2016 Seattle Mariners Season Review

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THE RECORD…completed the 2016 season 86-76 (.531), finishing 2nd in the American League West (9.0 games behind division winner Texas)…finished 3.0 games back of the American League Wild Card…registered 10 more wins than the 76-86 campaign in 2015…compiled a winning record in 2 of last 3 seasons…went 44-37 (.543) at home and 42-39 (.519) on the road…were 45-44 prior to the All-Star break and 41-32 following the break…posted a 25-18-9 record in series, including 9 sweeps…went 9-6 in rubber games to decide the outcome of a 3-game series…were 58-52 in night games and 28-24 during the day…when scoring first went 57-29 (.663)…were 75-8 (.904) when leading after 7 innings and 75-7 (.915) when leading after 8 innings…recorded 36 come-from-behind wins and suffered a loss in 35 games after holding a lead…season high winning streak was 8 games, Sept. 7-14…had a season-high 7-game losing streak May 30-June 5.

 

AWARD SEASON…the following Mariners earned awards during the 2016 season (postseason awards will be announced in the coming months):

  • Seattle BBWAA Pitcher of the Year – Hisashi Iwakuma
  • Seattle BBWAA Player of the Year – Robinson Canó
  • Seattle BBWAA Unsung Hero – Nelson Cruz
  • American League All-Star – Robinson Canó
  • AL Player of the Week – Robinson Canó (May 2-8)
  • Heart and Hustle Award (nominee) – Nelson Cruz
  • Hank Aaron Award (nominee) – Nelson Cruz
  • Roberto Clemente Award (nominee) – Robinson Canó
  • Marvin Miller Man of the Year (finalist) – Nelson Cruz

ROLLERCOASTER SEASON…Seattle began the season 2-6 in the first 8 games of the season, including losing 5 straight at home…Seattle was 26-12 (.684) from April 13-May 25…were 8-19 (.296) from May 27-June 23…rebounded to go 30-19 (.612) from June 24-Aug. 20…were 4-12 (.250) from Aug. 21-Sept. 6…finished the season 16-8 (.667) in the final 24 games.

 

MAKING THEM COUNT…from the Dominican Summer League through the Majors Leagues, the Mariners and their affiliates played 928 games, including the minor league postseason, this season…of those 928 games, 927 had postseason implications or were postseason games.

 

SEPTEMBER SURGE…Seattle was 18-11 (.621) in September/October, tied for the 3rd-best winning percentage in MLB (also: Chicago-NL, Cleveland & New York-NL)…Seattle was 16-8 (.667) in the final 24 games of the season (since Sept. 7)…Seattle was 34-

24 (.586) in its final 58 games of the season (since Aug. 2)…Seattle was 41-32 (.562) since the All-Star Break, the 4th-best winning percentage in the AL and 7th-best in the Majors.

 

RUNS, RUNS & MORE RUNS…the Mariners scored 4.74 runs per game, 3rd-best in the American League and 6th-best in the Majors…this was the highest-scoring season by a Mariners club since the 2007 club scored 4.90 runs per game…the 4.74 runs per game is the 12th-best in club history…Seattle scored 4.35 runs per game in April, 5.57 in May, 4.46 in June, 4.38 in July, 4.17 in August and 5.44 in September.

 

THE HURLERS…Seattle’s pitching staff posted a 4.00 ERA (647 ER, 1457.0 IP) with 1,318 strikeouts during the 162-game season…the starters were 62-53 with a 4.25 ERA (441 ER, 934.2 IP) with 768 strikeouts, while the relievers were 24-23 with a 3.55 ERA (206 ER, 522.1 IP) with 550 strikeouts.

 

BULLPEN BULLIES…the Mariners bullpen struck out a club record 550 batters, passing the 2013 club which struck out 535…the 550 strikeouts rank 3rd among American League bullpens behind Houston (617) and New York-AL (578) and 6th in the Majors…Edwin Diaz led Mariners relievers with 88 strikeouts and Steve Cishek was second with 76…it is the 6th time in club history that the bullpen has features two relievers with 75+ strikeouts (also: 2014, 2013, 2001, 2000, 1995), last by Danny Farquhar (82) & Fernando Rodney (76) in 2014.

 

THE FIELDING…Seattle was T6th in the American League in fielding percentage (.985), making 89 errors in 6,035 total chances…the .985 fielding mark is T7th-best in club history…Robinson Canó led the club with a .996 (3 E, 743 TC) and was followed by Norichika Aoki (.995, 1 E, 194 TC) and Seth Smith (.994, 1 E, 163 TC)…Kyle Seager made a team-high 22 errors, but was tied for the American League lead among third basemen with 15 defensive runs saved (according to Fangraphs), along with Texas’ Adrian Beltre.

 

SO CLOSE…the Mariners were 55-50 in 105 games decided by three runs or fewer this season, ranking T7th-most in the Majors and 3rd-most in the American League…Seattle had 37.0% of their games (60 of 162) decided by one run (30-30 overall) and 82 of 162 games (50.6%) decided by 1 or 2 runs (42-40 overall)…the 82 games decided by 2 runs or less was 7th in the Majors.

 

JUST ONE…the Mariners led the Majors in one-run games, going 30-30 in 60 one-run games…the 60 one-run games are a club record, passing the 2015 total of 57 and the 1993 total of 56…the 30 one-run victories were 2nd in the Majors behind Texas (36).

 

HOMER HAPPY…Seattle ranked 2nd in the American League and 3rd in the Majors with 223 home runs…the home run total is the 5th-most in club history behind the clubs from 1997 (264), 1996 (245), 1999 (244) and 1998 (234) and the most in the Safeco Field era…18 different Mariners hit a home run this season, including Nelson Cruz, Robinson Canó, Kyle Seager and Adam Lind who all hit 20+.

