By Jacob Luft
May 20, 2005
A Curse For Every Team (Except The Red Sox) Cont.
Team Curse
World Series drought: 19 seasons (1985)
Postseasons since then: None
How much luck/karma did they use up in coming back to beat the Cardinals in the 1985 World Series? Twenty years later, Jorge Orta is still out by a mile.
World Series drought: 18 seasons (1986)
Postseasons since then: 1988, '99, 2000
The front office broke the hearts of Mets fans everywhere when it traded Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell to the Phillies for flash-in-the-pan Juan Samuel, who was dealt to the Dodgers in the offseason.
World Series drought: 16 seasons (1988)
Postseasons since then: '95, '96, 2004
Mike Piazza was on his way to becoming the greatest-hitting catcher of all time when the Dodgers traded him to the Marlins in 1998 as part of a seven-player deal.
World Series drought: 15 seasons (1989)
Postseasons since then: 1990, '92, 2000, '01, '02, '03
Joe Santoro of the Reno Gazette-Journal has stumbled upon a good one: The Curse of the Canseco. Neither the A's nor the Yankees have won it all since discarding the self-proclaimed chemist.
World Series drought: 14 seasons (1990)
Postseasons since then: 1995
It would be too easy to pick on the late Marge Schott here, so let's not. Instead, Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News offered up Danny Jackson as the source of a curse. The Reds failed to re-sign the left-hander after sweeping the A's in the 1990 World Series.
World Series drought: 13 seasons (1991)
Postseasons since then: 2002, '03, '04
Kirby Puckett gained election into the Hall of Fame not just because of his numbers, but also because baseball writers believed him to be such an upstanding citizen. A 2003 Sports Illustrated expose -- "The Secret Life of Kirby Puckett" -- showed that might not have been the case after all.
World Series drought: 12 seasons (Since inception in 1993)
Postseasons since then: 1995
This one is easy: elevation. The thin air has helped the NHL's Avalanche and NFL's Broncos capture multiple championships, so it's only fair that fans of visiting teams can revel in the Rockies' failure to win at altitude.
World Series drought: 11 seasons (1993)
Postseasons since then: None
This might be America's payback for the World Series trophy going north of the border not once, but twice in consecutive seasons. To add insult to injury, the Stanley Cup has remained comfortably within U.S. borders since the Jays won their last Series.
World Series drought: Nine seasons (1995)
Postseasons since then: 1996, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04
They haven't won a World Series game since moving out of the Launching Pad (Fulton-County Stadium) after 1996. You think maybe they should have named Turner Field after Home Run King Hank Aaron instead?
World Series drought: Seven seasons (since inception in 1998)
Postseasons since then: None
Way back when the Devil Rays were in their nascent stage, they dealt Bobby Abreu to the Phillies for Kevin Stocker, who played parts of three seasons for Tampa Bay. Abreu has developed into one of the best all-around players in the game.
World Series drought: Four seasons (2000)
Postseasons since then: 2001, '02, '03, '04
Isn't it obvious? The Curse of Tino Martinez! At least the Yankees are making recompense. Martinez has been brought back and is hitting like it's 1998 now that Joe Torre has committed to him as a full-time player once again.
World Series drought: Three seasons (2001)
Postseasons since then: 2002
Trading Hall of Famers can be dicey, and the D'backs have dealt away two of them in the past two seasons -- Curt Schilling (Red Sox) and Randy Johnson (Yankees).
World Series drought: Two seasons (2002)
Postseasons since then: 2004
Thanks to their 2002 World Series run, we have to put up with ThunderStix® at nearly every major sporting event. Also, did the Angels remember to pay royalties to House of Pain for the Rally Monkey theme song?
World Series drought: One season (2003)
Postseasons since then: None
They failed to bring back the heart and soul of their wild-card championship run, Pudge Rodriguez, after a bitter contract negotiation. Rodriguez's replacement, Ramon Castro, batted .135 and was charged with raping a woman in Pittsburgh.

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