Both teams in the NLCS haven't been to the World Series in a long time. For the Phillies, it's been 13 seasons and the Padres have been waiting since 1998. With that long of a gap, it's no surprise that neither team has any active players on their current rosters that were there when they were last in the World Series. In fact, the rosters of both teams have a lot of players who have never made it there. Here are the players with at least 1000 career games on the rosters of the NLCS that haven't played in a World Series.
5. J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies (1005 games)
Not only has Realmuto never been to a Fall Classic, this is the first season he's ever played in the playoffs. A three-time All-Star, Realmuto has been one of the best catchers in baseball over the past few seasons. He's won two Silver Sluggers and even led the league in Runners Thrown Out and Stolen Base Percentage this year. He's also played on a stretch of terrible teams. When last year's Phillies went 82-80 last year, it was his first winning season in a career that started in 2014.
4. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres (1063 games)
The only Padre on the list, Wil Myers has had a bizarre career. He won the AL Rookie of the Year despite only playing 88 games in 2013. He followed that year with a disastrous sophomore season that led to a trade to San Diego. He wound up battling injuries for much of his eight seasons in San Diego but he became a fairly consistent and decent hitter when he was able to get into the lineup. The Padres currently hold a $20 million dollar option for next season that I doubt very much they will exercise so this may be the end of the line for Myers in San Diego.
3. Nick Castellanos, Philadelphia Phillies (1222 games)
Take away the team success and Castellanos' first year in Philly has been a disaster. His home run total dropped from 31 last year to only 13 this season. Despite the picture above, his defense continues to be a train wreck in right field. He's on the hook for four more years at $20 million dollars a season and you have to think the Phillies regret signing him to that deal. Imagine how much better this Phillies team could have been if they used those resources on someone else? Should the Phillies make the World Series, we should all be afraid and even morbidly curious about what major event that could be happening that a Castellanos home run would interrupt.
2. Jean Segura, Philadelphia Phillies (1328 games)
Similar to Realmuto, Segura also had a very good career (he even led the league in hits for a 93 loss DBack team) and this is also his first time in the playoffs. Segura had the misfortune of playing for the Brewers, Diamondbacks, Mariners and Phillies all during down points in those respective franchises. This is the most injury-plagued season of his career but he's played well for the Phillies in the playoffs. They currently have a $17 million dollar option for next season. I'm guessing they will exercise it and we'll see Segura in Philly next year.
1. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies (1382 games)
Ken Griffey, Jr. Ernie Banks. Rod Carew. None of those Hall of Famers ever made it to a World Series and Mike Trout and Harper could end up joining those guys. Until this season, Harper had never won a playoff series despite making it past the regular season four times with the Nationals. This will be the first LCS of his 11-year career. But he still has plenty of time. Even though he's played the most regular season games of anyone in this Top Five, he's the youngest person on this list. If you are wondering about pitchers, Padres reliever Craig Stammen leads the way with 562 regular season games without a World Series appearance.
Normally, I'd root for the team with the most guys on a list like this but I don't want anything to do with a team that has Noah Syndergaard on it. I am also tired of hearing Smitty congratulate himself around the office. I'll be pulling for the team that has made it to a World Series but is one of only six teams to never win one: The San Diego Padres.
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