MLB - History of the Seattle Mariners

The Mariners are a professional men's baseball team and they play at the Western Division of the American League.  The Seattle Mariners played all of their home games at the Kingdome until about 1999 when the new Safeco Field was built.  They currently play all of their home games at Safeco Field.  1 particular thing about the Mariners franchise is that they are one of only three other teams in the MLB to be possessed by a corporation.  Their existing colours are teal, navy blue, along with a metallic silver.  Their old colours were royal blue and gold but changed over in 1992.


The Seattle Mariners were enfranchised in 1977, but their inception started before that in 1970 when the state of Washington sued the American League within a breach of contract when the Pilots were sold and relocated to Milwaukee.  In the hopes that another Major League Baseball team would come to Seattle, King County built the Kingdom (that was a multipurpose stadium) and were soon rewarded with all the NFL expansion Seattle Seahawks.  About a year after was when the Seattle Mariners would become a franchise.

Baseball in Seattle started off strong in 1977, with the Mariners first match being attended with a sold out crowd of over 57,000.  Through the next decade or so they would have fair success and would even change management when they were bought by George Argyros in 1981, that had been a California businessman.

By about 1993, the Mariners would get new uniforms (which they still don today) and would find a new director in the shape of Lou Piniella.  Already an established manager, he'd lead the group to some fantastic success during the next ten years before 2002.  These are also a number of the greatest years for celebrity player Ken Griffey Jr. while around the group.  Through these years the Mariners would win their first division championship and show that they could compete in the league.  Lou would also win two director of the year awards during this time period.

From 2001, the Mariners had the best winning percentage of any group in the significant leagues. That year Ichiro would also get the American League MVP award, along with the Rookie of the Year and Golden Glove award.

Fast forward six more years and Seattle would shift up its management again in 2008 by hiring Jack Zduriencik as their new general manager.  They also got a new area manager and an completely different coaching team for the group.  In recent years the group has made a great deal of transactions to make a championship team such as bringing Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins, and Felix Hernandez onto the group within the 2009-10 offseason.

Though the Seattle Mariners have never won a World Series or played at a World Series, they've been making changes as of late to help them pull back into contention in the league.

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