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The Vermont Mariners played ball for just one season (1988). Previously known as the Vermont Reds, the club became a Seattle Mariners affiliate that season. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the team finished second in the Eastern League, going 79-60, 2 games behind the Glens Falls Tigers. In the postseason, Vermont made it to the finals, but fell to the Albany-Colonie Yankees. Vermont hit just .236 as a team but the Mariners allowed the fewest runs in the circuit, giving up just 488 in 139 games. Rich Morales was named Eastern League Manager of the Year for his work that season. Jim Wilson and Omar Vizquel made the league's All-Star team. Catcher Wilson was the team's top power hitter, knocking out a third of the team's 51 homers (tying Chris Hoiles for the league lead) and batting .285/~.350/.446 and even stealing 11 bases in 15 tries. Vizquel hit .254/~.334/.329 and stole 30 bases, plus he led the EL's shortstops in fielding (.959). Ace pitcher Gregory Brinkman was 11-7 with a 2.46 ERA, third in the league, but did not make the majors. The biggest name around was Ken Griffey Jr., who was promoted from the California League late in the year. Griffey batted .279/~.353/.492 in 17 games with Vermont.

After just one year, the Mariners moved to Canton, Ohio and became known as the Canton-Akron Indians.

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Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1988 79-60 2nd Rich Morales Lost League Finals
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