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Woeful Mariners now only team never to reach World Series

SEATTLE (AP) — And then there was one.

The Washington Nationals are off to the World Series for the first time in franchise history after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, becoming the final National League team to reach the Fall Classic and leaving a single team with the distinction of never playing for a title.

Congratulations, Seattle Mariners. Not only do you have the longest playoff drought in professional sports, but you are now the only team that hasn’t been to a World Series.

Since the Mariners came into existence in 1977, there has been a void. Despite lineups that included the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro Suzuki, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez, they have just four playoff appearances in their history, all coming between 1995 and 2001.

So, how does have only one team never make the World Series compare with the other major sports leagues and their championships?

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:34 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 17, 2019 at 09:37 AM (#5891229)
The Detroit Lions feel Seattle's pain.
   2. Lassus Posted: October 17, 2019 at 10:17 AM (#5891243)
Pretty sure I saw Game 5 of the 2000 ALCS in Seattle. Seattle won, which bummed out the Yankee fan I went with.
   3. Spahn Insane Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:05 PM (#5891289)
And yet they share the single season record for wins. Odd.
   4. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:12 PM (#5891292)
And yet they share the single season record for wins. Odd.

The team they share the record with set the record for longest drought without a title. And longest drought without a pennant.

The lesson: Don't win 116 games in the regular season.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:27 PM (#5891304)
And yet they share the single season record for wins. Odd.


And would hold the record outright if they hadn't set an MLB record by blowing a 12 run lead in a single game.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:28 PM (#5891305)
So, how does have only one team never make the World Series compare with the other major sports leagues and their championships?


In the NBA, the Clippers (dating back to their Buffalo days) are older than the M's without a title game appearance. They began play in 70-71.

No one has gone as long as the M's without a championship game appearance in the NFL (the Browns and Lions have each never been to a SB, but they won titles in the pre-Super Bowl era). The Jags have never been there, but they're a good 16 or so years younger than the Mariners)

In the NHL, the longest streak belongs to Arizona, two years younger than the Mariners (at least as an NHL franchise. They won AHL titles as the Jets).
   7. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:31 PM (#5891307)
And would hold the record outright if they hadn't set an MLB record by blowing a 12 run lead in a single game.
I'll forever remember this game because while it was on, I was attempting, unsuccessfully, to break up with my then-GF.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:35 PM (#5891309)
I'll forever remember this game because while it was on, I was attempting, unsuccessfully, to break up with my then-GF.
She wouldn't turn her key?
   9. Itchy Row Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:36 PM (#5891310)
Only because Ichiro didn't want to.
   10. Booey Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:53 PM (#5891313)
In the NBA, the Clippers (dating back to their Buffalo days) are older than the M's without a title game appearance. They began play in 70-71.


Not only that, but they've never been past the 2nd round of the playoffs (in a 4 round postseason, for those who aren't familiar with the NBA's format).

TBF, they are considered by many to be title favorites this coming season, however.
   11. kubiwan Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:56 PM (#5891315)
in the NBA, the Clippers (dating back to their Buffalo days) are older than the M's without a title game appearance. They began play in 70-71.


Even more amazing, they don't even have an appearance in the conference finals!

Lengthy periods without an appearance in whatever the "Final Four" stage is called is sort of an NBA staple, given the greater preponderance of dynasties. The Hawks moved to ATL in 1968, promptly made (and lost) the conference finals in their first two years there...then didn't return until 2015. Before their current 5-year run, the Warriors had not been to a conference final since 1976. The Wizards last appearance was in 1979.
   12. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5891324)
How the hell did Elgin Baylor last as the GM for 22 years for the LAC ('86-'08)?
   13. Itchy Row Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:21 PM (#5891325)
How the hell did Elgin Baylor last as the GM for 22 years for the LAC ('86-'08)?
And then he sued for wrongful termination.
   14. bfan Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:24 PM (#5891329)
The gods gave them Randy Johnson; Ken Griffey Jr.; and Edgar Martinez on the same team; if they could not figure out a WS path with that quality of a base, that is on them.
   15. Itchy Row Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:27 PM (#5891331)
Of the teams that were around when the first World Series was played, it looks like the Browns were the last team to play in one. They were in the 1944 Series, the 41st one.

