There have been plenty of star players who never made it to a World Series, including Hall of Famers such as Andre Dawson, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Rod Carew, as well as likely Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.
Rafael Palmeiro played in 2,831 games (and 20 seasons) without getting to the World Series, the most by any player. As the 2013 season approaches, some active stars who have a chance of joining that club:
Bobby Abreu, 2,347 games (17 seasons)
He doesn’t have a team yet for 2013 so he could gain entry in a matter of months.
Playoff appearances: 3 Closest call: 2009 ALCS with Angels (Lost, 4-2)
Carlos Lee, 2,099 (14)
Another player in search of a team. Had only 9 HRs in 147 games in 2012.
Playoff appearances: 1 Closest call: 2000 ALDS with White Sox (3-0)
Torii Hunter, 1,947 (16)
At 37, signed a two-year free agent deal with Tigers in December.
Playoff appearances: 6 Closest calls: 2009 ALCS with Angels (4-2); 2002 ALCS with Twins (4-1)
Carlos Beltran, 1,919 (15)
It’s hard to come any closer: He’s lost in Game 7 of the NLCS with three teams.
Playoff appearances: 3 Closest calls: 2004 NLCS Houston (4-3); 2006 NLCS with Mets (4-3); 2012 NLCS with Cardinals (4-3)
Ichiro Suzuki, 1,911 (12)
Even joining Yankees in 2012 couldn’t get him over the hump.
Playoff appearances: 2 Closest calls: 2012 ALCS withYankees (4-0); 2001 ALCS with Mariners (4-1)