1977 - On April 6, Major League Baseball returned to Seattle when the Mariners played the California Angels before a Kingdome crowd of 57,762. The Mariners went onto lose the game, 7-0 and finished the inaugural season with a 64-98 record. 1977 stats »
1978 - A struggling young ballclub, led by Manager Darrell Johnson, the Mariners finished seventh in the AL West posting a 56-104 record. Outfielder Leon Roberts led the club with 22 home runs, 92 RBI and a .301 batting average. 1978 stats »
1979 - The Seattle Mariners hosted its first MLB All-Star game and cheered for its lone All-Star, first baseman Bruce Bochte. The National League won the contest 7-6 in front of 58,905 Kingdome fans. The club finished the year 67-95. 1979 stats »
1980 - As the eighties began, Seattle Mariners' fans saw their first managerial change as Maury Wills replaced Darrell Johnson on August 4. The club continued to struggle, however, finishing the season 59-103. Bruce Bochte posted 78 RBI and a .300 batting average while RHP Floyd Banister led the team with a 3.47 ERA. 1980 stats »
1981 - After a 6-18 start, the Seattle Mariners endured another managerial change as Maury Wills released the helm to Rene Lachemann on May 6. In a strike-shortened season the Mariners finished the first half 21-36 and the second 23-29. 1981 stats »
1982 - In the first Mariner milestone since Opening Day 1977, the crafty Gaylord Perry became the 15th pitcher in history to claim his 300th career win in a 7-3 victory. In the win, Perry went the distance against New York striking out four and walking one. 1982 stats »
1983 - The year of the USS Mariner stationed beyond the outfield wall, designed to fire a cannon after every home run and the bullpen tug created to transport pitchers from the pen into the game. It was also the year the club saw its third midseason manager change as Del Crandall replaced Rene Lachemann. Seattle finished with a 60-102 record. 1983 stats »
1984 - Seattle's first legitimate star arrived on the ML scene as first baseman Alvin Davis captured the hearts and cheers of Seattle fans everywhere. The first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame, Davis produced 126 RBI, 27 home runs and a .284 average. He was also named Rookie of the Year and to the 1984 All-Star team. Other familiar faces made their mark in 1984 as Mark Langston (17-10, 3.40) took to the mound while future Mariners' announcer Dave Henderson patrolled the outfield. 1985 stats »
1985 - Led by Manager Chuck Cottier, who was brought aboard in September of 1984, the Mariners landed 74 wins for the second straight year. Phil Bradley led the club with a .300 average and was named to the All-Star team. 1985 stats »
1986 - The club struggled through three managerial changes, moving from Cottier to Marty Martinez, until finally settling on Dick Williams in May. Seattle finished with a 67-95 record and placed outfielder Phil Bradley in the All-Star game. 1986 stats »
1987 - A banner year for the Mariners as Seattle produced a then club-record 78 wins behind two young All-Stars in pitcher Mark Langston and infielder Harold Reynolds. The dominant Langston was 19-13 with a 3.84 ERA, while the speedy Reynolds stole a club-record 60 bases. It was also the year Ken Griffey Jr. entered Seattle's minor league system and Edgar Martinez made his way to the Major Leagues. 1987 stats »
1988 - Slugger Jay Buhner came to Seattle from the New York Yankees in what turned out to be one of the most lopsided trades in club history. Harold Reynolds tallied another All-Star appearance and Jim Snyder took over as manager in June. Seattle finished sixth in the AL West, posting a 68-93 record. 1988 stats »
1989 - A young Ken Griffey Jr. impressed new manager Jim Lefebvre during Spring Training, making the Opening Day roster and launching a new era in Mariners baseball. Junior tattooed his mark on the club immediately, hitting his first ML home run on the first pitch he saw at the Kingdome. The Big Unit, Randy Johnson, also arrived, going 7-9 with a 4.40 ERA. Seattle was 73-89 on the year. 1989 stats »
1990 - In what was described as a ragged but dominant performance, LHP Randy Johnson recorded the club's first no-hitter on June 2, defeating the Detroit Tigers with a six-walk, 136-pitch outing. Family history was next on the list as Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. became the first father and son to play together on the same team. 1990 stats »
1991 - For the first time in club history the Seattle Mariners finished the season above .500 taking home a modest 83-79 record. Ken Griffey Jr. was named to his second All-Star Game and also brought home the club's first Silver Slugger Award, hitting .327 with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs. Seattle placed fifth in the AL West at 83-79. 1991 stats »
1992 - Edgar Martinez joined Ken Griffey Jr. as an All-Star and also earned a Silver Slugger Award and earned the first batting crown in Mariners' history, slapping out a .343 average. With new manager Bill Plummer at the helm, Seattle recorded a 64-98 season. 1992 stats »
