Following the Mariners loss on Sunday afternoon to the Texas Rangers, their record on the season dropped to 72-81 and dashed any hope of the M's finishing the season above .500.
While in many ways it's been a bit of a disappointing season, it was still impressive to see that the team held on this long in the season before finally dropping their 81st contest.
As we now enter the final stretch of the season, it would seem like a good time to see whether the M's can play spoiler in the AL West race with series against both Oakland and Los Angeles while also giving several players called up earlier in the month a chance to play.
This year's September call-ups proved to be a mix of pitchers and hitters, most of which we've seen at some point this season with one or two who managed to get their first taste of major league action.
While in some ways it might seem a bit premature, I figured it might be interesting to turn our attention towards next year and offer up a few thoughts on how each of these players may or may not fit in the team's plans for 2013.
Right now, it's a tough group to judge given their uneven performances in 2012, but if even one or two of these players can turn the corner and grow into having a meaningful role, it might make a big difference in 2013.