The Mariners made their Major League debut for the 1977 season. The early years of Seattle baseball were a struggle for the franchise. The Mariners finished no better than sixth of seven in the American League West for their first five years of existence. In 1991 Seattle finally broke through and recorded its first winning season in franchise history—just 14 years after its inaugural season. In 1995 the Mariners reached their next milestone, reaching the postseason for the first time in franchise history. Led by Tino Martinez, Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson, the Mariners defeated the New York Yankees in a decisive Game 5 to advance to the ALCS, where they eventually fell to the Cleveland Indians. After missing the playoffs the following season, Seattle reached the playoffs in three of five years with a collection of talent that included Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki. Following the 2001 season, the Mariners did not make another postseason appearance, despite two 90-plus-win seasons in the early 2000s. Despite missing out on the playoffs, that era of Seattle baseball remained highly competitive thanks to Suzuki’s All-Star play. No Mariner has had his number retired as of yet. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Seattle Mariners baseball tickets.
2016 Mariners Season Preview
The end of the 2014 MLB season left the Seattle Mariners with plenty of hope for in 2015. Although the Mariners missed the playoffs for the 13th straight season, Seattle finished above .500 for the first time since 2009. The Seattle Mariners finished just one game out of an AL Wild Card spot, a result that has the team and fans anxious for more in 2015.
To help the Mariners over the hump in 2015, Seattle brought in slugger Nelson Cruz. The addition of Cruz to a lineup that already includes Robinson Cano, will have the Mariners more dangerous behind the plate than they have been in years. King Felix Hernandez is back after one of the best seasons of his career in 2014 and is expected to continue to be an ace in 2015. Look for the 2015 Seattle Mariners to be an incredibly exciting team to watch, and for the Mariners to push for the 2015 MLB Playoffs.
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Seattle Mariners Baseball at Safeco Field Address: 1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington, 98134
The Mariners play their home games at Safeco Field, located in Seattle, Washington. When filled to capacity, Safeco holds more than 47,000 screaming fans. A must-see at Safeco Field is the Mariners Hall of Fame, which is located on the Main Concourse at Safeco. Currently there are only seven inductees to the Hall, including Griffey, Johnson and Edgar Martinez. The Seattle Mariners dugout is on the Safeco Field first base line in front of section 120-125. Safeco Field parking information is covered in our Mariners event guide.
Mariners vs. Athletics
This divisional rivalry really gained traction in the early 2000’s, with both teams being among the best in the American League. This matchup has been interesting because of the similar style teams that these clubs have produced. In the last decade, both clubs have relied on great pitching, and a balanced hitting attack to score runs and win games. It is not often that two teams have been built with such similar philosophies in the same division.
Mariners vs. Orioles
This rivalry is built on two key moments in the early and late 1990’s. The first was one of the nastiest brawls in recent memory when Bill Hasselman charged Mike Mussina after being hit by a pitch in 1993. This one even led to much bad blood, and a lot of great baseball through the middle of the 1990’s. The tension culminated in the 1997 ALDS in which both teams had all-time great players such as Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Rafeal Palmeiro.
Mariners vs. Rangers
This rivalry became prominent in the mid 1990’s with a stretch from 1995-2001 where the Rangers and Mariners combined for 6 of 7 AL West titles and were often within a few games of each other in the last months of the season. The Rivalry has cooled over the last couple years, but with both the Mariners and Rangers holding some of the best farm systems in the majors, look for this rivalry to regain its importance in the AL West pennant race in the near future.
Seattle Mariners in the World Series, American League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Seattle Mariners have been a part of the American League since 1977 with the most success coming in the mid to late 1990s. The Mariners finally won their first division title in 1995 being superstar outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and ace pitcher Randy Johnson. Seattle won their second division title two years later behind the same stars. Seattle is still searching for their first AL pennant and World Series title. Overall, the Mariners have won more than 2 division titles and will only add to that number in the upcoming seasons.
Seattle Mariners Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Mariners game?
Most gates open 2 hours before the first pitch at Safeco Field. The Center Field Gate opes 2 and a half hours before game time for the first 1000 fans for access to ‘The Pen’.
Where are good places to eat before a Mariners game?
If you are looking to grab a pre-game pizza, don’t miss trying World Pizza. World Pizza has some of the best pizza in Seattle, and is vegetarian friendly. If you would rather eat at a sports bar before the game, check out Auto Battery, Victory Lounge, or Rookies Sports Bar and Grill. For great Mexican food visit Taco Gol, Fogon Cocina Mexicana, or El Quetzal. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, try Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, Metropolitan Grill, or Dahlia Lounge. Pho Bac, and Duos Lounge are two trendier restaurants in the area that will be sure to please all the foodies out there. Other great places in the area are Mediterranean Avenue, Skillet, and Chef Café.
Where is the best place to park at Safeco Field?
There are a few good parking options at Safeco Field. The Safeco Field Garage is located just south of the stadium on Edgar Martinez Drive at First Avenue. The Century Link Garage is located on the north side of Safeco Field on Royal Brougham Way. A third parking garage is located about 7 blocks from the stadium at 550 4th Avenue. There is also a large surface parking lot on the south side of S. King Street at Occidental Avenue. Amtrak provides a public transportation option for arriving at the stadium and there are several stations in the area.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children 2 years of age and younger do not require a ticket to enter Safeco Field, but must sit on a parent’s lap for the duration of the game. It is best practice to bring proof of your child’s age with you to ensure they are allowed to enter the stadium.