THE BEST MARINERS OF ALL TIME!
Who are the best Mariners of all time? This is my list of the top dozen Mariners of all time. To make the list, they had to have played for the team more than five seasons, which unfortunately, not enough recent Mariners have done. But hopefully some will over the next seasons -- and that you agree with my list.
1, Ken Griffey Jr.: He started his career in 1989 and was with them until 2000 when he shifted to the Reds. Then he came back for two seasons in 2009 and 2010. He was a 10-time All-Star and 1997 MVP with the Mariners and led the league in home runs four years (he hit 56 in 1997 and 1998). There is a bronze statue of him outside of T-Mobile Park.
2, Ichiro: He played nine seasons in Japan with the Orix Blue Wave, then joined the Mariners in 2001 and won the AL MVP and Rookie of the Year award that season. He also broke the major league record for most hits in a season in 2004. He led the league in hits eight times and was a 10-time All-Star with Seattle. He finished with 3,089 hits in the majors and 1,278 in Japan, for a total of 4,367, which is more than Pete Rose had!
3, Edgar Martinez: Elected to the Hall of Fame this year, Edgar played his entire career with the Mariners. He twice led the league in batting and also had the most important hit in team history in 1995 when he doubled home two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the Yankees and win the division series. He also has been a good batting coach for several years. And the street outside the ballpark is named Edgar Martinez Drive.
4, Randy Johnson: After pitching a few games with Montreal, Johnson was traded to Seattle and played 10 seasons with the Mariners, winning a Cy Young (he finished second twice and third once). He also went 18-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 1995 and also won the tie-breaker game against the Angels when the Mariners reached their first postseason. Seattle traded him to Arizona in 1998 for Freddie Garcia and Carlos Guillen.
5, Felix Hernandez: Known as King Felix, Hernandez started his career with the Mariners in 2005 at just age 19. He went on to win a Cy Young award (should have won two), threw the first perfect game in Mariners history in 2012 and had a huge section of fans down the left field line wearing King Felix t-shirts and chanting for him every batter.
6, Alex Rodriguez: He was a four-time All-Star with the Mariners and led the league in batting in 1996. But after his seventh season with Seattle, he signed with Texas and later was traded to the Yankees.
7, Alvin Davis: He began his career with the Mariners in 1984 when he was an All-Star and won the Rookie of the Year award. He also was a great first baseman who played eight seasons with Seattle. He also works as a minor league instructor for them.
8, Jay Buhner: Acquired from the Yankees in 1988. Jay played 13 seasons with the Mariners and hit nearly 300 home runs with them, including three seasons with 40 or more. He also was a good outfielder
9, Jamie Moyer: Acquired from Boston in 1996, Moyer pitched 10 seasons with the Mariners, winning 146 games with them, including two 20-win seasons (he should have won a Cy Young). And he wound up pitching 25 years until he was almost 50 years old!
10, Dan Wilson: Traded to Seattle from Cincinnati in 1994, Wilson played 12 seasons with the Mariners and played in all their postseasons. He is considered one of the best defensive catchers in the game’s history and is part of the Mariners Hall of Fame. He now does broadcast work for them as well.
11, Harold Reynolds: A second baseman, Harold played 10 seasons with the Mariners, made two All-Star teams and won two Gold Gloves. He also is a good, funny guy who has worked for the MLB network for years.
12, Mark Langston: He started his career in 1984 and led the league in strikeouts three seasons. He also was an All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner and finished fifth in the Cy Young vote in 1987. A little short of two months into his sixth season, the Mariners traded him to Montreal in 1989 for Randy.
Let’s hope the Mariners have some current or future players who could make this list as well, such as Kyle Seager or Mitch Haniger. And that general manager Jerry Dipoto quits trading so many of their good players.