A new year, but a familiar subject -- the Mariners' failures that have led to no postseason appearances since 2001.
The first Extra Innings podcast of 2018 brings discussion of a familiar subject — the Mariners’ streak of not reaching the postseason, which dates back to 2001. With the Buffalo Bills making the NFL playoffs, the Mariners now officially have the longest current postseason drought in all four of the major sports in North America — MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL.
Beat writer Ryan Divish and columnist Larry Stone go through the 10 longest current postseason droughts and also discuss some of the reasons got to this point, specifically the failures of first-round draft picks over that span. It’s not an uplifting discussion.
There is also some debate as to when the Mariners will break this streak and how not adding a starting pitcher this offseason factors into it.