Seattle Mariners Tickets
Another year, another missed post season for the Seattle Mariners. The 2017 Mariners will be looking to break their 15-season streak without a playoff appearance, the most in baseball. Fortunately, the core group of players on last season’s 86-76 team are returning, which bodes well for Seattle’s chances of still playing in October. General Manager Jerry Dipoto also spent the winter orchestrating double digit trades to improve around their star trio of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager.
One area the front office dedicated to elevating, is the Mariners pitching rotation. At the front, Felix Hernandez is still their starter, but will need to rebound from an injured and rough 2016 season, followed by Hisashi Iwakuma, a true game commander. James Paxton is the only other pitching holdover, as both Taijuan Walker and Nathan Karns were dealt, to make room for newcomers Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo. 27 year-old Smyly, a lefty acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays, has the potential to be an ace in this rotation if he can manage to remain healthy, while Gallardo comes to Seattle via a trade with the Orioles for outfielder Seth Smith. Chris Heston, Rob Whalen and Ariel Miranda will provide much needed depth to the rotation, in the event of an injury. In the bullpen, Edwin Diaz took over closing duties from Steve Cishek last summer and started off lights out, but faded towards the end of the season. Cishek is expected to be the late-inning set-up guy for Diaz this season. The Mariners signed veteran Marc Rzepczynski this offseason to address their deficiency in late-inning lefties, with Dan Altavilla and Shae Simmons projected as middle relievers. Cano will finally have a solid partner at shortstop, as Seattle acquired Jean Segura from the Diamondbacks this offseason, after a career high 41 doubles, 20 homers, 64 RBIs and 33 steals in 153 games in 2016. Cano also had a great year, making this duo enviable both at the plate and defensively. Seager of course returns at third, but across the diamond, first base is still a carousel. Look for a platoon with rookie Daniel Vogelbach and veteran Danny Valencia. Former Royal Jarrod Dyson will be in left field with Leonys Martin covering center, while right field could be a battle between rookies Mitch Haniger and Ben Gamel.
With an aggressive offseason filled with a multitude of trades, this Mariners team is looking to contend in 2017 out of the AL West. Seattle fans are among the best, so be sure to secure your Seattle Mariners tickets and come out to see all the action live this summer. You won’t want to miss out!
Safeco Field has been the home of the Seattle Mariners for fifteen years and seems to be a staple of the Seattle sports culture. The stadium almost never was however. The stadium was needed to replace the outdated Kingdome, a dual-purpose stadium which was too old to keep up with the needs of a Major League Baseball team. Due to lack of interest, and poor performance by the team, the team nearly left Seattle. Led by Ken Griffey Jr., the team made a run into the postseason, the first in franchise history, netting a win in the American League Division Series. The Cinderella story captured public interest in keeping the team in Seattle was renewed.
Called “The House that Griffey Built,” a nod to the team’s beloved star whose performance in the 1995 season restored Seattle’s love for baseball, Safeco Field is a first-class baseball viewing experience. Moving away from the failings the Kingdome offered baseball fans, Safeco field is open air, features natural grass rather than the old astroturf, and sightlines more conducive to baseball. Safeco offers an asymmetrical field, allowing the fans to enjoy a new experience from every seat. The open stadium embraces the beautiful Emerald City offering patrons views of the stunning Seattle skyline between pitches.
Safeco Field embraces and celebrates the diversity Seattle is known for. This diversity is found most notably in its selection of food and drink. While Safeco is sure to offer baseball fans with the expected baseball fare of hotdogs, pizza, and drinks, Safeco goes further. Safeco Field houses a food court sure to tickle the fancy of any foodie who attends the game, everything from sushi and pad thai to barbeque and crepes are offered at Safeco Field. Safeco Field offers game goers a baseball experience unique to Seattle. One of the underrated features of the field is the retractable umbrella style roof of the stadium. Rather than being a true dome like the old Kingdome, Safeco Field embraces the open air experience baseball deserves while also offering fans and players protection from the wet Seattle weather. Safeco Field is one of the best example of a park which blends the legacy of baseball with the unique beauty of the city it calls home.
Seattle Mariners History
The Seattle Mariners are a Major League Baseball team based out of Seattle, Washington. The Mariners, along with the Toronto Blue Jays, joined the Majors in 1977. Known as a marine city, Seattle was the inspiration behind the naming of the team the “Mariners.” As with the other professional sport teams based in Seattle, the Mariners colors are blue and green. A small detail, the colors and meaning behind the name of the Mariners solidify the team as a strictly Seattle team.
The Mariners have never been a dominating baseball team. Despite their lack of winning prowess, the Mariners have been able to field teams with superstar players. With one of the most dominant fastballs in the Majors, Randy Johnson was a key piece of the Mariners through the 90s. The 6’10” lefty kept batters off balance with his speed, highly mobile slider and unorthodox release. Jay Buhner’s bald head and strong play made him one of the most recognizable players of the Mariners. Combining his strong play in the field, earning him a Golden Glove in ’96, and dependable bat while hitting behind Griffey and Martinez, Buhner earned his place in the Mariners’ Hall of Fame.
Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr. hold a special part among Seattle baseball royalty. The two men who paved the way for the future Safeco Field, Edgar Martinez is one of the strongest bats to have donned a Mariners jersey. The designated hitter and third baseman finished his career with 309 home runs, a batting average of .317, and 1,261 RBI. Martinez’s most famous moment occurred in the American League Championship Series when he hit a double sealing a game five win over the Yankees. Finally, the darling of the Mariners, Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the most celebrated Mariners ever. Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball, finishing his career with 630, good enough for 6th most in MLB history. To go with his strong hitting, 24 was a sound defender, earning 10 Golden Gloves. Ken Griffey Jr. is the most beloved Mariners, after leaving to play for the Reds, Griffey played against the Mariners and was greeted with a warm reception and was named the reason the Mariners were able to build a new ballpark.
The Seattle Mariners are a team struck by winning woes. The team failed from its inception in 1977 to field a winning record until 1991. It was not until 1995 that the Mariners found something which could be called success. In that year, the Mariners won the American League West division and stunned the nation by beating the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. The Mariners are one of eight teams among the thirty in Major League Baseball to not have won a World Series. The Mariners are also a member of a more exclusive and dubious club, being one of two to have never reached the Fall Classic.