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The Pacific Northwest coastal city of Seattle is home to the MLB’s Mariners. Since the 1977 season, Mariners baseball has permeated the culture and won the hearts of fans. Still dreaming of that elusive first World Series championship, fans return to Safeco Field each season in hopes of seeing their beloved team finally hoist baseball’s most coveted trophy.
Members of the American League since their inception into baseball, the Mariners have not yet captured a pennant. They have, however, reached the playoffs four times in their history. They punched their ticket to the postseason three times via an NL West division title (including the 2001 season when they finished with a regular season record of 116-46, tied for the most wins in a single season all-time) and once through a Wild Card berth.
The most famous play in team history came in game five of the 1995 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the 11th inning, Edgar Martinez doubled into left field, scoring Joey Cora and Ken Griffey, Jr. to win the game and the series, sending the Mariners to their first American League Championship Series.
The current lineup is built for offense. Entering his fourth year of service with the Seattle Mariners, high-profile second baseman Robinson Cano is coming off a great 2016 season which saw him eclipse his personal home run record, knocking 39 balls out of the park last year. Nelson Cruz, expected to work mostly out of the DH spot led the team with 43 home runs. Add to the lineup Jean Segura, who finally broke out last season, and the underrated Kyle Seager and we know that many runs will be scored in Seattle.
These players are all skilled defensively as well, which eases the stress for manager Scott Servais. However, the real key for this team will be its pitching prowess. After a tough season, Mariners fans will be interested to see if Felix Hernandez will be able to bounce back to his old form or if he is on the decline. The same can also be said for Hisashi Iwakuma, another ace coming off a rough season. If these two players, along with James Paxton, can put together solid performances, the Mariners will be in safe hands with Edwin Diaz closing out the games. Diaz burst onto the scene last season, dazzling fans with his lights out play.
While the Mariners, like all teams in baseball, will need a little luck on their side this season, they definitely have the pieces in place to put together a team that can make a strong playoff push. The first World Series appearance and maybe even the first championship may not be too far off.
There have been many beloved players that have come through Seattle, but the most revered of these players include Edgar Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki, Felix Hernandez, Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, and the one and only Ken Griffey, Jr. Click here to learn more about the Seattle Mariners franchise.