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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mariners extend longest postseason drought in major North American sports to 17 years

The Seattle Mariners made some noise early in the season, leading the American League West as late as June and coming within a half-game of the division lead in July, but it was ultimately the same story with some fancier trappings. The longest postseason drought in North American sports has extended another season.

Despite a 13-0 blowout win over the Rangers on Saturday, the Mariners were eliminated from postseason contention due to the Oakland Athletics’ 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. At 85-69, Seattle currently sits 8.5 games behind the A’s for the second wild-card spot and 12 games behind the Astros in the division race.

It will now be 17 seasons since the Mariners last made the playoffs in 2001, a streak longer than any team in MLB, as well as the NFL, NBA or NHL. Yes, even the Cleveland Browns.

Well, at least this news will make those folk so angry that they were beating their pythag for so long happy….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: futility, mariners, playoff drought

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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:02 PM (#5749947)
Its a bit different because English football does not decide championships through a playoff system, so there's no postseason to have a drought in, but Bolton Wanderers have played 73 seasons in England's top league (Division One/Premier League), and never won a title. (Counting this year, the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers have played 57 years without winning the World Series, which would be the nearest equivalent for a MLB team that has never won one.)
   2. Shock Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:50 PM (#5749988)
Their timing is just terrible.

I feel like they'd still be in the thick if things with that record most years.

The Twins won the second wild card last year at 85-77.
   3. BDC Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:25 PM (#5750022)
The Rose Bowl was only restricted to Big Ten vs. Pacific teams for 55 years (1947-2001), but has featured some impressive droughts. Despite many years in that restricted competition (and still being eligible), neither Indiana nor Washington State has ever won. Washington State lost the 1931 Rose Bowl to Alabama and has only made two trips back, losing both times.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 23, 2018 at 10:34 PM (#5750278)
Washington State won the Rose Bowl in 1916, 14-0 over Brown.
   5. Zach Posted: September 23, 2018 at 11:29 PM (#5750305)
So their last postseason memory is a 116 win team losing to the Yankees?

Ouch.
   6. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 24, 2018 at 12:48 AM (#5750346)
Wow, I never would've guessed that. Longer than the Cleveland Browns.

The thing about the Mariners is that they are not -- and generally haven't been over the past 17 years, with a few exceptions -- terrible. They've had some big names (Ichiro, Felix, Cano, Nelson Cruz) and usually have multiple All-Stars. They've won 93 games twice and could still win 90+ this year, have finished second three times, and they've been over .500 in 7 of those 17 years. One would think they should've stumbled into the playoffs accidentally once or twice.
   7. strong silence Posted: September 24, 2018 at 12:56 AM (#5750347)
The U.S. baseball equivalent of Arsenal in English football. They have a cash cow and breaking the bank for the "last piece or two" isn't in the financial plans. (I once read the tax return for the club. It's a good deal if you have the capital.)
   8. Shock Posted: September 24, 2018 at 03:59 AM (#5750376)
6. That's the problem. It was the same thing with the Jays when they went from 1994-2015. Seldom terrible, usually sort of okay, not bad enough to get any good.
   9. BDC Posted: September 24, 2018 at 08:10 AM (#5750389)
Washington State won the Rose Bowl in 1916, 14-0 over Brown.


Indeed they did. Thanks! My eye skipped over that one.
   10. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 24, 2018 at 08:29 AM (#5750398)
Wow, I never would've guessed that. Longer than the Cleveland Browns.

The thing about the Mariners is that they are not -- and generally haven't been over the past 17 years, with a few exceptions -- terrible. They've had some big names (Ichiro, Felix, Cano, Nelson Cruz) and usually have multiple All-Stars. They've won 93 games twice and could still win 90+ this year, have finished second three times, and they've been over .500 in 7 of those 17 years. One would think they should've stumbled into the playoffs accidentally once or twice.


They are the anti-Reds. Since 2001, the Reds have mostly been terrible. Only 3 winning seasons. But, in 2 of those seasons they won their division and the other they lost the wild-card game. Of course, none of those playoff memories are really good memories for Reds fans, and, they still haven't won a home playoff game since 1995.

edit: 3-90 win seasons and 7-90 loss seasons and some of the worst pitching in those 90 loss seasons that you will ever see.
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 24, 2018 at 09:05 AM (#5750412)
The U.S. baseball equivalent of Arsenal in English football. They have a cash cow and breaking the bank for the "last piece or two" isn't in the financial plans. (I once read the tax return for the club. It's a good deal if you have the capital.)


More like Everton. Arsenal do make "the playoffs" (the Champions League) regularly.
   12. Zonk Totally Exonerated by Total BS Posted: September 24, 2018 at 09:38 AM (#5750434)
6. That's the problem.


Yeesh, people - let the Cameron thing go already...
   13. CFBF Rides The Zombie Ice Dragon Posted: September 24, 2018 at 09:50 AM (#5750450)
The Mariners' ineptitude really sneaks up on you.
   14. TomH Posted: September 24, 2018 at 10:56 AM (#5750512)
sixth longest drought?
   15. bfan Posted: September 24, 2018 at 02:17 PM (#5750714)

They are the anti-Reds. Since 2001, the Reds have mostly been terrible


that is funny; kind of like the Marlins are the anti-Braves. The Marlins have been to the play-offs twice (both as a wild card), and won the WS both times they made the play-offs. The modern Braves, on the other hand...

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