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Record: 116-46, Finished 1st in AL Western Division (2001 AL)
Managed by Lou Piniella
Coaches: John McLaren, John Moses, Dave Myers, Gerald Perry, Bryan Price and Matt Sinatro
Ballpark: Safeco Field
The 2001 Mariners won an astounding 116 games, with a winning percentage of .716. As a comparison, the famous 1927 Yankees, often considered the best team of all time, won 110 games (in a shorter season) with a winning percentage of .714.
Rookie Ichiro Suzuki led the league in batting and was named MVP, while Bret Boone led the league in RBI and was third in the MVP voting. Freddy Garcia was the league ERA leader.
Numerous pitchers had high winning percentages: Jamie Moyer was 20-6, Garcia was 18-6, Aaron Sele was 15-5, Paul Abbott was 17-4, Joel Pineiro was 6-2, and reliever Arthur Rhodes was 8-0. Reliever Ryan Franklin was 5-1.
Manager Lou Piniella won his fourth championship in 2001 (his biggest success was winning the 1990 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds).
In the post-season, the Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS, but then fell to the New York Yankees, who then lost the World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mariners' failure to reach the Series was reminiscent of the great 1954 Cleveland Indians, who had won 111 games in the regular season but then dropped four in the row in the 1954 World Series to the New York Giants.
Through 2010, the Mariners have not won another division championship. Piniella remains the only Mariners manager to take them to a division championship.
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