 

HOME SWEET HOMER…the Mariners set a club record with 116 home runs at Safeco Field this season, eclipsing the 2000 club that had 92…the 116 home runs at home are the 5th-most in club history behind the clubs from 1997 (131), 1999 (122), 1996 (121) and 1998 (117)…the 116 homers at home were T2nd-most in the Majors this season behind Baltimore (131) and tied with Colorado…Nelson Cruz and Robinson Canó led the club with 17 home runs at Safeco Field this season, following by Adam Lind (15).

 

CALLING FOR REINFORCEMENTS…from the start of the season through the end of May, the Mariners used only 5 starters (Hisashi Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez, Nathan Karns, Wade Miley and Taijuan Walker)…Seattle was the last American League team to use a 6th starter…from June through the end of the season, Seattle used 13 different starters (including the original 5 in the rotation).

 

LOTS OF PLAYERS…the Mariners have used 54 different players this season, the most in club history (previous: 51, 2015 & 1999), including a club record 32 different pitchers (previous 28: 2015 and 1999)…the 54 players used this season ranks ahead of 51 players used in 2015 and 1999, 49 players used in 2006 and 1996 and 48 players used in 2005, 2004, 1993 and 1992…of those 32 pitchers, 13 have made at least one start, the most since the 1999 club used 13 starters…15 different rookies saw action and 6 players made their Major League debut with the Mariners (Dae-Ho Lee, Edwin Diaz, Adrian Sampson, Guillermo Heredia, Dan Altavilla, Daniel Vogelbach).

 

FOR STARTERS…Seattle used 13 different starters in 2016 (Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Wade Miley, Taijuan Walker, Nathan Karns, James Paxton, Wade LeBlanc, Adrian Sampson, Vidal Nuño, Mike Montgomery, Ariel Miranda, Cody Martin & Joe Wieland)…marks the 8th season in club history to have 13 or more pitchers make a start (last: 1999, 13)…Seattle was one of 9 teams to use 13+ starters this season (also: Atlanta – 16, Los Angeles – AL – 15, Cincinnati – 15, Los Angeles – NL – 15, Oakland – 14, Pittsburgh – 14, San Diego – 14 & Miami – 13).

 

SPREADING WINS…Seattle had 21 different pitchers record a win this season, T5th-most in the Majors behind Atlanta (28), Los Angeles-AL (24), Los Angeles-NL (23) and New York-AL (22) and tied with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego and San Francisco…Hisashi Iwakuma led the team with 16 wins…nine different starters recorded a win as a starter, and 14 pitchers recorded a win as a reliever…Ariel Miranda & Mike Montgomery were the only hurlers to record a win out of the bullpen and as a starter…Seattle set a club record with 21 different pitchers recording a win (20 in 2015).

 

THAT STINGS…the Mariners placed 19 different players on the disabled list this season (20 different DL stints)… 19 different players on the DL is the most in single-season club history (previous: 16 – 2009, 2005 & 2000)…this included four members of the Opening Day starting rotation (Felix Hernandez, Wade Miley, Taijuan Walker and Nathan Karns)…two players spent the entire season on the 60-day disabled list (LHP Charlie Furbush and RHP Ryan Cook)…Seattle also lost centerfielder Leonys Martin for 14 games and shortstop Ketel Marte for 30 games.

 

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE…Seattle was 34-23 (.596) in its last 57 home games dating back to May 30…the Mariners .596 winning percentage during that time span was 8th-best in the Major Leagues and 5th-best in the American League…Seattle was 10-14 in its first 24 home games, including a 5-game home losing streak.

 

ROAD WRAP…the Mariners finished the road portion of their schedule 42-39, posting a winning road mark for the 8th time in team history, but just 2nd time in last 13 seasons (also: 2014)…Seattle’s AL road rankings this season: 2nd in hits (750), 2nd in runs (398), 2nd in RBI (378), 3rd in AVG (.262), 5th in OBP (.323)…Mariners had a +36 run differential on the road (were +25 at home).

 

HEART OF THE LINEUPRobinson Canó, Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz ranked among the American League leaders in various categories…in batting average, Canó ranked 13th (.298)…in home runs, Cruz was 2nd (43), Canó was 7th (39) and Seager is T22nd (18)…in RBI, Cruz (105) ranked 8th, Canó (103) was 11th & Seager was T16th (99)…all three had a slugging mark above .499, which ranks Cruz (.555), Canó (.533) and Seager (.499) at 3rd, 10th and 20th respectively.

 

ALL RIGHT VS. LEFTIES…Seattle led the Majors Leagues in home runs vs. left-handed pitchers with 79…Seattle had four players ranked in the Top-6 in the Majors in home runs against lefties: Nelson Cruz (1st, 19 HR), Franklin Gutierrez (T3rd, 12), Robinson Canó (T6th, 11) and Kyle Seager (T6th, 11)…as a team against left-handers, hit .255 (489×1915) with 78 doubles, 7 triples, 79 home runs, 246 RBI and a .427 slugging mark.

 

WAR…according to Baseball Reference, Robinson Canó’s 7.3 WAR was the 6th-best in the Majors this season, while teammate Kyle Seager’s 6.9 WAR ranked 7th…among club leaders, they are followed by Nelson Cruz (4.7), Hisashi Iwakuma (2.5) Mike Zunino (1.8) & Steve Cishek (1.6)…the Mariners are the only team in MLB to have two players rank among the top-10 leaders in WAR.

 

KEEP FIGHTING…Seattle recorded its 8th walk-off win of the season on Sept. 21 vs. Toronto, their most walk-off wins in a single season since recording a club-record 13 walk-off victories in 2009…other seasons in club history with 8 walk-off wins: 1995, 1996, 2002, 2006 and 2007.

