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MARINER ALL-STARS THROUGH THE YEARS
1977 Ruppert Jones (OF)
1978 Craig Reynolds (SS)
1979 Bruce Bochte (C)
1980 Rick Honeycutt (SP) 
1981 Tom Paciorek (OF) 
1982 Floyd Bannister (SP) 
1983 Matt Young (SP) 
1984 Alvin Davis (1B) 
1985 Phil Bradley (OF) 
1986 Jim Presley (3B) 
1987 Harold Reynolds (2B), Mark Langston (SP)
1988 Harold Reynolds (2B) 
1989 Jeffrey Leonard (OF) 
1990 Randy Johnson (SP), Ken Griffey Jr. (OF)* 
1991 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF)* 
1992 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF)*, Edgar Martínez (3B) 
1993 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF)*, Randy Johnson (SP) 
1994 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF)*, Randy Johnson (SP) 
1995 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF), Randy Johnson (SP)*, Edgar Martínez (DH)*, Tino Martínez (1B)
1996 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF), Edgar Martínez (DH), Jay Buhner (OF), Dan Wilson (C), Alex Rodríguez (SS) 
1997 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF)*, Edgar Martínez (DH)*, Randy Johnson (SP)*, Alex Rodríguez (SS)*, Joey Cora (2B) 
1998 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF)*, Alex Rodríguez (SS)* 
1999 Ken Griffey Jr. (OF)* 
2000 Edgar Martínez (DH), Alex Rodríguez (SS), Aaron Sele (SP) 
2001 Edgar Martínez (DH)*, Ichiro Suzuki (OF)*, Bret Boone (2B)*, John Olerud (1B)*, Freddy Garcia (SP), Mike Cameron (OF), Jeff Nelson (RP), Kazuhiro Sasaki (RP)
2002 Ichiro Suzuki (OF)*, Freddy Garcia (SP), Kazuhiro Sasaki (RP) 
2003  Edgar Martínez (DH)*, Ichiro Suzuki (OF)*, Bret Boone (2B), Jamie Moyer (SP), Shigetoshi Hasegawa (RP)
2004 Ichiro Suzuki (OF)* 
2005 Ichiro Suzuki (OF) 
2006 Ichiro Suzuki (OF)*, José López (2B) 
2007 Ichiro Suzuki (OF)*, J.J. Putz (RP) 
2008 Ichiro Suzuki (OF)*  
2009 Ichiro Suzuki (OF)*, Felix Hernández (SP) 
2010 Ichiro Suzuki (OF)*  
2011 Felix Hernández (SP), Michael Pineda (SP), Brandon League (RP) 
2012 Felix Hernández (SP) 
2013 Felix Hernández (SP), Hisashi Iwakuma (SP) 
2014 Felix Hernández (SP)*, Robinson Canó (2B)*, Kyle Seager (3B), Fernando Rodney (RP) 
2015 Felix Hernández (SP), Nelson Cruz (DH)* 
2016 Robinson Canó (2B) 
2017 Robinson Canó (2B), Nelson Cruz (DH) 
2018 ???
* Started game

It's All-Star season once again, and the 2018 contest in Washington, DC, should have plenty of Mariner representation. Jean Segura, James Paxton, Mitch Haniger, Edwin Díaz, Nelson Cruz, and perhaps Dee Gordon and Marco Gonzales are all deserving of a spot on the AL squad, and in the Mariners' best years they've sent a hefty contingent to the All-Star Game.

2001 was, naturally, Seattle's best All-Star year (and not just because the game was held at Safeco Field); eight members of that year's American League team wore Mariner uniforms—Ichiro, Bret Boone, John Olerud, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Freddy Garcia, Mike Cameron, Jeff Nelson, and Edgar Martínez. In 1995, the M's had four representatives, while five Mariners got the nod in 1996, 1997, and 2003. What will the Seattle contingent be this year? We'll find out soon enough, but let's look at the candidates.

Jean Segura

Third in the league in batting average, second in hits, fifth in runs scored, and tenth in steals. And he plays a mean shortstop. Jean should unquestionably be an All-Star, but shortstop is a deep position this year and Manny Machado and Francisco Lindor are both locks already. Jean should still get selected, but will have a better shot if Machado gets traded to a National League team before the break. Prediction: All-Star.

Dee Gordon

The position shift from center field to second base definitely hurt Dee's chances, as no matter how good he is, José Altuve is better and will run away with the fan vote. But what about a reserve spot? Well, the Royals and A's both need a rep, and their best players are second-basemen (though KC's Whit Merrifield can play anywhere). Oakland will send their closer too, though, so it may come down to how much the player vote and Commissioner's office value defense over home runs. Gordon's numbers are good, but not so good as to make him anything like a lock. His best chance is to go as a replacement for someone who bows out due to injury. Prediction: Misses the cut/injury replacement.

Mitch Haniger

Mitch should go. In a just world, it wouldn't even be a question. But there are bigger names out there, some with good stats, and his chances might depend on making the list for the "final vote" spot. Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, and Aaron Judge figure to start, and it's likely Minnesota's Eddie Rosario will top the list of reserves. So Mitch will be in a battle with four or five other outfielders for recognition, some of whom—Andrew Benintendi, Michael Brantley, Shin-soo Choo—are better known and more established. In his favor, though, is that other positions, notably first base, are thinner than usual, so more than the typical number of outfielders might get chosen. Prediction: All-Star.

Nelson Cruz

J.D. Martínez is deservingly running away with the fan vote at DH, and DH-only types don't often get picked as reserves. But Nellie has a shot; he is sixth in the league in homers despite missing a good chunk of time with injuries, and the rest of the top eight will be there. The players might vote him in. Prediction: Misses the cut.

James Paxton

The no-hitter will help the Big Maple's chances, but the Mariner ace has plenty of competition. At least three-quarters of Houston's rotation will be on the squad, and Blake Snell of the Rays, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and Chris Sale of Boston are all gimmes. Two of Cleveland's starters are in the mix as well. That said, Pax should be an easy selection for his first All-Star nod. Prediction: All-Star.

Marco Gonzales

Much as I'd love to see Marco get tabbed for DC, it seems unlikely. He's put up good numbers, but he isn't flashy and isn't well-known, and he will have many more years in which to be an All-Star, health permitting. Besides, the Astros are going to hog as many pitcher slots as they possibly can. Prediction: Misses the cut.

Edwin Díaz

100% certainty. He may not actually pitch in the game—the M's may request that he take it easy during the break, given his workload thus far—but he is without peer in the closer ranks. Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman are closest, but Eddie has more saves and innings than both. Oakland's Blake Treinen will be there too, and if not for the dumb quota split between starters and relievers, that would be it for bullpen guys given the wealth of starting pitchers this year. Prediction: All-Star.

 

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