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MLB Spoilers Ruined Postseason Dreams For 2007 Mets, 1972 Dodgers, 2011 Red Sox, More

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Mike Piazza #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Tim Wallach #25 during a game against the San Francisco Giants on October 3,1993 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. | Getty
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-- Eric Wedge's Seattle Mariners have been out of the postseason discussion for a while now.

That doesn't mean there's nothing left to play for.

Last week, Seattle was involved in a four-game series in Detroit against the AL Central-leading Tigers, and now the Mariners are taking on Kansas City, which has been in the thick of the race for a wild card. So these are big games – and Wedge, Seattle's manager, wants to see how his players respond.

"Everything's raised," Wedge said. "Every game in professional baseball means something, but you do raise that level when you're playing teams that are in the playoff hunt or are heading to the playoffs, especially at this time of year."

The concept of the late-season spoiler exists in many sports, but it's perhaps most celebrated in baseball. After all, even the worst teams win about 40 percent of their games, so there are no gimmes for teams chasing postseason spots.

And there may be nothing more exasperating for a team than falling short in a key game against an opponent that is well out of contention.

Here are a few of the most memorable spoilers in baseball history.

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