1993 - The fiery Lou Piniella rolled into town as the Mariners' new skipper and immediately paid dividends by guiding the club to 82 wins. On April 22 pitcher Chris Bosio, in just his fourth start as a Mariner, walked the first two batters faced and then proceeded to retire the next 27 for the club's second no-hitter. The game ended on a bare-handed grab and throw by shortstop Omar Vizquel. Seattle was 82-80 on the year. 1993 stats »
1994 - Not only was the season shortened by the MLB strike, but so was the Mariners' home schedule. On July 19, just three hours before game time, the first of four 15-pound Kingdome tiles fell to the ground. The game was postponed and the Mariners played the remainder of the season on the road. 1994 stats »
1995 - A historic year for the club as the Seattle Mariners earned their first American League West title, defeating the Angels in a one-game playoff. It was also the year Seattle won a Division Series against the Yankees in one of the most exciting postseason series ever. Seattle overcame a 5-4 deficit in the 11th inning, scoring two runs on an Edgar Martinez double down the left field line, to take the decisive Game 5. Lou Piniella was named Manager of the Year and Randy Johnson took home the Cy Young Award. 1995 stats »
1996 - Seattle earned a then club-record 85 wins but took second in the AL West behind the Texas Rangers. The Mariners sent outfielders Jay Buhner and Ken Griffey Jr., DH Edgar Martinez, shortstop Alex Rodriguez and catcher Dan Wilson to the All-Star Game. Rodriguez took home his first Silver Slugger Award and the AL batting crown by hitting .358 with 36 home runs and 123 RBIs. 1996 stats »
1997 - Seattle returned to the playoffs, winning the AL West with a club-record 90 wins. The Mariners sent five players to the All-Star game, including pitcher Randy Johnson, outfielders Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner, second baseman Joey Cora and catcher Dan Wilson. Griffey was named the American League MVP and Edgar Martinez was named Designated Hitter of the Year. 1997 stats »
1998 - Despite a disappointing season in which it finished 11½ games back in the AL West, the club posted some impressive individual numbers. Alex Rodriguez became just the third player in Major League history to join the 40-40 club as he hit 42 home runs and stole 46 bases. Ken Griffey Jr. became the third player in the 50-20 club with 56 home runs and 20 stolen bases. He was also the youngest player to reach 350 home runs. LHP Jamie Moyer earned his 100th win and 1,000th strikeout and Edgar Martinez tallied another Designated Hitter of the Year award. 1998 stats »
1999 - The Mariners began a new chapter in club history closing out a 22 1/2 year run in the Kingdome on June 27 and opening their new open-air ballpark SAFECO Field on July 15. Lou Piniella became the 14th manager to earn both 1000 wins as a manager and 1000-ML hits as a player. Ken Griffey Jr. earned his ninth Gold Glove and his seventh Silver Slugger. Alex Rodriguez tallied his third Silver Slugger and rookie pitcher Freddy Garcia served up a club rookie record 17 wins (4.07 ERA). Seattle finished third in the AL at 70-83. 1999 stats »
2000 - Boasting a fresh roster, featuring pitchers Aaron Sele and Kazuhiro Sasaki, outfielder Mike Cameron and first baseman John Olerud, the Seattle Mariners embarked on the first full season at SAFECO Field. Returning to the playoffs, Seattle captured a wild card berth, swept the Chicago White Sox in the AL Division Series and pushed the Yankees to six games in the ALCS. Japanese closer Kazuhiro Sasaki was named Rookie of the Year, John Olerud earned a Gold Glove and Alex Rodriguez collected his fourth Silver Slugger Award. 2000 stats »
2001 - With a virtually unknown outfielder from Japan named Ichiro Suzuki joining the team, the Seattle Mariners opened the 2001 season as prohibitive underdogs to the defending division champion Oakland Athletics. Ichiro became an instant hit with his bat and strong throwing arm, second-time-around Mariner Bret Boone had the best season by a second baseman in American League history and the Mariners won an AL record 116 games in a truly remarkable season. Veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer became the franchise's second 20-game winner, but wasn't one of the eight Mariners selected to the AL All-Star team. Freddy Garcia was the starter and winner of the Midsummer Classic played at SAFECO Field and reliever Kazuhiro Sasaki collected the save. The Mariners captured their third AL West title, fought back from the brink of elimination in the best-of-five Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, advancing to the AL Championship Series, falling in five games to the New York Yankees. Ichiro missed by one vote of being a unanimous Rookie of the Year selection but made up for that by being named as the league's Most Valuable Player. Lou Piniella was voted the AL Manager of the Year and General Manager Pat Gillick the Executive of the Year. 2001 stats »
