#Cubs are now 33 losses from a historic #DoubleTriple

Soriano batting, bottom of the ninth, game on the line. Was there ever any doubt? Sadly, no. The Cubs drop one to the Washington Nationals at home, and so the journey forward through baseball’s losingest teams continues.

1978 Toronto Blue Jays

Expansion team: Technically, no

Overall record: 59-102

# of win streaks of 3 games or more: Six

Manager(s): Roy Hartsfield

Hall of Famers on roster: None, but Bobby Doerr served as a coach

100 loss seasons since: 1979

Pennant wins since: 1992 (World Series winner); 1993 (World Series winner)

The 1978 Blue Jays were one year removed from being an expansion team, and they did improve by a couple of games from the previous year. This team had a fighting chance to avoid the 100 loss plateau, too. For the final home game of the season, the team sat at 59-96 and had a 6-4 lead over Boston going into the 9th inning. But then Willie Upshaw made a costly error, two runs came in, and the Blue Jays lost the game in 14 innings. This seemed to take the fight out of them, as they went on the road and lost the final six games of the season.

1978 Seattle Mariners

Expansion team: Technically, no

Overall record: 56-104

# of win streaks of 3 games or more: Five

Manager(s): Darrell Johnson

Hall of Famers on roster: None

100 loss seasons since: 1980; 1983; 2008; 2010

Pennant wins since: None

In year two of their existence, the Mariners reached 100 losses for the first time with a painful 1-13 finish. The problem was, they were playing the Texas Rangers, who were trying to catch the division-leading KC Royals, and the Royals, who were trying to stay ahead of the Rangers and the California Angels. So the two teams took turns beating up the hapless Mariners, landing them in the loser’s circle for the first time. We’ve not seen the last of them, however.

The 1978 season came down to an epic one-game playoff in the American League East. Red Sox vs. Yankees, at Fenway Park. The best thing, though, was that the game was played in the afternoon. Baseball was still like that in those days. Today it would be in prime time, under the lights, in order to maximize television ratings and ad sales. But the image of the transistor radios, with the headphones on the sly, was never more true than it was on that day. The rest of the season seemed almost like an afterthought, unless you were a Yankees fan.

The next Cubs loss will close out the 1970s. The Cubs only need to win 14 games to render this exercise moot, but I’ll keep going with it as long as I can. Believe it or not, this is fun for me.