6 Mariners who left Seattle for the eventual World Series winner
INF LUIS SOJO – 1996 NEW YORK YANKEES
Luis Sojo was one of the unsung heroes of the historic 1995 Mariners team, slashing .289/.335/.416 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs while playing several positions in both the outfield and infield that year. But a rough ’96 campaign in which he posted an abysmal .244 on-base clip landed him on the waiver wire, where he was picked up by the team he helped break the hearts of the year prior: the New York Yankees.
While his numbers didn’t improve much for the remainder of the regular season, Sojo remained on the team’s postseason roster and contributed to their World Series victory over the Braves with a 3-for-5 performance in the series. Sojo went on to post his best offensive season in 1997, win three more championships with New York in ’98, ’99, and 2000, and appear in another Fall Classic in New York’s eventual loss to the Diamondbacks in 2001.