2002 - The Mariners won 93 games in 2002, the second-best total in club history. The 93 victories also made it 300 for the club over its last three seasons (91 wins in 2000; 116 wins in 2001), just the 16th time that has been accomplished in Major League history. More history was made May 2 in Chicago when Mike Cameron and Bret Boone became the first duo to hit back-to-back home runs twice in one inning. Cameron finished the game with a record-tying four home runs, becoming just the 13th Major Leaguer to accomplish the feat. The fans in the Pacific Northwest turned out in record numbers as SAFECO Field drew a Major League-best 3,540,482 fans, setting a new franchise mark. First baseman John Olerud won his third consecutive Gold Glove while second baseman Bret Boone and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki each won his second straight. 2002 stats »
2003 - The highlight of the Mariners' 2003 season was having the five-man starting rotation start and finish the season as a group. Right-handers Freddy Garcia, Joel Pineiro, Gil Meche and Ryan Franklin, along with left-hander Jamie Moyer, were the first five-some since the 1966 Dodgers to start all 162 regular-season games. Moyer, who in 2001 became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time his career, did it again in '03 and went one better. He finished the season with a 21-7 record and earned his first All-Star Game appearance. Meche landed the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award, becoming the first pitcher since Whitey Ford in 1954 to win at least 15 games after not winning any games the previous two seasons. Second baseman Bret Boone led the team in home runs (35) and RBIs (117). The Mariners led the AL West (134 days) longer than anyone in the division and won 93 games for the second consecutive season. But they couldn't hold off the Athletics and fell two games short of the AL Wild Card playoff berth. 2002 stats »
2004 - Ichiro Suzuki made history again in 2004 by breaking a record that lasted 84 years. But, unlike his breakthrough season in 2001, this time his exploits were lonely highlights for the Mariners. Ichiro passed the single-season record for hits set by George Sisler in 1920 with his 257th and finished with 262 while claiming the American League batting title with a .372 average. The Mariners as a club struggled, falling swiftly down to the AL West cellar with a 53-99 record. While Ichiro chased the hits record, all-time Mariners great Edgar Martinez played his last games in a Seattle uniform, capping it all off with a special season-ending weekend in his honor. Following the season, the club dismissed second-year manager Bob Melvin and replaced him with longtime American League skipper Mike Hargrove. 2004 stats »
2005 - The Seattle Mariners struggled through their second consecutive 90-loss season as they finished 69-93. After going 12-12 in April, the Mariners stumbled to a 9-18 mark in May and never recovered, posting losing months in June, July and August. Lack of offense plagued the Mariners in 2005, as they ranked last in the American League in hitting (.256) and second-to-last in runs (699). Ichiro Suzuki became the first player in Major League history to begin his career with five straight 200-hit seasons and rookie right-hander Felix Hernandez dazzled in his debut to highlight the Mariners' campaign. Richie Sexson turned in a huge season at the plate with 39 homers and 121 RBIs. In 12 starts, Hernandez posted a 4-4 record with a 2.67 ERA. Jamie Moyer led the club with 13 wins. The Mariners were busy in the offseason, signing lefty Jarrod Washburn to bolster the starting rotation and adding Carl Everett, Matt Lawton and Kenji Johjima (the first catcher from Japan to sign with a Major League organization) to shore up the offense and defense. 2005 stats »
2006 - The future ace of the starting rotation emerged during right-hander Felix Hernandez's first full big-league season. The only teenager in the Major Leagues when the season began, King Felix led the team in home ERA (3.47) and finished sixth in the AL in strikeouts with 176. Right fielder-turned-center fielder Ichiro Suzuki reached the 200-hit plateau for the sixth consecutive season, the first player to do that in his first six seasons in MLB history. 2006 stats »
2007 - The Mariners had an unexpected 88-74 record in the 2007 season. It was a 10-game improvement over 20006. John McLaren took over for Mike Hargrove as manager on July 2nd, becoming 12th full-time manager in team history. He was 43-41 in his 84 games as manager. Ichiro became the first Major League player since 1900 to record three seasons with 230 or more hits. It was also his 7th consecutive 200+ hit season, and the 4th time in his career that Ichiro led the American League in hits. Ichiro was named MVP of the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco. Ichiro went 3-for-3 with the All-Star Game's first inside-the-park home run. J.J. Putz blossomed in his role as a closer. He led all A.L. relievers in ERA (1.38) and was tied for second with 40 saves. 2007 stats »
