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

The Mariners sure could have used Robinson Cano for more than half a season. (AP Photo)
The Mariners sure could have used Robinson Cano for more than half a season. (AP Photo)

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.

What went wrong for the Seattle Mariners?

Well, for starters, the Baltimore Ravens could have beaten the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 of the NFL season last year and prevented the Bills from making the postseason, which snapped their own 17-year playoff drought. That would have saved the Mariners from this indignity.

As far as more controllable factors go, there were plenty that went wrong for the Mariners and helped cancel out a breakout season from Mitch Haniger, strong campaigns from plenty of everyday hitters and the most prolific closer in baseball with Edwin Diaz.

Stuff like that going wrong can sink a season, even if topping the Astros for the division or beating out a competitive wild-card race might have already been a tall order. But at least we’ll have Dee Gordon’s fauxback uniform.

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