Mariners of Seattle The Mariners are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team that plays in the American League (AL) West Division. In 1977, the franchise became an expansion team in the American League. Safeco Field, located in Seattle's SoDo area, has been the Mariners' home field since July 1999. The team is owned by Nintendo co-founder Satoru Iwata.
The Mariners have only won 90 or more games three times, but they've also finished last two seasons with 100 or more losses. MLB's worst record (70 wins), in 2001, was improved upon the following year when the Mariners went on to win the AL West title. Ken Griffey Jr., one of the league's best hitters during the 1990s, led the charge for Seattle. He finished his Mariner career as the all-time leader in hits (3134), runs batted in (1462), and total bases (5016).
During Game 5 of the 1995 World Series against Atlanta Braves, Mike Hargrove made history when he hit for the cycle. The next day, the Mariners announced that Hargrove had been given the Roberto Clemente Award for sportsmanship and community involvement.
Hargrove played 18 years in the MLB, finishing with 461 hits, 154 doubles, 39 triples, 106 stolen bases, and an.836 batting average.
The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball club headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States. They are a part of the American League (AL) West division in Major League Baseball (MLB). The franchise entered the American League as an expansion team in 1977, with home games held at the Kingdome. That stadium was destroyed by arson in 2000, and the Mariners have not returned to Seattle since then. They play their home games at Safeco Field, which opened in 1999.
The Mariners have only won 80 games once in their 11-year history and never have finished higher than fourth place in the AL West. However, they did win the AL West title in 2001 after having the best record in MLB but losing to Oakland in the Division Series. The M's have made the playoffs five times but have never advanced past the Division Series.
They have had several all-time great players wear the uniform of the M's including Edgar Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., and Mike Lowell. However, none of these players remain with the team today. A former MVP and three-time champion, Edgar Martinez is the longest tenured player for the Mariners and played his last game on September 30, 2009. He has hit over 400 balls in play during his career and is one of the most consistent hitters in MLB history.
A native of Puerto Rico, Alex Rodriguez joined the Mariners in 1989 at the age of 19.
The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball club headquartered in Seattle, Washington. That stadium was destroyed by arson in February 1991, and the M's have not played home games since then. The club has won two World Series titles - one as the Seattle Pilots in 1977 and again as the Mariner Mariners in 2001.
They play their home games at Safeco Field, which is located in downtown Seattle. The park opened in 1999 and has a capacity of 41,400 people. It is the first major league ball park built since Memorial Stadium in Milwaukee collapsed in 1971. Before that, Seatlle had been without a major league team for more than 30 years - the longest period of time between the end of one team and the beginning of another.
The Mariners were owned by the Elway family from 1992 to 2013, when they were sold to a group led by Howard Lincoln and Jeff Smulyan. The team has won two World Series titles - one as the Seattle Pilots in 1977 and again as the Mariner Mariners in 2001.
T-Mobile Park, located in Seattle's SoDo area, has been the Mariners' home field since July 1999. The term "Mariners" comes from the city of Seattle's popularity in marine culture. In 1805, a group of British sailors looking for food on Alki Beach saw the remains of a shipwreck and took some natives back with them to England where they lived among themselves.
The original Mariners were not very successful, going only 49-103 during their first season. They improved slightly in 1978, but still finished last in their division with 69 wins and 83 losses. The following year, they changed their name to the Seattle Mariners because they wanted to represent both Washington state and its major city. They also announced a new logo that would become famous over time.
The Mariners have had only two winning seasons since their first one in 1978 - 1991. They made it to the playoffs twice during that period - in 1989 when they lost to Oakland in the Division Series and again in 1995 when they defeated New York Yankees in the Wild Card Game before being swept by Toronto Blue Jays in the Division Series.
In January 1997, after many years of financial problems, the Mariners sold out their first ever Major League Baseball (MLB) game against Oakland Athletics in front of 43,623 fans.