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macro
10-24-2010, 12:07 AM
I guess the thread title says it all. The Reds now have one of the ten longest World Series droughts. As someone who grew up as a baseball fan in the 1970s, it is shocking to see the teams that make up the list:



TEAM YEARS

Chicago (N) 65
Washington 41
Seattle 33
Pittsburgh 30
Milwaukee 27
Baltimore 26
Kansas City 24
Los Angeles (N) 21
Oakland 19
Cincinnati 19

Of the 20 World Series appearances that were made during the decade of the 70s, 15 of them were made by the Reds (4), Dodgers (3), A's (3), Orioles (3), and Pirates (2). All five of those franchise are in this top ten list. A sixth team, the Royals, were in the ALCS for three straight seasons from 1976-78.

The Dodgers made two more World Series appearances in the 80s, while the A's made three. It's strange growing up with these teams as fixtures in the World Series and now seeing them go decades without playing in one.

kaldaniels
10-24-2010, 12:13 AM
As far as the Reds are concerned, I won't be dwelling on this fact. The 90s were competitive overall and the 00s were a disaster. Thats all in the past though.

The future is bright.

oneupper
10-24-2010, 09:25 AM
19 years isn't that much in a 16 team league.

Chip R
10-24-2010, 10:34 AM
Does this show that there is more parity in MLB than what the perception is?

redsmetz
10-24-2010, 06:54 PM
This is usually WOY's department, but this isn't even our longest in the club's history. It was 20 years from the 1919 to the 1939 Series, then 21 years from the 1940 to the 1961 World Classic. Then it was just a short nine years until the Reds played in four World Series in the 1970's. Then it was another 14 years. Is suspect looking at the longer history of the game, while it's a long while, it's not in the top 10.

macro
10-24-2010, 08:18 PM
This is usually WOY's department, but this isn't even our longest in the club's history. It was 20 years from the 1919 to the 1939 Series, then 21 years from the 1940 to the 1961 World Classic. Then it was just a short nine years until the Reds played in four World Series in the 1970's. Then it was another 14 years. Is suspect looking at the longer history of the game, while it's a long while, it's not in the top 10.

I meant that it's the 10th longest current drought.

TheNext44
10-24-2010, 09:36 PM
Of all the teams on this list, the Reds seem to be the closest to ending their drought.

sivman17
10-24-2010, 11:55 PM
I'm not as concerned with this drought as much as I was concerned about the 15 year playoff drought that we had endured until this year. 15 years! That's a long time to never make the playoffs. Also the streak of losing seasons. That was bad, too.

Well, we ended one drought this year, hopefully next year we can end another.

macro
10-25-2010, 12:40 PM
I'm not as concerned with this drought as much as I was concerned about the 15 year playoff drought that we had endured until this year. 15 years! That's a long time to never make the playoffs. Also the streak of losing seasons. That was bad, too.

Well, we ended one drought this year, hopefully next year we can end another.

I agree. The 15-year playoff drought was worse and much less excusable, especially given that eight teams, or almost 1/3 of the league, make it each year.

westofyou
10-25-2010, 12:57 PM
http://www.baseballminutia.com/images/season_69.gif

White = Sub .500
Green = .500 and a bove
Maroon = Division
Red = League

cumberlandreds
10-25-2010, 01:17 PM
Most of the dominant teams of the 70's are represented on that list. Baltimore,Pittsburgh,Kansas City,Cincinnati,Los Angeles and Oakland were regular playoff teams during that decade. For the most part nearly all turned into dregs of the league in the 90's and 2000's. The Dodgers are the real surprise here. You wouldn't think a franchise with the financial resources they have had during this time would have gone so long without at least one World Series appearance.

TEAM YEARS

Chicago (N) 65
Washington 41
Seattle 33
Pittsburgh 30
Milwaukee 27
Baltimore 26
Kansas City 24
Los Angeles (N) 21
Oakland 19
Cincinnati 19