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Randy Winn, Michael Young could reach postseason for first time

Aug 25, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

The list of longest-serving active players without a playoff appearance appears due for a shakeup this year. Here are the leaders in regular-season games played without a postseason appearance:
1. Randy Winn (Cardinals) – 1,686 games
2. Michael Young (Rangers) – 1,473 games
3. Aubrey Huff (Giants) – 1,444 games
4. Mike Sweeney (Phillies) – 1,442 games
5. Adam Dunn (Nationals) – 1,415 games
6. Vernon Wells (Blue Jays) – 1,358 games
With the season three-quarters over, No. 2 looks like a lock to play into October and the rest of the top four have opportunities. Winn, Huff and Sweeney are all currently on second-place teams in the National League. The Phillies and Giants are practically tied for the wild card, and both the Phillies and Cardinals are still in pretty good position to win their divisions.
Of course, it’s doubtful that all four will make it and leave Dunn as the new top player on the list. But it’s not impossible.
Regardless, with eight teams reaching the postseason these days, it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to break Ernie Banks’ all-time record. In 19 seasons, he played in 2,528 games without ever appearing in the postseason. Next on the list are Luke Appling (2,422), Mickey Vernon (2,409) and Buddy Bell (2,405).

  1. Ari Collins - Aug 25, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Interesting! With the length (and… depth?) of his contract, and the Jays having to pass two of the three AL East powerhouses, Wells could have a shot at one of the top spots. ‘Course, the Jays could surprise someday, and houses don’t stay power- forever (well, maybe the Yankees could). And you never know, Toronoto could maybe in a couple years find a way to eat some of Wells’ contract and send him to a contender, and after ’14 he’ll likely go elsewhere. With 4 out of 14 teams making it every year, and lots of FA movement, it’s hard not to make it eventually, I guess.

  2. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 26, 2010 at 4:48 AM

    I bet either Huff or Sweeney make it as well, though I’m less confident of Winn and the Cards getting to the postseason this year. They really need to play to their potential!

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