What a season that the Seattle Mariners had in 2021. They stayed in the playoff race all the way up until the last day of the season. Finishing just one game out of the second wild-card spot. Many players and coaches were devastated that the season ended as it did.
We saw the Mariners send off Kyle Seager in a very emotional way:
Seager was drafted by the Mariners in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Two years later making his MLB debut, and the year after that taking over the starting third base position.
Seager’s statistical ranks in Mariners history
Games: 1,480 (fourth)
2Bs: 309 (third)
HRs: 242 (fourth)
RBIs: 807 (fourth)
Runs: 705 (fifth)
Kyle Seager has been an integral part of the Mariners for the past decade. For the past few years he has served as JP Crawfords mentor.
This was a way for the Mariners to honor Seager, who eventually will go into the team’s Hall of Fame. He’s in the top five in several offensive categories and if this is indeed his final season in Seattle — the team does hold a $20 million option for 2022 they are expected to pass on — he’ll finish fourth in club history with 1,480 games — trailing only Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro, and Edgar Martinez.
“What Kyle for me has brought is consistency and the ability to write his name in the lineup every day,” Servais said. “I think a lot of our players learn that from him. Players seeing that, and the value of that … if you want to put up numbers in this game, you’ve got to play and you’ve got to play every day. And it is hard to do that.”
Back To The Mariners
The Mariners, who won 90 games for the first time since 2003, were left on the outside looking in on baseball’s postseason party, as they dropped two of three games to the Angels (77-85). The sting will likely persist for some time.
“Wow, what a season for the Mariners and our group really taking a step forward organizationally,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Our future is very, very bright here. I say all that and you’re still disappointed today to get that close and not cross the finish line and break through to the playoffs.”
“I bet a lot of people, coming into this season, said we had no chance in hell of winning 90 games,” Servais said. “It’s been quite a ride. It was a fantastic season. The last three or four weeks, when everyone counted us out, we kept winning ballgames. We found different ways to do it.”
“I know it’s going to sting for a while, this loss, not getting to the postseason this year,” Kelenic said. “But I know it’s not going to be something I ever forget. I hope those fans that came out, I hope they never forget, either. That vibe on the field and in that clubhouse is indescribable.”
“Getting 40,000 people in T-Mobile Park and feeling the energy that they brought was tremendous, not only for our team and the organization but for the community,” Servais said. “Baseball is back in Seattle.”
The Mariners have a big offseason ahead. There are roster decisions for upper management to make. When it comes to Free Agency, Jerry Dipoto will have work cut out. The Mariners have only a few free agents, though a few of them have been here for years; Seager, Yusei Kikuchi, and James Paxton, as well as Tyler Anderson, Sean Doolittle, and Hector Santiago. The Mariners need to add a starting pitcher and add a second baseman.
Options for a Starting Pitcher:
- Max Scherzer
- Zack Greinke
- Marcus Stroman
- Kevin Gausman
- Noah Syndegaard
- Zach Davies
- Michael Pineda
- Tyler Anderson
Second Base –
- Marcus Semien
- Corey Seager
- Trevor Story
- Carlos Correa
- Javier Baez
- Andrelton Simmons
Yes those are Shortstops listed under second base, but if the Mariners go after one of them, JP Crawford is a soon to be two-time gold-glover therefore he is a lock at third base.
Not only will the offseason be big for the Mariners but it will also be big for young guys like Jarred Kelenic, Logan Gilbert and Cal Raleigh to get better. Spring Training will be the time for Julio Rodriguez, Emerson Hancock and George Kirby to prove they are ready for the bigs. The Mariners still have one of the best farm systems.
The Mariners may have the American League Manager of the Year, and the AL Comeback Player Of The Year in Mitch Haniger. With more prospects on the rise and just right around the corner. As well as the Mariners willing to spend money. The Mariners may end their playoff drought, and continue to make the playoffs in the coming years.
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