Today’s Sportstat: August 29, 2019
Back-to-back post-season appearances have been rare for the Brewers
Before reading the rest of this article, see if you can answer this trivia question: Of the current 30 baseball franchises, can you name the two that have never played in the post-season in back-to-back seasons? (The answer is contained in the article.)
Brewers’ fans certainly enjoyed the team’s pennant run last season that ended one game short of an appearance in the World Series. Sitting here on the morning of August 29, the Brewers have a lot of work to do if they want to get back to the post season… they are 5½ games behind the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central, and are 3½ games out of the second Wild Card spot in the N.L.
Making the playoffs in back-to-back seasons has not happened very frequently for the Brew Crew. In fact, the team’s only back-to-back post-season appearance was back in 1981 and 1982; and that was when the franchise played in the American League, meaning the National League version of the Brewers has never played in the post season in back-to-back seasons.
Of teams that have played in the post season in back-to-back seasons, the Brewers have the longest drought for repeating that accomplishment. There are, however, two current MLB franchises that have never played in the post season in back-to-back years. It’s not surprising that Miami, which began as a MLB franchise in 1993, is one of those teams. What is surprising is the other team: the Chicago White Sox. Think of this, the White Sox began as a MLB franchise in 1901 and have never played in the post season in back-to-back years.
Here’s a breakdown of the last time each of the 30 MLB franchises played in the post season in back-to-back seasons.
Never: Chicago White Sox, Miami
1982: Milwaukee (as members of the American League)
2003: San Francisco
2006: San Diego
2009: Los Angeles Angels
2011: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay
2013: Atlanta, Cincinnati
2014: Detroit, Oakland
2015: Kansas City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
2016: New York Mets, Texas, Toronto
2018: Boston, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland, Colorado, Houston, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees
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