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Seattle Mariners All-Time ERA Leaders
The Seattle Mariners have been a major league franchise since 1977 and while the team has no championships to date, they have been very competitive much of the time. You may think of awesome hitters like Ken Griffey Jr. or Edgar Martinez when you think of Seattle baseball, but the team has fielded some great pitchers over the years too. Here is a short list of the Mariners’ all-time ERA leaders to date (press time 2010):
Randy Johnson (3.42)—Many remember Randy Johnson’s playing days from when he was with Arizona, but Johnson actually pitched the longest in Seattle (10 years, from 1989 to 1998). He ranks first in Mariners’ history with a 3.42 ERA, and had his lowest mark for that category in a Seattle uniform in 1997. That year, Johnson had one of his best overall seasons, with a 20-4 record, career low 2.28 earned run average and 291 strikeouts. Amazingly, Johnson had seven seasons with more strikeouts.
Felix Hernandez (3.45)—Phenom Felix Hernandez has been with the Mariners his entire career so far, from 2005 until now as I write this in 2010. Hernandez has a good chance to surpass Johnson, as his career ERA to date is 3.45, which ranks him second in franchise history. He had his best season in 2009, when he had career best numbers in wins (19-5), ERA (2.49) and strikeouts (217).
Erik Hanson (3.69)—Erik Hanson began his career in Seattle and pitched there from 1988 to 1993. He ranks third in team history with a 3.69 earned run average. Hanson had a career low 3.18 ERA in 1989, but his best overall season was in 1990. That year, Hanson had a 3.24 ERA, and also had career highs in wins (18-9) and strikeouts (211).
Brian Holman (3.73)—Brian Holman had a very short career due to an arm injury, and pitched for Seattle from 1989 to 1991. But he made his time in Seattle count, ranking fourth in the team’s history with a 3.73 ERA. Holman had his best overall season in 1991, and despite 14 losses (with 13 wins), he had a 3.69 ERA and 108 strikeouts.
Floyd Bannister (3.75)—Floyd Bannister played for the Mariners from 1979 to 1982, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with a 3.75 ERA. Bannister had a career best 3.35 ERA with Chicago in 1983, but his best overall season may have been 1982 with Seattle. That year, Bannister went just 12-13, but had a 3.43 earned run average and career high 209 strikeouts (which led the American League).