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The Mariners had an exciting season in 2016, General Manager Jerry Dipoto’s first with the team. Seattle posted an 86-76 record, a ten-game improvement over 2015 and good enough for a second-place finish.
Skepticism was rampant when word came down in mid-May that the Mariners had begun the process of converting the team’s top pitching prospect, Edwin Díaz, into a reliever.
The last three seasons have been tough ones for Mariner fans, as the team seemingly waved the white flag of surrender before…
Ichiro did Seattle fans a huge favor in asking for a trade.
“I crushed both of them,” Justin Smoak said after a game earlier this year. “The first one, I hit well. The second one—that’s all I’ve got.”
Given a choice,very few fans would choose to have an owner or owners like the Seattle Mariners have, a dysfunctional group that has run the franchise into the ground for the last decade. While you were probably aware that the M’s have finished in last place in six of the last eight seasons,you probably didn’t know that the team now ranks 28th out of30 teams in attendance in Major League Baseball. In 2002 the M’s topped the list at #1.
The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics kicked off the 2012 baseball season a week before the rest of MLB, with games on March 28th and 29th in Tokyo, Japan. The M’s took the first game 3-1 in eleven innings behind two RBI from Dustin Ackley, while Oakland captured the second game 4-1, hitting late home runs against three different Mariners relief pitchers after Eric Wedge pulled Jason Vargas—who was working on a two-hit shutout in the seventh inning—after a mere 85 pitches.
After a disappointing 2011 season during which the Mariners’ record improved just six games from their 61-101 season of 2010, it was expected that the team would spend some dollars to bring in reinforcements for 2012. Seattle General Manager Jack Zduriencik seemed to imply as much when he told the New York Times in May of 2011, “We’re going to have a lot of money coming off the books this year.”
I know many of you reading this have lost a loved one, a close family member. Well, when my dad, Dave Niehaus, passed away late last year, it was my first, and I have found all of the tired old clichés to be true.
Dustin Ackley has made it look so easy that he’s almost made everyone forget how hard the game of baseball
22-year-old pitcher Michael Pineda took the American League by storm in April, his first month in the Major Leagues.
The 2010 Mariners implored their fans to Believe Big, but after a miserable season management finally seems ready to admit that it’s time to rebuild.