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A Bad Franchise Getting Worse
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 1/26/2007 9:58:00 AM
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From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer this morning:

"Since divisional play began in 1969, no team in the American League has finished last more often than the Mariners. And the team didn't exist until 1977."

Quite remarkable, acually. Chalk up another cellar-dwelling campaign for 2007.


But you forget: they're the front-runner for Jeff Weaver.
Posted by vtadave at 1/26/2007 10:03:00 AM
Pretty awful, but one note - they've spent the last few years in the smallest division in baseball - it's easier to finish last there than it is in the NL Central, for example. Still, not a good track record.
Posted by Erickson at 1/26/2007 8:37:00 PM
They made four playoffs in 10 years during the Piniella era, that wasn't bad. But otherwise, yeah, what Thorn said.

For extra credit, name the manager the season before Piniella (1992). If you're really frisky, who had the most wins on that staff?
Posted by spianow at 1/26/2007 9:32:00 PM
I'd say Jim Lefevbre but I think there was some other guy in there for a year. As for the pitcher, I guess Randy Johnson is too obvious. Erik Hanson comes to mind.

Ok, I looked it up...wrong on both counts.
Posted by vtadave at 1/26/2007 10:19:00 PM
I had the pitcher on my fantasy team so I got that right, still don't know the manager...
Posted by jtopper at 1/27/2007 9:46:00 PM
Jason, if you divide (total last-place finishes) by (total franchise seasons), the math in Seattle still looks better than it does in Tampa Bay. And there's what, five playoff appearances mixed in with those last-place seasons? Whatcha complaining about?
Posted by sixsigmagus at 1/30/2007 7:49:00 AM
Ah yes, but the Devil Rays still have to post five more consecutive losing seasons to match Seattle's futility.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 1/30/2007 11:10:00 AM

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