Who are the top nine players in baseball history by position to never play in a World Series? There are many who are in the hall of fame or will be who never got the experience of the fall classic. Here is a starting nine that might give anyone a run for their money.
Though known in baseball history as manager of four World Series champions with the New York Yankees, Torre was a very good player. He played the bulk of his first 10 seasons as a catcher, was a five time All-Star at the position and Gold Glove winner in 1965.
First Base: Don Mattingly New York Yankees
Mattingly had the misfortune of joining the Yankees the year after they made the Series in 1981 and retiring a year before they made it in 1996. He was a six-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glover and American League MVP in 1985.
Sandberg played 16 seasons, was a 10-time All-Star, the 1984 National League MVP and goes down in baseball history as the best second basemen to never play in a World Series.
Shortstop: Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
Mr. Cub was a nine-time All-Star at shortstop. He won back to back MVP awards in 1958 and ’59. He played 19 seasons without ever playing in the World Series.
Third Base: Ron Santo Chicago Cubs
When you go more than a century without appearing in a World Series you’re going to have players on a list like this. Santo was a nine-time All-Star and won five Gold Gloves. There are many who say he was the best to play the position.
Kiner played for some of the worst teams in baseball history. This did not stop him from becoming a six-time All-Star. Kiner won a major league record seven consecutive home run titles.
How in the world did ‘The Kid’ never play in a World Series? He played 22 seasons which is more than anyone else on this list. He was a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. He was American League MVP in 1992 and 1997. And he hit 630 home runs.
Right Field: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners
The best Asian player in major league baseball history, Ichiro is a 10-time All-Star, twice AL MVP, 10-time Gold Glove winner and three-time Silver Slugger award winner. He is the only player on this list who is still active.
Jenkins won 284 games and pitched 267 complete ones. He was a three-time All-Star and 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner. Fergie struck out 3,192 hitters.
All of these players must feel a tinge of regret every October.
These are nine of the greatest players in major league baseball history to never play in a World Series.