Mariners Greatest Hits: The Left Fielder Raul Ibanez
By Adam Levi
Over the 11 seasons Raul Ibanez spent with the Mariners organization, he put together some great seasons backed by many fantastic games. Here are the top three outings/moments of Ibanez’s M’s career.
The Mariners got to see Raul Ibanez at the beginning, middle and end of his career during three separate stints with the club.
When he was trying to make his way up, he could only prove himself at the minor league level. Despite his first MLB hit being a triple and his first career home run being an upper deck shot inside the Kingdome, Ibanez struggled to make a significant impact due to his limited role.
It wouldn’t be until his 2nd stint with the M’s that Ibanez would prove to be one of the greatest Mariners left fielders in history.
From 2006-2008 -the latter half of five-year straight years with the club- Ibanez recorded more than 20+ home runs and 100+ RBIs three times.
He is only of only six players in Mariners history to put up those type of figures in three or more seasons. The others include some of the greatest power bats the game has ever seen like Edgar Martinez, Alex Rodrigeuz, and Ken Griffey Jr., as well as Mariners greats, Brett Boone and Jay Buhner.
It was during this stretch in which Ibanez put together some of his most spectacular outings, although it was not the only time where he was destroying opposing pitching.
As we look back at the best of Raul Ibanez in an M’s uniform, you will see that he was able to bring excellence to field in his prime and into his 40’s.
Let’s start with a day that defines perfection for a man at the plate.