10 Encouraging Signs for the Seattle Mariners Heading into 2013

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10 Encouraging Signs for the Seattle Mariners Heading into 2013
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The Seattle Mariners are not necessarily a team that is generating a vast amount of fan buzz heading into 2013.

Attendance was down in 2012, and the Mariners continued to struggle at the plate as the team finished with a league-worst .234 average. Longtime superstar Ichiro Suzuki moved on, leaving Seattle with one recognizable star in Felix Hernandez.

Seattle made an eight-win improvement compared to 2011, but they finished 19 games out of first place and fans have to wonder when this team will return to being a true threat in the American League West.

Despite ongoing challenges, there is a reason that hope will always spring eternal. Baseball is a funny sport because teams can come out hot and seemingly maintain momentum deep into the summer even when they weren’t picked to be a contender.

Is this the year when all the youngsters grow up? Will Seattle finally get to see some of the heralded talent in minor leagues make it to the bigs?

Here are ten encouraging signs for the Seattle Mariners heading into the 2013 season.

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