List of Major League Baseball postseason teams

This article is a list of the teams that have participated in the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason, the elimination tournament conducted after the regular season by which Major League Baseball determines its World Series champion for a given year.

Major League Baseball's postseason format has evolved throughout its history, with the number of participating teams increasing from two (for its first six-plus decades) to the current 10. The World Series was first played in 1903, when the champions of the established National League (NL) and the upstart American League (AL) met for a playoff series. From that time through 1968, the two leagues (which each had eight teams through 1960) each sent only its team with the best regular-season record to the World Series. In 1969, as each league had expanded to 12 teams, each league was divided into East and West divisions and another playoff round was created. This round became known as the League Championship Series (LCS), with the four division champions competing for a spot in the World Series every year. This format lasted until 1993.

In 1995, the again-expanded leagues were re-organized into three separate divisions, and another playoff round was established, called the Division Series (DS). In this format, for each league, the champions of the East, Central, and West divisions would be joined in the playoffs by a Wild Card team. The addition of the Wild Card allowed a team that was not a division winner but still had one of the top regular-season records to enter the playoffs as the number 4 seed. In 2012, the structure was adjusted such that two teams from each league receive Wild Card berths and then play a single game against each other to determine who advances to the Division Series. This is the current playoff format in Major League Baseball.

Three anomalies in the above-described system occurred. In 1904, the World Series did not take place because the National League champion did not wish to participate and the leagues had not yet agreed to require their champions to do so. In 1981, there was a Division Series due to a split season brought about by a midsummer player's strike. And in 1994, the postseason did not take place due to a player's strike.

Postseason appearances by franchise

Year in Italics with Asterisk* = Wild Card Game loser
Year in Italics = Division Series loser
Year in Roman = Championship Series loser
Year in Bold Italics = World Series loser
Year in Bold = World Series winner

Franchise Years Postseason Appearances
ARI Arizona Diamondbacks 1998–present 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2017
ATL Boston Braves 1903–1952 1914, 1948
Milwaukee Braves 1953–1965 1957, 1958
Atlanta Braves 1966–present 1969, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012*, 2013, 2018
BAL St. Louis Browns 1903–1953 1944
Baltimore Orioles 1954–present 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2012, 2014, 2016*
BOS Boston Red Sox 1903–present 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1946, 1967, 1975, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
CHC Chicago Cubs 1903–present 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1945, 1984, 1989, 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018*
CWS Chicago White Sox 1903–present 1906, 1917, 1919, 1959, 1983, 1993, 2000, 2005, 2008
CIN Cincinnati Reds 1903–present 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1990, 1995, 2010, 2012, 2013*
CLE Cleveland Indians 1903–present 1920, 1948, 1954, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2013*, 2016, 2017, 2018
COL Colorado Rockies 1993–present 1995, 2007, 2009, 2017*, 2018
DET Detroit Tigers 1903–present 1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1972, 1984, 1987, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
HOU Houston Astros 1962–present 1980, 1981, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2018
KC Kansas City Royals 1969–present 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 2014, 2015
LAA Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels 1961–present 1979, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
LAD Brooklyn Dodgers 1903–1957 1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956
Los Angeles Dodgers 1958–present 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
MIA Florida/Miami Marlins 1993–present 1997, 2003
MIL Seattle Pilots 1969
Milwaukee Brewers 1970–present 1981, 1982, 2008, 2011, 2018
MIN Washington Senators 1903–1960 1924, 1925, 1933
Minnesota Twins 1961–present 1965, 1969, 1970, 1987, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2017*
NYM New York Mets 1962–present 1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2015, 2016*
NYY New York Yankees 1903–present 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015*, 2017, 2018
OAK Philadelphia Athletics 1903–1954 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929, 1930, 1931
Kansas City Athletics 1955–1967
Oakland Athletics 1968–present 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014*, 2018*
PHI Philadelphia Phillies 1903–present 1915, 1950, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
PIT Pittsburgh Pirates 1903–present 1903, 1909, 1925, 1927, 1960, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2013, 2014*, 2015*
SD San Diego Padres 1969–present 1984, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006
SEA Seattle Mariners 1977–present 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001
SF New York Giants 1903–1957 1905, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1917, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1951, 1954
San Francisco Giants 1958–present 1962, 1971, 1987, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
STL St. Louis Cardinals 1903–present 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
TB Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays 1998–present 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
TEX Washington Senators 1961–1971
Texas Rangers 1972–present 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2015, 2016
TOR Toronto Blue Jays 1977–present 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2015, 2016
WSH Montreal Expos 1969–2004 1981
Washington Nationals 2005–present 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

Franchise records by postseason round

Updated through the 2018 postseason.

