Seattle Mariners' All-Fan Favorite Team

Madison Guernsey@GUERNS_M_DContributor IIIJune 12, 2012

Seattle Mariners' All-Fan Favorite Team

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    In 35 seasons, the Seattle Mariners have employed nearly 1,000 players, 18 managers and have played over 5,600 games.

    While all players are appreciated for their time in Seattle, only a select few cement themselves in Mariners history and enshrine themselves in the Mariners Hall of Fame.

    One of four member of the Mariners Hall of Fame, late broadcaster Dave Niehaus called 5,284 games over 23 seasons, and dubbed catchphrases synonymous with Mariners baseball and will forever be the voice of the franchise.

    Here is the Seattle Mariners all Fan Favorite Team.

Manager: Lou Piniella

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    Years in Seattle: 1993-2002

    Record as Mariners manager: 1,551-880

    One of the best managers in MLB history, and undoubtedly the best to skipper the Mariners, Lou Piniella gets the nod as manager for the fan favorite team.

    In 10 seasons in Seattle, Piniella won 1,551 games, took the Mariners to each of their four playoff appearances and was twice awarded Manager of the Year. He was also thrown out of 58 games over the course of 23 seasons.

    He spent the majority of his illustrious 23-year managerial career in Seattle and was a part of the record-tying 116-win season of 2001.

    Although he won just one World Series ring, Sweet Lou ranks 14th all time among managers with 1,835 career wins.

Pitcher: Randy Johnson

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    Years in Seattle: 1989-1998

    Stats as a Mariner: 130-74, 3.42 ERA, 51 complete games, 2,162 strikeouts, 1 great mullet 

    Tough call here, but the Big Unit gets the slight edge at pitcher.

    One of the best pitchers ever, Randy Johnson blew hitters away with a 100+ MPH fastball and pitched until he was 45 years old.

    He threw the first no-hitter in Mariners' history, and won the majority of his games and totaled most of his strikeouts in a Seattle uniform.

    Over the course of his 22-year career, Johnson made 10 All-Star appearances, won five Cy Young awards, threw a no-hitter and a perfect game, won 303 games and rung up 4,875 strikeouts.

    Honorable mention: Jamie Moyer

Catcher: Dan Wilson

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    Years in Seattle: 1994-2005

    Stats as a Mariner: .262, 88 HR, 508 RBI, 1,251 games played

    Dan "The Man" Wilson was never the best offensive player, but Seattle fans loved him for each of his 12 seasons in a Mariners uniform as the starting catcher.

    Wilson will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on July 28 this year, and it's well deserved. Wilson is one of the best defensive catchers to ever play the game, ending his career with a .995 fielding percentage—the best in American League history—and the sixth best for a catcher ever. 

First Base: Alvin Davis

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    Years in Seattle: 1984-1991

    Stats as a Mariner: .281, 160 HR, 667 RBI, 1,166 games played  

    "Mr. Mariner," former first baseman Alvin Davis was the first member inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in 1997.

    Davis was selected to the All-Star team his rookie season and won Rookie of the Year, the first Mariners player to win a major award.

    Davis compiled three 20-plus home run seasons and two 100-plus RBI years, and without a doubt his glory days were spent in Mariners stitchings.

    Honorable mention: John Olerud

Second Base: Harold Reynolds

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    Years in Seattle: 1983-1992

    Stats as a Mariner: .260, 228 stolen bases, 200 doubles, 1,155 games

    Former ESPN analyst and Pacific Northwest native Harold Reynolds played 10 of his 12 big league seasons in Seattle, making two All-Star Game appearances and winning three Gold Glove awards.

    Reynolds was a speedy middle infielder and was great defensively, ending his career with a .979 fielding percentage.

    Honorable mention: Bret Boone

Third Base: Edgar Martinez

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    Years in Seattle: 1987-2004

    Stats as a Mariner: .312, 309 HR, 1,261 RBI, 2,247 hits, 514 doubles, 2,055 games

    Yes Edgar Martinez was primarily a DH, but he played 564 games at third and was by far and away the best option for third base on this list.

    Papi. Gar. Edgar Martinez may very well be the most beloved player in Mariners history.

    A Mariners Hall of Fame inductee in 2007, Martinez is Seattle's all-time leader in games played, runs, doubles, RBI, walks and on base percentage.

    He's known as one of the best designated hitters ever and is credited as a player who revolutionized the position. 

    Edgar was selected to the All-Star team seven times, won five Silver Slugger awards and two batting titles.

    He also has the biggest hit in Mariners history, and is the focal point of an infamous play-by-play call.

    Honorable mention: Adrian Beltre

Shortstop: Alex Rodriguez

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    Years in Seattle: 1994-2000

    Stats as a Mariner: .309, 189 HR, 595 RBI, 790 games

    Most Mariners fans have hated him since he left for Texas, but A-Rod was always a fan favorite during his time in Seattle.

    He was chosen with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 draft and burst onto the scene in 1996 at age 20, hitting .358 with 36 home runs and 123 runs batted in.

    The most upsetting aspect of Rodriguez's departure is the thought of what could have been.

    Alex was just 24 in his last season with the Mariners, and has since gone on to win three MVP awards, and most importantly a world championship.

    Honorable mention: Omar Vizquel

Outfield: Jay Buhner

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    Years in Seattle: 1988-2001

    Stats as a Mariner: .255, 307 HR, 951 RBI, 1,255 hits, 1,440 games

    "Bone" as he was affectionately called by Mariners faithful, was inducted into the MHoF in 2004, and was loved for his giant home runs in the Kingdome.

    Buhner had three consecutive 40-plus home run seasons from '95-'97, and unfortunately injuries caught up with him later on in his career, most likely cutting it a few years short.

    His shiny bald head and goatee live on in infamy, and until he retired in 2001 he was right field for the M's.

    Honorable mention: Raul Ibañez

Outfield: Ichiro

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    Years in Seattle: 2001-present

    Stats as a Mariner: .324, 432 stolen bases, 1,158 runs, 2,494 hits, 1,810 games 

    Ever since Ichiro came over from Japan in 2001, he has been a huge fan favorite in Seattle.

    His single name, the shoulder sleeve pull, the closed stance and un-orthodoxed swing have all contributed to his popularity, not to mention his overwhelming success.

    While he's lost a step or two and his hitting numbers have come down to earth, Ichiro remains a favorite in Seattle, and the potential is there for him to be a lifer.

    Honorable mention: Mike Cameron

Outfield: Ken Griffey, Jr.

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    Years in Seattle: 1989-1999, 2009-2010

    Stats as a Mariner: .292, 417 HR, 1,216 RBI, 1,843 hits,1,113 runs, 1,685 games

    If Edgar Martinez isn't the most beloved Mariner ever, it is without a doubt Ken Griffey, Jr.

    "The Kid" was a teenage phenom, debuting at 19 and making the All-Star squad at 20. In his prime he was the best player in baseball, and his Hall of Fame career was highlighted by 13 All-Star selections, 10 Gold Glove awards, seven Silver Slugger awards, one AL MVP, three Home Run Derby championships and 630 home runs.

    Perhaps the purest swing the game has ever seen, Griffey has never been publicly accused of using performance enhancing drugs, unheard of among power hitters in the '90s. 

    Unfortunately, injuries plagued Griffey for much of the last nine seasons of his career, and it is widely believed that, had he stayed healthy, he could have and would have passed Hank Aaron as the all-time home runs leader.

    Junior will always have a place in Mariners history.