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Seattle Mariners Tickets
Seattle Mariners Tickets
The Seattle Mariners joined Major League Baseball in 1977, but it took nearly 20 years for the team to reach its first postseason. However, the Mariners, led by Ken Griffey, Jr. and Edgar Martinez, were one of the best teams in baseball in the late 1990s and the early 2000s. Although they failed to reach a World Series during that time period, they did manage to win 116 games during the 2001 season, which tied the record for most wins in a regular season. Despite this success, the Mariners have the dubious distinction of being the only team in the American League to have never reached a World Series.
Safeco Field, Home to the Seattle Mariners
Safeco Field is situated in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. It seats 47,878 and has a retractable roof. It was built to replace the Kingdome after ownership threatened to move the team to another city. Mariner success led to the funding for the stadium, which had been originally defeated by vote. Construction started in 1997, and the ballpark opened in 1999. In addition to hosting the Mariners, Safeco is used for the high school state baseball championships and one Washington Huskies baseball game each year. The field has a natural surface of Kentucky bluegrass.
Seattle Mariners and the American League West
The Seattle Mariners were enfranchised as a part of the AL West in 1977. The Mariners first won the division in 1995 and went on the AL championship series, where they lost to the Cleveland Indians in six games. Although the Mariners were ranked at the top of the AL West in 1997, they lost the ALDS to the Baltimore Orioles. The team subsequently won the ALDS in 2000 and 2001 but was defeated in the American League championship series by the New York Yankees both times. The Mariners have yet to compete in the World Series. Seattle shares the AL West with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, and Texas Rangers.
Seattle Mariners 2012 Team Outlook
The trade of talented pitcher Michael Pineda for top prospect Jesus Montero was a match made in heaven: the Mariners were desperate for hitting, and the Yankees were desperate for pitching. With Montero and second baseman Dustin Ackley, the Mariners will finally have some power in the middle of a lineup that scored the fewest runs in baseball last year. Plus, the Mariners still have their top star, pitcher Felix Hernandez, at the beginning of the rotation. The Mariners have made some low-cost moves to round out the rest of the pitching staff, including signing starter Hisahsi Iwakuma and reliever George Sherrill. However, in a loaded American League West, the Mariners are not likely to be competitive in 2012.