Seattle Mariners: Seven Days Until Opening Day


May 14, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter

Raul Ibanez

(28) and catcher

Kelly Shoppach

(7) celebrate scoring during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

It is now only seven days until Opening Day for the 2014 Seattle Mariners. One week from tonight, the M’s take the field in Los Angeles against the Angels of Anaheim, north of Santa Ana, west of the 57.

So in our continued celebration, we count down the most popular Mariners to wear the uniform numbers 9 through 1. Yesterday, you voted overwhelmingly (70% of the vote) to place Carlos Guillen as the best Mariners to wear #8.

Today, it’s number 7. Here are your nominees.

Dan Meyer– The first Mariner #7. Wore the number in Seattle from 1977 to 1981. He batted .273 with career-highs of 22 HR and 90 RBI as the first baseman in the Mariners inaugural year.

Spike Owen– Drafted by the Mariners in 1982, he played in Seattle from 1983 through 1986 when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox with Dave Henderson for Rey Quinones, Mike Brown, Mike Trujillo, John Christensen and cash.

Kevin Mitchell– Mitchell wore the number 7 in the 1992 season, his only year in Seattle. Mitchell was traded to Seattle with Mike Remlinger from San Francisco for Dave Burba, Michael Jackson and Bill Swift. He was traded after his one season to Cincinnati for Norm Charlton. No Mariner wore the number seven for 11 years.

Jeff Cirillo– One of the first players to prove that the thin air in Colorado aided hitters. After a career high in homers (17) in 2001 and 115 RBI the year before, Cirillo came to Seattle and lowered his batting average 60 points, hit 6 HR and drove in 54 runs. But in that 2003, the year he wore #7, he dropped his average another 44 points (.205), hit 2 HR and knocked in 23.

Jeremy Reed– Came to Seattle in the trade that sent Freddy Garcia to Chicago. Reed was never the player the Mariners thought they were getting. They traded him four years later in a three way trade that netted Seattle Mike Carp and Franklin Gutierrez among others.

Voting ends tomorrow morning at 6 AM. Happy Monday!