Seattle Mariners All-Dipoto Acquisition Team: Starting Outfielders

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 16: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners is seen during the Seattle Mariners training and press conference at the Tokyo Dome on March 16, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 16: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners is seen during the Seattle Mariners training and press conference at the Tokyo Dome on March 16, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 21: Ben Gamel #16 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after hitting an RBI-single off of relief pitcher Roberto Osuna #54 of the Houston Astros that scored Denard Span #4 during the eighth inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 21, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Astros won the game 3-2. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 21: Ben Gamel #16 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after hitting an RBI-single off of relief pitcher Roberto Osuna #54 of the Houston Astros that scored Denard Span #4 during the eighth inning of a game at Safeco Field on August 21, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Astros won the game 3-2. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

LF BEN GAMEL

You can’t tell the story of Jerry Dipoto’s first half-decade with the Mariners without Ben Gamel. Acquired from the New York Yankees at the 2016 waiver deadline for pitchers Jio Orozco and Juan De Paula, Gamel had just been named the MVP of the International League after hitting .308/.365/.420 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs for Triple-A Scranton.

Those numbers wound up translating fairly well to the MLB level. In 890 career plate appearances for the Mariners, Gamel got on base at a .333 clip and hit for an exact 100 wRC+ while flashing a solid enough glove to get by across the outfield, making some highlight plays along the way.

Of course, what Gamel will best remembered for by most Mariners fans is his 80-grade hair. The Mariners my have been a middle-of-the-pack team at best during Gamel’s time with the team, but with him and Taylor Motter, the M’s had the best hair in baseball and that counts for something, right?

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