End of Cubs' drought gives hope to these clubs

Cleveland takes top spot on waiting list after World Series defeat

End of Cubs' drought gives hope to these clubs

The "lovable losers" are World Series champions.

Not only does the Cubs' 2016 World Series title ease the pain and heartache of 108 years for the Cubs and their fan base, but it also issues a reminder: No drought lasts forever.

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The Cubbies' 108-year drought between championships was the longest and most famous. But theirs is just the most recent to end.

Seven significant championship droughts have ended during the last 14 years, bookended by the 2002 Angels winning their first title in their 42nd year of existence and this week's Cubs' triumph.

The 2005 White Sox won the club's first title in 88 years, while the '10 Giants became champions for the first time in 56 years -- and first time since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 25 CLE 6, CHC 0 video
Gm 2 Oct. 26 CHC 5, CLE 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 28 CLE 1, CHC 0 video
Gm 4 Oct. 29 CLE 7, CHC 2 video
Gm 5 Oct. 30 CHC 3, CLE 2 video
Gm 6 Nov. 1 CHC 9, CLE 3 video
Gm 7 Nov. 2 CHC 8 CLE, 7 (10) video

The 2008 Phillies won for the first time since 1980, ending a 28-year wait, while last year's Royals brought home a championship for the first time since 1985 to end a 30-year drought.

The past 14 years have proved that every franchise will have its day. And with that in mind, here are the longest championship, pennant and postseason droughts for Major League teams. For the purposes of this exercise, we are measuring droughts by teams in their current city, because that is where the bulk of their fans usually are.

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Longest current World Series championship droughts

1. Cleveland Indians (68 years)
The Indians will try to follow the formula of the Royals, who bounced back from a seven-game defeat in the 2014 Fall Classic to break their own longstanding title drought in 2015.

2. Houston Astros (54 years)
The Astros have yet to win a title since they began as the expansion Colt .45s in 1962. They could not take advantage of their lone World Series appearance as the National League representative in 2005, when they were swept by the White Sox in four games that were each decided by two runs or less.

3. San Diego Padres (47 years)
The Padres have made two World Series appearances since beginning as an expansion team in 1969, but they fell to the Tigers in five games in 1984 and were swept by the New York Yankees in '98.

Padres win '98 NL Pennant

The Nationals also own a 47-year title-less drought as a franchise, but while the D.C. area has not seen a World Series champion since 1924, the city's current drought with the Nats only stretches back 11 years.

4. Milwaukee Brewers (46 years)
The Brewers began as the Seattle Pilots for one season in 1969, but Milwaukee natives have yet to see their club win it all since it moved to Wisconsin in 1970. The Crew fell short in its only World Series appearance as the American League representative in 1982, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

5. Texas Rangers (44 years)
The second iteration of the Washington Senators moved south to Arlington after the 1971 season, but a change of scenery hasn't turned around the franchise's postseason fortunes. After falling to the Giants in five games in the 2010 Fall Classic, the Rangers got closer to a title than any other team on this list, as they were one strike away from clinching the championship in Game 6 of the '11 World Series (the Cardinals would come back to win in seven games).

Cubs complete uphill Series comeback

Cubs win 2016 World Series

Longest current pennant droughts

1. Seattle Mariners (39 seasons)
The great city of Seattle has yet to host a World Series game since the Mariners began as an expansion franchise in 1977, advancing as far as the AL Championship Series in 1995, 2000 and '01.

2. Pittsburgh Pirates (36 seasons)
Pittsburgh was able to snap its long-standing postseason drought in 2013, but the Bucs have still not appeared in a World Series since Willie Stargell and the "We Are Family" Pirates came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 Fall Classic.

Pirates win 1979 World Series

3. Milwaukee Brewers (34 seasons)
Milwaukee has appeared in the postseason just twice since its aforementioned defeat in the 1982 World Series, and the Brewers came closest in 2011 when they lost to the Cardinals again in the NLCS.

Longest current postseason droughts

AL: Seattle Mariners (15 seasons)
Seattle's last experience playing October baseball came after the team won an AL-record 116 games during the regular season before falling to the Yankees in the 2001 ALCS.

Mariners clinch 2001 AL West

NL: Miami Marlins (13 seasons)
The then-Florida Marlins shocked the world after defeating the Yankees in six games in the 2003 World Series -- the team's second championship in the first 11 years of its existence -- but Miami hasn't been back to the postseason since.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.