MLB: Top Five Players That May Never Win A Title

John LewisSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2008

The third installment of the top five players that may never win a title focuses on Major League Baseball. 

Several players could get their name crossed off the list this year.   

Alex Rodriguez

When all is said and done, A-Rod could be the greatest baseball player to ever live.  However, while he's still playing his teams seem to come up short in their quest for a title.  If it wasn't for a sophomore slump in his second season in the big leagues, he would have had 12 straight 30 HR 100 RBI seasons to start his career.  No player in the history of the game has ever done that.

After spending the first eight years in Seattle and Texas, A-Rod was traded to the Yankees to get them back in the World Series.  So far, he has not put the team on his shoulders in the post season and taken them to the Series. 

While Rodriguez shouldn't take all the blame for this but he was on the field for the biggest collapse in baseball history when the Red Sox came back from a 3-0 series deficit to win 4-3.

Ken Griffey Jr.

Griffey is widely considered one of the greatest of all-time and after 20 seasons he's still in pursuit of his first title.  His championship drought is certainly not from a lack of effort, as he has 608 homeruns, 1,756 RBI, 10 gold gloves, seven silver slugger awards, 2,650 hits and one MVP award.

His recent trade to the Chicago White Sox will now provide him with the best opportunity in years to finally get off the no-title train.

Johan Santana

Santana was arguably the greatest under the radar acquisition in Minnesota Twins history.  He was drafted by the Houston Astros and after the 1999 season he was left unprotected and eligible for the Rule-5 draft.  The Twins and Marlins made a trade that would send Santana and $500,000 to Minnesota for Jared Camp.

All he did after that was win two Cy Young awards, the pitching triple crown, wins-ERA-strikeouts, in 2006 and all at the age of 27.  Now with the New York Mets, the team is struggling to even make the post season which obviously hurts his chances of winning a title. 

Ryan Howard

I know he's still young and has plenty of time to raise the trophy but playing with the Philadelphia Phillies makes it almost impossible.  The Phils have lost over 10,000 games in their existence and will no doubt lose more.

Howard just kills the ball and he's always a threat to hit 60 HRs or more in a season but some teams are just cursed.  Much like the loveable losers in other cities, the Phils will have their work cut out for them to get passed the rest of the National League.  I'm not saying it's completely out of the realm of possibilities but let's face it, it will be tough.

Chicago Cubs

Not that every player on the team is a star but it is the 100th year of their World Series drought.  Could this be the year?  We still have a few months to go to find out but the Brewers and Cardinals would like to make it 101 years.

So far so good for Chicago as they seem to be able to shake off any tough situations and could again win the division.  Will Lou help bring them a title?  Will Rich Harden be the missing piece?  Stay tuned as the Cubs enter the final stretch of the season.