For the Mariners, it's 16 years without playoff baseball ... and counting
SEATTLE - The Mariners have a record you don't want to have -- the longest running postseason drought in the MLB.
In the final home game of the season Sunday, a 4-2 loss to Cleveland, the Mariners were officially eliminated from postseason contention.
And with the loss, comes an all-too-familiar fate.
Seattle hasn't punched its ticket to the postseason since 2001 - that illustrious 116-win season where then newcomer Ichiro Suzuki was named AL MVP and Rookie of the Year.
Seattle lost eight of the last 10 games to award Mariners fans a painful, yet familiar feeling.
"The finality of it all hurts, there's no question about it," said manager Scott Servais after the loss Sunday.
"I thought we did an unbelievable job this year to kind of hang in there. As water was coming into the boat, we kept throwing it out to try and keep afloat."
The Mariners will complete the season with six road games. And even if Seattle wins them all, it cannot finish better than 81-81 on the year - another at or below .500 season.
Seattle has managed just four winning seasons (above .500 record) in the last 10 years.
This season, injuries continued to plague Seattle.
"What we did this year, using 40 different guys, is unheard of. I think when you battle so long like that, then you get to the point where you kind of run out of gas, you can only go so far - and that' what it kind of felt like here," said Servais.
Pitchers Drew Smyly (elbow), Felix Hernandez (shoulder), Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) all saw extended time on the disabled list.
In addition to health concerns heading into 2018, it's hard not to overlook that Hernandez (31) , Robinson Cano (34), and Nelson Cruz (37) will all be one year older.
That being said, Cruz and Cano, do not appear to be slowing down to Father Time.
Cruz has a batting average of .289 with a career-high 115 RBI and 37 home runs. In fact, Cruz has hit more than 20 home runs in nine straight seasons.
Cano made his eighth All-Star game appearance. The second baseman is hitting .283 with 94 RBI and 22 home runs.
The Mariners are on the 10th manager since that historic 2001 season, and like so many seasons before, Servais addressed the media after their final home game Sunday with a sour taste in his mouth.
"Proud of our guys and the way they fought all year, when kind of the odds were against us, that we could even play meaningful baseball this late in the season. But at the end of the day, disappointing with the expectations we had on ourselves and our ball club when we left spring training."