REVEALED: The 10 Greatest Players To Never Win A World Series

Jim Thome

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Jim Thome of the Philadelphia Phillies is 41 and playing in his 22nd season of Major League Baseball. He has also never won a World Series.This is significant because if we rank active players using career WAR (Wins Above Replacement; measures a players all-around play), Thome is best player to never win a World Series.

Thome has been to the playoffs nine times. However his lone World Series appearance came in 1997 when the Cleveland Indians lost to the Florida Marlins.

Interestingly, failing to win a World Series is actually rare among baseball’s best players. Of the top 25 players of all-time, 21 won at least one World Series.

On the next few pages, we’ll take a look at the greatest players* to never win a championship…

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content=”Career WAR (overall rank*): 79.9 (57)

World Series Losses: 1

* Data via Baseball-Reference.com. List only includes players that played the majority of their career during the World Series era (1903-present)
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title=”#9 Fergie Jenkins”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 81.5 (53)

World Series Losses: 0″
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title=”#8 Robin Roberts”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 82.7 (51)

World Series Losses: 1″
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title=”#7 Carl Yastrzemski”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 88.7 (42)

World Series Losses: 2″
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title=”#6 Gaylord Perry”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 90.5 (36)

World Series Losses: 0″
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title=”#5 Phil Niekro”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 93.0 (32)

World Series Losses: 0″
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title=”#4 Nap Lajoie”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 104.2 (24)

World Series Losses: 0″
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title=”#3 Ted Williams”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 125.3 (14)

World Series Losses: 1″
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title=”#2 Ty Cobb”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 159.5 (3)

World Series Losses: 3″
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title=”#1 Barry Bonds”
content=”Career WAR (overall rank): 171.8 (2)

World Series Losses: 1″
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title=”Now check out what Fenway Park looked like 100 years ago”
content=”FENWAY TURNS 100: This Is What America’s Most Iconic Ballpark Looked Like 100 Years Ago
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