help that Bonds and Bonilla stopped hitting in the 1990 NLCS and in 1991 running into a Brave's team riding high on emotion. Still, the Pirates had a 3-2 lead in that series, then Avery and Smoltz shut them down in games 6 and 7. And, of course, everyone remembers Cabrera' s hit and Bream's dash in 1992, but what seems to be forgotten is Jose Lind's error during that same 9th inning.

                    Another team not mentioned is the 1990 Oakland A's. Steamrolled to the division title, demolished the Red Sox in the ALCS and just got whipped by the Reds in 4 games. I find it hard to believe that the 1988-1990 A's won only one World Series.

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                    • #11
                      1994 expos

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Steve Jeltz
                        Another team not mentioned is the 1990 Oakland A's. Steamrolled to the division title, demolished the Red Sox in the ALCS and just got whipped by the Reds in 4 games.
                        Um, I think they did go to the World Series :noidea
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                        • #13
                          The 1980 Orioles were a very good team. They won 100 games - but the Yankees, also in the AL East, won 103. But the Yankees didn't go either. They lost to the Royals in the ALCS.

                          Such is playoff baseball. Some very good teams failed to go to the World Series. In many cases, because of the playoff format, the best team sat at home during the series, while a team that got hot for a few days got the nod.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RuthMayBond
                            Um, I think they did go to the World Series :noidea
                            Ooops, I misread the the topic title. :o

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                            • #15
                              If I'm not mistaken, the 1906 Cleveland Indians were one of the few teams ever to lead the league in hitting, pitching and defense, and still go home come October.
                              "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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