Sunday, August 20, 2006
The Seattle Mariners have closed out the weekend losing their 20th straight American League Western Division game, 3-2 to the Angels. In terms of consecutive losses within a team's own division, the Mariners have comfortably surpassed two other teams (the 2004 Diamondbacks and 1993 Rockies) who each lost 16 straight divisional games. It was not until 1969 that Major League Baseball -- having expanded from 20 to 24 teams -- introduced Eastern and Western divisions within each league. Prior to that, all the American League teams competed in one set of standings, as did all the National League teams, with the two first-place finishers going directly to the World Series.