Who is the greatest MLB player to never play in a World Series?
There are thousands of players who never had a chance to play in a World Series game in their careers. Our Cubs 360 panel with host Cole Wright debated who is the best player that never won a World Series on Thursday.
Ken Griffey Jr. played for many teams in his Hall of Fame career, yet he never played in the World Series. Jim Deshaies listed several Cubs players who never had the chance to play in the World Series and ultimately chose a more recent player.
“There’s 19 or 20 Hall of Fame players that have never appeared in the World Series and about half of them have worn a Cubs uniform for a good portion of their career. Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Ernie Banks of course are always brought up,” Deshaies said. “It’s an impressive group and I’ll add one more to that group and his name is Mike Trout. If he never makes it to the World Series, he’ll be at the top of that list.”
Len Kasper agreed with Deshaies, saying that Trout is the greatest player to have never appeared in the World Series. Bruce Levine went with a Cubs legend as the greatest player to never appear in a World Series.
“For me, it’s Ernie Banks. Ernie Banks never had a chance to go to the postseason because there were no extra rounds, no wild card. It was either you won your league and went to the World Series or you were out. Ernie playing for 19 years like that and re-invented the position of shortstop. Nobody had ever batted, hit home runs and led the league as a shortstop. Just from the perspective and his era, he’s the greatest player from that era that never got to the World Series,” Levine said.
Who do you think is the greatest player that never appeared in the World Series?
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