The Seattle Mariners have left quite an impact on baseball history. A lot of Mariners’ players have stood out with historical seasons. Let’s take a look at the players who have stood out in this franchise’s history.
Catcher Dan Wilson
Dan played for 14 seasons. In 1996 he had a great season offensively, smashing 18 home runs, batting in 83 runs, hitting .285, .330, .444 in 138 games. Of his 14 years playing his OPS, .774 was the greatest of his career. Dan was selected to play in the American League All-Star game. He is in the Mariners Hall of Fame.
First Baseman Alvin Davis
In 1984 within 152 games, he hit 27 home runs, batted in 116 runs, hit .284, .391, .497. At the age of 23, Alvin collected several honors. He won AL Rookie of the Year, was an AL All-Star, ended 12th in AL MVP voting. Alvin’s season, he received the nickname Mr. Mariner and a place in the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Second Baseman Bret Boone
In 2001, at 32, he became a free agent but resigned with Seattle. Bret’s resigning helped the Mariners set a record-winning 116 games. He had a monumental season offensively. In 158 games, hitting .331, .372, . 578 along with 37 home runs and 141 RBIs. Bret led in RBIs in the American League. He earned All-Star and Silver Slugger award honors finishing third in AL MVP voting.
Shortstop Alex Rodriguez
Alex became a full-time starter for an entire season at the age of 20 in 1996. He had an astonishing season leading the AL in batting average, 141 runs, 54 doubles, 379 total bases, and an All-Start and Silver Slugger honoree. Alex came in second place in the AL MVP voting behind Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers. Batting .358, .414, .631, 36 homeruns in 146 games.
Edgar Martinez-Third Base And Designated Hitter
In 1992 playing in 145 games he batted .343, .404, .544, 18 home runs, and 73 RBIs.
Before becoming the Mariners’ leading designated hitter, Edgar led the AL in batting average and doubles with 43 and earned All-Star and Silver Slugger honors in his last season as the leading third baseman. He played in 103 games at third base and 28 games as Designated Hitter. Edgar stole 14 bases.
1995 his main position designated hitter batting .356, .479, .698, 29 home runs, 113 RBIs in 145 games. He led the AL in average, slugging percentage, 1.107 OPS, 52 doubles, and 121 runs which does not include his post-season numbers. The Mariners’ made the post-season in 1995. Edgar received his second All-Star and Sliver Slugger awards of his career and placed third in AL MVP voting behind Mo Vaughn and Albert Belle.
Left Fielder Raul Ibanez
At 34, he had a career-high in RBIs and second-highest home run total in his 19 seasons. In 159 games Raul batted .289, .353, .516, 33 homeruns, and 123 RBIs.
Center Fielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken is a Hall of Famer who had many fantastic seasons in centerfield for the Mariners’. 1997 he won AL MVP, leading the league in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, 125 runs, 393 total bases, and stole 15 bases. He won several awards, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and AL All-Star honors. Playing in 157 games in 1997, Ken batted .304, .382, .646, 56 home runs, and 147 RBIs.
Right Fielder Ichiro Suzuki
In 2004 he batted .372, .414, .455, 8 home runs, 60 RBIs playing in 161 games. In Ichiro’s fourth season, he broke George Sisler’s single-season record for most hits, hitting .372. He drew 19 walks, stole 36 bases, earned All-Star and Gold Glove awards. In 2001 he received AL MVP and Rookie of the Year.
Starting Pitcher Randy Johnson
In 1995, he won 18 games and lost 2. 2.84 ERA in 30 games started. Randy was awarded the AL Cy Young Award in the Mariners’ first playoff season. He led the league in winning percentage, ERA, and strikeouts. 294 strikeouts in 214 and 1/3 innings. His WHIP was 1.045, 12.3 strikeouts, 6.7 hits, and 0.5 home runs per nine innings. He played in his fourth All-Star game and placed sixth in the AL MVP voting.
Reliever Edwin Diaz
In the 2018 season, in 73 games, Edwin had 57 saves and 1.96 ERA. Edwin broke the record in saves, with 57 coming in second place with the highest total in MLB history. Edwin struck out 124 batters, walked 17 in 73 and 1/3 innings pitched. He joined the AL All-Star team and came in eighth place in the AL Cy Young Award voting. When Edwin went out to the mound to pitch with the lead, the Mariners were 66-0.
These players had historic seasons. There are plenty of other Mariners players who have had great seasons. The current players in this organization are making history too. History is essential to the game of baseball. Baseball is a fun game, but it is challenging mentally and physically. 80% mental and 20% physical. It is also full of history. The accomplishments these players made can be accomplished again with hard work.
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