Special Report

25 Hardest Teams to Root For

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20. Baltimore Orioles
> World Series: 3
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Last playoff appearance: 2016
> Win-loss pct.: 47.4%

The Baltimore Orioles may not seem like a tough team to cheer for with three World Series titles, but the club also lost four championship series, and their latest World Series was more than three and a half decades ago.

The Orioles lost 115 games in 2018, the most since the team moved to Baltimore 66 years ago. They improved only slightly the following year, losing a still-horrific 108 games.

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19. Columbus Blue Jackets
> Stanley Cups: 0
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Last playoff appearance: 2019
> Point pct.: 49.6%

The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of just eight NHL teams that have taken fewer than 50% of possible points throughout their history. The team, which began playing in the NHL in 2000, has made five postseason appearances, not counting the current NHL play-in format. Four of those playoff berths ended in the first round, though the team did pull off a shocking upset of the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2019 playoffs.

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18. Texas Rangers
> World Series: 0
> Playoff appearances: 8
> Last playoff appearance: 2016
> Win-loss pct.: 47.8%

During their first 35 years, from 1961-1995, the Texas Rangers franchise (formerly known as the Washington Senators) never made the playoffs. The team has made the playoffs eight times since, losing five times in the first round, once in the wild card round, and twice in the World Series. The Rangers are one of eight MLB teams that have won fewer than 48% of their games.

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17. Vancouver Canucks
> Stanley Cups: 0
> Playoff appearances: 27
> Last playoff appearance: 2015
> Point pct.: 48.8%

Despite having a number of quality teams and a number of current and future Hall of Famers, including Pavel Bure and the Sedin twins, Vancouver has never won a Stanley Cup. Fans may remember the team’s last best chance of winning, when Vancouver lost to Boston in the Stanley Cup finals in 2011.

The Canucks missed the playoffs in six of the last seven full seasons, including the last four in a row, although the team is currently in the play-in round in the league’s 24-team playoff format.

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16. Winnipeg Jets
> Stanley Cups: 0
> Playoff appearances: 4
> Last playoff appearance: 2019
> Point pct.: 49.6%

After losing the first iteration of the Jets, which went to Phoenix in 1996, Winnipeg got a team named the Jets back in 2011, when the Thrashers left Atlanta. Unfortunately for Jets fans, the Thrashers were one of the worst franchises in the NHL, making the playoffs only once in 11 seasons. Things are looking up for Winnipeg, though, as the Jets have made the playoffs in each of their last three seasons, most recently losing the play-in round to the Calgary Flames.

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