Seattle Mariners: 20 Years: 2002-Current
Pittsburgh Pirates: 20 Years: 1993-2013
Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Years: 2012-Current
For now, we are just looking at current streaks. You’ll see why once we get to the next slide.
You gotta feel a bit for Phillies fans. They were pretty darn good for quite a while. The pitching trio of Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Roy Halladay was insane and makes an argument for being one of the best of all time (even if it came after the World Series). Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins. It was a ton of talent, and they even managed to get a World Series out of it back in 2008.
Since then though, things haven’t been great for the Phillies. 2021 was actually their first season with a winning record since their incredible 102 win 2011 season, and they barely managed it by going 82-20. They’ve had a lot of talent in Realmuto, Wheeler, Nola, and Bryce Harper, but just haven’t been able to figure it out.
Finally, there’s the Mariners. So far in these lists, this ties them with the Saints as the longest playoff drought. It’s easily the longest active one, besting the Kings by five seasons. They’ve had their close calls, with 3 of their 5 winningest seasons in franchise history happening, yet making the playoffs in 0 of those 3 years.
So, where does this Mariners drought compare when you put it up against the all-time droughts in baseball? Let’s find out