The “Seattle Mariners” is a professional American baseball team situated in Seattle, Washington. Founded in the year 1977, the Mariners are members of the Western Division, which plays in the American League (AL) of the Major League Baseball (MLB Tickets). The team has been playing their home games in the Safeco Field situated in the south of downtown Seattle since the year 1999. Prior to Safeco, the Mariners used to have their home games played at the Kingdome from the year 1977 up to 1999.
The name “Mariners” was derived from the reputation of the Marine Culture inside the state of Seattle. The club officials picked the name out from over 600 names submitted by 15,000 candidates during the name-the-team contest in August of the year 1976. The team was nicknamed as “the M’s”, by which a logo of the team was taken out from the given nickname and was used as the team’s primary logo in the year 1987 until 1992.
History of “the M’s”
The Mariner’s certain creation was a result out of a lawsuit. The complaints were insisted in the year 1970 when an aftermath of one of the Seattle Pilots’ purchase and rearrangement to Milwaukee sued the American League for a breach of contract. At that time, the King County was confident that the Major League Baseball would be back in Seattle after a few years, so he built the multi-purpose Kingdome, which later became the home of the Seattle Seahawks in the year 1976.
The team played its first game with a sold out crowd of 57,762 on April 6, 1977 at the Kingdome, where they lost the game by 7-0 against the California Angels. The Mariners had their first successful home run on April 10, 1977 by the assigned hitter Juan Bernhardt. During the same year, the team’s star pitcher Deigo Segui in his last major league seasons was the only player to compete for both the Pilots and the Mariners.
The Mariners defeated the record of the 1969 Pilots with a scoring of 64-98. After the 1981 season, the team was bought by George Argyros, who was a California businessman and a future U.S Ambassador to Spain.
In the 1992-1993 off-season, the team recruited Lou Piniella as the their manager, who was the former manager of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series. From there, the Mariners encountered the ups and downs in the run of their baseball career.
The team shifted from Piniella to Jack Zduriencik on October 22, 2008, Jack acted as the team’s general manager, who once scouted the director of the Milwaukee Brewers. After a few weeks, the Mariners named their new coach Don Wakamatsu as the new field manager, who got fired in the year 2010. The team has been constantly changing their coaches and managers, even until today’s times.
Recently, the team plays their spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex situated in the Peoria, Arizona. The Mariners share the complex and the stadium with the San Diego Padres. The team won over the Cincinnati Reds on March 25, 2013 with a scoring of 16-0, during the same year, the spring training season of the Mariners broke their recent record by hitting a total of 52 home runs.