LaRue: The kings of pain: Which team’s fans have suffered most?

From SABR member John LaRue at The Hardball Times on January 12, 2017:

Much was made of baseball’s championship droughts in 2016. That was the case all season long because of the Chicago Cubs’ success, but the drought discussion doubled down when Cleveland sprinted through October to face the Cubs in the World Series. For most baseball fans, one significant drought or another has been in the national psyche for all of their lives. First, it was the Red Sox prior to 2004, then the lesser-known White Sox drought through 2005, followed by the Cubs and Cleveland.

That’s a lot of pain to go around for fans. I want do the impossible. Let’s quantify that pain, and put a number on it. Perhaps a reductionist approach can soothe some of the torture. And then we can determine which teams’ fans have endured the most pain during their respective droughts.

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Originally published: January 12, 2017. Last Updated: January 12, 2017.