Can you name these 10 former Mariners?

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 17: Seattle Mariners mascot Mariner Moose entertains fans prior to the game between the Yomiuri Giants and Seattle Mariners at Tokyo Dome on March 17, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 17: Seattle Mariners mascot Mariner Moose entertains fans prior to the game between the Yomiuri Giants and Seattle Mariners at Tokyo Dome on March 17, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images) /
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How well do you know Seattle Mariners’ history? Let’s see how well you do. Post your score in the comments below.

*Answers below, but don’t be that person. Try and actually guess first!

1. I made my Mariners debut in 1999. My one stint felt like two due to injuries. In 2003, I had the pleasure of pitching for Seattle’s “perfect rotation”. Not a single sixth starter was needed! I must have made a good impression since I took home AL Comeback Player of the Year that same season. My final season with the M’s ended on a high note as I struck out a then-career-high 156 hitters in 2006!

2. My Mariners tenure was inconsistent. I enjoyed being closer for a bit. My only quality season came in 2007 when I saved 40 and landed an All-Star nod. I should have recorded the save in that game but K-Rod stole my thunder. Ironically I was traded away to help him “set up” games.

3. During the 1998 trade deadline, I was one of three players dealt with Seattle for a well-known southpaw. My time in Seattle was too short and just like the first player listed above me, injuries were not my best friend. I did enjoy a highlight as I walked the team off into the ALCS. Unfortunately, I achieved my first All-Star nod and World Series post-Mariners. And oh yeah, switch-hitting is fun!

4. I might be the most notorious ex-Mariner on this list. I had a solid career everywhere but Seattle. In the early 2000s, I was traded to the Mariners but never made an impact. I manned the infield, playing just two seasons. Not only did I have a power outage at Safeco, but my Mariner batting average didn’t match my career post of .296. I played for 14 years and hung up the cleats in 2007.

5. Guess what? I get to call the Pacific Northwest home and am originally a local guy. I played for five teams during my career but will always enjoy winning 116 games. I wore a unique type of hat on the field. I enjoyed one All-Star appearance in Seattle along with all three of my Gold Gloves there. During my last full Mariners season of 2003, I enjoyed a 7-RBI game. Though I wasn’t Mr. Mariner for my career, I was definitely a fan favorite.

6. I was a Mariner highlight from my very first at-bat. I join an honorary class of players to homer in their first career at-bat. I smacked a tater to right field off Cleveland’s Bob Wickman. I hit southpaw during my career. I didn’t even play 100 total games during my three Mariner seasons. After leaving the Mariners before the 2007 season, I spent the rest of my career with NL East teams before retiring after 2014.

7. I made my MLB debut with the Mariners at age 23 in the early 1990s. However my second stint was more memorable than my first. For such a small fellow, I sure had power in my day. 2001 was not only a record for Mariner wins, but for my home runs and RBI’s in a season. I rocked 37 and 141 respectively. My power continued into 2003 where I was picked into the Home Run Derby. I sadly joined a notorious club, coming out of the Derby with a goose egg. You may know about my historical baseball family.

8. 2003 saw five Mariner All-Stars and I was one of them! I was a career righty reliever with a very quick pitching release. 2003 was a career year for me. I saved 16 games and posted a 1.48 ERA through 63 appearances. My Mariner nickname rhymed with Chone Figgins Mariner nickname.

9. I was similar to Richie Sexson. How so you say? Every at-bat felt like either a home run or a strikeout, not much middle ground. I was known to hit mammoth home runs, including a couple at Camden Yards and New Yankee. My stint with the Mariners was bizarre. I played for one year and left via free agency for Cleveland. I was then traded back to the Mariners midseason of that next year. My Seattle batting average wasn’t eye-opening but I did post career highs in home runs and RBI’s my first year with the club.

10. I spent two stints in Seattle, both as a reliever. Hey Omar Vizquel, what’s your problem with me? You really overreacted during your at-bat the other day. I spent my career with nine teams and made it count by winning a World Series my last season in the bigs. Yet there was still something magical about playing for a 116-game winner. Similar to Omar Vizquel-gate, my second stint didn’t end on the best note either. I was ejected from the game and traded away shortly after.

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Answers:

  1. Gil Meche 2. JJ Putz 3. Carlos Guillen 4. Jeff Cirillo 5. John Olerud 6. Greg Dobbs 7. Bret Boone 8. Shigetoshi Hasegawa 9. Russell Branyan 10. Arthur Rhodes
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