I was drinking some adult beverages at a local establishment in good ‘ol Issaquah, WA when my most recent hat purchase was complimented. It then got me thinking about the success of the Mariners (or the lack thereof) while wearing their original logo.
And you know I couldn’t just leave it as a thought! Detective Boydwonder got to work. A little surprising, but we all need to remember how many winning seasons the Mariners have had compared to losing seasons. Unfortunately, they’ve chalked up more “L’s” than “W’s”.
But as an unofficial Mariners historian, here’s what I found to share with all of you. A simple statistical breakdown of the Seattle Mariners by logo/hat.
OVERALL RECORD: 187-297 (484 games)
Mariners Runs Scored: 1,949 – 4.03 per game
Mariners Hits: 4,215 – 8.71 per game
Opponent Runs: 2,509 – 5.18 per game
Opponent Hits: 4,615 – 9.54 per game
Boydwonder Notes: 110 games under .500, the first three seasons of their existence… they get a free pass. The city was simply happy to have a team back and stars like Ruppert Jones made the losses not hurt so much. Tough to win when your opponent averages an entire run more than you over a 3-year period.
OVERALL RECORD: 454-627-2 (1083 games)
Mariners Runs Scored: 4,364 – 4.03 per game (same as before!)
Mariners Hits: 9,251 – 8.54 per game
Opponent Runs: 5,193 – 4.80 per game
Opponent Hits: 10,033 – 9.26 per game
Boydwonder Notes: The trident became blue and was met with a white star with blue outline. I know I’m incredibly bias, but I’m fond of this logo large in part to this being the logo at the time Alvin Davis and Mark Langston burst onto the scene in 1984. I was born when this logo was in use too. I’m glad the trident logos are starting to get a lot of new love.
And special kudos to the Everett AquaSox (the Mariners short season A-Ball team) for turning the trident sideways to create an “E”! Genius!
OVERALL: 443-528 (971 games)
Mariners Runs Scored: 4,139 – 4.26 per game
Mariners Hits: 8,598 – 8.85 per game
Opponent Runs: 4,426 – 4.56 per game
Opponent Hits: 8,483 – 8.74 per game
Boydwonder Notes: Probably the most disliked of the four main Mariners logos. However, this logo is/was synonymous with Ken Griffey Jr.’s rookie year and the “Safeway looking ‘S'” he dawned on his 1989 Upper Deck rookie card. Come to think of it, I STILL do not own that card… note to self: Get one!
OVERALL: 1491-1478 (2,969 games)
Mariners Runs Scored: 14,363 – 4.84 per game
Mariners Hits: 27,524 – 9.27 per game
Opponent Runs: 14,151 – 4.77 per game
Opponent Hits: 26,885 – 9.06 per game
Boydwonder Notes: Ah yes, the current logo. The most successful one of the bunch. It’s timeless in my eyes. The M’s will always be near water, thus the nautical compass being incredibly unique. The 1995 Mariners made their run with this logo and 3 more playoff appearances after that. I really hope the powers that be never change it. It’s uniquely ours and the colors are perfect. I’ve always respected teams like Detroit, both Chicagos, Boston and even the Yankees for their continued look decade after decade.
Not done just yet!
So how did the Mariners do when they played in Seattle? You know I had to turn up that stone of knowledge too!
Mariners at The Kingdome: 852-903 (1,755 games)
Mariners Runs Scored: 8,196 – 4.67 per game
Mariners Hits: 15,556 – 8.86 per game
Opponent Runs: 8,629– 4.92 per game
Opponent Hits: 16,365 – 9.32 per game
Mariners at Safeco Field (Through 8/17/2011): 545-454 (999 games)
(999 includes 3 “road” games vs Marlins and 1 of 2 games of a doubleheader as the “road” team vs Indians in 2007)
Mariners Runs Scored: 4,310 – 4.31 per game
Mariners Hits: 8,619 – 8.63 per game
Opponent Runs: 4,227 – 4.23 per game
Opponent Hits: 8,657 – 8.67 per game
Hopefully you found this latest post worthwhile. I know many things make this almost silly to compare time frames, eras, and sample sizes. We all know the M’s struggled to have a .500/winning season until 1991. And yes, obviously most of the best Mariners of all-time played between 1993-2003 and that’s when the wins rolled in.
It was a fun idea of mine and thanks for checking it out!
***Special blog coming on 8/29/2011. It’ll be of a “serious” nature, but something I hope you can all find encouraging. Thanks – Boydwonder***