The 2013 Seattle Mariners season is essentially over, at least from the standpoint of postseason play. This is where the casual fan is separated from the diehard supporter, as the casual observer will quickly move on to football.
Anyone who has followed baseball for any length of time knows that there is a process to building a team. Sometimes that process takes a number of years. In the case of the Mariners, the process has been painfully slow, and even the dedicated fans have to be wondering whether all of this rebuilding will eventually produce a consistent contender.
Baseball is a sport that is built around eternal optimism, as there is always the possibility that a team could put it all together next year and become a winning franchise. Unfortunately for Mariners fans, this will not be apparent until sometime next summer, if at all.
Still, there are reasons to keep watching, and here are five things that may point toward a positive 2014.