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Seattle Mariners
Established 1977
Motto: "Believe Big"
Seattle Mariners logo.svg
Team logo
Seattle Mariners Insignia.svg
Cap Insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
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Colors
  • Navy Blue, Northwest Green, Metallic Silver

              

Name
  • Seattle Mariners (1977–present)
Other nicknames
  • The M's
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (0)
AL Pennants (0) None
West Division titles (3) 2001 • 1997 • 1995
Wild card berths (1) 2000

Best Finish:

  • Beat New York Yankees in Division Series in 1995 Season.
  • Beat Chicago White Sox in Division Series in 2000 season.
  • Beat Cleveland Indians in Division Series in 2001 season
Owner(s): Nintendo of America, represented by Howard Lincoln
Manager: Don Wakamatsu
General Manager: Jack Zduriencik

The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. Enfranchised in 1977, the Mariners are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Safeco Field has been the Mariners' home ballpark since July 1999. From their 1977 inception until June 1999, the club's home park was the Kingdome.

The Mariners are one of three Major League Baseball teams under corporate ownership; the other two are the Atlanta Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Overview

The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed "the M's", a title featured in their primary logo from 1977 to 1992. The current team colors are navy blue, teal, and metallic silver, after having been royal blue and gold from 1977–1992. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose.

The organization did not field a winning team until 1991, and any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martinez drove home Ken Griffey, Jr. to win the game in the 12th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, and has since become an iconic moment in team history. The Mariners share the record for most wins in a single season with 116, which they achieved in 2001. Despite their successes since winning their first division title in 1995, they have never won an AL Championship, and remain one of three franchises (the others being the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals) never to have played in a World Series.

History

The Mariners were created as a result of a lawsuit. In 1970, in the aftermath of the Pilots' purchase and relocation to Milwaukee by future Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig, the City of Seattle, King County, and the state of Washington (represented by then-State Attorney General and later U.S. Senator Slade Gorton) sued the American League for breach of contract.[1] Confident that Major League Baseball would return to Seattle within a few years, King County built the multi-purpose Kingdome, which would become home to the NFL's expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976.

The Mariners played their first game on April 6, 1977, to a sold-out crowd of 57,762 at the Kingdome, losing 7-0 to the California Angels.[2] The first home run in team history was hit on April 10, 1977, by designated hitter Juan Bernhardt.[3] That year, star pitcher Diego Segui, in his last major league season, became the only player to play for both the Pilots and the Mariners. The Mariners finished with a 64–98 record, echoing the record the 1969 Pilots once held. In 1979, Seattle hosted the 50th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. After the 1981 season, the Mariners were sold to California businessman and future U.S. Ambassador to Spain George Argyros.

In 1993, the Mariners donned their current uniforms. During the 1992-93 offseason, the Mariners hired manager Lou Piniella, who had led the Cincinnati Reds to victory in the 1990 World Series. Mariner fans embraced Piniella,[4] and he would helm the team from 1993 through 2002, winning two American League Manager of the Year Awards along the way.

The 2001 Mariners led the major leagues in winning percentage all season long, easily winning the American League West division championship, breaking the 1998 Yankees American League single-season record of 114 wins, and matching the Major League Baseball record for single-season wins of 116 set by the Chicago Cubs in 1906. At the end of the season, Ichiro won the AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year, and one of three outfield Gold Glove Awards, becoming the first player since the 1975 Boston Red Sox's Fred Lynn to win all three in the same season.

On October 22, 2008 the Mariners announced the hiring of Jack Zduriencik, formerly scouting director of the Milwaukee Brewers, as their general manager.[5] Weeks later, on November 18, the team named Oakland Athletics bench coach Don Wakamatsu as its new field manager. Wakamatsu and Zduriencik hired an entirely new coaching staff for 2009, which included former World Series MVP John Wetteland as bullpen coach. The off-season also saw a litany of roster moves, headlined by a 12-player, 3-team trade that included sending All-Star closer J.J. Putz to the New York Mets and brought 5 players—including prospect Mike Carp and outfielder Endy Chavez from New York and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the Cleveland Indians—to Seattle. Many of the moves, like the free agent signing of Mike Sweeney, were made in part with the hope of squelching the clubhouse infighting that plagued the Mariners in 2008.[6]. The 2009-10 offseason was highlighted by the trade for 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from the Philadelphia Phillies, the signing of third baseman Chone Figgins and the contract extension of star pitcher Felix "The King" Hernandez.

Spring training

The team mainly plays spring training games in the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. They share the complex and stadium with the San Diego Padres.

Season records

For current information on this topic, see 2010 Seattle Mariners season.

This is a partial list listing the past ten completed regular seasons. For the full season records, see here.

Year Record Win % Place Playoffs Notes
1998 76–85 .472 3rd in AL West
1999 79–83 .488 3rd in AL West
2000 91–71 .562 2nd in AL West Won ALDS vs Chicago White Sox, 3–0
Lost ALCS vs New York Yankees, 4–2.
2001 116–46 .716 1st in AL West Won ALDS vs Cleveland Indians, 3–2
Lost ALCS vs New York Yankees, 4–1.
Tied the regular-season record with 116 wins, but went 4-6 in the playoffs.
2002 93–69 .574 3rd in AL West
2003 93–69 .574 2nd in AL West
2004 63–99 .389 4th in AL West Ichiro breaks 84-year-old hits record, with 262 hits
2005 69–93 .426 4th in AL West
2006 78–84 .481 4th in AL West
2007 88–74 .543 2nd in AL West
2008 61-101 .377 4th in AL West Worst record in AL heading into All-Star Break, first team of 2008 to record a 100 loss season.

First team of 2008 to officially be eliminated from the 2008 playoffs. Worst record since 1983, which was the last time they had lost over 100 games in a season.

