Season Preview: It has been a very long time since the Mariners made the playoffs, but this year their chances look better than ever. Rookie Julio Rodriguez lit it up in Spring Training and has the tools to become an All-Star in his first season. Robbie Ray, last year’s Cy Young Award winner, is new to Seattle, as are Jesse Winker, Adam Frazier and Eugenio Suarez—all stars in the National League. The Mariners made a good run at the postseason in 2021 and are a much stronger club heading into 2022.
Season Recap: The Mariners were the surprise success story of baseball in 2021. They beat the odds and went into the season’s final weekend with a chance to make the playoffs. That didn’t happen, but their 90 victories shocked experts who predicted the might not even win 70 games. The M’s began the season with good talent, but big years from little-known players like Ty France, Chris Flexen, and Yusei Kikuchi gave them the extra edge to beat the odds. Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager had career years at the plate, while Drew Steckenrider filled the shoes of relief ace Kendall Graverman after he was traded to the Astros in July.
Season Preview: The youth movement in Seattle continues in 2021, led by Kyle Lewis, Taylor Trammell, Evan White, and Jared Kelenic. The return of James Paxton to the pitching staff after two years with the Yankees gives Mariners fans hope for a winning record. They know that young players can be exciting, but a lack of experience also can cost the club a lot of victories.
November 9, 2020: Outfielder Kyle Lewis was named AL Rookie of the Year. He finished ahead of Luis Robert of the White Sox and Cristian Javier of the Astros.
Season Recap: A seven-game losing streak in August ended any hope Seattle fans had of a September playoff run. The Mariners’ hitting was weak all year despite good seasons from their two Kyles, Lewis and Seager. Marco Gonzalez and Justus Sheffield were the bright spots on a pitching staff that fought hard all year but just could not put up enough W’s.
August 17, 2020: Kyle Seager played against his younger brother, Corey, for the first time when the M’s played the Dodgers. Both brothers slammed home runs in the Dodgers’ 11–9 victory.
Season Preview: The Mariners have spent the last few years rebuilding their minor-league system with exciting prospects. They probably won’t make a big difference in 2020, but players like Evan White, Kyle Lewis, Justus Sheffield, and Justin Dunn should gain valuable experience in 2020. Marco Gonzalez and Dan Vogelbach will look to repeat their excellent 2019 seasons.
Season Recap: The M’s finished last in the AL West in Felix Hernandez’s farewell season. While King Felix never got it going, lefty Marco Gonzales had another great season leading the starting rotation in wins, strikeouts and ERA. Seattle’s strength was its power hitting: 10 players reached double-figures in home runs, led by first baseman Dan Vogelbach, who made the All-Star Game in his first year as a regular. Mallex Smith led the AL in stolen bases in his first year with the M’s.
May 1, 2019: Felix Hernandez became the 36th pitcher in history to strike out 2,500 batters.
Season Preview: The Mariners decided to trade off some of their big-name players and start fresh in 2019. Mitch Haniger and Marco Gonzalez may be the next to go. Seattle fans will still have plenty of stars to watch, including pitching ace Felix Hernandez and newcomers Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion. There should be plenty of home runs in Seattle’s ballpark this year—hopefully most will come off Mariner bats.
Season Recap: The Mariners had a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2001, but injuries to ace Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano limited them to 89 wins—9 short of a Wild Card berth. Nearly two-thirds of those victories were closed by Edwin Diaz, who set a team record with 57 saves. Marco Gonzalez and Mike Paxton had good years on the mound, too. Nelson Cruz led the M’s with 37 homers and Jean Segura led the regulars with a .304 average.
May 8, 2018: James Paxson no-hit the Blue Jays. It was just the second no-hitter thrown by a player who was born in Canada, and the first in 73 years.
Season Preview: Despite putting good players on the field year after year, the Mariners haven’t made the playoffs since 2001. They will look to snag a Wild Card spot in 2018 behind pitchers Felix Hernandez and James Paxton, and hitters Jean Segura, Dee Gordon, Nelson Cruz, and Robinson Cano. These six stars won’t be enough to drive the team to the postseason, however. The M’s will need good performances from their entire pitching staff, and solid years from the bottom half of the batting order.
Season Recap: Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz had great years at the plate, while newcomer Jean Segura hit .300. However, the team never got its pitching straightened out and finished a disappointing 78–84. Two long trips to the disabled list for ace Felix Hernandez prevented the M’s from competing for a playoff spot.
