The Seattle Mariners have collected at least one MVP vote every season since 1988.
Ichiro Suzuki has been carrying the torch recently. It will go out this year. 2011 will only be the second year in Ichiro's major league career in which he will not receive a single MVP vote. He played his last sans-vote season in 2005.
Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda and Brandon League are the only other candidates for receiving MVP votes. They are all long shots.
Pineda's innings-pitched restriction will reduce his chances. Desire to recognize Pineda will be born out in Rookie of the Year votes.
While pitching well, Hernandez is not pitching as well as he did in 2009 or 2010. Those stellar seasons gained Hernandez a grand total of seven MVP vote points.
Finally, Brandon League's save total will not suffice because he pairs it with an unimpressive 3.44 ERA.
The Seattle Mariners' non-contention for playoff spots does nobody any favors either.