Mariners Analysis: The M’s Presence at the Hall of Fame
By Brady Farkas
Ironically enough, this is not the same Randy Johnson plaque that he was given on Induction Day. It is a replica. The real one is headed to Arizona for a ceremony with the Diamondbacks and will be back shortly.
We already mentioned Randy in an earlier slide. He meant everything to the Mariners in the early-Mid-90s. He helped make the franchise relevant again, and even though it’s been almost 20 years since he donned a Mariners jersey, M’s fans need to know that without him and the 1995 season, the team very well could not exist anymore.
Heading back to the “Most” category, is the commemoration of the Mariners 116 win season in 2001. Sure the Cubs had a season where they won 116 as well, but 116 is the record the American League. That team was so much fun to watch. Sure, winning helps, but the personalities were great. Mike Cameron was likeable, Edgar was likeable, Dan Wilson and Jon Olerud were likeable. Ichiro burst on the scene and helped mesh two eras of Mariners baseball — with Edgar.
Mike Cameron helped us move on from Jr. in center field and Carlos Guillen’s performance helped us forget about A-Rod’s departure just months earlier.
And Jamie Moyer, who’s about to be inducted into the M’s HOF? He helped anchor a great pitching staff with Freddy Garcia and Aaron Sele.
1995 is the year for Mariners fans. It’s the year that saved baseball in Seattle. But 2001? That’s the year that baseball historians remember.
I hope you enjoyed a trip down Mariners-lane in Cooperstown. Hopefully you all will make it out there someday.
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