The Seattle Mariners have played in T-Mobile Park since July 15, 1999.
The Seattle Mariners have played in T-Mobile Park since July 15, 1999.

The Seattle Mariners have completed 45 seasons of professional baseball in the West division of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s American League (AL) since they began play in 1977. From April 6, 1977 until June 27, 1999, the Mariners played in Seattle's Kingdome. Since July 15, 1999, the Mariners have played at T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field).[1] Their name reflects their home city's coastal and marine culture.

An expansion team created as a result of a breach of contract lawsuit involving the Seattle Pilots' 1969 departure after just one year in Seattle,[2] the Mariners finished each of their first fourteen seasons with a losing record. However, after Seattle won its division and a playoff berth for the first time in 1995, they have enjoyed sporadic success, making the playoffs three more times but never advancing beyond the American League Championship Series (ALCS); the team tied an MLB record winning 116 games in 2001 but then missed the playoffs for the next 21 years. When the drought ended in 2022, it was longest active drought in MLB and in all of the major league North American sports.

Table Key

ALDS
American League Division Series
ALCS
American League Championship Series
MVP
Most Valuable Player Award
CYA
Cy Young Award
ROY
Rookie of the Year Award
MOY
Manager of the Year Award
CB POY
Comeback Player of the Year Award
WS MVP
World Series Most Valuable Player Award

Regular season results

World Series champions † AL champions * Division champions ^ Wild card berth (1995–present) ¤
MLB
season
Team
season
League Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Postseason Awards
1977 1977 AL West 6th 64 98 .395 38
1978 1978 AL West 7th 56 104 .350 35
1979 1979 AL West 6th 67 95 .414 21
1980 1980[a] AL West 7th 59 103 .364 38
1981[b] 1981[a] AL West 6th 44 65 .404 20
1982 1982 AL West 4th 76 86 .469 17
1983 1983 AL West 7th 60 102 .370 39
1984 1984 AL West 5th 74 88 .457 10 Alvin Davis (ROY)[3]
1985 1985 AL West 6th 74 88 .457 17
1986 1986 AL West 7th 67 95 .414 25
1987 1987 AL West 4th 78 84 .481 7
1988 1988 AL West 7th 68 93 .422 35
1989 1989 AL West 6th 73 89 .451 26
1990 1990 AL West 5th 77 85 .475 26
1991 1991 AL West 5th 83 79 .512 12
1992 1992 AL West 7th 64 98 .395 32
1993 1993 AL West 4th 82 80 .506 12
1994 1994 AL West 3rd 49 63 .438 2 Playoffs cancelled[c]
1995 1995 AL West ^ 1st 79 66 .545 Won ALDS (Yankees) 3–2
Lost ALCS (Indians) 4–2[4]
Randy Johnson (CYA)[3]
Lou Piniella (MOY)[3]
1996 1996 AL West 2nd 85 76 .528
1997 1997 AL West ^ 1st 90 72 .556 Lost ALDS (Orioles) 3–1[5] Ken Griffey Jr. (MVP)[3]
1998 1998 AL West 3rd 76 85 .472 11½
1999 1999 AL West 3rd 79 83 .488 16
2000 2000 AL West 2nd ¤ 91 71 .562 ½ Won ALDS (White Sox) 3–0
Lost ALCS (Yankees) 4–2[6]
Kazuhiro Sasaki (ROY)[3]
2001 2001 AL West ^ 1st 116[d] 46 .716 Won ALDS (Indians) 3–2
Lost ALCS (Yankees) 4–1[7]
Ichiro Suzuki (MVP, ROY)[3]
Lou Piniella (MOY)[3]
2002 2002 AL West 3rd 93 69 .574 10
2003 2003 AL West 2nd 93 69 .574 3
2004 2004 AL West 4th 63 99 .389 29
2005 2005 AL West 4th 69 93 .426 26
2006 2006 AL West 4th 78 84 .481 15
2007 2007 AL West 2nd 88 74 .543 6
2008 2008 AL West 4th 61 101 .377 39
2009 2009 AL West 3rd 85 77 .525 12
2010 2010 AL West 4th 61 101 .377 29 Félix Hernández (CYA)[8]
2011 2011 AL West 4th 67 95 .414 29
2012 2012 AL West 4th 75 87 .463 19
2013 2013 AL West 4th 71 91 .438 25
2014 2014 AL West 3rd 87 75 .537 11 Chris Young (CB POY)
2015 2015 AL West 4th 76 86 .469 12
2016 2016 AL West 2nd 86 76 .531 9
2017 2017 AL West 3rd 78 84 .481 23
2018 2018 AL West 3rd 89 73 .549 14
2019 2019 AL West 5th 68 94 .420 39
2020 2020 AL West 3rd 27 33 .450 9 Kyle Lewis (ROY)[9]
2021 2021 AL West 2nd 90 72 .556 5
2022 2022 AL West 2nd ¤ 90 72 .556 16 Won ALWC (Blue Jays) 2–0
Lost ALDS (Astros) 3–0
Totals Wins Losses Win%
3,336 3,727 .472 All-time regular season record (1977–2021)
17 22 .436 All-time postseason record
3,353 3,749 .472 All-time regular and postseason record

