Mariners Finally Qualify For Postseason Birth After Two Decades – The Sports Teams With Now The Longest Active Droughts
It took more than two decades – but the Seattle Mariners are back in the playoffs.
In a 1-1 game in the ninth inning, the team was looking for a hero.
That was 21-year-old catcher Cal Raleigh, who came up with the biggest hit of his life.
With two outs left he drove a breaking ball off Oakland Athletics pitcher Domingo Acevedo out of the ballpark to walk it off.
Cal Raleigh sends the Mariners to the postseason with an emphatic walk-off 💣 … This place is going nuts. pic.twitter.com/dMkfWu2wvX
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) October 1, 2022
As you’d imagine the Mariner’s home crowd went wild, as it marks the first time the team will qualify for a postseason birth since 2001.
For context on how long it’s been, Mariner’s Japanese star outfielder was just 27 years old in his rookie season.
The U.S. has had four different presidents since then.
Heck, the Chicago Cubs even won a World Series in a non-video game fashion.
While the pain is finally over at least for now for Mariners fans, there are teams with some long active droughts.
None are more than two decades long, but NBA’s Sacramento Kings have the longest one – not qualifying for the postseason since 2005-2006.
To end the long playoff droughts, the Mariners have been active since the offseason in making moves.
That includes the Mariners acquiring infielder Eugenio Suárez and pitcher Luis Castillo in trades.
Additionally, young talents including pitcher Logan Gilbert and especially Julio Rodríguez have emerged.
Rodriguez reportedly recently signed a 12-year contract worth around $210 million.
And now it’s playoff time for the Mariners.
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