Mariners: Top 5 Mariners Outside of the Americas
5. Ryan Rowland-Smith
Righto, I have a confession to make here. Hyphen, as many Mariner’s fans know him, comes from my home country of Australia, so I have a bit of a soft spot for Ryan. “Hyphen” gave hope to Mariner’s fans from Down Under. He made us believe that we can indeed make it to the big leagues. Hyphen made his Major League debut on June 22nd, 2007 vs Cincinnati Reds, against none other than Ken Griffey Jr., and what a way to start! When facing the legend himself, Rowland-Smith showed the composure of a much more experienced player and struck him out!
Ryan pitched for the M’s from 2007 to 2010 with a 4.57 ERA and a .8 WAR. While these numbers aren’t as high as some others that missed the list, Ryan is still very much loved, especially with his work on Pre and Post shows on the ROOT broadcasts. Can someone give me an ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi!’?