Seattle Mariners Team FormationTo keep the league with an even number of teams, a formal expansion proceeding was held, with a second team, the Blue Jays, being awarded to the city of Toronto also allowing both leagues to place a team in Canada; the National League’s Montreal Expos having been established in 1969. The new Seattle team, to begin play in 1977, would ...
Yamauchi Purchases MarinersIn the early 1990s, the Seattle Mariners were available for sale and Washington State Senator Slade Gorton asked Nintendo of America to find a Japanese investor who would keep the club in Seattle. Yamauchi offered to buy the franchise, even though he had never been to a baseball game. Although the owner accepted the offer, the MLB commissioner Fay Vincent ...
Safeco StadiumSafeco Field (sometimes referred to as Safeco or The Safe) is a retractable roof baseball stadium located in Seattle, Washington. The stadium, owned and operated by the Washington-King County Stadium Authority, is the home stadium of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) and has a seating capacity of 47,574 for baseball. Construction officially began on March 8, 1997, ...
History of the Mariners
The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division. The team joined the AL as an expansion team in 1977. Since July 1999, the Mariners’ home ballpark has been Safeco Field, located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. SoDo means “South of Downtown.”
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1977 – 1999 / American League
1977 – Present / Seattle Mariners
Mariners – Mariners was the winning entry among more than 600 suggestions in a name-the-team contest for Seattle’s expansion franchise in 1976. Multiple fans submitted the nickname Mariners, but the team determined that Roger Szmodis of Bellevue provided the best reason. “I’ve selected Mariners because of the natural association between the sea and Seattle and her people, who have been challenged and rewarded by it.”
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2019 - Present / T-Mobile Park
1999 – 2018 / Safeco Field
1977 – 1999 / Kingdome Dome
1992 – Present / Baseball Club of Seattle, LP
1989 – 1992 / Jeff Smulyan
1980 – 1989 / George Argyros
1977 – 1980 / Danny Kaye
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
11 / Edgar Martínez
24 / Ken Griffey Jr.
42 / Jackie Robinson
*Blue is this team’s history