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2008 Seattle Mariners season

 

2008 Seattle Mariners season

2008 Seattle Mariners
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Nintendo of America, represented by Howard Lincoln
Manager(s) John McLaren
(dismissed June 20)
Jim Riggleman
Local television FSN Northwest
(Dave Niehaus, Dave Sims, Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers)
Local radio KOMO (English)
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs)
KSZN (Spanish)
(Alex Rivera, Julio Cruz)
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The 2008 Seattle Mariners season was the 32nd Major League Baseball season in the team's history. Coming off the heels of the previous 2007 season, in which the M's finished with their first winning record since 2003, the team was widely expected to once again compete for the American League West division championship. The team was bolstered by some major roster additions during the previous offseason, most notably starting pitchers Érik Bédard and Carlos Silva. However, by the end of May, it became apparent that the team had gone back to its losing ways of the 2004–06 seasons. Despite their losing ways, they won their first and last game of the season. Their longest winning-streak of the season is 4 games after a Cleveland sweep at the end of August and a 12-6 win against the Texas Rangers on the first day of September. However, standing at 57-87, their longest losing-streak of the season is 12 games, 11 on the road, 1 at home, after being swept by the L.A. Angels, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and suffering a loss at the last homestand opener against the L.A. Angels. On September 23, the Mariners became the first club to spend $100 million in payroll and lose 100 games. The team finished the season with a 61-101 (.377) record, last in the West for the 4th time in 5 years, and second worst in the Majors.

With the team underperforming and underachieving, a number of people who had become scapegoats for the team's underperformance were dismissed during the season, most notably general manager Bill Bavasi, field manager John McLaren, first baseman Richie Sexson, and designated hitter José Vidro.

Contents

  • Offseason 1
  • Regular season 2
    • Season standings 2.1
    • Record vs. opponents 2.2
    • Roster 2.3
    • In-season transactions 2.4
      • Front office/coaching staff 2.4.1
    • Individual accomplishments 2.5
    • Game log 2.6
  • Player stats 3
    • Batting 3.1
    • Pitching 3.2
      • Starting pitchers 3.2.1
      • Relief pitchers 3.2.2
  • Farm system 4
  • References 5

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 100 62 0.617 50–31 50–31
Texas Rangers 79 83 0.488 21 40–41 39–42
Oakland Athletics 75 86 0.466 24½ 43–38 32–48
Seattle Mariners 61 101 0.377 39 35–46 26–55


Record vs. opponents

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 6–12 4–5 4–4 4–3 5–3 3–6 3–3 7–11 0–5 8–2 3–15 4–5 6–12 11–7
Boston 12–6 4–3 5–1 5–2 6–1 1–8 4–3 9–9 6–4 6–3 8–10 9–1 9–9 11–7
Chicago 5–4 3–4 11–7 12–6 12–6 5–5 9–10 2–5 5–4 5–1 4–6 3–3 1–7 12–6
Cleveland 4–4 1–5 7–11 11–7 10–8 4–5 8–10 4–3 5–4 4–5 5–2 6–4 6–1 6–12
Detroit 3–4 2–5 6–12 7–11 7–11 3–6 7–11 4–2 3–6 7–3 3–4 6–3 3–5 13–5
Kansas City 3–5 1–6 6–12 8–10 11–7 2–3 6–12 5–5 6–3 7–2 3–5 2–7 2–5 13–5
Los Angeles 6–3 8–1 5–5 5–4 6–3 3–2 5–3 7–3 10–9 14–5 3–6 12–7 6–3 10–8
Minnesota 3–3 3–4 10–9 10–8 11–7 12–6 3–5 4–6 5–5 5–4 3–3 5–5 0–6 14–4
New York 11–7 9–9 5–2 3–4 2–4 5–5 3–7 6–4 5–1 7–2 11–7 3–4 9–9 10–8
Oakland 5–0 4–6 4–5 4–5 6–3 3–6 9–10 5–5 1–5 - 10–9 3–6 7–12 4–6 10–8
Seattle 2–8 3–6 1–5 5–4 3–7 2–7 5–14 4–5 2–7 9–10 3–4 8–11 5–4 9–9
Tampa Bay 15–3 10–8 6–4 2–5 4–3 5–3 6–3 3–3 7–11 6–3 4–3 6–3 11–7 12–6
Texas 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–6 3–6 7–2 7–12 5–5 4–3 12–7 11–8 3–6 4–4 10–8
Toronto 12–6 9–9 7–1 1–6 5–3 5–2 3–6 6–0 9–9 6–4 4–5 7–11 4–4 8–10

Roster

In-season transactions

Front office/coaching staff

Individual accomplishments

Game log

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In. Min. games 40., listed by average.
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ichiro Suzuki 162 686 213 .310 6 42
José López 159 644 191 .297 17 89
Raúl Ibáñez 162 635 186 .293 23 110
Yuniesky Betancourt 153 559 156 .279 7 51
Willie Bloomquist 71 165 46 .279 0 9
Jeremy Reed 97 286 77 .269 2 31
Adrián Beltré 143 566 148 .266 25 77
Jamie Burke 48 92 24 .261 1 8
Bryan LaHair 45 146 34 .250 3 10
Miguel Cairo 108 221 55 .249 0 23
José Vidro 85 308 72 .234 7 45
Jeff Clement 66 203 46 .227 5 23
Kenji Johjima 112 379 86 .227 7 39
Wladimir Balentien 71 243 49 .202 7 24

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Félix Hernández 31 200.2 9 11 0 3.45 175
Carlos Silva 28 153.1 4 15 0 6.46 69
Érik Bédard 15 81 6 4 0 3.67 72
Miguel Batista 44 (20 starts) 115 4 14 1 6.26 73
Jarrod Washburn 28 (26 starts) 153.2 5 14 1 4.69 87

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; SV = Saves; W = Wins; L = Losses; H = Holds; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L H SV ERA SO
Sean Green 72 79 4 5 17 1 4.67 62
J. J. Putz 47 46.1 6 5 0 15 3.88 56
Eric O'Flaherty 7 6.2 0 1 2 0 20.25 4
Mark Lowe 57 63.2 1 5 1 1 5.37 55
Roy Corcoran 50 72.2 6 2 8 3 3.22 39
Cha Seung Baek 10 (1 start) 30 0 1 0 0 5.40 15
Ryan Rowland-Smith 47 (12 starts) 118.1 5 3 1 2 3.42 77
R.A. Dickey 32 (14 starts) 112.1 5 8 0 0 5.21 58
Arthur Rhodes 36 22 2 1 13 1 2.86 26
Brandon Morrow 45 (5 starts) 64.2 3 4 3 10 3.34 75

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Daren Brown
AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Southern League Scott Steinmann
A High Desert Mavericks California League Jim Horner
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Terry Pollreisz
Short-Season A Everett AquaSox Northwest League José Moreno
Rookie Pulaski Mariners Appalachian League Rob Mummau
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Andy Bottin

References

  • Game Logs:
1st Half: Seattle Mariners Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Seattle Mariners Game Log on ESPN.com
  • Batting Statistics: Seattle Mariners Batting Stats on ESPN.com
  • Pitching Statistics: Seattle Mariners Pitching Stats on ESPN.com
  • 2008 Seattle Mariners season at Baseball Reference
  • 2008 Seattle Mariners team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
  • Seattle Mariners Team page at www.mlb.com
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