 

DYNAMIC DUONelson Cruz (43 HR) and Robinson Canó (39 HR) ranked 2nd and 7th in the American League in home runs, respectively…Cruz and Canó became the 5th Mariners duo in club history to finish in the top 10 in the AL in home runs and the first to do since 2000 when Alex Rodriguez (41 HR) and Edgar Martinez (37 HR) ranked T4th and T10th in the AL, respectively…the other seasons in which a Mariners duo accomplished this feat are 1999: Ken Griffey Jr. & Rodriguez, 1998: Griffey & Rodriguez, 1997: Griffey & Jay Buhner and 1996: Griffey & Buhner.

 

WALK IT OFF…the Mariners had eight walk-off wins in 2016: Dae-Ho Lee (2-run HR April 13 vs. TEX), Chris Iannetta (solo HR May 11 vs. TB), Leonys Martin (2-run HR May 24 vs. OAK), Adam Lind (3-run HR June 24 vs. STL), Adam Lind (3-run HR July 28 vs. CWS), Leonys Martin (solo HR July 20 vs. CWS), Mike Zunino (sac fly Aug. 9 vs. DET), Robinson Canó (sac fly Sept. 21 vs. TOR)…the Mariners tied their franchise record for most players with a game-ending homer in a single season…four players had walk-off homers for Seattle in 1986 (Jim Presley-4/8 vs. LAA & 7/17 vs. BOS, Dave Henderson-4/23 vs. MIN, Alvin Davis-8/15 & 16 vs. MIN & Ken Phelps-9/3 vs. DET) and 2004 (Raul Ibanez-4/20 vs. OAK, Bret Boone-7/19 vs. BOS, Bucky Jacobsen-7/21 vs. OAK & Randy Winn-8/28 vs. KC).

 

POSITIONAL POWER…the Mariners got 15+ home runs from 8 different positions: catcher (21), first base (30), second base (38), third base (30), left field (15), center field (16), right field (28) and designated hitter (37)…four positions drove in 90+ runs: first base (92), second base (102), third base (98) & DH (105).

 

KEYSTONE POPRobinson Canó hit a career-high 39 home runs (previous: 33 in 2012 w/NYY)…39 homers were 7th-most in the American League…Canó hit a total of 35 home runs in his first two seasons in Seattle combined: 14 in 2014 and 21 in 2015.

 

LEADING THE WAY…among American League leaders, Robinson Canó ranked 2nd in total bases (349), 2nd in at-bats (655), 3rd in multi-hit games (59), 4th in hits (195), T4th in games (161), 7th in home runs (39), T8th in XBH (74), 10th in slugging (.533), 11th in RBI (103), 11th in OPS (.882) and 13th in average (.298).

 

30-30-30Nelson Cruz (43), Robinson Canó (39) & Kyle Seager (30) all hit 30 homers in 2016…it’s the third time in franchise history that Seattle’s had three, 30-home run guys…Nelson, Robinson & Kyle join Ken Griffey Jr.-56, Jay Buhner-40, Paul Sorrento-31 in 1997 & Griffey Jr.-49, Buhner-44, & Alex Rodriguez-36 in 1996.

 

KEEP CLIMBINGKyle Seager has improved his home run output in each of his first 6 seasons (3 in 2011, 20 in 2012, 22 in 2013, 25 in 2014, 26 in 2015 and now 30 in 2016)…he’s the first player in the Majors to do so since Matt Kemp (2006-11)…the only other Mariners player to accomplish the feat is Tino Martinez (0 in 1990, 4 in 1991, 16 in 1992, 17 in 1993, 20 in 1994 & 31 in 1995).

 

HE’S THE LEADERNelson Cruz hit 43 home runs and has hit 40+ homers in each of the last three seasons (40 in 2014, 44 in 2015, 43 in 2016) and his total of 127 since the start of 2014 is the most in baseball (2. Edwin Encarnacion, 115; 3. Chris Davis, 111)…he’s the first player to hit 40+ in three straight years since Ryan Howard (PHI) who did it four straight years 2006-2009; the last A.L. player was David Ortiz (2004-2006)…Cruz becomes the 4th player in club history with at least 40 home runs in two or more seasons with the Mariners: he joins Ken Griffey Jr. (6 such seasons), Jay Buhner (3x) and Alex Rodriguez (3x)…Griffey had 4 straight 40+ homer seasons with Seattle (1996-99); Jay had 3 (1995-97) and Rodriguez had 3 (1998-2000).


GETTING THE GO-AHEAD
…the Mariners hit 73 go-ahead home runs, T2nd-most in the Majors (also: Toronto), behind New York-NL (77)…73 go-ahead homers rank 2nd-most in single-season club history, trailing the 1997 club (77).

100Nelson Cruz (105) & Robinson Canó (103) are the first pair of Mariners teammates to record at least 100 RBI in a season since 2006 when Raul Ibanez (123) and Richie Sexson (107) did so…teammate Kyle Seager finished with 99 RBI…the last time Seattle had 3 players with 100+ RBI was 2001 (Bret Boone, Mike Cameron & Edgar Martinez).

 

GOING FOR DISTANCE…Seattle’s trio of Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager combined for 214 extra-base hits this season…Canó led the way with 74 (T8th in the AL), followed by Cruz with 71 (T10th in the AL) and Seager with 69 (14th in the AL)…the 214 combined XBH ranked third-most by a teammate trio in the AL (Boston: 228, Baltimore: 217)…Seattle joins Colorado (Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon & Carlos Gonzalez) as the only Major League teams with 3 players with 65 or more extra base hits this season.

 

DOUBLE TROUBLEKyle Seager collected 36 doubles, the 2nd-highest total of his career (37 in 2015)…his 36 doubles ranked T10th in the American League…his 73 doubles over the last two seasons is T8th-best in the American League with Toronto’s Josh Donaldson.

