Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 6/24/13
Can the new cast of Mariners top prospects and young Major Leaguers replace the all too frequent disappointments of Montero and Ackley? The Seattle Mariners have been bad for a long time.  We all know the M’s last made the playoffs in 2001, despite winning 93 games in both ’02 and ’03.  So, it is safe to say the Mariners have been rebuilding for about a decade now.  The fluke years of 2007 and 2009 were nice, but the Mariners crashed back to square one after those years.  What we really want is some sustained success—a consistent playoff contender and eventually a team worth of a world championship.  The process, in this day and age where medium market teams lock up their young superstars, is to build from within; it’s about turning prospects into All Stars.  This is an area where the current Mariners’ rebuild has fallen on its face. The new faces of the Mariners’ latest rebuild are different than they were two years ago, or even just last season at this time of year.  Gone ...
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