37 days until Mariners Opening Day! History of #37

Casey Sadler of the Mariners throws

Sep 13, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Casey Sadler against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rejoice, Seattle Mariners fans! There are 37 days before Opening Day! Which M’s stood out the most during their days in Seattle wearing the number 37?

The player who wore number 37 last for Seattle is relief pitcher Casey Sadler. Sadler came over to the M’s part of the way through the shortened 2020 season and has so far appeared in seven games,’ Sadler will be wearing number 65 for Seattle in 2021, however. The reason for this is a good one as Sadler tweeted

History of the number 37 for the Mariners

As far as the history of the number 37 for the Mariners, perhaps the best was another reliever, Norm Charlton, who had two stints in Seattle. Charlton pitched in five seasons for the Mariners and had a combined record of 14-21 with a 4.03 ERA and 67 saves. This was by far the most saves Charlton had with any of the six teams for which he played in his career. Charlton is also seventh on Seattle’s list of all-time saves leaders.

Charlton is probably best known for his time as a member of the Cincinnati Reds and being part of the World Series-winning team in 1990. Charlton made his lone All-Star game appearance in 1992 while he was still with the Reds.

Other players of note who wore number 37 were pitchers Brandon Maurer, Mike Montgomery, and Russ Swan.

Montgomery started his career in Seattle and played two seasons. In his rookie season, he started 16 games, went 4-6 but two of those four wins were shutouts. Montgomery started the 2016 season with the Mariners, went 3-4 with an excellent ERA of 2.34 but was then traded to the Chicago Cubs.

Maurer also started his career in Seattle and went 6-12 combined between 2013 and 2014. Maurer has been out of the majors since 2018.

Russ Swan played for Seattle between 1990 and 1993 and wasn’t terrible. He finished his Mariners career going 14-18 with a 4.47 ERA and 11 saves. The bad part for the history of number 37 is that, like Swan, not being mostly terrible gets you mentioned on a list of bests for a team. The future of number 37 simply by the odds has to be better for Seattle baseball.

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