Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 5/6/13
Seattle Mariners fans haven’t had much to cheer about over the past decade. Since 2003, the M’s have only had three winning seasons, finished higher than third in the A.L. West just twice and failed to make a postseason appearance. In 2008, Seattle lost 101 games and although an 85-77 finish the following season appeared to be a positive step in the right direction, an Enron-esque downward turn had Seattle’s loss column right back in the triple-digits in 2010. There was a time that Seattle boasted a mix of a core of top prospects with a crew of veteran leaders that had them playing the best baseball in franchise history. Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez taking the game by storm, Randy Johnson’s impossibly super-fastball (in Major League Baseball with Ken Griffey Jr., a 1998 Nintendo 64 video game, Johnson had not only a fastball, but a “super-fastball”), Jamie Moyer’s complementarily slow changeup, and the stoic figures of Edgar Martinez, John Olerud and Dan Wilson were the pr...
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