Kirby Snead becomes 1,000th Mariners player in team history

The Mariners called up the reliever on Wednesday to replace the injured Tayler Saucedo, and he became the 1,000th player in team history
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On Wednesday morning, the Seattle Mariners selected relief pitcher Kirby Snead from the Tacoma Rainiers. What seems like a minor transaction will be a much more exciting accomplishment for the team. When Snead made his debut with the M’s, he became the 1,000th man to play for the Seattle Mariners.

Snead signed a minor league contract with the Rainiers this off-season. He has previously pitched for the rival Athletics, where he played from 2022-23. He also pitched for the Blue Jays in 2021, albeit for just seven games. With Oakland, Snead appeared in 46 games in 2022, and 15 games in 2023. The 29 year old has a career ERA of 5.20, with 51 strike outs and 30 walks in 64 innings. He has a career record of 2-4, and a career WAR of -0.6.

Kirby Snead was the 1,000th Mariners player to don a Seattle uniform

While Snead does not have exciting numbers in his career, he has shown the team solid performance in triple-A Tacoma. In 12 appearances, he holds a 2.92 ERA with 13 strikeouts and only two walks. He may not last long with the team, because someone will need to be optioned when Bryan Woo returns this weekend. However, Snead is making history either way.

He had about as perfect of an outing for the Mariners as you could wish for, throwing a scoreless 6th inning for Seattle, oddly enough coming in for George Kirby. I'm sure Alex Mayer has some cool stat about the Kirby-Kirby occurrence. He didn't allow any hits or walks, and struck out one hitter.

The Mariners are in their 47th season as a team. This means they are averaging around 21 new players per season, leading up to Mr. 1,000. Snead’s accomplishment may feel small, but he will forever have a name in the Mariners' history books. Congratulations on the neat achievement Kirby Snead.