There was a time when the 2013 season looked to be a promising one for the Seattle Mariners.
Unfortunately, barely a month into the season, things aren't going to plan. While there have been some solid pitching performances turned in by the M's starting staff (Felix Hernandez's win on Monday night is a perfect example), the bullpen and the starting lineup of hitters haven't delivered upon their play in spring training.
It begs many questions of many people involved, but for fans it's been a true test of their faith.
For the better part of their history the Mariners have struggled, yet this year looked to be a make or break season for fans hoping to see the team reach a certain level of relevance not seen for the better part of a decade.
So after nearly four weeks of baseball, I'm left to ponder an old saying.
"When the going gets tough, the tough..."
A. Get going
B. Get going to jump ship
C. Get nostalgic?
Last week I urged caution while opting for Option A, yet this week I'm going with Option C as a means of delaying what seems like the inevitable, Option B.
This week's focus, former Seattle Mariners who may not be as famous or as beloved as Junior, Edgar, Bone and The Big Unit, but players who in their own right made significant contributions while being perhaps a bit underrated or even under appreciated.
Sometimes that means being in the right place at the right time; in other cases it means the exact opposite as some players are overshadowed by teammates. Then of course there are the thankless roles of perhaps helping build an expansion team or replacing a legend.
Yet rather than putting together an endless list of players you may or may not have heard of, I figured I would focus on a handful that may have slipped through the cracks over the past three plus decades, most of whom you are probably more than familiar with.
So here are my five most under-appreciated Seattle Mariners of all time.