That's all folks, show's over, thanks for coming.
After 162 games, the Seattle Mariners finished the 2013 season with a record of 71-91.
In a season many had hoped the Mariners would finally turn the corner or at the very least push past the .500 mark, including team CEO Howard Lincoln, who considered this season the most disappointing and frustrating season he's ever endured in speaking to Ryan Divish at the Tacoma News Tribune:
You've had a few days now to look back, what were your thoughts on the 2013 season?
This was the most disappointing and frustrating season I’ve ever endured without any question.
Worse than 2008?
Yeah, really. I don’t judge it just by wins and losses. And the reason I say that, at spring training our expectations were very high. And I think that was justified. You were there. This looked really good. I didn’t expect we were going to go to the World Series, but I thought we were going to be very, very competitive. And things looked really good. I’m really disappointed and frustrated of what happened in the season, given the fact that these expectations on our part, on my part were so high.
What exactly went wrong?
Though it would be probably be easier to ask what didn't go wrong, I figured it might be worthwhile to take one last look to find some answers before we put this disappointment of a season to bed.
I will confess, going into the season I didn't have the highest of hopes for this team, but I, much like Lincoln and fans all throughout the Pacific Northwest, had also hoped the M's would improve slightly on a few fronts and solidify the core of their lineup.
Unfortunately with the Mariners, the best-laid plans more often than not fail.
This season proved to be no exception.