 

ROUND NUMBERSRobinson Canó recorded 107 runs, 33 doubles, 39 RBI and 103 RBI, becoming the 8th 2nd baseman (done 12x) in Major League history to reach those criteria and the first to do so since Aaron Hill-TOR (103 R, 37 2B, 36 HR & 108 RBI in 2009)…Canó became the 5th Mariners player (done 10x) to reach those criteria and the first since Bret Boone did so in 2003 (111 R, 35 2B, 35 HR & 117 RBI).

15×6…the Mariners had 6 players record 15 or more home runs this season (Nelson Cruz – 43 HR, Robinson Canó – 39 HR, Kyle Seager – 30 HR, Adam Lind – 20 HR, Seth Smith – 16 HR & Leonys Martin – 15 HR)…marks the 5th single-season in club history that Seattle has had 6 or more players hit 15 home runs (also: 1997 – 7 players with 15+ home runs, 1999 – 6 players, 1998 – 6 players & 1996 – 6 players)…Dae-Ho Lee and Franklin Gutierrez each finished with 14 home runs this season.

 

STREAKING…Seattle won a season-best 8 straight games Sept. 7-14 (previous: 6, Aug. 5-10)…the last time Seattle won 8 straight was July 12-23, 2013…the 8-game streak was T5th-longest in the Majors this season: Cleveland (14, 6/17-7/1), Boston (11, 9/15-250, Chicago-NL (11, 7/31-8/12), Kansas City (9, 8/14-23).

 

INTERLEAGUE PLAY…Seattle was 13-7 (.650) during Interleague Play, tied for the 4th-best Interleague winning percentage this season with Cleveland, Detroit, Texas and Toronto and trailing Chicago-NL (15-5, .750), Baltimore (14-6, .700) and Boston (14-6, .700)…Seattle faced Chicago-NL (1-2), Cincinnati (3-0), Milwaukee (2-1), Pittsburgh (2-2), San Diego (3-1) and St. Louis (2-1).

 

PERFECT ROAD TRIP…Seattle completed a 6-0 road trip to Oakland (3-0) and Anaheim (3-0) from Sept. 9-14…the perfect trip was just the third perfect trip in club history (min. 6 games)…Seattle went 10-0 from April 8-17, 2002 (4-0 at ANA, 4-0 at TEX, 2-0 at OAK) & 6-0 from Sept. 15-20, 2000 (3-0 at BAL and 3-0 at TB).

 

BACKSTOP POPMike Zunino hit 12 home runs this season and he hit 22 homers in 2014 and 11 in 2015…he joins Dan Wilson (18 in 1996, 15 in 1997 & 10 in 2001) and Dave Valle (12 in 1987, 10 in 1988 & 13 in 1993) as the only Mariners catchers to hit double-digit home runs in 3 seasons for the Mariners.

 

THE COMPANY YOU KEEPRobinson Canó doubled on Sept. 3 vs. Los Angeles-AL, marking his 12th consecutive season with at least 30 doubles…Canó is now one of four players in Major League history to record 12 or more consecutive seasons with at least 30 doubles, joining Stan Musial (16 seasons: 1942 – 1958, DNP in 1945), Tris Speaker (12: 1916 – 1927) and Honus Wagner (12: 1899 – 1910)…Canó is also the only player in Major League history to record at least 30 doubles in each of his first 12 seasons (STATS Inc.).

 

A TOUCH OF POWER, A DASH OF SPEEDLeonys Martin hit 15 home runs and 24 stolen bases…he’s the first Mariners player with 15+ homers and 15+ steals in a season since Michael Saunders (19 HR, 21 SB) in 2012…Martin is the 11th Mariners player to accomplish the feat, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (8x), Alex Rodriguez (5x), Mike Cameron (4x), Bret Boone, Franklin Gutierrez, Ichiro Suzuki, Saunders, Mickey Brantley, Phil Bradley & Ruppert Jones.

 

TWO DIMESKyle Seager hit 30 home runs this season, his 5th consecutive 20-homer season…he’s the first third baseman with 5+ consecutive 20-homer seasons since Alex Rodriguez (7, 2004-10)…since 2000, other third basemen with 5+ consecutive 20-homer seasons include: Chipper Jones (5, 2004-08), Aramis Ramirez (6, 2003-08), Eric Chavez (7, 2000-06) and Tony Batista (5, 2000-04).

 

FEELING A BREEZEEdwin Diaz’s first strikeout on Aug. 2 gave him 50 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings, making him the fastest pitcher to 50 career strikeouts among all pitchers to make their MLB debut since 1893 (Elias Sports Bureau).

 

GOOD COMPANYRobinson Canó hit a career-high 39 home runs this season; the most homers ever hit by a Mariners second baseman…Bret Boone hit 37 in 2001, and had 35 in 2003…besides Boone and Canó, no other Mariners second-sacker has hit more than 25 homers in a season.

 

HAPPY 50!Robinson Canó recorded 74 extra-base hits this season, giving him his 12th consecutive season with 50+ extra-base hits…he is the 4th player in MLB history with 50+ XBH in his first 12 MLB seasons, joining Carlos Lee-CWS/MIL/TEX/HOU (13, 1999-2011), Albert Pujols-STL/LAA (12, 2001-2012) and Eddie Mathews-MIL (12, 1952-1963)…Canó’s 74 extra-base hits ranked T8th in the AL…Canó is the first 2nd baseman (primary career position) in MLB history to record 12 seasons with 50 or more extra-base hits…Rogers Hornsby and Charlie Gehringer each had 11 seasons of 50+ extra-base hits.

