Ranking the Seattle Mariners best three second basemen ever

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Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Seattle Mariners don’t have a ton of good second basemen in the team’s history. But the ones they have had are really good, including one who had 141 RBIs in a season, and another who won three straight Gold Gloves.

The Mariners have been more notable for outfielders and one special DH, but a sporadic good second baseman here and there have also helped Seattle succeed.

I will be talking about each of the Mariners three best second basemen in franchise history, but before I give more information about those players I want to mention some other notable Mariners second basemen who aren’t in the top three.

Mariners honorable mentions

One is a player who hasn’t even played in the major leagues yet. That would be Kaden Polcovich who the Mariners took in the third round of the 2020 MLB draft.

It has been years since Seattle was able to groom a long-term starter at second from its own farm system. Polcovich might change that, however. The 21-year-old can hit for average, has some speed and his power should develop over time.

Another notable player is Julio Cruz who was the Mariners first second baseman. He didn’t hit for power but he still has the second-most stolen bases in Mariners history with 290. Starting for a new franchise and suffering through a lot of losses is hard, but Cruz did it with class.

The last second baseman I want to note before I get into the top three is Joey Cora who played from 1995 to 1998 with Seattle. He was a good person and a popular player. He played 11 seasons in the majors and earned his only All-Star appearance in his career in 1997 when he was with Seattle.

Now, without further ado, here are the top three second basemen in Mariners history.

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