MLB The Show is the most famous and long-standing baseball video game. The most popular mode in the game is Diamond Dynasty. For those who don’t know what that is, it is where people get to play GM of an imaginary team. You can assemble teams with individual player cards, where the cards are unique to the player, have their own stats, and can come from a certain event. The Mariners have some very good player cards in the game, from past players to future ones.
If you’re curious about what the team looked like at the beginning of the year, you can always check here for a refresher from when the game was released.
Over the course of the year, MLB The Show has released some cards for Mariners players and prospects, current players, and past legends. Here are some of the very best Mariners cards to add to your Diamond Dynasty squad.
The 99 Overalls
CF Jarred Kelenic – 99
RF Julio Rodriguez – 99
RF Mitch Haniger – 99
RHP Felix Hernandez – 99
CF Kyle Lewis – 99
These are the highest-rated Mariners players in MLB The Show, and they represent the past, present, and future of the Seattle Mariners. Both of the Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez cards are from the Future Stars series, reflecting the upside of both players. Both have great offensive stats as well as defensive ones. They both have some of the strongest throwing arms in the video game.
The 99 Mitch Haniger is based on his incredible 2021 season, and comes from the Finest series, rewarding each team’s best players from 2021. Haniger’s career-high 39 home runs earned him the maximum power rating against left-handed pitching. Felix Hernandez has a 99 card from a flashback to his perfect game in 2012 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He has one of the nastiest changeups in MLB The Show and is a dominant starting pitcher.
Kyle Lewis rounds out this group of 99 overall Mariners. He earned this card for his rookie of the year campaign in 2020. The Mariners have some very great players in MLB The Show, and this is seen in the 99 overall players here, as well as more to come in the 90s.
The 98-96 Overall Mariners
LHP James Paxton – 98
RHP Edwin Diaz – 97
LHP Yusei Kikuchi – 97
RHP Logan Gilbert – 96
CF Ken Griffey Jr. – 96
3B Kyle Seager – 96
This next grouping of players is pretty pitching-heavy, but they are all great cards to have. The 98 Paul Sewald is from a Finest series of 2021 players, based on his dominant season out of the bullpen. James Paxton earned a 98 for throwing a no-hitter back in 2018 in his home country of Canada against the Blue Jays. “Electric Eddie” Edwin Diaz got a 97 card based on his incredible 2018 season, where he had 57 saves.
Yusei Kikuchi got a 97 overall card since he was named to the A.L. All-Star Team for his first half. To round out the pitchers in this group, Logan Gilbert earned a 96 Future Stars card after his great outing against the Yankees this season. The best player in Mariners history, Ken Griffey Jr., only got a 96, but it is based on his second half in 1993. He got a 99 card, but he is, unfortunately, wearing a Reds jersey. Now retired Kyle Seager has a signature series 96 overall for his 2014 All-Star nod.
2B Dylan Moore – 95
RF Jay Buhner – 95
1B Edgar Martinez – 95
1B Daniel Vogelback – 93
RF Mitch Haniger – 92
RHP Felix Hernandez – 91
CF- Jarred Kelenic – 90
RF Julio Rodriguez – 90
This group features some repeat players, but there are many players with multiple different cards in MLB The Show. First, Dylan Moore has a Topps Now card from the week that he hit the grand slam against the Houston Astros, in possibly the most exciting game of the season. Jay Buhner clocks in next with a 95 overall flashback from when he hit for the cycle in 1993. Mariners legend Edgar Martinez has a 95 card here, but it is honestly a rather underwhelming card.
Daniel Vogelbach earned a 93 based on a fan vote and his past success in Seattle. Three players repeat here in Mitch Haniger, Felix Hernandez, Jarred Kelenic, and Julio Rodriguez. Haniger earned his 92 from a Topps Now card when he hit a go-ahead grand slam against the Angels. King Felix got a 91 here for the second half of his 2010 season. Kelenic and Rodriguez got 90 overall prospect cards but got higher rated cards later in the year.
MLB The Show waits to make lots of 98s and 99s until later in the year because then there would be less incentive to play earlier in the year, and use the players who aren’t 99s. Players can also upgrade the cards as they play with them and gain experience with the cards and get upgrades to their stats.
The 88-85 Guys
CF Ken Griffey Jr. – 88
1B Tino Martinez – 87
RF Jay Buhner – 86
C Tom Murphy – 85
The Kid makes his return here, having a special 42 edition card, honoring Jackie Robinson. This was one of the cards you could obtain when the game was released. Tino Martinez has an 87 flashback card to his days with the Mariners. Jay Buhner appears again with a playoff flashback to 1995. Tom Murphy finishes out the group with an August 2019 flashback, where he hit .333 with six home runs. These are all of the Mariners diamond players in MLB The Show diamond dynasty.
Some honorable mentions are 84 overall Noelvi Marte, who got this prospect card early in the year. Jake Fraley earned an 84 Topps Now card after he had a game-saving home run robbery in Detroit. Ty France had a Topps Now 83 overall card after he had a career-first walk-off hit for the M’s. Kyle Seager also had an 83 overall All-Star card flashback to 2014. Daniel Vogelbach also had an April 2019 flashback where he has impressive power stats.
These are the most fun and exciting Mariners player cards to use in MLB The Show diamond dynasty. If you are a fan of the game, now you can go use your favorite Mariners on your team. You can use your favorite players from today, your favorite historical Mariners, as well as the future faces of the team.