By The Numbers: The Greatest Mariners By Jersey Number

Originally Published:  September 29, 2012
Updated:  December 15, 2015

OK, this is it, the last one, I promise.  Since I did one for the Seahawks and Sonics, here’s the one for the Mariners.

I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m not exactly as familiar about a lot of these guys as I would like.  But, I did the research so you don’t have to.

I don’t have a lot to add here.  In certain instances I played favorites (like with Cliff Lee, for instance; he’s the tops!), but for the most part I tried to remain as objective as possible.  Those listed in parentheses just missed the cut (or are there for my amusement).  Without further ado:

00 – Jeffrey Leonard, Left Field
1 – Bill Stein, Third Base (Charles Gipson, Alex Diaz)
2 – Randy Winn, Left Field (Kenji Johjima)
3 – Alex Rodriguez, Short Stop
4 – Harold Reynolds, Second Base (Mark McLemore, Jose Lopez)
5 – John Olerud, First Base
6 – Dan Wilson, Catcher (Julio Cruz)
7 – Spike Owen, Short Stop
8 – Leon Roberts, Outfield (Carlos Guillen, Rich Amaral)
9 – Ruppert Jones, Center Field
10 – Dave Valle, Catcher
11 – Edgar Martinez, Designated Hitter
12 – Mark Langston, Starting Pitcher
13 – Omar Vizquel, Short Stop
14 – Lou Piniella, Manager
15 – Kyle Seager, Third Base
16 – Mike Blowers, Third Base
17 – Jim Presley, Third Base (Shigetoshi Hasegawa)
18 – Bill Swift, Starter/Reliever (Hisashi Iwakuma, Eddie Guardado)
19 – Jay Buhner, Right Field
20 – J.J. Putz, Closer/Reliever
21 – Alvin Davis, First Base
22 – Kazuhiro Sasaki, Closer (Robinson Cano)
23 – Bruce Bochte, First Base (Tino Martinez, Nelson Cruz)
24 – Ken Griffey Jr., Center Field
25 – Mike Moore, Starting Pitcher (David Bell)
26 – Brendan Ryan, Short Stop
27 – John Jaso, Catcher (Ken Cloude)
28 – Raul Ibanez, Left Field (Joey Cora)
29 – Phil Bradley, Left Field (Adrian Beltre, Bret Boone)
30 – Aaron Sele, Starting Pitcher (Russell Branyan, Franklin Gutierrez)
31 – Jerry Reed, Reliever
32 – Ed Vande Berg, Reliever (Taijuan Walker)
33 – Darnell Coles, Third Base (Bucky Jacobsen, Bob Wolcott)
34 – Felix Hernandez, Starting Pitcher (Freddy Garcia)
35 – Dave Fleming, Starting Pitcher (Rickey Henderson, Mike Morgan)
36 – Cliff Lee, Starting Pitcher (Brian Holman)
37 – Norm Charlton, Closer/Reliever
38 – Mike Jackson, Reliever (1988-1991) (Floyd Bannister, Joel Pineiro)
39 – Erik Hanson, Starting Pitcher
40 – Mike Schooler, Closer (Matt Young)
41 – Shane Rawley, Reliever (Charlie Furbush)
42Dave Henderson, Center Field (Mike Jackson, Reliever 1996 Season)
43 – Jeff Nelson, Reliever (Brandon League)
44 – Mike Cameron, Center Field (Ken Phelps)
45 – Jim Beattie, Starting Pitcher (Ryan Franklin)
46 – Bob Wells, Starting Pitcher/Reliever
47 – Ron Villone, Reliever
48 – Paul Abbott, Starting Pitcher
49 – Roy Thomas, Reliever
50 – Jamie Moyer, Starting Pitcher
51 – Ichiro, Right Field (Randy Johnson, Starting Pitcher)
52 – George Sherrill, Reliever
53 – Arthur Rhodes, Reliever
54 – John Halama, Starting Pitcher (Tom Wilhelmsen)
55 – Gil Meche, Starting Pitcher (Michael Saunders)
56 – Jarrod Washburn, Starting Pitcher
57 – Mark Lowe, Reliever
58 – Doug Fister, Starting Pitcher

Sky Blue denotes a member of the Mariners Hall of Fame (which also includes:  Dave Niehaus, Broadcaster).  The only retired number is 42 for Jackie Robinson.  I would assume the next number to be retired is 24, but we’re probably a few years away yet.

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