Special Report

25 Hardest Teams to Root For

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5. Sacramento Kings
> Championships: 1
> Playoff appearances: 29
> Win-loss percentage: 45.6%

No team in basketball has disappointed fans as much as the Sacramento Kings. Once a proud franchise that won a championship in 1951 as the Rochester Royals, the Kings have rarely made it to the playoffs since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. The Royals moved to Cincinnati, then Kansas City, before settling in California as the Kings in 1985. The Kings made the playoffs eight straight times starting in 1999, but they never got to the NBA Finals. Since that run, the Kings have missed the playoffs for 13 straight years. It can be tough to stay engaged with a team that struggles so much. Forbes in 2016 ranked Kings fans as some of the least engaged in the NBA due to poor ticket sales and social media interaction.

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4. San Diego Padres
> World Series: 0
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Win-loss percentage: 46.2%

No team in Major League Baseball loses more frequently than the San Diego Padres. The team’s all-time winning percentage of .462 is the lowest of any franchise. The Padres only make the playoffs about once a decade on average. Led by Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, San Diego managed to get to two World Series, but the team played poorly in both. The Padres lost in five games in the 1984 World Series and were swept in the 1998 Fall Classic.

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3. Miami Marlins
> World Series: 2
> Playoff appearances: 2
> Win-loss percentage: 46.5%

The Marlins ownership apparently cannot stand prosperity. The team has won the World Series twice, the first time in 1997, just four years after the franchise came into existence. However, then-owner Wayne Huizenga sold or traded many of the players who delivered the first World Series title. In 2003, the Marlins won the championship again, but failing to reach a deal with the city for a new stadium, then-owner Jeffrey Loria also sold off players after 2005 to cut payroll. New ownership led by former Yankee Derek Jeter has continued the tradition, trading players such as former National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

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2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
> Super Bowls: 1
> Playoff appearances: 10
> Win-loss percentage: 38.5%

Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their only Super Bowl in 2003, but they have not reached the playoffs since 2007, when they lost the wild card game. The Bucs were hoping that quarterback Jameis Winston, drafted out of Florida State University, would return Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl. That has not worked out so far. Winston has only led the Bucs to one winning season. He started last season under suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

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1. Seattle Mariners
> World Series: 0
> Playoff appearances: 4
> Win-loss percentage: 47.2%

Despite having players such as Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Ichiro Suzuki in their primes, the Seattle Mariners have made the MLB playoffs just four times. Those four appearances came in a stretch of seven years and ended the year the team won 116 games — the most in any one season in baseball history. Still, the team lost in the American League Championship Series. The Mariners lost long-time fan favorite Ichiro, who announced his retirement this year after 14 seasons with the team.

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