About Seattle Mariners
The franchise came to life in 1977, only eight years after first Seattle franchise (the Pilots) left the city, and they had struggled quite badly until 1991 when the team has finally recorded a winning season (83-79).
The first real success came to Seattle in 1995 where there were already talks of the team leaving the city as the attendance numbers were dropping and there was a general displeasure with lack of successful results.
The Mariners went onto winning their division with a record 79-66. They went onto playing the Indians in American League Championship and despite losing the series that team generated plenty of fan support, enthusiasm and it contributed to building a new venue for the franchise.
The next few years been marked with ups and downs and then the 2001 season came along when the Mariners had set American League record with 116 wins, equalling the old standing result of the Cubs.
Seattle faced New York Yankees in American League Championship which were coming off the shock of the 9/11 attacks, the Yankees needed only five games to confirm their dominance and as far as Seattle Mariners are concerned it was their last season when they had reached post season.
The franchise is a member of West Division and they have three divisional titles to their name. Their colours are navy blue, northwest green, metallic, silver and white and they are represented by well-liked mascot, Mariner Moose.
Despite the team success the Mariners have fielded some great talent, especially in the last decade, including Ichiro Suzuki who broke the record for most straight 200-hit season ns with nine in 2009. Suzuki also enjoyed winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2001, as well as the league’s MVP the same year.
Felix Hernandez is another notable player, he won the CY Young award for best pitcher in 2010, adding in the same season an ERA Champion title which he then won once again in 2014.
From the successes of the nineties, Randy Johnson’s name pops out as he was four consecutive years Strikeout Champion and in 1995 the CY Young award winner.
The Mariners have only the one 100 wins season with the record result of 116-46, but on the other hand they had played poor enough to record five 100 loss seasons with their worst one occurring in 1978 with 56-104 record.
The fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for their team to reach out and try to accomplish another winning season as the last one’s result of 76-86 might just not be enough to please the patient people of Seattle.