The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League West division. As of my knowledge cut-off in September 2021, the Mariners have not won a World Series championship.
Founded in 1977, the team is one of the younger franchises in the MLB. The Seattle Mariners were created as a result of a lawsuit following the city’s previous MLB team, the Seattle Pilots, being purchased and moved to Milwaukee by future MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in 1970.
The Mariners’ first few seasons were largely unsuccessful, but the team saw its fortunes change in the mid-1990s when they had a number of talented players, including Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Alex Rodriguez. Perhaps the most memorable season in Mariners history came in 1995 when they won their first division title in a thrilling finish that became known as “The Double”.
In 2001, under manager Lou Piniella, the team tied the major league single-season record with 116 wins, though they were unable to capitalize on this success in the playoffs.
One of the most notable players in Mariners’ history is Ken Griffey Jr., a 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner. Edgar Martinez, another key figure, spent his entire MLB career with the Mariners and is often considered one of the best-designated hitters in the history of the sport.
As of my knowledge cut-off, the Mariners play their home games at T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), which is known for its retractable roof and beautiful views of downtown Seattle.