August 12, 2017: The team retired uniform #11 in honor of all-time great Edgar Martinez. Martinez already has a street named after him near the ballpark, and a restaurant inside SafeCo Field, Edgar’s Cantina.
July 11, 2017: Robinson Cano was named All-Star Game MVP. His 10th inning home run gave the AL a 2–1 victory.
November 1, 2016: After leading the AL West for most of May, the Mariners struggled to play consistent ball the rest of the way and finished four wins short of a playoff berth. An injury to Felix Hernandez probably cost them those four wins. The Seattle offense was powered by Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, who combined for 112 homers and 307 RBIs.
October 6, 2015: Nelson Cruz went on an amazing home run tear early in the year, and continued belting long balls to finish with 44. Robby Cano and Kyle Seager were also bright spots for the Mariners. Felix Hernandez had his usual great season, but trouble in the bullpen prevented Seattle from finishing higher than 4th place.
May 10, 2015: Felix Hernandez struck out his 2,000th batter during a game against the Oakland A’s. He was just the 8th player in history to reach 2,000 strikeouts before turning 30.
April 19, 2015: Nelson Cruz hit two home runs against the Rangers to give him 8 homers in 8 games.
April 5, 2015: The Mariners added a big bat in Nelson Cruz over the winter. He will team with Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager to power the Seattle offense. Felix Hernandez will lead the pitching staff as the team battles for the AL West crown.
November 15, 2014: Pitcher Chris Young was named AL Comeback Player of the Year. He soent all of 2013 in the minors before going 12–9 with a 3.65 ERA for Seattle in 2014.
November 1, 2014: Despite the signing of Robinson Cano, Seattle finished one game short of the Wild Card spot claimed by the Kansas City Royals. Thirteen losses in September kept the M’s from returning to the playoffs for the first time since their last trip, in 2001. Cano had a good year at the plate and in the field, and provided important leadership to developing stars Kyle Seager, Michael Saunders, and Dustin Ackley. As usual, Felix Hernandez was the star of the Seattle pitching staff, with a 15–6 record and a league-low 2.14 ERA.
September 28, 2014: Felix Hernandez allowed no runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Angels to win the AL ERA crown with a 2.14 mark. It was the second time he was the league ERA leader.
March 31, 2014: The signing of second baseman Robinson Cano was the big news in Seattle during the off-season. He will play the role Derek Jeter did in New York, helping the Mariners’ rising stars learn how to win. The pitching staff has a great 1-2 punch with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, but there a lot of question marks after that. One answer could be young Taijuan Walker, who is 21 and can hit 100 on the radar gun.
December 12, 2013: Robinson Cano signed a free agent contract with the team that pays him $240 million over 10 years. It was the largest contract ever given to a second baseman.
October 1, 2013: The Mariners had good depth in their lineup, but no player stepped up and produced a career year. Pitching was the big story in Seattle, with another standout performance from Felix Hernandez and a big season from Japanese veteran Hisashi Iwakuma.
September 21, 2013: Raul Ibanez tied a mark set by Hall of Famer Ted Williams when he hit his 29th home run of the year. Ibanez and Williams share the record for most home runs by a player 40 years old or older.
March 30, 2013: Seattle’s young talent will be expected to take a big step forward in 2013. The Mariners may not contend for the AL West title, but they could make things very uncomfortable for the other teams in the division, with help from their veteran hitters—including Mike Morse, Kendry Morales, and Raul Ibanez.
October 3, 2012: It was “feast or famine” for the Mariners much of the 2012 season. Eight Seattle batters reached double-figures in home runs, but six regulars batted lower than .250. Felix Hernandez was brilliant for the M’s, with a 13–9 record, 223 strikeouts and 5 shutouts. The team finished fourth in the AL West.
August 15, 2012: Felix Hernandez pitched a 1–0 perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the first in team history, and the third of the 2012 baseball season.
June 8, 2012: The Mariners set a new American League record by using six pitchers in a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kevin Millwood started the game, and was relieved by Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmsen.
April, 2012: The Mariners’ 2012 batting order will be built around Jesus Montero, the young star acquired from the New York Yankees for pitcher Michael Pineda. Montero will share catching duties with veteran Miguel Olivo, and be the designated hitter on days when he’s not behind the plate. He might also play a little first base. Last season Montero was ranked as the #3 prospect in all of baseball, behind Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.