Mariners Interview: Author Michael Emmerich

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Jun 17, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) reacts after getting the final out of the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

BH: Any time you are listing something there is sure to be debate amongst fans. Much like fans, I am sure your editors had their own opinions on what should be included. What are a few of the “things” you included in the book that you had to fight to have in there?

ME: Putting together these types of lists always sparks debate, which is really the point. Ostensibly the list is ranked in order of importance from 1-100, but other than the top of list much of the ordering is somewhat arbitrary (really what’s the difference between 55 and 65?). One of the debates I’ve had with folks is the placement of Ichiro (11) ahead of Felix (14). My argument for Ichiro is that he is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and was part of the one of the greatest regular season teams in MLB history. Felix is a few years away from solidifying his spot in the Hall. Moreover, and he’s entirely inculpable here, Felix has yet to play on a great M’s team. In 10 years, Hernandez may well move up. As for the list itself, there was surprisingly little debate about what was included and what was left out. There is an entry on Jesus Montero’s minor league incident that was the editor’s decision. Other than that my editor and I enjoyed a peaceful harmony regarding the list.

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