 

EXTRA! EXTRA!Robinson Canó (74), Nelson Cruz (71) & Kyle Seager (69) each recorded 69+ extra-base hits this season…it is the third time in club history that Seattle has boasted three players with 69+ extra-base hits, joining the 1996 club (Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez & Alex Rodriguez) and the 1998 club (Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez & Alex Rodriguez).

 

30 / 20Kyle Seager recorded 36 doubles and 30 home runs this season, his 4th career 30 doubles / 20 homer season…among Mariners players only Edgar Martinez (7x), Ken Griffey Jr. (5x) & Raul Ibanez, Bret Boone and Alex Rodriguez (all 4x) have done it 4 or more times.

 

THINGS THAT COME IN THREE’SAriel Miranda, Guillermo Heredia and Leonys Martin started on Aug. 4 vs. Boston, marking the first time an American League team has had a Cuban-born starting pitcher AND two Cuban-born position players play in the same game since the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 27, 1970 (Luis Tiant was the pitcher and Leo Cardenas and Tony Oliva were the position players).

 

HALL OF FAME COMPANYRobinson Canó hit 39 homers, his 7th season with 20+ home runs…he’s 6th second baseman in MLB history to have 7+ such seasons joining Jeff Kent (12), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (7), Hall of Famer Joe Gordon (7), Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby (7) & Dan Uggla (7)…he’s the 2nd Seattle second baseman with multiple 20-home run years (also: Boone, 4x, 37 in 2001, 24 in 2002, 35 in 2003 & 24 in 2004).

 

HEY NOW YOU’RE AN ALL STAR…second baseman Robinson Canó was named to his 7th career All-Star Game (BB in only PA)…the 7 career All-Star Games are T5th-most among active players…it’s his 6th Midsummer Classic appearance in last seven years…was also selected to the All-Star Game in 2006 and 2010-2014…participated in Home Run Derby, losing in first round to eventual winner Giancarlo Stanton.

 

STRIKEOUT KINGFelix Hernandez struck out the Angels’ Rafael Ortega in the first inning on April 23 at Los Angeles for his 2,163rd career strikeout, passing Randy Johnson for the most strikeouts in club history.

 

HE’S OUR LEADER…on May 9 vs. Tampa Bay, Felix Hernandez earned his 146th career win, passing Jamie Moyer for the most wins in franchise history…Felix joined Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa as the only active pitchers that hold their respective club records for all-time wins and all-time strikeouts.

 

TWENTY TWENTYRobinson Canó hit 39 home runs, setting a career-high…he’s just the 2nd Mariners second baseman with multiple 20-home run campaigns at the keystone position, joining Bret Boone (4x, 37 in 2001, 24 in 2002, 35 in 2003 & 24 in 2004)…only other second baseman in club history with 20+ homers in a season is Jose Lopez (25 in 2009).

 

FOUR OF A KIND…the Mariners had a player with a multi-home run game in four consecutive games June 7-10: Nelson Cruz (June 7), Chris Iannetta (June 8) & Robinson Canó (June 9) & Dae-Ho Lee (June 10)…the 4 straight games with an individual multi-homer game matched the MLB single-season record (3rd time): Mariners join Chicago-NL, June 17-20, 1998 (Hernandez 2; Brown 3; Sosa 2; Sosa 2) & Cleveland, July 17-20, 2000 (Thome 2; Ramirez 2; Thome 2; Ramirez 2)…the Mariners previous club-record for consecutive multi-HR games was 3 (4x), last June 24-27, 2006 (Ibanez 2/Johjima 2; Sexson 2; Johjima 2).

 

KEYSTONE POWERRobinson Canó hit his 247th home run as a second baseman on June 17 at Boston, passing Joe Gordon (246) for the most home runs as a second baseman in American League history…Jeff Kent holds the Major League record with 351 home runs at the keystone position.

 

KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK…the Mariners struck out 19 hitters on June 15 vs. Tampa Bay…it was the 6th time in club history that the pitching staff has struck out 19+ hitters in a game of any length (last: 21, April 17, 2013 vs. Detroit in 14.0 innings)…the Mariners record for strikeouts in a single game is 21 (3x)…the 19 strikeouts are the most in any road game, regardless of length.

 

CANÓ NAMED AL PLAYER OF THE WEEKRobinson Canó was named American League Player of the Week for May 2-8 after hitting .516 (16×31) with 8 runs, 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 9 RBI and a 1.516 OPS in 7 games vs. the Athletics and Astros…he recorded a hit in each of the 7 games and tallied 5 multi-hit games…it was the seventh career Player of the Week honor for Canó (first with Seattle).

 

THAT’S RARE…the Mariners first 9 wins of the season came from 9 different pitchers (Nick Vincent, Joaquin Benoit, Steve Cishek, Nathan Karns, Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker, Tony Zych, Joel Peralta & Wade Miley)…in the last 100 years, the Mariners are only the 5th team to open a season with each of their first 9 wins by 9 different pitchers…Seattle joins the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 2008 Oakland Athletics, the 1992 California Angels and the 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

AGE IS ONLY A NUMBERRobinson Canó hit 39 home runs in his age-33 season, equaling the Major League record for homers by a 2nd baseman in his age-33 season or older (also: Rogers Horsnby-CHC, 1929)…Canó’s 39 round-trippers were most in club history by any Mariners infielder in his age-33 season or older and the 3rd-most by any Mariners player in his age-33 season or older, behind Nelson Cruz’s 44 home runs in his age-34 season in 2015 and his 43 home runs in his age-35 season in 2016.

 

PRIDE OF VENEZUELAFelix Hernandez tossed 6.0 innings on Opening Day on April 4 at Texas to give him 2,268.1 IP in his MLB career, the most by a Venezuelan-born pitcher, passing Freddy Garcia (2,264.0)…Felix already has the strikeout record by a Venezuelan (2,195) and his 147 wins rank 2nd (Garcia, 156).

