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Second-Chance World Series quarterfinals: Field narrows to Fab Four

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Why the 2001 Mariners are the best team not to win a World Series (1:46)

David Schoenfield breaks down the accomplishments of a 2001 Seattle Mariners team that was unable to win the World Series that season. (1:46)

After an elite eight marked by one if-it-were-real historic comeback, we're down to the two LCS matchups. While we'll let you discover the identity of the four remaining teams by reading on, it seems to be a quartet of survivors appropriate to the theme of this tournament. All four were very good, perhaps great, clubs who fell short of a title. The reasons for all four were different, but all had plenty of reasons for lingering regret. Of course, getting this far is potentially bittersweet: It's the last hump that matters for these near-miss teams.

Read on for a series-by-series recap of the third round, and to see who advanced to the LCS. We'll unveil those results tomorrow.