First team in MLB history to lose 100 games with a $100 million payroll.

2009 85-77 .520 3rd in AL West Ichiro breaks the record for most consecutive 200-hit seasons at 9.
Totals 2261–2418 .482

Baseball Hall of Famers

The following inducted members of the Baseball Hall of Fame spent part of their careers with the Mariners. None is depicted on his plaque wearing a Mariners cap insignia.[7]

Seattle Mariners Hall of Famers
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Seattle Mariners

Gaylord Perry

Rich "Goose" Gossage
Rickey Henderson

Dick Williams

Names in Bold Inducted as Mariners
* Has no insignia on his cap due to playing at a time when caps bore no insignia.
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Ford C. Frick Award recipients

Seattle Mariners Ford C. Frick Award recipients
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Dave Niehaus

Names in Bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Mariners.

Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame

Seattle Mariners former chairman and CEO John Ellis announced on June 14, 1997 the creation of a Mariners Hall of Fame. It is operated by the Seattle Mariners organization. It honors the players, staff and other individuals that greatly contributed to the history and success of the Mariners franchise. It is located at the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest in Safeco Field.

The current members of the Mariners Hall of Fame are:

Retired numbers

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Jackie
Robinson

Retired by
all of MLB
Retired 1997

The Seattle Mariners have not retired any uniform numbers. Official team policy states that number retirement is reserved for players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame who played for at least five years with the Mariners, or career Mariners players whose name appears at least once on the Hall of Fame ballot.[8]

Despite not officially retiring any numbers, the team has not reissued the numbers 11 (Edgar Martínez), 14 (Lou Piniella), or 19 (Jay Buhner) to any uniformed staff since the last player to have worn the number left the team. Number 51, worn by Randy Johnson, was withheld from players from 1998 until 2001, when it was awarded to Ichiro Suzuki upon his request after wearing it for his entire career in Japan. 24 was not issued from the time Ken Griffey, Jr. left the team after the 1999 season until it was re-issued to him when he returned in 2009.

Uniform number 00 is presumed off-limits, as it has been worn by the Mariner Moose since 1997 (outfielder Jeffrey Leonard was the last player to don 00 for the M's, in 1990). From 1990–1996, the Moose wore the last 2 digits of the year of the current season.[9]

Jackie Robinson's number, 42, was retired throughout Major League Baseball on April 15, 1997.

Culture

Rally Fries

Rally Fries are a baseball tradition started by Mariners broadcaster Mike Blowers in 2007. During a game against the Cincinnati Reds, a fan tried to catch a foul ball along the right-field line but in turn spilled his tray of fries along the track. While chatting on the air and seeing the mishap, Blowers' partner, Dave Sims, suggested that he should send a new tray of fries to the fan. Blowers agreed, and sent his intern to deliver a plate of fries to the man.[10]

However, on the next game, fans made signs and boards, asking Blowers for free fries as well. Coincidently, every time the fries were delivered, the Mariners seem to score or rally from a deficit, and thus the "Rally Fries" were created. This became so popular with the fans that signs were even seen when the Mariners were on the road, though on August 1, 2009 Blowers mentioned he doesn't award winners on the road.[11]

Generally, Blowers will select a person or a group of people that appeals to him, whether it is through fans wearing elaborate costumes or waving funny signs and boards. The fries are usually delivered from Ivar's, a common sight in Safeco Field. Ivar's is a Seattle-based seafood restaurant. Only one plate of fries are awarded per person in the group. The winners are generally selected around the 5th or 6th inning, although potential candidates are shown in almost every inning beforehand.

Current roster

Seattle Mariners 2010 Spring Training roster
40-man roster Spring Training
non-roster invitees
Coaches/Other
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list

  • None


* Not on active roster
† 15-day disabled list
Roster updated March 18, 2010
TransactionsDepth Chart
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Minor league affiliations

Radio and television

The Mariners' flagship radio station is KIRO-AM 710 (ESPN Radio), which previously broadcast Mariners contests from 1985-2002. Former flagship stations include KOMO 1000 AM (2003-2008), and KVI 570 AM (1977-1984). Television rights are held by FSN Northwest. In years past, Mariners games have also appeared in Seattle on over-the-air stations KING-TV, KIRO-TV, KTZZ-TV, and KSTW-TV. Select Mariners games are also available on Canadian television, due to an agreement between FSN Northwest and Rogers Sportsnet.

The Mariners broadcast team currently features Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs- back for their 32nd and 23rd seasons with the club, respectively- as well as veteran broadcaster Dave Sims and former infielder Mike Blowers. For the first three innings of each game, Niehaus works the television broadcast with Blowers, and Rizzs and Sims handle radio duties; after the third inning, Niehaus and Sims trade places. Seattle radio personality Matt Pitman hosts the post-game show on the Mariners' radio network, along with clubhouse reporter Shannon Drayer. Spanish-language radio broadcast duties are handled by Alex Rivera on play-by-play and former second baseman Julio Cruz providing color commentary.

Tom Hutyler has been the Mariners' public address announcer since 1987, first at the Kingdome, and presently at Safeco Field.[12] During the period that KOMO 1000 AM was the Mariners' flagship radio station, Hutyler occasionally hosted the postgame radio show.

Franchise records

Season records

See also

References

External links


Simple English

The Seattle Mariners are an American Major League Baseball team from Seattle, Washington, United States. The Mariners are part of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Since July 1999, their home stadium has been Safeco Field. Until they moved in June 1999, the club's home park was the Kingdome. Their players include Ichiro Suzuki, Felix Hernandez, Ken Griffey, Jr, Franklin Gutierrez, Jose Lopez, Cliff Lee, Milton Bradley, Chone Figgins, Jack Wilson, and Casey Kotchman.

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