 

APRIL TO REMEMBERFelix Hernandez (1.38 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (1.44 ERA) posted the 2nd and 3rd-best April ERA’s in club history, trailing only Floyd Bannister (1.21 ERA in 1980)…Felix finished the month 2-2 with a 1.38 ERA (5 ER, 32.2 IP) with 28 strikeouts in five starts…Taijuan was 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA (4 ER, 25.0 IP) with 25 strikeouts in four starts.

 

ELITE SECOND BASEMANRobinson Canó recorded his 450th career double on May 2 at Oakland, becoming the 5th second baseman in Major League history with 2,000 hits, 450 doubles, 200 home runs and 1,000 RBI (also: Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Jeff Kent and Rogers Hornsby).

 

ROUND NUMBERSRobinson Canó scored his 1,000th career run on June 5 at Texas…since the RBI became an official stat in 1920, Canó is 1 of 6 players to record at least 1,000 runs and 1,000 RBI through their first 12 seasons…he joins Matt Holiday, COL-OAK-STL (2004-15, 1056 R/1091 RBI), Miguel Cabrera, FLA-DET (2003-14, 1165 R/1369 RBI), Albert Pujols, STL-LAA (2001-12, 1376 R/1434 RBI), Lance Berkman, HOU-NYY (1999-2010, 1017 R, 1099 RBI) and Carlos Lee, CWS-MIL-TEX-HOU (1999-2010, 1006 R/1192 RBI).

 

40 AFTER 33Nelson Cruz has posted three consecutive seasons of 40+ home runs (2014: 40 w/BAL, 2015: 44 & 2016: 43), all in his age-33 season and older…Cruz is the 7th player in Major League history to post 3 or more seasons of at least 40 homers after the age of 33, joining Barry Bonds (5), Babe Ruth (5), Rafael Palmeiro (4), Mark McGwire (3), Andres Galarraga (3) and Hank Aaron (3)…Cruz is the 5th player to do so in back-to-back-to-back seasons (also: Bonds – 5 consecutive seasons, Ruth – 5, McGwire – 3 & Galarraga – 3).

 

WELCOME TO THE SHOW…6 players made their Major League debut with the Mariners during the 2015 season:  Dae-Ho Lee (April 4 at TEX), Edwin Diaz (June 6 vs. CLE), Adrian Sampson (June 18 at BOS), Guillermo Heredia (July 29 at CHC), Dan Altavilla (Aug. 27 at CWS) and Daniel Vogelbach (Sept. 12 at LAA)…a total of 15 rookies saw action on the field during the season.

 

THE ROOKIES…closer Edwin Diaz and infielder Dae-Ho Lee played big parts in the season:

  • Diaz’s 18 saves are the 2nd-most in club history by a rookie behind Kazuhiro Sasaki (37 in 2000).
  • Diaz’s 15.33 strikeout per 9.0 inning rate is the best in club history (min. 50.0 IP).
  • Diaz was 0-2 with 13 holds and a 1.80 ERA (5 ER, 25.0 IP) with 49 strikeouts  in 24 games as a closer.
  • Diaz converted his first 11 save opportunities (through Aug. 26), and 7 for last 10 to end the season.
  • Diaz struck out 88 batters, 3rd-most by Mariners rookie: Enrique Romo (92) & Carson Smith (92).
  • Lee was among A.L. rookie leaders, finishing 3rd with 49 RBI & T4th (also: Tyler Naquin-CLE) with 14 HR.
  • Lee hit .304 (7×23) as a pinch-hitter, 8th-best in MLB and tops in the AL…was T1st in the AL in pinch-hit RBI with 7 (also: Billy Butler-OAK/NYY) & T2nd in the AL in pinch-hit homer with 2 (also: Eddie Rosario-MIN).
  • Lee hit 14 homers, 2nd-most by South Korean-born rookie (Jung Ho Kang-PIT: 15 HR, 2015).
  • Lee belted 2 game-winning home runs in the 7th inning or later (4/13 vs. TEX & 5/4 at OAK), which is T2nd-most among Mariners rookies (also: Alvin Davis, 1984), trailing only Ken Griffey Jr.’s (4 in 1989).

CALL IT A COMEBACK… the Mariners trailed San Diego by 10 runs, 12-2, after 5 innings on June 2nd, but scored 5 in the 6th & 9 in the 7th to finish a 16-13 comeback win, the largest comeback win in club history.

  • Completed the largest comeback win in club history (previous: 8-run deficit, 9-1, entering the bottom of the 4th inning, in a 11-10 win vs. the Angels on 4/15/96.
  • Marked the 21st comeback win in the 141-year history of Major League Baseball in which the winning team overcame a double-digit deficit…the Mariners are just the 7th visiting team in MLB history to overcome a double-digit deficit to win (last: PHI at LAD, 8/21/90…the Phillies trailed 11-1 after 7 innings, but scored 2 in the 8th and 9 in the 9th to win, 12-11). (Elias Sports Bureau)
  • First comeback win in the Majors when winning team trailed by 10+ runs after 5 innings since Cleveland defeated Seattle, 15-14, in 11 innings, on August 5, 2001 in Cleveland…first 9-inning comeback win in the Majors when winning team trailed by 10+ after 5 innings since Philadelphia came back from a 11-1 deficit after 7 innings to defeat Los Angeles-NL, 12-11, on August 21, 1990 at Los Angeles.
  • Seattle’s 9-run 7th inning marked a club record for runs scored in an inning without an extra-base hit.
  • Scored 9 runs with 2 outs in the 7th inning, 2nd-most runs scored with 2 outs in club history, trailing only 10 runs with 2 outs in the 5th on August 30, 2003 vs. Baltimore.
  • Since 1974, the Mariners are the only team to have 2 or fewer extra-base hits while overcoming a double-digit deficit to win (Seattle recorded 3 XBH, but only 2 while scoring 14 runs over final 4 innings).
  • The Mariners were 11-for-12 with 15 RBI with runners in scoring position…marked Seattle’s highest batting average w/RISP (min. 4 AB w/RISP) in club history (previous: 6-for-7, 5/29/94 at MIL).
  • Recorded a club-record 8 RBI by players off the bench (previous: 6 RBI, 9/8/02 at KC)…coming off the bench, the Mariners combined to go 6-for-9 with 5 runs, 1 home run, 8 RBI and 1 BB.

