Longest Active MLB Postseason Droughts

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  • The longest active MLB postseason drought is shared by the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.
  • Both teams have gone eight seasons without advancing to the playoffs.

Every team in Major League Baseball is hoping to win the World Series at the end of the season, but some franchises have been more successful in that goal than others.

As of the 2023 season, the longest active MLB postseason drought is shared by the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, who have each gone eight seasons without advancing to the playoffs.

Longest Active MLB Postseason Droughts

TEAMYEARSLAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE
Detroit Tigers82015
Los Angeles Angels82015
Kansas City Royals 72016
Pittsburgh Pirates 72016
Baltimore Orioles62017
Texas Rangers62017
Arizona Diamondbacks52018
Colorado Rockies42019
Washington Nationals32020
Chicago Cubs22021
Cincinnati Reds22021
Miami Marlins22021
Minnesota Twins22021
Oakland Athletics22021
Boston Red Sox12022
Chicago White Sox12022
Milwaukee Brewers12022
San Francisco Giants12022

What’s the Longest Playoff Drought in MLB History?

The longest postseason drought in MLB history belongs to the St. Louis Browns, who went 41 seasons without making the playoffs between 1903 and 1944. The Browns folded in 1953 and relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.

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