The Best 10 MLB Players Without a World Series Title

Brandon Croce@@BrandonCroceAnalyst IJuly 21, 2013

The Best 10 MLB Players Without a World Series Title

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    In sports, when people want to rank players in their respective sports, the first question that is asked is; "How many championships have they won?” In Major League Baseball this is no different as players are sometimes defined by their championships.

    For this list, I included players who are 30 years of age or older and tried to determine their chances of winning a World Series title before the end of their career. These 10 players have had good careers and are still productive players, but a World Series ring will help cement their place in MLB history.

Carlos Beltran

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    Carlos Beltran is a 15-year veteran, but watching him in the past two seasons, fans would assume he is just hitting his prime. He has spent the majority of his career with bottom dwellers, like the Royals and the Mets, but he has been a part of a couple of late postseason runs as well.

    The first run came in 2004, when he came up one game short of the World Series as a member of the Houston Astros. He had to wait eight years until his next chance to grab a ring, when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals. Once again, he came up one game short of reaching the World Series when the Cardinals lost to the Giants.

    The outfielder has been a major reason for the success of the team with a batting average of .309, 19 home runs and 53 RBI. Barring a major collapse, it looks like the Cardinals are primed for another deep postseason run and Beltran could finally get that ring. 

Ichiro Suzuki

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    Ichiro Suzuki is no longer the amazing player he was at the beginning of his career with the Mariners. He has only been a serviceable player for the New York Yankees since being traded last summer. He didn't waste much time getting to the postseason by reaching the ALCS in his first season in 2001, but the Mariners were overpowered by the Yankees and lost in five games.

    Ichiro had to wait 11 seasons until he got back to the postseason, this time as a member of the Yankees. However, it was short lived as the Tigers made quick work of the Bronx Bombers last season.

    Unlike Beltran, it is hard to gauge Ichiro's chances of a ring because of all the injuries the Yankees have had this year. If Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson can come back and be serviceable, the Yankees should be in the playoff race for the remainder of the season. 

    At 39 years old, it is hard to imagine Ichiro having many years left to grab a World Series ring.

Todd Helton

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    Todd Helton is not the same feared hitter he was a few years ago, but the 16-year veteran needs to be recognized on this list. It is rare to find a player in this era who spent his entire career with one organization. 

    A lack of championship has been no fault of Helton as he has a career batting average of .318, 360 career home runs and 1376 RBI. If he finishes his career with the Rockies, it is hard to imagine that he will retire with a World Series title on his resume, as they don't have the pitching to compete in the NL West.

Tim Hudson

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    Tim Hudson has made six postseason appearances over his 14 seasons as a member of the Oakland A's and Atlanta Braves. This year could be number seven as the Atlanta Braves have a six-game lead in the NL East over the Washington Nationals.

    Even though Hudson has made the playoffs multiple times, he has never gotten past the first round.

    This year his numbers are down, but his veteran leadership has helped lead the Braves pitching staff to the second-best team ERA in Major League Baseball.

    This could be the season his championship drought comes to an end.

Joe Mauer

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    Joe Mauer has been a member of the Minnesota Twins for his entire nine-year career. He has made the playoffs in three different years, but he has never gotten past the ALCS and he hasn't played in the postseason since 2010. 

    Mauer is one of the top players at his position but, as the Twins are constructed right now, he will not be competing for a World Series pennant anytime soon. He should have a number of years left in his career but he may have to waive his no-trade clause if he wants a ring before 2018, which is when his contract runs out.

Josh Hamilton

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    Of all the players on this list, Josh Hamilton has been the closest to a title in the past three seasons, with back to back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. He also made it to the American League Wild Card game in 2012.

    Hamilton joined the LA Angels and hoped to continue his string of postseason appearances but that may not be the case as they are sitting eight games back of a playoff spot. Hamilton has a young star in Mike Trout and an organization that is not afraid of spending money. If he stays with LA over his entire contract, he has a good chance to get a World Series ring.

David Wright

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    David Wright has been the face of the Mets franchise for nearly a decade now but he has only been to the postseason once. In 2006, he fell one game short of the World Series when the Mets lost to the Cardinals.

    The Mets have struggled the past few years with four-straight fourth place finishes. With the emergence of Matt Harvey and the top prospects brought into the farm system, the Mets have a bright future. At 30 years of age, Wright should still be a part of the organization when that happens.

Roy Halladay

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    Roy Halladay has been one of the best pitchers over the past 15 years but unfortunately that has not translated to World Series pennants. He has only made the postseason twice, both as a member of the Phillies, and even threw a no-hitter in his first postseason game.

    He is currently on the 60-day DL right now with hopes to come back this season to help them catch the Braves for the division lead. The Phillies though are an aging team and they may not have many more chances to get a ring with how the team is constructed. 

Jake Peavy

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    Jake Peavy has spent his 11-year career between the San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox but he has only been to two postseasons. It came in 2005 and 2006 as members of the San Diego Padres and it was short-lived as both years they did not advance past the NLCS.

    Peavy has put together a respectable career with a 127-97 record and a career ERA of 3.49 but has been stuck on bad teams the majority of his career.

    He could potentially be moved at the trade deadline according to ESPN's Buster Olney who said a number of teams are looking at him. This will substantially increase his chances at a ring depending on where he ends up.

Carl Crawford

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    Carl Crawford has played for Tampa Bay, Boston and the LA Dodgers over his 11-year career and has been to the postseason twice. Both times it was as a member of the Rays as he made the World Series in 2008 but has not been back to the postseason since 2010.

    Crawford has not been the same player since leaving Tampa Bay but is still a serviceable player for the Dodgers. With the emergence of Yasiel Puig and re-emergence of Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers are back in the race for the NL West.

    If the Dodgers don't take the whole thing this year he will still be in a good situation. His organization is not afraid to spend money to bring in top talent.