With the Buffalo Bills clinching a postseason berth for the first time in 17 years, the Seattle Mariners now hold a distinct honor. Of course, it’s not one any team wishes to hold. But the Mariners now own the longest major-league playoff drought of any North American sports franchise. After a historic 116-win season in 2001, Seattle would fall to the Yankees in the ALCS, 4-1. And like the Bills, the Mariners have never won a championship. 2017 would see Seattle take a step backwards from their 86-76 campaign a year ago. Instead, they would finish 78-84 and well out of playoff contention. And while they still possess a handful of good pieces, pitching depth (and in general) remains an issue. We’re not sure—at this point, anyway—that they have enough to end that drought this coming season.