As the playoffs begin today, the Seattle Mariners are so well represented that the post-season is like a lottery for ex-Mariners.
No matter who wins the World Series this year, at least one former Mariner is going to get a ring – unless it’s the dreaded Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California, United States, etc.
The Angels, apparently, don’t allow ex-Mariners.
The team with the next fewest ex-Mariners is Tampa Bay, which has only one: former Mariner Steve Henderson (1983-84) is a member of the Rays coaching staff.
The Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs have three former Mariners, the White Sox, Phillies, Brewers four apiece.
Here’s the breakdown:
The Dodgers have Derek Lowe (1997) and coaches Larry Bowa (2000) and Rick Honeycutt (1977-80).
The Brewers have Mike Cameron (2000-03), Salomon Torres (1995-96), and coaches Mike Maddux (1997) and long-time minor league coach Jim Skaalen.
The Red Sox have Jason Varitek, who never played a game for Seattle but was in their minor league system until his ’97 trade, Mike Timlin (1997-98) and David Ortiz. For those who don’t remember, Ortiz – then going by the name David Arias – was a Seattle minor leaguer sent to Minnesota for Dave Hollins in 1996.
The Cubs have manager Lou Piniella (1993-2002) and coaches Matt Sinatro (1995-2002) and Gerald Perry (2000-2002).
The White Sox have Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-99), Matt Thornton (2004-05), Horacio Ramirez (2007) and coach Joey Cora (1995-98).
Change your feelings about which teams to root for?