Ranking the Best Third Baseman in Mariners History
Mariners #4 Third Baseman: Mike Blowers – 6.2 fWAR
I loved watching Mike Blowers when I was a kid. All his best seasons happened as a member of the Mariners, and it’s kind of nice to sit back and be happy that it wasn’t the other way around. Blowers was a local guy, growing up in Washington, playing college ball in Washington, and it was nice to see him succeed at the major league level with the Mariners.
He came over from the Yankees in 1992 and kept his role as a bench/limited-time guy. That changed in 93 when Blowers would appear in 127 games (he had played 107 total the previous four years), and it would easily be the best season of his career. He hit .280/.357/.475, with a 122 wRC+, and found some power with 15 home runs. It was also his best defensive season and got him a 3.0 fWAR on the year.
94 was the strike, so he didn’t play as much. He still hit well though, even if the defense was never the same for him. He picked it back up in 95, hitting .257/.335/.474, blasting a career-high 23 home runs and setting career highs in runs and RBI as well with 59 and 96, respectively.
Blowers would leave to the Dodgers for the 96 season, and then come back to the Mariners and sport a 112 WRC+ in limited time in 1997. He left again in 98 but would come back in 99 to finish up his career with the M’s. He earned the majority of his WAR in 93-95, amassing 5.6 of his 6.2 total with the Mariners. Funny enough, his career total was 4.5, so he was a -1.7 outside of Seattle.