Seattle Mariners: 3 New Year’s resolutions for the 2021 season
Hit more home runs
It is no secret: the MLB is turning into a home run driven league. The home run totals for the entire league have been on an upward trend for the past few seasons and 2019 saw by far the most home runs in the history of the league with 6,776 between the AL and NL.
It’s also quite obvious but the league-leading teams for home runs always tend to have the best offenses and records, with last years top five for home runs being the champion Dodgers, their ALCS competition the Braves, the playoff White Sox, the “Slam Diego” Padres, and the Yankees.
Meanwhile, the Mariners finished the season in 25th hitting 60 home runs, a 1.0 home runs per game average. The team leader was Kyle Lewis with 11 (which would translate to roughly 30 in a 162 game season).
The young Seattle Mariners will get older and more experienced, and with it, they will hit more home runs. Tom Murphy and Mitch Haniger will both return for 2021 and they hit 15 and 18 home runs respectively while neither played over 75 games in 2019.
I expect more home runs per game in 2021 and it should be a goal for the young team since more home runs will translate to a better offense and of course more fun for us watching at home, and for the players in the dugout.