All-Time Fantasy Teams: Seattle Mariners

Posted: February 1, 2011 in All-Time Fantasy Teams

Seattle Mariners All-Time Fantasy Team (Single Season Stats)

 C

Dan Wilson (1996)

Certainly the thinnest of the positions to find a offensive stud, Dan Wilson kind of gets the nod by default. His 1996 season was solid, but not spectacular. Nothing overly special here but again- not much here historically for the Mariners either.

 .285 BA/ 51 R/ 18 HR/ 83 RBI/ 1 SB/ .444 SLG

 1B

Tino Martinez (1995)

Many others might give the honor here to John Olerud, but I really feel like his best seasons were outside of the Pacific Northwest. Although he might have had better numbers at times when he joined the Yankees, Tino’s ’95 season was pretty fantastic.

 .293 BA/ 92 R/ 31 HR/ 111 RBI/ 0 SB/ .551 SLG

 2B

 Bret Boone (2001)

Although my gut tells me that Boone’s 2001 season was fueled by the juice, it’s hard to argue about his inclusion here. These are absolutely incredible power number for a middle infielder. And remember- for fantasy purposes, do we really care if a player is on steroids? I’ll take these numbers at 2nd base any day of the week.

 .331 BA/ 118 R/ 37 HR/ 141 RBI/ 5 SB/ .578 SLG

 SS

 Alex Rodriguez (1996)

As I’ve watched the evolution of A-Rod over the past several years it’s easy to forget about how good he was when he was in Seattle. His age and body may now be betraying him, but his 1996 season was one to behold. I had to do a double take when I saw the run total, not to mention the ridiculous average and power. Total offensive juggernaut.

 .358 BA/ 141 R/ 36 HR/ 123 RBI/ 15 SB/ .631 SLG

 3B

 Jim Presley (1986)

Another somewhat thin position historically for the Mariners organization, Presley takes the prize here. The average and runs are a little lower than I’d like, but it certainly beats any type of production that Mike Blowers put up.

 .265 BA/ 83 R/ 27 HR/ 107 RBI/ 0 SB/ .463 SLG

 OF

 Ken Griffey Jr. (1997)

Junior’s ’96 and ’97 seasons were nearly identical in power and run production. I give the nod to ’97 due to the 20 point increase in average and higher slugging percentage, but let’s be clear- both seasons were epic in their own respects.

 .304 BA/ 125 R/ 56 HR/ 147 RBI/ 15 SB/ .646 SLG

 Ichiro Suzuki (2001)

Not much unlike Junior, you can really take your pick from a few of Suzuki’s seasons. If you want run scoring, base-stealing, and a high average then it’s got to be his inaugural season. Though he hit .372 in 2004 his .350 average in ’01 is nothing to sneeze at.

 .350 BA/ 127 R/ 8 HR/ 69 RBI/ 56 SB/ .457 SLG

 Jay Buhner (1996)

As the list unfolds it’s not hard to understand why the Mariners were able to find success in the mid-90s. Another productive ’96 season, this one by power hitting outfielder Jay Buhner, led to some prolific offensive numbers for the team as a whole. Buhner was a typical power hitter: not going to hit .300 but he’ll throw some ribbies on the board.

 .271 BA/ 107 R/ 44 HR/ 138 RBI/ 0 SB/ .557 SLG

UTIL

Edgar Martinez (2000)

In my humble opinion, Martinez is one of the most under-appreciated hitters of this past generation. He consistently hit for a high average, scored a ton of runs, and plated teammates when they were on-base. Edgar quietly produced some of the finest offensive seasons of any player in the ‘90s and 2000s.

 .324 BA/ 100 R/ 37 HR/ 145 RBI/ 3 SB/ .579 SLG

 Starting Pitcher

 Randy Johnson (1997)

Not only does he have one of the best names in the history of baseball, Johnson’s ’97 campaign was one that may go down as the most dominant ever by a lefty starter. Nearly three hundred strikeouts coupled with a mere 77 walks, RJ was able to hold batters to a miniscule .197 batting average over the course of the season. Impressive to say the least.

 213.0 IP/ 20 W/ 5 CG/ 291 K/ 2.28 ERA/ 1.05 WHIP

Relief Pitcher

Kazuhiro Sasaki (2001)

His career in the Bigs was certainly short-lived, but while he was here he was a dominant closer. The ERA is a little higher than I’d like to have for a top-notch closer, but the WHIP and K/IP were terrific.

 66.2 IP/ 45 SV/  62 K/ 3.24 ERA/ .089 WHIP

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