There have been many talented first basemen to don a Mariners uniform over the years. Despite other big names ranging from John Olerud to Tino Martinez, Alvin Davis stands out among them all, which is why we selected him, Mr. Mariner, as our all-time M’s first baseman.
On a list of all-time great Mariners players, a man who has been given the nickname, Mr. Mariner, must be on there somewhere.
Davis played in Seattle from 1984 to 1991 and was the inaugural player inducted into the M’s Hall of Fame on June 14, 1997.
Davis’s historic career in Seattle got off to a scorching start in 1984 when he homered in both of his first two major league games and slugged three doubles in his third affair.
He finished his maiden campaign among the top-15 of five major offensive categories in the American League that year. He Finished 4th in RBI (116), 5th in OBP (.391), 8th in OPS (.888), and 13th in both home runs (27) and slugging percentage (.497).
Davis was deservingly named to the AL All-Star team in 1984 before ultimately earning Rookie of the Year honors as well –the first to do so in Mariners history.
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In his eight seasons with the franchise, Davis was named Mariners MVP in 1984, 1988 and 1989 while accruing one of the more impressive resumes in club history.
He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players to have ever worn an M’s uniform and is among the top-10 in 12 major offensive categories as a Mariner.
Davis also tops all M’s first basemen in nine of those same 12 offensive categories, including games played, with 1,166 at the position. That is 464 more games than Olerud who is second on the list with 702 games played at first base.
Besides games played, Davis leads Mariner first basemen in at-bats (4,136), runs scored (563), hits (1,163), doubles (212), home runs (160), RBI (667), walks (672), and OPS (.834).
As we continue to go down the M’s all-time roster and bask in the sweet nostalgia that Seattle Mariners baseball brings us, we will next reveal our choice for top second baseman of all-time on Feb. 7. Stay tuned!