With the conclusion of the 2020 World Series, it is once again time for the yearly Best Active Players Without a World Series quiz. There were some big names crossed off the list this year, which we will cover after the break below. Also, I published several quizzes throughout the World Series (they were a good thing to focus on between innings and during pitching changes!), which I've also included below:
Best Players Without a World Series, 2020 Edition
World Series with an Expansion Team
It wasn't as big as last year, when the Nationals took eight players off the list, but the Dodgers' win cleared quite a few big names out. Clayton Kershaw was the most notable example, but Justin Turner and AJ Pollock
were also there. This also preempts younger stars like Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Walker Buehler from appearing on later versions. Mookie Betts, of course, already had a ring from the 2018 Red Sox (speaking of that trade, so did David Price, who opted out of the season; I wonder if he'll still get a ring, since teams are usually pretty generous on that front?).
As a mostly younger team, the Rays didn't have as many names on the list, but they were still represented on that front by Kevin Kiermaier. Kiermaier tried his darndest to make it happen for Tampa Bay, hitting .368/.400/.737, but between him and Randy Arozarena (.364/.462/.773), the Rays just didn't have the offense to pull it off this year; the rest of the team's batters combined slashed a mere .176/.232/.301. Maybe next year.
Anyway, I had a lot of ideas while making these, so there may be an offseason series of quizzes and articles on the way!