Swinging for the fences with "The Kid"
1. Ken Griffey Jr. - Ken Griffey Jr. is widely regarded as one of the best players in baseball history, and his tenure with the Seattle Mariners is a big reason why. Griffey spent 13 seasons with the Mariners, from 1989 to 1999 and then again in 2009 and 2010, and during that time he established himself as one of the greatest players the team has ever seen.
Griffey's impact on the Mariners was immediate. In his first full season with the team in 1990, he hit .300 with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs. He followed that up with an even better season in 1991, hitting .327 with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs, and finishing third in the MVP voting.
Griffey's best season with the Mariners came in 1997, when he hit .304 with 56 home runs and 147 RBIs, leading the team to its first-ever playoff appearance. He finished second in the MVP voting that year and cemented his status as one of the most feared hitters in the game.
But Griffey was more than just a power hitter. He was also an excellent fielder, winning 10 Gold Gloves over the course of his career. His acrobatic catches and cannon arm made him a fan favorite and helped him earn the nickname "The Kid."
Griffey's impact on the Mariners extended beyond the field as well. He helped to energize the fan base and bring a sense of excitement to the team. He was a beloved figure in Seattle, and his departure from the team in 2000 was met with widespread disappointment and sadness.
In 2016, Griffey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first player to be enshrined as a member of the Mariners. His impact on the team and the game of baseball is undeniable, and his legacy as one of the best Seattle Mariners in team history will endure for generations to come.