“There are bad ways to win– and good ways to lose. What’s interesting and troubling is that it’s not always clear which is which. A flipped coin doesn’t always land heads or tails. Sometimes it may never land at all…”
Is it not quite interesting that humans love to classify everything into black and white categories? It makes it all easier by watering everything down. When it comes down to it, the vast majority of players who have touched MLB grass have never played in a World Series, let alone won one, if you play by the percentages. Some of the best players in the history of the game never won a World Series, and this goes to show just how much of a team game baseball really is. With that being said, who do you believe is the best player to never win a World Series?
Should I acknowledge the elephant in the room and point out that Barry Bonds has never won a ring? Some people are willing to look past his tainted past to give him credit as one of the best hitters of all time… myself? Not so much. On the topic of sluggers, however, you can look down the line at Harmon Killebrew and Willie McCovey, who each failed to win a World Series.
You could move closer to this time period and take a look at Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, my two favorite players in MLB history, who also fell short. Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell? Yep, they never picked up the rings either. And if your interest happens to be pitchers, what about Gaylord Perry or Don Sutton? And do I even need a segway into mentioning the names Ty Cobb and Ted Williams? Believe it.
When it comes down to it, I could make an all-star team based on the players that never won a World Series…so when it comes to it, who do you think is the best player to never win a World Series?
For kicks, here’s that all-star team I just mentioned…
C : Mike Piazza
1B: Willie McCovey
2B: Nap Lajoie
3B: Ron Santo
SS: Ernie Banks
OF: Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr.
P: Gaylord Perry, Don Sutton, Juan Marichal, Fergie Jenkins, Early Wynn, Robin Roberts, Lee Smith
Bench: George Sisler, Harmon Killebrew, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Ralph Kiner, Ryne Sandberg, Nellie Fox, Barry Bonds.