For the first time in who knows how long, the Mariners are a playoff team with a lot of young talent. It also got me thinking that heading into 2023, they have a candidate for each of the 3 major awards that are given out each year in baseball.
Now, I'm leaving Gold Glove off of here, and going just with MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year. The Gold Glove potential winners is an article in itself, and one that we might just touch on later in the offseason.
Off the top of your head, can you name the last Mariners player to win each of those awards? ROY is easy since it just happened. Julio Rodriguez easily won the award in 2022 and was just one vote away from being unanimous. However, it wasn't that long ago the Kyle Lewis won the award back in 2020. Funny enough, he was unanimous, winning over Luis Robert.
As for Cy Young, the Mariners have won the award twice. The Big Unit back in 1995 and then King Felix in 2010. Two MVP awards have come to the franchise as well, with Griffey winning in 1997 and Ichiro winning in 2001.
For now, I want to look at the guys who could potentially take home one of those big three awards. We start with the obvious one.