Record by decade

The following table describes the Mariners' MLB win–loss record by decade.

Decade Wins Losses Pct
1970s 187 297 .386
1980s 673 893 .430
1990s 764 787 .493
2000s 837 783 .517
2010s 758 862 .468
2020s 205 177 .537
All-time 3424 3799 .474

These statistics are from Baseball-Reference.com's Seattle Mariners History & Encyclopedia,[10] and are current as of October 3, 2021.

Postseason record by year

The Mariners have made the postseason five times in their history, with their first being in 1995 and the most recent being in 2022.

Year Finish Round Opponent Result
1995 AL West Champions ALDS New York Yankees Won 3 2
ALCS Cleveland Indians Lost 2 4
1997 AL West Champions ALDS Baltimore Orioles Lost 1 3
2000 AL Wild Card ALDS Chicago White Sox Won 3 0
ALCS New York Yankees Lost 2 4
2001 AL West Champions ALDS Cleveland Indians Won 3 2
ALCS New York Yankees Lost 1 4
2022 AL Wild Card ALWC Toronto Blue Jays Won 2 0
ALDS Houston Astros Lost 0 3
5 Totals 4–5 17 22

See also

Footnotes

  • a In both the 1980 and 1981 seasons, the Mariners played one game which ended in a tie not reflected in the above table. On June 2, 1980, in Detroit, the Mariners were tied with the Tigers 3–3 after 13 innings; the game was suspended due to rain and never replayed because neither team was in playoff contention.[11] On April 29, 1981, the Mariners played an 8 inning game with the Minnesota Twins that was called due to rain with the score tied at 7; it was also never replayed.[12] In 2007, the Major League Baseball Rules Committee announced that tied games would no longer be replayed from the start but instead suspended and resumed.[13]
  • b The 1981 Major League Baseball strike caused the season to be split into two halves.[14]
  • c The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, which started on August 12, led to the cancellation of the playoffs and World Series.[15] As a result of the abbreviated season, MLB did not officially award division championships.[16] Although they spent the entire shortened season with a losing record, the Mariners held first place in their division before ten games until as late as May 25, when three of the four AL West teams were tied.[17]
  • d The team's 116 wins tied a major-league record initially held by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.[18] However, the Mariners played ten more games than the 1906 Cubs.

References

General
Specific
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  8. ^ Greg Johns (18 November 2010). "Felix is King of AL pitchers, taking Cy Young". MLB.com. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  9. ^ Anthony Castrovince (9 November 2020). "A high flyer. An 'Airbender.' Your ROY winners". MLB.com. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
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  11. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Detroit Tigers 3, Seattle Mariners 3". Retrosheet. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  12. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Minnesota Twins 7, Seattle Mariners 7". Retrosheet. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  13. ^ Bodley, Hal (February 18, 2007). "Ties in baseball called out by rules committee". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  14. ^ Kaplan, Jim (August 10, 1981). "Let The Games Begin". Sports Illustrated. Time, Inc. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  15. ^ "Strike looms large over All-Star Game". CNN Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. 2002-07-07. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
  16. ^ Newhan, Ross (1994-10-06). "A Season Without Titles Baseball: Players will be honored, but there will be no divisional champions because of the shortened schedule". Los Angeles Times. p. C3.
  17. ^ "Standings on Wednesday, May 25, 1994". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
  18. ^ .Chass, Murray (October 23, 2001). "ON BASEBALL; Playoff Fade Turns Mariners Into a Footnote". The New York Times. p. S2. Retrieved 2009-08-13.