2020-03-22 07:00:00 EDT
Baseball is one of the toughest sports in the world to play and have team success, so it’s not surprising to see a lot of the games greats come up short in the championship department. However, there are a lot of great players who have never even played in a World Series.
Here are the batters who have played the most games in MLB history without a World Series appearance.
1. Rafael Palmeiro, 2,831 games – Rafael Palmeiro played in two league championships in 20 seasons and 22 playoff games overall. Palmeiro was a four-time all star, three-time gold glove winner and one of six players to hit 500 home runs and come away with 3,000 hits. Palmeiro would be in the baseball hall of fame if he didn’t take steroids.
2. Ken Griffey Jr., 2,671 games – Ken Griffey Jr. played in just 18 playoff games and one league championship in 22 years. Griffey Jr. was a 13-time all-star, 10-time gold glove winner, 1997 AL MVP and is seventh all-time in home runs. Griffey Jr. also has the prettiest swing the game has ever seen.
3. Ichiro Suzuki, 2,653 games – Ichiro Suzuki made the postseason just twice in 19 years and both league championships were very quick work. Suzuki was a 10-time all-star, 2001 AL MVP, 10-time gold glove winner and holds the single season record with 262 hits.
4. Andre Dawson, 2,627 games – Andre Dawson played in 15 postseason games in 21 years, making the playoffs just once in his first 13 seasons. Dawson was an eight-time all-star, 1987 NL MVP, eight-time gold glove winner and is one of eight players with a career 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases.
5. Ernie Banks, 2,528 games – Ernie Banks holds the all-time baseball record with the most games played without a playoff appearance, so it was only a matter of time before he ended up on this list. Playing 19 years on some bad Chicago Cubs teams, Banks was a 14-time all-star, two-time NL MVP and won a gold glove in 1960.
6. Julio Franco, 2,527 games – Julio Franco played 23 years on eight different teams and found himself in nine different postseason series, but he could never taste the promised land. Franco was a three-time all-star, five-time silver slugger award winner and was an AL batting champ in 1991.
7. Billy Williams, 2,488 games – Billy Williams spent 16 of his 18 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and never played in the postseason with the franchise. Williams did make the postseason in 1975 with the Oakland Athletics, but they were swept by the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. Williams was a six-time all-star and NL rookie of the year in 1961.
8. Rod Carew, 2,469 games – Rod Carew played in four different American League Championship series in his four-year career, but the ball just never bounced his way. Carew finished his career as an 18-time all-star, 1977 AL MVP and a seven-time batting champion.
9. Bobby Abreu, 2,425 games – Bobby Abreu played on six different teams in 18 years and found himself in one league championship, which was his 2009 Los Angeles Angels losing to the New York Yankees in six games. Abreu was a two-time all-star and a gold glove winner in 2005.
10. Luke Appling, 2,422 games – Luke Appling played 20 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and never even made the postseason. Appling led the league in batting average twice, and he was a seven-time all-star and two-time AL batting champion.