Franchise Wild Card Game Won Wild Card Game Total Division Series Won Division Series Total League Championship Series Won League Championship Series Total World Series Won World Series Total Total Postseason Appearances
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 1 2 6 1 2 1 1 6
Boston / Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves 0 1 6 14 5 11 3 9 24
St. Louis Browns / Baltimore Orioles 1 2 3 4 5 10 3 7 14
Boston Red Sox 0 0 7 13 6 11 9 13 24
Chicago Cubs 1 2 4 7 1 6 3 11 20
Chicago White Sox 0 0 1 3 1 3 3 5 9
Cincinnati Reds 0 1 1 3 5 8 5 9 15
Cleveland Indians 0 1 5 10 3 5 2 6 14
Colorado Rockies 1 2 1 4 1 1 0 1 5
Detroit Tigers 0 0 4 5 3 7 4 11 16
Houston Astros 1 1 4 10 2 6 1 2 12
Kansas City Royals 1 1 2 3 4 8 2 4 9
Los Angeles / California / Anaheim Angels 0 0 3 7 1 6 1 1 10
Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 7 13 7 13 6 20 32
Florida/Miami Marlins 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Seattle Pilots / Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 2 4 1 3 0 1 5
Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins 0 1 1 6 2 5 3 6 15
New York Mets 0 1 4 4 5 8 2 5 9
New York Yankees 2 3 12 20 11 16 27 40 54
Philadelphia / Kansas City / Oakland Athletics 0 2 2 8 6 11 9 14 27
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 3 6 5 9 2 7 14
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 3 0 1 2 9 5 7 17
San Diego Padres 0 0 1 4 2 2 0 2 5
Seattle Mariners 0 0 3 4 0 3 0 0 4
New York / San Francisco Giants 2 2 4 8 5 7 8 20 26
St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 10 13 7 13 11 19 28
Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays 1 1 1 4 1 1 0 1 4
Washington Senators / Texas Rangers 0 1 2 7 2 2 0 2 8
Toronto Blue Jays 1 1 2 2 2 7 2 2 7
Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals 0 0 1 5 0 1 0 0 5
Totals 14 28 100 200 98 196 114 228 440

See also

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List of Major League Baseball franchise postseason droughts

Throughout the history of Major League Baseball (MLB), franchises have had various postseason and World Series droughts.

All 16 of the original Major League franchises (i.e., those in place when the first World Series was played in 1903) have won the World Series, with the longest wait for a franchise's first championship being for the Phillies (77 years, ending in 1980). Since expansion began in 1961, seven of the 14 expansion teams have never won the World Series. Further, one franchise (the Indians) has a current championship drought that pre-dates the expansion era. The three longest championship droughts in history were ended recently by the Red Sox (85 years, ending in 2004), the White Sox (87 years, ending in 2005), and the Cubs (107 years, ending in 2016). Discounting the 33 years in which there was no MLB franchise in Washington, there have been 61 seasons played in Washington since their last World Series championship (in 1924).

Only two expansion franchises (the Expos/Nationals and the Mariners) have never won a pennant (i.e., the league championship, the two winners of which meet in the World Series). The two longest pennant droughts in history were recently ended by the Rangers (49 years, starting with the team's foundation, ending in 2010) and the Cubs (70 years, ending in 2016). The Expos/Nationals pennant drought includes 36 years in Montreal, which no longer hosts a team, and 14 years since the move to Washington; discounting the 33 years in which there was no MLB franchise in Washington, there have been 52 seasons played in Washington since their last pennant (in 1933).

Every MLB franchise has at least been to the postseason, especially since expansion of the playoffs in 1994 made that feat easier. The Mariners have the longest active postseason drought at 17 years. Long postseason droughts were ended recently by the Nationals (30 years for the franchise, 45 seasons over 78 years for the city, ending in 2012), the Pirates (20 years, ending in 2013), the Royals (28 years, ending in 2014), and the Blue Jays (21 years, ending in 2015).

This list includes only the modern World Series between the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), not the various 19th-century championship series. Those teams which have never achieved a particular accomplishment in their franchise history are listed by the date they entered the leagues.

List of Major League Baseball franchise postseason streaks

This is a list of Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise postseason and World Series streaks. The list includes only the modern World Series between the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), not the various 19th-century championship series.

The most successful postseason team in MLB history is the New York Yankees, who have achieved three of the four instances of a franchise winning more than two World Series championships in a row (one streak each of durations 3, 4, and 5 seasons) and five of the six instances of a franchise winning the league pennant (i.e., an appearance in the World Series) more than three times in a row (three streaks of 4 seasons and two streaks of 5 seasons). The only other franchises to achieve these milestones are the Oakland Athletics, who won three consecutive championships from 1972 to 1974, and the New York Giants, who won four consecutive pennants from 1921 to 1924. The Yankees also achieved a remarkable run of appearing in 15 of the 18 World Series from 1947 to 1964.

Beginning in 1969, MLB split into four divisions, and the winners of each competed in the League Championship Series, with the winners advancing to the World Series. When a multi-tier playoff system was implemented in 1995, the LCS remained the series that determined the pennant-winner. The longest streak of consecutive LCS appearances belongs to the Atlanta Braves with 8 in a row from 1991 to 1999 (not counting 1994, when there were no playoffs), while the second-longest belongs to the Oakland Athletics with 5 in a row from 1971 to 1975.

Further expansion of the postseason began in 1995, with eight teams entering the playoffs each year (further expanded to ten teams in 2012). In this era, the Braves entered the postseason 14 consecutive years from 1991 to 2005 (again not counting 1994), while the Yankees had a streak of 13 appearances from 1995 to 2007. However, all other postseason appearance streaks of 5 years or more predate the expanded-postseason era and are mentioned above, except for 5-year runs by the Cleveland Indians (1995–1999), the Philadelphia Phillies (2007–2011), the St. Louis Cardinals (2011–2015), and an ongoing 6-year run by the Los Angeles Dodgers (2013–2018).

List of Major League Baseball postseason series

This is a complete listing of Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason series, grouped by franchise. Series featuring relocated teams are kept with their ultimate relocation franchises. Bolded years indicate wins. Tables are sorted first by the number of series, then the number of wins, and then alphabetically. The list only includes postseason series played since the introduction of the World Series in 1903.

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1920s–1930s
1940s–1950s
1960s–1970s
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