Greatest Seattle Mariners Sluggers of All-Time
Ken Griffey Jr.
The Seattle Mariners were an expansion team in 1977 along with the Toronto Blue Jays, and while they have never won a World Series, this team seems to be competitive most seasons. The Mariners also have a history with some great sluggers, and what follows is a list of the team's all-time Top 10 in home runs:
Ken Griffey Jr. (398)-Most people associate Ken Griffey Jr. with the Cincinnati Reds, because he's played there since 2000, and because his dad played there. But Griffey began his illustrious career with Seattle and played there for eleven seasons (1988 to 1999). He leads the Mariners' franchise all-time with 398 home runs, and his best season there was 1997, when Griffey took home the AL MVP Award by batting .304 with 56 home runs and 147 runs batted in.
Edgar Martinez (309)-Edgar Martinez was mostly a DH during his long career, and he played all of it with the Mariners, from 1987 to 2004. Martinez had a career batting average of .312 and clubbed 309 home runs, ranking second in team history to date. Martinez' best season was 2000, when he batted .324 with 37 homers and 145 RBI.
Jay Buhner (307)-Outfielder Jay Buhner began his career with the Yankees but was traded to Seattle in 1988 (for Ken Phelps) and played there the remainder of his career, until 2001. Buhner hit 40 or more homers in three straight seasons (1995-1997) and his best overall season was '96, when he hit .271 with career highs in homers (44) and RBI (138).
Alex Rodriguez (189)-Alex Rodriguez began his career as Seattle's shortstop, and played there from 1994 to 2000 before signing that huge deal with the Texas Rangers.
Rodriguez has had some of his best seasons with Texas and the New York Yankees, but it was his numbers in Seattle that earned him what he's making today. Rodriguez ranks fourth in Mariners' history with 189 home runs, and he hit 42 homers two straight years, 1998 and 1999. But Rodriguez' best all around season with the team was 1996 when he hit 36 homers with 123 RBI and a career high .358 batting average.
Alvin Davis (160)-First baseman Alvin Davis played eight of his nine major league seasons in Seattle, from 1984 to 1991. Davis won the AL Rookie of the Year in 1984 when he hit .284 with 27 home runs and career best 116 runs batted in. He ranks fifth in Mariners' history with 160 homers, and his best overall season there was 1987 when Davis hit .295 with 29 homers and 100 RBI.
Bret Boone (143)-Second baseman Bret Boone had two tours of duty with the Mariners, 1992-93 and 2001-05. It was in that second stint that Boone made it onto this list, ranking sixth in Mariners' history with 143 homers. Boone's best season with the team was 2001, when he had career high numbers in batting average (.331), homers (37), and runs batted in (141).
Raul Ibanez (118)-Raul Ibanez also has had two stints with Seattle, from 1996-2000 and again from 2004 until the present. Ibanez ranks seventh in franchise history with 118 home runs and his best season with Seattle was 2006, when he hit .289 with 33 homers and 123 RBI.
Jim Presley (115)-Third baseman/DH Jim Presley played six of his eight seasons with Seattle, from 1984 to 1989. He currently ranks eighth for the team with 115 home runs in a Seattle uniform. Presley hit a career high 28 homers in 1985 but his best overall season with the Mariners was 1986 when he hit .265 with 27 home runs and 107 runs batted in.
Ken Phelps (105)-First baseman/DH Ken Phelps played much better in Seattle than he fared in New York after the trade for Jay Buhner. Phelps was even joked about in an episode of "Seinfeld." But in Seattle, Phelps ranks ninth in team history with 105 home runs. His best season there was 1987 when he hit .259 with career best numbers in homers (27) and RBI (68).
Richie Sexson (105)-First baseman Richie Sexson began his career with the Indians and after stints with Milwaukee and Arizona, wound up in Seattle in 2005, and played there until being released during the 2008 season (and then signing with the Yankees). Sexson ranks tenth in Mariners' history with 105 home runs, but also struck out 497 times. His best season in Seattle was 2005, when he hit .263 with 39 homers and 121 RBI.