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Franchise Timeline

1980

As the eighties began, Seattle Mariners' fans saw their first managerial change as Maury Wills replaced Darrell Johnson on August 4. The club continued to struggle, however, finishing the season 59-103. Bruce Bochte posted 78 RBI and a .300 batting average while RHP Floyd Banister led the team with a 3.47 ERA. 1980 stats »

1981

After a 6-18 start, the Seattle Mariners endured another managerial change as Maury Wills released the helm to Rene Lachemann on May 6. In a strike-shortened season the Mariners finished the first half 21-36 and the second 23-29. 1981 stats »

1982

In the first Mariner milestone since Opening Day 1977, the crafty Gaylord Perry became the 15th pitcher in history to claim his 300th career win in a 7-3 victory. In the win, Perry went the distance against New York striking out four and walking one. 1982 stats »

1983

The year of the USS Mariner stationed beyond the outfield wall, designed to fire a cannon after every home run and the bullpen tug created to transport pitchers from the pen into the game. It was also the year the club saw its third midseason manager change as Del Crandall replaced Rene Lachemann. Seattle finished with a 60-102 record. 1983 stats »

1984

Seattle's first legitimate star arrived on the ML scene as first baseman Alvin Davis captured the hearts and cheers of Seattle fans everywhere. The first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame, Davis produced 126 RBI, 27 home runs and a .284 average. He was also named Rookie of the Year and to the 1984 All-Star team. Other familiar faces made their mark in 1984 as Mark Langston (17-10, 3.40) took to the mound while future Mariners' announcer Dave Henderson patrolled the outfield. 1984 stats »

1985

Led by Manager Chuck Cottier, who was brought aboard in September of 1984, the Mariners landed 74 wins for the second straight year. Phil Bradley led the club with a .300 average and was named to the All-Star team. 1985 stats »

1986

The club struggled through three managerial changes, moving from Cottier to Marty Martinez, until finally settling on Dick Williams in May. Seattle finished with a 67-95 record and placed outfielder Phil Bradley in the All-Star game. 1986 stats »

1987

A banner year for the Mariners as Seattle produced a then club-record 78 wins behind two young All-Stars in pitcher Mark Langston and infielder Harold Reynolds. The dominant Langston was 19-13 with a 3.84 ERA, while the speedy Reynolds stole a club-record 60 bases. It was also the year Ken Griffey Jr. entered Seattle's minor league system and Edgar Martinez made his way to the Major Leagues. 1987 stats »

1988

Slugger Jay Buhner came to Seattle from the New York Yankees in what turned out to be one of the most lopsided trades in club history. Harold Reynolds tallied another All-Star appearance and Jim Snyder took over as manager in June. Seattle finished sixth in the AL West, posting a 68-93 record. 1988 stats »

1989

A young Ken Griffey Jr. impressed new manager Jim Lefebvre during Spring Training, making the Opening Day roster and launching a new era in Mariners baseball. Junior tattooed his mark on the club immediately, hitting his first ML home run on the first pitch he saw at the Kingdome. The Big Unit, Randy Johnson, also arrived, going 7-9 with a 4.40 ERA. Seattle was 73-89 on the year. 1989 stats »