So why, then, do you the loyal baseball enthusiast care about the Bills and the end of their postseason drought? Because the longest active postseason drought in American professional sports now belongs to the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have not qualified for the postseason since Ichiro Suzuki's rookie season in 2001.
Here are the active longest postseason droughts:
- Seattle Mariners, MLB: 16 seasons
- Cleveland Browns, NFL: 15 seasons
- Miami Marlins, MLB: 14 seasons
- Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA: 13 seasons
- Sacramento Kings, NBA: 11 seasons
- San Diego Padres, MLB: 11 seasons
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL: 10 seasons
- Chicago White Sox, MLB: 9 seasons
- Carolina Hurricanes, NHL: 8 seasons
- New York Jets, NFL: 7 seasons
The Mariners went 78-84 in 2017 and finished seven games back of a postseason spot. The 2018 projections at FanGraphs peg the Mariners as a true talent 81-81 team, which puts them seven games back of a postseason berth. There are still six weeks of offseason to go, so there's plenty of time to make up ground.
So, uh, congrats Mariners. At least you're No. 1 at something now.