Mariners MLB The Show 22 Notable Mentions
I’m not going to put the types of cards or years on these players. I just think that it would be fun to see them in the game. Especially as games are becoming more immersive, the ability to input a little extra for players doesn’t seem like it would be that difficult. A lot of these players have something about them that makes them special, and that could be shown off in the game.
Raul Ibanez – Just to hear “RAUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLL” from the fans. Imagine getting Raul and Edgar Martinez in your lineup, and putting them back-to-back. Not only would you hear the Raul chant, but then you could even hear someone chanting the drawn-out “Edgar” throughout his at-bat as well. Sure, it might be annoying to some, but I would love to hear it.
Jamie Moyer – When playing online, most people go with the hardest throwers they can find for the sole reason that it’s just hard to time a 102 mph heater and an 85 mph breaking ball or off-speed pitch. On the flip side, you could really mess with people with Moyer because he would be so much slower. Add in a weak contact perk, and he could mess with a lot of hitters.
Harold Reynolds – One of the first great Mariners, he would be fun to have in the game. A couple of All-Star Games and a few Gold Gloves, he would be nice to have as an early stage glove-first second baseman with speed, that could transition to your bench as a pinch-runner later on. Would’ve been more fun when he was the announcer back in 17 and prior like Dan Plesac is now. There’s just something about the announcer talking about themself that is funny.
Norm Charlton – The Sheriff. The Hair. The Attitude. I don’t think it ever happens, but it would be cool to see him in the game. He dominated in 95 and would help towards getting a full roster of former Mariners, since they lack relievers from past teams.
Mike Moore – For a long time, Moore held the record for the best season by a Mariners pitcher. Back in 1985, he had a 6.3 WAR, finishing 10th in Cy Yung voting. He’d get shelled online but would be a good pitcher for challenges with his massive stamina and solid repertoire.
Franklin Gutierrez – One of the more underrated defenders to ever step foot on the field for the Mariners, Guti could be the low-rank version of the Byron Buxton card that planted a flag in center field and said “no baseballs allowed to land out here”. Guti won the Fielding Bible Award two years in a row and provided an insane 3.7 dWAR in 2009.
Who else would you want to see in the show for the Mariners? Each year, they are providing more and more players, and we should (hopefully) see a large increase in content in the game this year after the main focus for 2021 was on getting the game to Xbox for the first time and implementing Cross-Play. MLB The Show is an incredible game, and I can’t wait to see which former Mariners player shows up next.