8 Reasons the Seattle Mariners Offense Will Be Much Improved in 2012

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8 Reasons the Seattle Mariners Offense Will Be Much Improved in 2012
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The Seattle Mariners offensive gains next season will be numerous and will come from almost every position. I feel comfortable writing that because the hitting so far this season has been anemic—so bad it would be unreasonable not to expect improvement on all fronts.

Injuries, youth and sub-par years from several players all are among the factors contributing to this season's run shortage and these are conditions that will likely change for the better in 2012—a growth and rebound year for Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, Ichiro Suzuki and others.

The following slides are ordered based on the magnitude of the expected improvement, with small and uncertain improvements listed first, large and probable improvements later. Most of the improvements described specify players while a few specify positions.

All triple slash figures in the following slides refer to batting average, on-base percent and slugging percent, in that order.

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