Seattle Mariners Favorite Player 2nd Round Vote Results
By Adam Levi
The Mariners have been in upset/comeback mode the last two days, surging past the Arizona Diamondbacks with seven runs in the 9th on Friday and then erasing a 5-0 deficit versus the San Fransico Giants today.
With our Mariners favorite player bracket going on at the same time as these incredible spring training comebacks, the World Baseball Classic, plus March Madness, our hope was that the round of 32 matchups would be as surprising as the ball that is being played, yet, it was not.
Your hundreds of more votes have propelled some of the greatest M’s players and announcers of all-time into the Sweet Sixteen. Heading into the final 16, there is only one man who has defied the odds of his seeding.
The 12th-seeded, Willie Bloomquist, is now the only non-top seed that is into the Sweet Sixteen. He took down the 4th-seeded, Raul Ibanez 52%-48% in a closer matchup than his first round 83% to 17% victory against 5th-seeded Julio Cruz.
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Bloomquist, a fan favorite beloved for his nine seasons of hustle, speed, and devotion will now face his toughest competition of them all. Going head-to-head with the Mariners current hitting coach, greatest designated-hitter of all-time, and one of the greatest hitters, and most respected Mariners players, Edgar Martinez.
Only two other of the 16 matchups were within 30% of each other: 4th-seeded Brett Boone versus 5th-seeded Alvin Davis ended with a 52%-48% finish with Davis on top and another 4th/5th-seeded matchup of 4th-seeded, Nelson Cruz, and 5th-seeded, Mike Cameron who ended their duel with a 53%-47% win for Cruz.
Here are the complete results of the round of 32 matchups of our Mariners favorite player bracket decided you the fans.
In some of the key upcoming matchups in the Sweet Sixteen other than Martinez versus Bloomquist, we have two of the M’s best former arms in 3rd-seeded, Jamie Moyer and 2nd-seeded, Randy Johnson as well as the greatest voice of the M’s all-time and top-seed, Dave Niehaus, versus the next greatest M’s bat and 4th-seed, Nelson Cruz.
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Stayed tuned all day tomorrow for polls to go up. Vote early to get the matchups started. As the teams become fewer and fewer, we are getting closer to figuring out who you believe is the all-time favorite Mariners player.