I had this year's version ready to go right when the series ended: Can You Name the Best Active Players Without a World Series, 2019 Edition? Spoilers below the break for some very brief discussion.
The Nationals had the oldest roster in the majors, as you may have heard, which means a lot of names got cleared off of this list: from most to least WAR, Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Howie Kendrick, Asdrubel Cabrera, Anthony Rendon, Aníbal Sánchez, and Brian Dozier can all cross this off their bucket list, while Michael Brantley, Gerrit Cole, and Zack Greinke will all need to wait a bit longer. This also means that the last three years have brought a World Series ring to every member of the 2014 Tigers' rotation (Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, David Price, Scherzer, and Sánchez).
The result was frustrating for the Astros, between a lot of runners left on base and a few confusing managerial calls on Hinch's part. But overall, this is a really likable Nationals team, and it's not like they have an extensive history of success, so I can't be too upset. You can't get into the mindset that every season is either a World Series or a failure, and on the whole, 107 wins and a pennant is hard to be too angry about.
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