2008 - After a winning season in 2007 and high hopes for 2008, the season was a serious step back for the Mariners. The team lost 101 games, the second most in MLB (the Nationals lost 102). On June 16th, Bill Bavasi was relieved of his duties as General Manager. Lee Pelekoudas was named interim GM. On June 19th, manager John McClaren was fired and Jim Riggleman took over as manager for the remainder of the season. 2008 did have some bright spots. Ichiro continued his hitting excellence. He notched his 8th consecutive 200+ hit season. Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus received the Ford C. Frick Award, which was presented during Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown on July 27th. Pitcher Brandon Morrow had a sparkling Major League debut as a starter on September 5. Morrow held the Yankees hitless into the 8th inning and finished the game allowing just one hit and one run while striking out nine. Jack Zduriencik was named General Manager on October 22, and Don Wakamatsu becomes first Asian American to be named manager a Major League team on November 19. 2008 stats »
2009 - The 2009 season began with the return of Ken Griffey Jr. after a nine-year absence. On April 15, the second home game of the season, Griffey hit his 400th home run in a Mariners uniform and his 613th career homer. Felix Hernandez emerged as a legitimate #1 starter. He finished the season 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA and was 2nd in voting for American League Cy Young Award. Ichiro had his usual stellar year. He, Felix and Manager Don Wakamatsu represented the Mariners at the Major League All-Star game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Ichiro's All-Star appearance was his 9th consecutive, the longest active streak in the Majors. The Mariners closed out the season with 85 wins, a 24-game improvement over 2008. This marked just the 13th time in MLB history that a team had posted a winning record following a 100-loss season. 2009 stats »
2010 - A tough 61-101 year saw manager Don Wakamatsu lose his job in midseason as the Mariners set a club record for the fewest runs, their 513 in 162 games making them the lowest scoring team in the Majors since the designated hitter era began in 1973.
But despite those struggles, Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young Award as voters recognized his sterling 2.27 ERA with 232 strikeouts in 249 2/3 innings overshadowed a 13-12 record. The Mariners also earned a pair of Gold Gloves with Ichiro winning his 10th and Franklin Gutierrez his first.
Ichiro led the Majors in hits for a fifth straight season with 214 while batting .315 with 42 stolen bases and was selected to his 10th straight All-Star Game. Cliff Lee also made the All-Star team, but wore a Rangers uniform after being traded to Texas just prior to the Midsummer Classic. Ken Griffey Jr. retired on June 2, ending his 22-year career with 630 home runs. 2010 stats »
2011 - The Mariners went 67-95 in manager Eric Wedge's first season, which featured a large youth movement as 18 rookies saw playing time. The club hung in the AL West race for 2 ½ months, sitting just a half-game behind Texas at 37-35 on June 19. But a franchise-record 17-game losing streak in July led to a 24-47 record after the All-Star break.
Felix Hernandez went 14-14 with a 3.47 ERA while earning his second All-Star berth, joined at the Midsummer Classic by rookie right-hander Michael Pineda (9-10, 3.74). The Mariners had the sixth-best ERA in the American League at 3.90, but fielded the lowest-scoring offense for a third straight year.
Ichiro saw his streak of 200-hit seasons end at 10 as he batted a career low .272 with 184 hits and didn't earn an All-Star berth or Gold Glove for the first time. But there were reasons for optimism offensively, with the midseason additions of rookie standouts Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp leading the youth movement. 2011 stats »
2012 - It might not have been a perfect season for Seattle, finishing last in the AL West with a 75-87 record, but manager Eric Wedge's second year certainly had its magical moments, highlighted by the Aug. 15 afternoon when Felix Hernandez threw the first perfect game in franchise history in a 1-0 victory over the Rays at Safeco Field.
The Mariners became the first club in Major League history to have a perfect game for and against them in the same season as they fell victim to a perfecto by Philip Humber of the White Sox on April 21. And for good measure, Seattle had six pitchers combine for a June 8 no-hitter just the third in Mariners history until Hernandez joined the club in perfect fashion two months later when Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen blanked the Dodgers 1-0 at Safeco Field.
All that pitching was apropos for a club that posted the third-best ERA in club history at 3.76, led by Hernandez's 13-9 season with a 3.06 ERA. The King notched his third All-Star bid and finished the year with a Major League-leading five shutouts.
Though Jason Vargas also stepped up with a career-best 14 wins, the Mariners struggled to keep pace in the tough AL West as they finished last in the AL in scoring for a fourth straight year. Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the Yankees in July, ending his run in Seattle after 2,533 hits in 1,844 games over 11 1/2 seasons. That signaled a further shift to a youth movement led by third baseman Kyle Seager, who topped the team in home runs (20), RBI (86), doubles (35) and games played (155). 2012 stats »