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Cano, Seager, Cruz top 2016 Mariners season grades

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 23:00:00 UT

Another year, another October without the Seattle Mariners in the postseason. It's a familiar routine for baseball fans in the Pacific Northwest, but one made more compelling in 2016 thanks to the Mariners' eight-game September winning streak that jolted them back into playoff contention.

Still, the end result was the same. And the Mariners, despite an 86-76 record, fell short of the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season, longest drought in Major League Baseball. Let's find out how they graded out on the year.

Mariners 'keep fighting' to the end, but come up short in playoff hunt

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:43:00 UT

The Seattle Mariners entered Saturday night's contest versus the Oakland A's with a puncher's chance at an American League wild card spot, but after one of the most memorable games of the season -- if not club history -- the Mariners came up just short, falling 9-8.

After 20 years, Ortiz leaving on his own terms — and on top

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 18:02:39 UT

The 10-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion — with a chance for a fourth, if all goes well — is having one of his best seasons and one of the best finales in baseball history. Seattle closed to within one game of first place with a week to go but finished third, behind the Yankees and Orioles, and missed the postseason. Looking at Ortiz's injury history, his defensive shortcomings and the fact that he was expected to get a raise in arbitration to about $2 million for 2003, general manager Terry Ryan released him to free up a roster spot for a recently drafted infielder named Jose Morban. The Red Sox signed Ortiz about a month later for $1.25 million, with a plan to let him compete for at-bats at first base and designated hitter with Jeremy Giambi and Kevin Millar. [...] came the ALCS rematch against the Yankees, who won the first three games of the best-of-seven series to put Boston on the brink of elimination. In Game 4, Ortiz erased a 2-1 deficit in the fifth with a two-run single, then he hit a two-run, game-ending homer in the 12th. Less than 24 hours later, Ortiz had an RBI single, a solo homer and another walkoff hit — this time a 14th-inning single. The Red Sox won Games 6 and 7 — Ortiz had a two-run homer in the first inning of the clincher — to become the first team to rally from a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series. In 2012, he played just one game in the last 10 weeks of the season because of a right Achilles tendon injury; without him, the Red Sox finished last with their worst record in almost half a century. He has already hit more homers in his final year than any other player in baseball history.