Special Report

25 Hardest Teams to Root For

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25. New York Mets
> World Series: 2
> Playoff appearances: 9
> Last playoff appearance: 2016
> Win-loss pct.: 48.0%

The New York Mets are frequently mocked for being dysfunctional in the front office, the clubhouse, and on the field. Even an attempt to sell the team fell through in February. The Mets have made the playoffs just nine times in their history. The team has lost 52% of their games, and they haven’t won a championship since 1986.

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24. Kansas City Royals
> World Series: 2
> Playoff appearances: 9
> Last playoff appearance: 2015
> Win-loss pct.: 48.0%

The history of the Kansas City Royals has been feast or famine — mostly famine. After beginning to play in 1969, Kansas City made the postseason seven times from 1976-1985, winning the 1985 World Series. The team then missed the playoffs for nearly 30 consecutive years, until 2014, when they lost the World Series. The Royals would go on to win it in 2015, but they have not finished the season with a winning record since.

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23. New York Jets
> Super Bowls: 1
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Last playoff appearance: 2011
> Win-loss pct.: 44.9%

The apex of the New York Jets franchise was the stunning upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The Jets reached the AFC Championship game four times since then, most recently in consecutive years in 2010 and 2011, but have failed to return to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for the Jets, they play in the same division as the New England Patriots, maybe the greatest football dynasty in NFL history. Although, with Tom Brady moving to Tampa Bay in the offseason, the Jets’ fortunes could finally be turning around.

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22. Colorado Rockies
> World Series: 0
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Last playoff appearance: 2018
> Win-loss pct.: 47.2%

One of the newer teams in the MLB, the Colorado Rockies have yet to make much of an impact. The team has made the playoffs just five times in 27 seasons. Four of those postseason trips ended in the first round, either in the divisional or wild card round. The best season the Rockies have had ended when they were swept in the 2007 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Colorado has one of the lowest winning percentages throughout their history in the MLB, at 47.2%.

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21. Milwaukee Brewers
> World Series: 0
> Playoff appearances: 6
> Last playoff appearance: 2019
> Win-loss pct.: 48.1%

The Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee to become the Brewers in 1969. In the over five decades since, the Brewers have made the postseason six times and played in the World Series once, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games in 1982. The Brewers have recently made the postseason two years in a row, however. They won the National League Central division in 2018 but lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the championship series. They lost the wild card game to the Nationals in 2019.

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