Among expansion teams, the Angels tied the Browns, playing in the 41st World Series of their existence. This will be the 42nd one the Mariners will have missed. If they don't win the AL next year, the Mariners will pass Houston, who made it in their 43rd chance, for second place behind the Expos/Nationals, who made it in their 50th opportunity.
   16. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:30 PM (#5891333)
I'll forever remember this game because while it was on, I was attempting, unsuccessfully, to break up with my then-GF.


Couldn't get her to deflate?
   17. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:32 PM (#5891336)
How the hell did Elgin Baylor last as the GM for 22 years for the LAC ('86-'08)?

He performed a Sterling job.
   18. villageidiom Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:33 PM (#5891338)
I'll forever remember this game because while it was on, I was attempting, unsuccessfully, to break up with my then-GF.
Should've tried breaking up without her.
   19. Booey Posted: October 17, 2019 at 03:55 PM (#5891394)
The gods gave them Randy Johnson; Ken Griffey Jr.; and Edgar Martinez on the same team; if they could not figure out a WS path with that quality of a base, that is on them.


Plus ARod! All 4 of them were on the team from 1994-1998, although the centaur was only a regular for the last 3 seasons of that run. Still...

Here's what I always thought was crazy about those M's teams; the 1995 Mariners reached the ALCS and had 3 of the top 6 finishers in AL MVP voting - Edgar (.356/.479/.628) was 3rd, Buhner (40 HR, 121 rbi) was 5th, and Johnson (CYA, 18-2, 2.48 ERA, 294 k) was 6th...and then they basically ADDED 2 more players the following season who produced 9.7 and 9.4 WAR, since Griffey (.303/.392/.628 with 49 HR, 140 rbi, and 125 runs as a gold glove CF) returned from injury and ARod (.358/.414/.631 with 36 HR, 123 rbi, and 141 runs as a SS) became a regular. And they still never won anything! It's gotta be one of the all time greatest squanderings of talent in MLB history.
   20. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 17, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5891409)

In the NHL, the longest streak belongs to Arizona, two years younger than the Mariners (at least as an NHL franchise. They won AHL titles as the Jets).

Wait, so the Phoenix Coyotes are now the Arizona Coyotes? And the current Winnipeg Jets are not the same Winnipeg Jets from like 25 years ago, but actually (looks it up) a different team that moved there from...Atlanta?
   21. SoSH U at work Posted: October 17, 2019 at 05:14 PM (#5891412)
a different team that moved there from...Atlanta?


Yes, but not the other team that moved from Atlanta to Western Canada. That would be the Flames.

   22. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 17, 2019 at 05:24 PM (#5891416)
It's gotta be one of the all time greatest squanderings of talent in MLB history.


Widely remembered for its bullpen problems. Which were highlighted by the trade of prospects Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe to Boston in 1997 for Heathcliff Slocumb, which didn't exactly work out for the Mariners (to put it mildly).
   23. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: October 17, 2019 at 05:41 PM (#5891421)
Wait, so the Phoenix Coyotes are now the Arizona Coyotes? And the current Winnipeg Jets are not the same Winnipeg Jets from like 25 years ago, but actually (looks it up) a different team that moved there from...Atlanta?


Don't make me start thinking about the various Minnesota Fighting Saints franchises that played in the WHA.

OK, there were only two. But still.
   24. Walt Davis Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:04 AM (#5891514)
I didn't know the Predators had moved. (That was the 2nd Atl NHL franchise right? Or is that Nashville?). I would not have remembered that the Coyotes had been the Jets. There's a "Metropolitan" division? And Raleigh and Columbus are "metropolitan"? Kane and Crawford are still on the Hawks so there are two names I recognize.

   25. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 18, 2019 at 08:22 AM (#5891528)
Widely remembered for its bullpen problems. Which were highlighted by the trade of prospects Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe to Boston in 1997 for Heathcliff Slocumb, which didn't exactly work out for the Mariners (to put it mildly).


Wow, don't know why but I always pictured Slocumb as a tall, gangly, white dude with long sorta curly hair and glasses. Slightly surprised when I looked him up on BBREF.
   26. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 18, 2019 at 08:24 AM (#5891530)
I didn't know the Predators had moved. (That was the 2nd Atl NHL franchise right? Or is that Nashville?).


Nashville. And they've been there since they formed in '98.
   27. SoSH U at work Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5891552)
The second Atlanta franchise was the Thrashers.

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