I enjoy thinking about Mariners history, and asking questions somewhere along the lines of "I wonder how many Mariners have done X?". It could be an ERA below 3.50 in a season, 25 steals, 40 doubles, a .310 BA, or a multitude of things. What came to mind most recently though, and inspired by Julio Rodriguez, Cal Raleigh, and Teoscar Hernandez, was how many Mariners players have hit 30 HR in a season?
Now, this may not seem like that big of a number. The Mariners are playing their 47th season (having debuted in 1977). 47 seasons, and you would expect them to have a whole bunch of players that have hit 30 or more homers in a season right? Especially when you think about the power hitters that were here throughout the 90's and 00's.
Well, that's not so much the case.
In fact, the Mariners have only seen 17 players hit 30 or more homers in a single season. We will get there soon, but if you know the first Mariners player to ever break that magical mark, I will give you massive props. I have to be honest, his name rang a bell, but I never in a million years would've guessed him.
(A hint... It took nearly a decade, he wasn't here long, only had one full season with the team, and had a terrible batting average.)
Anyway, let's get to it. I've split it up going from the least often to the most often done by a player, and you should all be able to guess who easily leads the way. Who am I KIDding, anyway? We start off with the big group who has done it only once.