Saturday, June 4, 2011

Seattle Mariners

1B  Alvin Davis – Three seasons with 20+ HRs and 95+ RBI; drew 90+ walks four times; Sexson and Olerud didn’t play 5 seasons in Seattle.
2B  Harold Reynolds – Won three consecutive Gold Gloves (1988-90); stole 25+ bases six times (60 in ’87).
SS  Alex Rodriguez – Won 1996 AL batting title (.358); 40-40 man in '98; hit 41+ HRs his last three years in Seattle; and yet, the Mariners won 116 games the year after he left Seattle.
3B  Adrian Beltre – Drove in 87+ runs three times in Seattle; won back-to-back Gold Gloves (2007-08).
OF  Jay Buhner – Three straight 40-homer, 100-RBI seasons; four other seasons with 20+ HRs; won Gold Glove in ’96.
OF  Ken Griffey, Jr. – Best player in MLB during the ’90s; six seasons in Seattle with 40+ HRs; seven seasons with 100+ RBI; 10 straight Gold Gloves; AL MVP in ’97.
OF  Ichiro Suzuki – Masterful since joining Seattle in 2001; ten straight seasons with 200+ hits; ten seasons with 30+ SBs; ten straight Gold Gloves; still adding to these numbers.
C  Dan Wilson – Decent productivity (except in the postseason) during his 11 full seasons in Seattle; All-Star in ’96.
DH  Edgar Martinez – Greatest DH ever; six 100+ RBI seasons; 309 career HRs; two AL batting titles; drew 93+ walks seven straight years.
Bench  Raul Ibanez – Batted .280 or better 5 straight years in Seattle (2004-08); three straight 100-RBI seasons.
Pitcher  Randy Johnson – Dominant force on the mound; led AL in Ks four straight years; won AL Cy Young in ’95 with an 18-2 record.
Pitcher  Jamie Moyer – Two-time 20-game winner; posted a winning percentage .625 or above seven times for the Mariners.
Pitcher  Freddy Garcia – Won 16+ games three times in Seattle; AL ERA leader in 2001.
Closer  Kazuhiro Sasaki – Saved 129 games for Mariners in 2000-2003 seasons.

A nice collection of talent for one of Major League Baseball’s younger franchises.

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