Special Report

Teams That Have Never Won a Championship (And How Close They Came)

Grant Suneson

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San Diego Padres
> Active since: 1969
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Highest round reached: World Series
> Franchise win pct.: 46.1%

Throughout their 51 seasons, the San Diego Padres averaged about one postseason appearance per decade, and they haven’t made the playoffs since 2006.

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San Jose Sharks
> Active since: 1991
> Playoff appearances: 21
> Highest round reached: Stanley Cup Finals
> Franchise point pct.: 53.8%

San Jose may not seem like a hockey stronghold, but the Sharks have made the postseason in 21 of their 28 seasons. San Jose made the Stanley Cup Finals just once, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Seattle Mariners
> Active since: 1977
> Playoff appearances: 4
> Highest round reached: American League Championship Series
> Franchise win pct.: 47.1%

The Seattle Mariners made the playoffs four times between 1995 and 2001 — but not before or since. They are the only active MLB franchise without a World Series appearance. The 2001 squad won 116 regular season games, but lost in the ALCS.

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Tampa Bay Rays
> Active since: 1998
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Highest round reached: World Series
> Franchise win pct.: 47.3%

In their franchise’s first playoff appearance in 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays made it to the World Series, losing to the Philadelphia Phillies. Since then, the team has made four postseason appearances.

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Tennessee Titans
> Active since: 1960
> Playoff appearances: 22
> Highest round reached: Super Bowl
> Franchise win pct.: 48.2%

The Tennessee Titans, once the Houston Oilers, won the first two AFL championships — but nothing else since. In their one Super Bowl appearance, in 2000, the Titans came agonizingly close to a game-tying score at the last second but fell a yard short.