Seattle finished this season on an exciting note one game behind the Oakland A’s for the second American League wild-card spot. While second does not count it gives us a preview to next season as the Mariners continue to improve their young players and build a team that will take them to the playoffs and beyond. However, they did finish 3rd in AL Western Division. With a record of 87-75.
In what they are hoping will be the decision to end a playoff drought that is now at 14 years. General manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon said in a post season interview that for next season they are going to be very aggressive in adding to their roster. Next season the Mariners are talking about upgrading their offense and leaving the pitching rotation in place. While this was not a playoff season the Mariners far outplayed the expectations people had for them. For the most part the teammates are all still young and the Mariners are putting some structure to their lineup and they are hoping to see a successful 2015 season. That all hangs in the balance of a few offseason decisions that are still in the works. As long as Zduriencik surrounds the Felix Hernandez-Robinson Cano duo which has been the core of Seattle for a very long time, with the right players they will have success.
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The Seattle Mariners have been playing professional baseball since 1977. This makes the franchise one of the youngest in the MLB, which is why fans are not too upset that the club has yet to win or play in a World Series. The M’s time will come and the very deserving sports fans of Seattle will make the most of the opportunity to cheer their team on in the biggest series of the season.
The early rosters managed to obtain Hall of Fame players at the end of their careers or simply did not have enough great players to put together a winning season or survive the difficult road in the playoffs. Eventually the baseball team would put together the kind of talent that made them preseason picks to win the American League West and take the AL Pennant, but somehow the efforts of Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, and Jay Buhner were not enough to make those predictions come true.
These guys did win the division twice in the second half of the 1990s though. But, the Mariners always seemed to lack the depth in the starting rotation to make a real run at a championship. Still the fans were treated to some of most talented players in the league.
Those players retired or left in free agency by the beginning of the 21st century, but the remnants rallied around the super-single hitting Ichiro Suzuki to post an American League record 116 wins and advance to the ALCS in 2001. Alas, the unlikely club could not keep the fairy tale story going and lost to the Yankees. This is as close to the Promised Land as the Mariners have come, even though in the immediate years after they managed to win 93 games. Since then the team has been searching for the next generation of stars.