Mariners End Season With A Whimper
By Dan Hughes
Sep 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin (6) and Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge (22) shake hands after the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Oakland defeated Seattle 9-0. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Mariners ended their disappointing 2013 season in memorable fashion on Sunday. A 9-0 shutout at the hands of the AL West champion Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field.
It was a fitting end to a season that has been filled with hopeful moments and devastating failures.
True, they weren’t no-hit like the Tigers were on Sunday, but a 5-hit shutout is still pretty fitting. Sunday’s game marked the 11th time the Mariners were shut out this season. And while that’s less than last year (they had 11 by July 15th last year and 12 total) it still ranks them near the top of the AL.
Sep 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; A fan sits in the upper right field stands during the second inning of a game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
This offseason will be one to watch around baseball as the Mariners look to be players in the free agent market with money to spend. First and foremost, GM Jack Zduriencik will have to search for a new manager, since Eric Wedge has decided not to accept a contract for 2014 even if the team offered one. Then the focus will turn to what players to bring back and what free agent or free agents the team will pursue to help this team achieve it’s first winning season since 2009 and eventually compete for their first playoff berth since 2001.
It was a disappointing September, as has been the case for a while now. The M’s finish the month of September 9-18, the worst month of the year.
- April- 12-17
- May- 12-14
- June- 11-16
- July- 15-10
- August- 12-16
- September- 9-18
So, that’s all she wrote for 2013. Again, be sure to keep it here, tuned to SodoMojo for all your breaking news, transactions, player profiles, speculation and more.