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"The Mariners, famously, have the longest streak in major pro sports without a playoff appearance, last making it in 2001. The playoff expansion is an invitation for them to change that by being more aggressive, but it’s not clear they will be. They could get needed reps for their best prospect, outfielder Jarred Kelenic, and possibly make the MLB team better, but they don’t appear set to do that."