Ranking the Seattle Mariners greatest seasons ever by Hitters

Seattle Mariners' Edgar Martinez(C) grimaces after he is congratulated by teammates Ken Griffey, Jr.(L) and Alex Rodriguez(R) after Martinez hit a first inning, three-run homer, against the New York Yankees in Seattle 26 May. Seattle defeated New York, 4-3. AFP PHOTO (Photo by DAN LEVINE / AFP) (Photo by DAN LEVINE/AFP via Getty Images)
Seattle Mariners' Edgar Martinez(C) grimaces after he is congratulated by teammates Ken Griffey, Jr.(L) and Alex Rodriguez(R) after Martinez hit a first inning, three-run homer, against the New York Yankees in Seattle 26 May. Seattle defeated New York, 4-3. AFP PHOTO (Photo by DAN LEVINE / AFP) (Photo by DAN LEVINE/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Mariners Phil Bradley
BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 31: Phil Bradley #29 of the Seattle Mariners prepares for a pitch during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on May 31, 1987 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

#11: Phil Bradley: 1985 w/5.0 oWAR

#10: Alvin Davis: 1984 w/5.2 oWAR

I doubt that many people up to about their mid-30s, maybe even 40 or so, know who Phil Bradley is. A few more probably know who Alvin Davis is. What’s funny though is that they were actually teammates in the 1980s on the Mariners, and put together not just back-to-back seasons of 5.0+ oWAR, but they were the first ones in team history to have a 5.0+ oWAR season.

It started with Alvin Davis in 1984. Not only did he put together an incredible season for the Mariners, but he did it as a Rookie. That’s right. Alvin Davis was the American League Rookie of the Year back in 1984, and it would also be the lone season that he would make the All-Star game. It’s funny, because the Mariners actually finished 1-2 in ROY voting that year, with Davis beating out Mark Langston.

Davis was well-deserving, putting up a line of .284/.391/.497, with 27 HR, 34 2B, 116 RBI, an OPS+ of 147, and a K rate of just 11.5%. It was arguably the best season of his career, and the best the Mariners had seen up to that point in their history.

Bradley provided a season that was nearly as good just a year later. He posted a .300/.365/.498 slash line, with 26 HR, 22 SB, 33 2B, 88 RBI, 100 R, and an OPS+ of 134. It was the start of a great three-year stretch for Bradley where he would post oWARs of 5.0, 4.3, and 4.2, with a total of 52 HR and 83 SB, all while hitting .302/.385/.470. It was the first season that stands out though, and earned him a spot in the 5.0 oWAR club in Mariners history.

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