OPENING DAY WIN STREAK ENDS…on April 4 at Texas, the Mariners had their Opening Day winning streak snapped at 9 consecutive season openers, which was a club record…Seattle’s previous record for consecutive Opening Day wins was 5 straight from 1982-86…the streak is T2nd-longest Opening Day win streak in history and tied for the longest in the modern era…it was the longest OD winning streak since the Cincinnati Reds posted 9 straight OD wins from 1983-1991, and tied for the longest AL Opening Day win streak trailing only the St. Louis Browns (9 straight, 1937-45)…the 9 consecutive wins are tied for the 2nd-most all-time.

 

OPENING DAY TIDBITSJoel Peralta was the oldest player on Mariners roster at 40 years, 12 days, while Ketel Marte was the youngest player at 22 years, 175 days…players who made their first Opening Day roster included Dae-Ho Lee (INF), Ketel Marte (INF), Mike Montgomery (LHP), Luis Sardiñas (INF), and Tony Zych (RHP) are on their first Opening Day rosters…it was the 11th OD roster for Felix Hernandez & Robinson Canó.

 

HERE TODAY…of the 25 players on the active Opening Day roster, 5 were no longer with the organization by the end of the season: Joaquin Benoit (trade), Joel Peralta (DFA), Wade Miley (trade), Mike Montgomery (trade) and Luis Sardinas (DFA).

 

KING FELIX MADE NINTH OPENING DAY STARTFelix Hernandez made his 9th career Opening Day start on April 4 at Texas (2007 vs. OAK, 2009 at MIN, 2010 at OAK, 2011 at OAK, 2012 at OAK-Tokyo, 2013 at OAK, 2014 at LAA, 2015 vs. LAA), and his 8th consecutive…the start extends his club record for most career Opening Day nods, with the previous record being 5 by Randy Johnson (1992-96).

 

DOUBLE-DIGIT K’S…Seattle starters tallied 10+ strikeouts 5 times this season, including a season-best of 11 three times: Taijuan Walker (11, April 25 vs. Houston, June 8 vs. Cleveland & Sept. 13 at Los Angeles-AL), James Paxton (June 6 vs. Cleveland) and Felix Hernandez (April 10 vs. Oakland).

 

INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN…238 players on 2016 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 United States…the Mariners had the most foreign-born players with a total of 13 on an Opening Day roster that spanned five different countries and territories outside the U.S.: Cuba (Leonys Martin), Dominican Republic (Joaquin Benoit, Robinson Canó, Ketel Marte, Joel Peralta, Nelson Cruz), Japan (Norichika Aoki, Hisashi Iwakuma), South Korea (Dae-Ho Lee), Venezuela (Felix Hernandez, Luis Sardiñas, Franklin Gutierrez, Jesus Sucre).

 

WIN STREAKINGWade Miley led the Mariners pitching staff with a 6-game winning streak (in decisions)…during his streak, he was 6-0 with a 4.50 ERA (28 ER, 56.0 IP) with 36 strikeouts from April 24-June 7Nathan Karns had the second longest streak at five from April 15-May 30 when he was 5-0 with a 3.08 ERA (18 ER, 52.2 IP) with 51 strikeouts.

 

HOMEGROWNAdrian Sampson, born in Redmond, Washington, started at Boston on June 18…he is the 14th pitcher in club history who was born in Washington state and the 6th Washington-born pitcher to make a start for Seattle…he joined Mike Campbell (34 starts), Bob Wells (21), Tom House (20), Jeremy Bonderman (7) and Rob Ramsay (4).

 

WHO’S ON FIRSTRobinson Canó reached base safely in a career-high 34 consecutive games from April 30-June 5, hitting .324 (45×139) with 30 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 24 RBI…his previous best mark was 31 (2x, last: Sept. 7, 2015-April 10, 2016)…the streak was tied for the longest in the AL with Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and T5th-longest in the Majors…marked the T17th-longest such streak in club history (also: Edgar Martinez, 4/22-5/30/1997) and the longest since Nelson Cruz reached base safely in 37 consecutive games from July 18 – August 27, 2015.

 

THANK YOU FANS…the Mariners drew 2,268,615, eclipsing the two-million mark for the third straight season…drew an average of 28,008 fans per game…the final attendance number was an increase over the 2015 total of 2,193,041, an 3.3 percent increase…had two sold out games on the season: Opening Day vs. Oakland on April 8 (47,065) and on Aug. 6 vs. Los Angeles-AL (45,618) which was the Ken Griffey Jr. number retirement ceremony day.

 

TOUGH TRAVEL SCHEDULE…the Mariners logged an MLB-high 48,811 flight miles during the season…that figure is an increase over the 2015 total of nearly 43,254 miles…the club will once again be among the Major League leaders in flight miles during the 2017 season.

 

INSTANT REPLAY…in the third year of Major League Baseball’s expanded instant replay, the Mariners challenged 38 plays, with 22 being overturned…the 57.9% rate overturned was the 11th-best in MLB, Kansas City led MLB with a 69.2% overturned rate (27 of 39 challenges overturned)…there were 1,502 reviews (up from 1,338 in 2015) — 757 calls being overturned (50.4%) and the average length of review was 1:36 (was 1:51 in 2015).

