From 1977 to 2010, the Seattle Mariners have had a lot of great players. All Star's, Cy Young's, Hall of Famers.
Some positions require debate, whereas others require no debate. Ken Griffey JR, anyone?
I also reserve the right not to include players who I hate more than people cutting me off on the freeway. (Alex Rodriguez)
This one was pretty simple. Spent eleven years with the Mariners. Decent bat, and a rocket of a arm. Active in the community, and never caused any problems.
Very little debate here. In his first year with the Mariners, he was the first Mariner to win the Rookie of the Year, with a .284 batting average with twenty seven homruns and 116 runs batted in. .281 career batting average, 160 homeruns, and 667 runs batted in. He is also in the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
For me, this was a very tough decision to make, because Joey Cora is one of my favorite Mariners of all time. However, when you look at the stats, Bret Boone had a better career with the Mariners.
For my money, the greatest defensive shortstop of all time. While he was only with the Mariners for four years, he did make an impact, winning his first Gold Glove with the Mariners. He also recorded the final out on Chris Bosio's no hitter, a play that Alex Rodriguez would have screwed up. Yes, I hate Alex Rodriguez that much.
Well, maybe he wasn't as bad as I thought he was. Or maybe this is just a barren position for the Mariners. While he had a bigger strike zone than Vlad, and routinely struck out on pitches in the dirt, he was the best defensive third baseman the Mariners have ever had, winning four gold gloves.
Raul Ibanez had a very good career with the Seattle Mariners. .284 batting average, 127 homeruns, 547 runs batted in. And for a while there, he was the Mariner's best player. He is one of the few former Mariners that I was happy to see win a World Series.
What, did you think I was gonna go with Franklin Gutierrez? But seriously, perhaps the greatest center field of all time.
While I love Jay Buhner, this one wasn't really a debate at all. 10 time All Star, 9 time Gold Glove Winner, 2 time batting champion, 6 times MLB Hit leader, AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year. 200 plus hits a year for nine consecutive seasons, including breaking the major league record for hits in a season with 262. I could just go on and on.
Again, not really a debate. Felix could get there, but he has a while to go. This guy was simply unhittable. And he didn't even have his best years with the Mariners. In 1995, he went 18-2 and struck out 294 hitters in 214 innings. This should be the most impressive. In 1995, the Mariners played the Yankees in the divisonal round. In game 3, he threw 119 pitches. Two days later, two days! He pitched three innings in Game 5 to help the Mariners advance to the American League Champsionship Series.
The Greatest Seattle Mariner of All Time. Period.