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September 26, 2013

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The Canadian World Series Drought

by Zachary Levine


Look down the resume of what Canadians have accomplished in Major League Baseball, and you’ll quickly find that America’s pastime would be a lesser place without the influence of its northern neighbor.

Canada has brought us a Hall of Famer in Ferguson Jenkins of Chatham, Ontario and maybe another eventual Hall of Famer in British Columbian Larry Walker. Don’t just look at history, though. Its present-day exports include the National League’s best hitter, Toronto native Joey Votto, an accomplished pair of Pirates pickups in Justin Morneau and Russell Martin, and a promising piece of the game’s future in Mariners rookie James Paxton.

But for all the hardware that Canadian baseball has on its collective mantel—including MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards—there is one thing strangely lacking. For all they’ve brought to the game, there’s one thing they haven’t taken away from it.

Canadian baseball players don’t play in the World Series.

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The Toronto Blue Jays were officially eliminated from playoff contention a week and a half ago, and in this, the 20th anniversary of the last title for Canada’s last remaining team, the nation will once again go without a parade.

Portions of the fanbase will move on, however. In the eyes of many fans in the nation of 35 million, there is still a chance for Canada to win a World Series title, albeit in a way that hasn’t been done much lately either.

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