When the Dodgers report to spring training, it will be 25 years since Kirk Gibson hit perhaps the most celebrated home run in World Series. It also will be 25 years since the Dodgers last appeared in the World Series, a streak that is not worthy of celebration.
Of the 30 major league teams, eight have not appeared in the World Series since 1988, the year of the improbable.
Baseball has welcomed four expansion teams since then, and all four have made it. Every team in the National League West except the Dodgers have made it.
The Angels have made it. The Marlins made it twice. Canada made it twice.
The teams that have not appeared in the World Series since 1988: the Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos.