2001 Seattle Mariners

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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

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 2001 Seattle Mariners won an astounding 116 games, with a winning percentage of .716. As a comparison, the famous 1927 New York Yankees, often considered the best team of all time, won 110 games (in a shorter season) with a winning percentage of .714. The 116 wins are an American League record, beating the previous 114, set only three years earlier by the 1998 Yankees. They are the only team in the 21st century to post a winning percentage above .700. The 1906 Chicago Cubs won 116 games and only lost 36 games, for a .763 winning percentage, and made it to the World Series before losing to their crosstown rival.

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 2016, the Mariners have not won another division championship. Piniella remains the only Mariners manager to take them to a division championship.

Awards and Honors[edit]

MLB records[edit]

  • Most wins, season: 116 (and 46 losses; the 1906 Chicago Cubs won 116 and lost 36 for the best record in MLB history)
  • Largest blown lead, game: 12 runs, Seattle at Cleveland, August 5, 2001 (the Mariners led 14-2 in the 7th inning; Seattle lost 14-15 in 11 innings; Cleveland scored 13 unanswered runs)
  • tied with Chicago [AL] vs. Detroit, June 18, 1911 and Cleveland vs. Philadelphia, June 15, 1925.  The NL record for largest blown lead is 11 runs, held jointly by three teams.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Douglas Jordan: "The .700 Club: Blessedly Good Baseball", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 45, Number 2 (Fall 2016), pp. 26-33.
  • Dan Levitt: "Working the free market: how the Seattle Mariners won 116 games in 2001", in Mark Armour, ed.: Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, 2006, pp. 123-126.

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