Now that we’ve gotten the more recent expansion teams out of the way, we’re finally to our first team with at least 30 years of history. Unfortunately, it’s one that hasn’t even been to the World Series…
Let’s take a look at who the heroes of the Mariners are.
These are the WAR leaders among batters for the team. I think you could take the top 4 names there and probably be pretty close. Certainly it’s tough to think of any argument for leaving Griffey, Edgar, or Ichiro off there. There’s so much bitterness in Seattle about A-Rod that I can easily imaging him losing this popularity contest to Buhner or a few different pitchers.
Speaking of pitchers:
Well, well, this is interesting. It’s impossible to leave RJ off, and we’re quickly reminded that Jamie Moyer first rose from the ashes with the Mariners, becoming the oldest pitcher to win 20 games for the first time when he did so with them in 2001. (Yeah, he’s been setting “oldest” records for more than a decade already.)
And then there’s King Felix. And then there’s the team’s first real ace pitcher, Mark Langston, who brought them Johnson in the first place.
Some tough choices here, folks. I don’t envy you. You can also enter your own choice.