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Ask Sports: Is the Royals’ playoff drought approaching a record?

  • Published Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Is the Royals' playoff drought approaching a record?

As Kansas City flirted with a Wild Card appearance this season, Royals fans couldn't escape the history of 1985, the last time the team went to the playoffs.

As 27 postseasonless seasons stretched into 28, KC faithful have surely heard by now that it was the longest active streak in pro sports.

But is it the longest ever? Not quite.

Since the intradivisional playoffs began in 1969, only one franchise has gone longer between postseason appearances - and that was including two cities and a name change. Last year's Washington Nationals ended a 31-year drought when they played in their first playoff game since the 1981 Montreal Expos lost in the NLCS.

So the Royals have until 2016 to reach that.

But if one includes the full World Series era beginning in 1903, the Royals are only 12th in terms of droughts.

At No. 1, the St. Louis Browns - now the Baltimore Orioles - went 41 years before playing in the 1944 World Series.

Other notable postseason droughts that ended in the modern era included the Cubs (no playoffs from 1945 until 1984) and the Indians (from 1954 until 1995).

With the Pirates reaching the Wild Card game, the Royals are now one of two franchises to not reach the playoffs since the Wild Card was introduced in 1994. The Toronto Blue Jays, who haven't played a postseason game since Joe Carter's home run in 1993, are the other.

Joshua Wood

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