In 2008 the Seattle Mariners lost 101 games, second only to the lowly Washington Nationals.
Last season, the Mariners finished with a record of 85-77, signaling a 24 game turnaround, the best in the league.
This year the Mariners have their eye on 95 wins and an AL West title, and neither is out of the question.
The Mariners have some names that every baseball fan is familiar with. Ichiro Suzuki, who holds the all-time record for hits in a season, is easily one of the game’s most recognizable stars.
Felix Hernandez and new Mariner Cliff Lee, two of the games' best starting pitchers, provide the M’s with a one-two punch at the top of the rotation that no team in baseball can match.
However, there is more to the Mariners than these three stars, who are coincidentally featured together on the cover of the latest issue of ESPN Magazine.
Let’s take a look at five players who will play a key role in the M’s 2010 success.