MLB - AL WEST
Stadium: T-Mobile Park
Manager: Scott Servais
2022-2023 TEAM LEADERS
Seattle Mariners Summary
The Seattle Mariners are coming into the 2022 season after just missing the 2021 postseason when they finished five games out of first place in the AL West with a 90-72 record.
The Mariners will have to improve in an AL West dominated by the Houston Astros since the Astros moved to the division in 2013. The team will have an uphill battle with players opting to go into free agency and one of their best home run hitters, Kyle Seager, retiring.
The Mariners were able to keep some players that would have gone into arbitration if a new contract wasn’t made with each player. Along with keeping those players, Seattle also traded for second baseman Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres and signed free-agent starting pitcher Robbie Ray, who had a great year with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021.
While these two players can’t make up for the Mariners’ losses, it is a step in the right direction.
Seattle Mariners History
The Seattle Mariners have been around in the American League since their beginnings in 1977. The team was an expansion team in the AL that replaced the Seattle Pilots, who left the city to move to Milwaukee to become the Milwaukee Brewers.
The origins of the Mariners come from a lawsuit that Seattle, King County, and Washington State had against the AL for a breach of contract when they allowed for the relocation of the Seattle Pilots.
While the lawsuit would drag on in court for years, the American League opted to iron out a deal with Seattle if they would drop the case. In the agreement, the American League would bring back a team to Seattle and add another team in Canada to keep an even number of teams in the AL.
With both sides agreeing, Seattle would see the Mariners start their first season in the city for the 1977 baseball season.
2022 Key Stats
The Mariners had horrible offensive stats for a team that was only five games out of first place in the AL West. The team would rank 11th in runs, last in hits, eighth in home runs out of 15 times in the AL during 2021. Those home run numbers were boosted by the retiring Kyle Seager, who had the second-most home runs for the team with 35.
The Mariners’ pitching staff were in the middle of the pack for the AL, finishing eighth in ERA with a team combined ERA of 4.30. Closer Drew Steckenrider posted the best ERA with a 2.00 ERA to go along with his 14 saves for the 2021 season.
Starting pitcher Chris Flexen is looking to improve on his 3.61 ERA and 14 wins from 2021, both team highs among Mariners starting pitchers.
The team will need to improve on the offensive side if they want to challenge the Astros for first place in 2022.
Championships Won by the Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners are the only team in MLB history to have never won a Pennant or been to a World Series. The Mariners, however, do have a few AL West Division titles.
The team has won the AL West Division title three times, with those wins happening in 1995, 1997, and 2001. The Mariners have a lot of work to do if they want to get back to the winning ways from the late 90s and into 2001.
Important Team Events
For the 2022 season, the Seattle Mariners will go against some long-time rivals that should make for an exciting time for fans. One of the biggest will be the six games the Mariners will play against the Yankees in August 2022.
This rivalry started when the Yankees ended the Mariners’ historic run in the 2001 postseason, keeping the Mariners out of the World Series. The Mariners will go to New York for three games on August 1-3, and they will host the Yankees for three games on August 8-10.
Another rival team of the Mariners is the Houston Astros. The Astros have been the team to beat since they moved to the AL West in 2013 and will be the team to beat if the Mariners want to win the AL West in 2022.
The two teams will face each other 19 times in the 2022 season. They will play the first series of games in Seattle starting on April 15th, and the last game they will play will be on July 31st in Houston.
While the Mariners haven’t been the most successful team in MLB, they have some top players from both past years and for the 2022 season. Top players from the past years with the Mariners include starting pitcher Randy Johnson, starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, third baseman Kyle Seager, outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. These players have set team records, and some hold MLB records as well while they played for the Mariners.
For 2022, the Mariners have a new group of top players to look to. Shortstop J.P. Crawford, right fielder Mitch Haniger, first baseman Ty France, closer Drew Steckenrider, and starting pitcher Robbie Ray will be the top players in 2022 that the Mariners will be relying on to help them make a run to the postseason.
While most of these players have proven to be of value to the Mariners in 2021, Robbie Ray will be the newcomer that the Mariners will be relying on his past performance to carry over to the Mariners organization.
There aren’t many top coaches in the Mariners’ history for the team. However, one coach stands out for the Mariners, manager Lou Piniella. Piniella is one of only three Mariners’ managers with an over .500 winning percentage, the only Mariners manager to win the AL West Division title, and the manager that has won the most games in a single season in all of MLB while managing the Mariners.
For 2022, the Mariners will be going with manager Scott Servais again. Servais has been the Mariners’ manager since 2016 and will have one more chance to get the Mariners back into the postseason. Servais will be joined by returning members of his 2021 staff like third base coach Manny Acta, bullpen coach Trent Blank, pitching coach Pete Woodworth, and infield coach Perry Hill.
The Mariners also added hitting coach Tony Arnerich and first base coach Kristopher Negron to the team while promoting Jarret DeHart to hitting coach/ director of hitting strategy. DeHart and Arnerich will have their hands full with a team that needs significant improvement in the hitting department.
Frequently Asked Questions
In 2001, the Mariners would win 116 games which tied the previous record set by the Chicago Cubs in 1906.
Ichiro Suzuki holds the single-season hit record with 262 hits in the 2004 season.
Ken Griffey Jr. holds the record for most home runs among all Mariners while playing for the Mariners with his 56 home runs in 1997 and 1998.
Randy Johnson has the most strikeouts among all Mariners in a single season with 308 strikeouts in 1993 as a Mariner.
Felix Hernandez holds the record for the best ERA in a single season among all Mariners starting pitchers with his 2.14 ERA in 2014 as the Mariners starting pitcher.