 

SHUTOUTS…Seattle recorded 8 shutouts, T8th-most in the American League…Seattle had 2 individual shutouts this season: Taijuan Walker (Sept. 13 at LAA) & Wade Miley (April 30 vs. Kansas City).

 

#24EVERKen Griffey Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, becoming the first player inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Mariner…Junior’s number 24 was retired throughout the entire Seattle Mariners organization in a pre-game ceremony on Aug. 6, becoming the first Mariners player to have his number retired by the organization.

 

ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER…the Mariners lost 3-2 to the Rangers on Opening Day on April 4 despite allowing just 1 hit, marking the first time in club history to lose a game in which they allowed 1 hit or fewer…Seattle recorded its 4th win in club history when being one-hit in a 1-0 win over Kansas City on April 29,…since 1913, the Mariners are just the 4th team to win a game with 1 hit and lose a game while allowing 1 hit or fewer in the same season (also: Boston Braves: 1914; St. Louis Cardinals: 1914 & Tampa Bay Rays: 2014).

 

WINNING START…Seattle secured back-to-back winning months to start season (13-10 in April & 17-11 in May) for the first time since 2003 (17-10 in April & 19-8 in May)…2007 club was 10-10 in April & 16-14 in May…the 17 wins in May were the highest win total since 2014 when they won 17 in August & 18 in June.

 

WINNING WAYS…the Mariners were 7-0-2 in the first 9 road series of 2016…Seattle’s 9 consecutive undefeated road series (April 4-June 2) is the 2nd-longest such streak in franchise history, trailing only a streak of 28 consecutive undefeated road series during the 2000-2001 Mariners seasons, Sept. 1, 2000-Sept. 2, 2001 (the longest such streak in MLB history).

 

SMITH-EREENSSeth Smith homered in 4 straight games (June 30-July 3) becoming the 11th different Mariners player (done 16 times) to homer in 4 straight games…the last Mariners player to turn the trick was Franklin Gutierrez (9/12-20/15)…the last left-handed hitter to do so for Seattle was Ken Griffey Jr. 6/28-7/2/1998.

 

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHINGDae-Ho Lee (4/8 vs. OAK), Guillermo Heredia (8/2 vs. BOS), Mike Freeman (8/7 vs. LAA) and Daniel Vogelbach (9/13 at LAA) each recorded their first Major League hits this season…Ben Gamel recorded his first Major League hit on May 9 vs. KC w/NYY…Tony Zych (4/21 at CLE), David Rollins (7/18 vs. Chicago-AL) and Ariel Miranda (8/9 vs. DET) each collected their first Major League wins.

 

ROAD WARRIORSNelson Cruz led the Major Leagues in home runs on the road with 26 while Robinson Canó ranked T4th with 22 and Kyle Seager finished T12th with 19…Cruz was 4th in road RBI with 62, while Seager ranked 7th with 60 and Canó was T10th with 57…Cruz also ranked 2nd in MLB in slugging percentage on the road with a mark of .616 while Canó was 5th with a mark of .583.

 

HIGH-WATER MARK…After a win over Oakland on Sept. 30, the Mariners were a season-high 12 games over .500 at 86-74…the last time the Mariners were at least 12 games over .500 was the end of 2014 season when they finished the season 12 games over .500 at 87-75.

 

SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBERAriel Miranda equaled the club record for wins in the month of September by a rookie pitcher (also: Mark Langston (4-1, 1984) & Gil Meche (4-0, 1999)…Miranda went 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA (10 ER, 34.1 IP) in 6 starts in September…among Mariners rookie pitchers to make at least 5 starts in September, Miranda’s 2.62 ERA is 4th-lowest in club history.

 

ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARDRobinson Canó was the Mariners finalist for the prestigious Clemente Award…in 2011, Canó established the RC22 Foundation…over the years, it has supported youth charities and organization in both Seattle and his native Dominican Republic…the Foundation’s signature project is the RC22 Dream School in the impoverished community of San Pedro de Macoris, Canó’s hometown.

 

DRAFT RECAP…the club selected 40 players in the 2016 Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, outfielder Kyle Lewis, who was the 11th overall selection in the draft…the Mariners selected 19 pitchers, including 6 left-handers, 4 catchers, 8 infielders (1 2B, 4 SS, 3 3B), and 9 outfi elders…Seattle selected 29 college players and 11 high school players.

 

ALL-STAR FUTURES GAME…the Mariners had two players selected for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game that took place on July 10 at Petco Park…RHP Dylan Unsworth (South Africa) and OF Tyler O’Neill (Canada) were both selected to play for the World Team.

 

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY…the Mariners announced two player development contracts on Sept. 20…a two-year PDC with the Arkansas Travelers of the AA Texas League and a four-year PDC with the Modesto Nuts of the high-A California League…the Mariners seven minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2016 season combining for a 451-314 (.590) record, the best overall winning percentage of any organization this season.

 

MINOR LEAGUE AWARDS…the Mariners announced the organizations Minor League Awards for the 2016 season: OF Tyler O’Neill (AA Jackson) received the Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League Hitter of the Year, RH Andrew Moore (High-A Bakersfield/AA Jackson) received the Jamie Moyer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, INF Dalton Kelly (A Clinton) received the Edgar Martinez PTPA Award, INF Zach Shank (AA Jackson/AAA Tacoma) received the Alvin Davis “Mr. Mariner” Award, LHP David Rollins  (AAA Tacoma/Seattle) received the Dan Wilson Minor League Community Service Award and manager Mitch Canham (A Clinton) received the Dave Henderson Minor League Staff Member of the Year Award.

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