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Friday, April 03, 2020

How the Seattle Mariners’ Lineup Dynasty Was Assembled

The means by which the Mariners offenses that stretched from the early 1990s into the early 2000s were so consistently good are mostly what you’d expect. Ken Griffey Jr. Edgar Martinez. Alex Rodriguez. Ichiro Suzuki. They might not have been there all at once, but at least two of them overlapped in Seattle’s lineup over a span of 15 consecutive seasons (1989-2004). But is that the end of story? No, actually.

There have been plenty of teams with multiple star position players who have found themselves in lineups that weren’t that productive overall. Where Seattle’s run of lineup dominance gets interesting is how the Mariners were able to surround their superstars with enough other talent from year to year to remain one of the top lineups in the game for more than a decade.

Like the Cleveland Indians, whose eight-year run of dominance was highlighted last week, the Mariners were unable to bring home a World Series championship despite a 116-win season in 2001, and advancing to the ALCS three times in seven seasons. Nevertheless, it was a good time to be a Mariners’ fan. Here’s a look at how it began.

When Ken Griffey Jr. made his major league debut on Opening Day 1989, the Seattle Mariners had yet to put together a winning season in the 12 years since they’d joined the league as an expansion team. And while there was hope that “The Kid” would be the savior, it wasn’t clear if they had the in-house talent to become a perennial contender.

For those of you wondering how the Mariners managed to lose so many Hall of Famers and still get better and better….

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:17 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2020 at 05:54 PM (#5936321)
What's crazy is that they had even more talent they just squandered. Omar Vizquel, Dave Burba, Mike Hampton, Jason Varitek, Derek Lowe, Shawn Estes, Matt Mantei, Solomon Torres, Damaso Marte, Brian Fuentes, Rafael Soriano, Joe Mays, David Ortiz, Raul Ibanez all came up in the Mariners system in the 90s.

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