2008 Seattle Mariners season

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2008 Seattle Mariners
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Nintendo of America (represented by Howard Lincoln)
General manager(s) Bill Bavasi, Lee Pelekoudas
Manager(s) John McLaren (dismissed June 20), Jim Riggleman
Local television FSN Northwest
(Dave Niehaus, Dave Sims, Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers)
Local radio KOMO (English)
(Dave Niehaus, Rick Rizzs)
KSZN (Spanish)
(Alex Rivera, Julio Cruz)
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The 2008 Seattle Mariners season was the 32nd Major League Baseball season in the team's history. Coming off the heels of the previous 2007 season, in which the M's finished with their first winning record since 2003, the team was widely expected to once again compete for the American League West division championship. The team was bolstered by some major roster additions during the previous offseason, most notably starting pitchers Érik Bédard and Carlos Silva. However, by the end of May, it became apparent that the team had gone back to its losing ways of the 2004–06 seasons. Despite their losing ways, they won their first and last game of the season. Their longest winning-streak of the season is 4 games after a Cleveland sweep at the end of August and a 12-6 win against the Texas Rangers on the first day of September. However, standing at 57-87, their longest losing-streak of the season is 12 games, 11 on the road, 1 at home, after being swept by the L.A. Angels, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and suffering a loss at the last homestand opener against the L.A. Angels. On September 23, the Mariners became the first club to spend $100 million in payroll and lose 100 games. The team finished the season with a 61-101 (.377) record, last in the West for the 4th time in 5 years, and second worst in the Majors.

With the team underperforming and underachieving, a number of people who had become scapegoats for the team's underperformance were dismissed during the season, most notably general manager Bill Bavasi, field manager John McLaren, first baseman Richie Sexson, and designated hitter José Vidro.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 100 62 0.617 50–31 50–31
Texas Rangers 79 83 0.488 21 40–41 39–42
Oakland Athletics 75 86 0.466 24½ 43–38 32–48
Seattle Mariners 61 101 0.377 39 35–46 26–55


Record vs. opponents[edit]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 6–12 4–5 4–4 4–3 5–3 3–6 3–3 7–11 0–5 8–2 3–15 4–5 6–12 11–7
Boston 12–6 4–3 5–1 5–2 6–1 1–8 4–3 9–9 6–4 6–3 8–10 9–1 9–9 11–7
Chicago 5–4 3–4 11–7 12–6 12–6 5–5 9–10 2–5 5–4 5–1 4–6 3–3 1–7 12–6
Cleveland 4–4 1–5 7–11 11–7 10–8 4–5 8–10 4–3 5–4 4–5 5–2 6–4 6–1 6–12
Detroit 3–4 2–5 6–12 7–11 7–11 3–6 7–11 4–2 3–6 7–3 3–4 6–3 3–5 13–5
Kansas City 3–5 1–6 6–12 8–10 11–7 2–3 6–12 5–5 6–3 7–2 3–5 2–7 2–5 13–5
Los Angeles 6–3 8–1 5–5 5–4 6–3 3–2 5–3 7–3 10–9 14–5 3–6 12–7 6–3 10–8
Minnesota 3–3 3–4 10–9 10–8 11–7 12–6 3–5 4–6 5–5 5–4 3–3 5–5 0–6 14–4
New York 11–7 9–9 5–2 3–4 2–4 5–5 3–7 6–4 5–1 7–2 11–7 3–4 9–9 10–8
Oakland 5–0 4–6 4–5 4–5 6–3 3–6 9–10 5–5 1–5 - 10–9 3–6 7–12 4–6 10–8
Seattle 2–8 3–6 1–5 5–4 3–7 2–7 5–14 4–5 2–7 9–10 3–4 8–11 5–4 9–9
Tampa Bay 15–3 10–8 6–4 2–5 4–3 5–3 6–3 3–3 7–11 6–3 4–3 6–3 11–7 12–6
Texas 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–6 3–6 7–2 7–12 5–5 4–3 12–7 11–8 3–6 4–4 10–8
Toronto 12–6 9–9 7–1 1–6 5–3 5–2 3–6 6–0 9–9 6–4 4–5 7–11 4–4 8–10

Roster[edit]

2008 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

In-season transactions[edit]

Front office/coaching staff[edit]

Individual accomplishments[edit]

Game log[edit]

2008 Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In. Min. games 40., listed by average.

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ichiro Suzuki 162 686 213 .310 6 42
José López 159 644 191 .297 17 89
Raúl Ibáñez 162 635 186 .293 23 110
Yuniesky Betancourt 153 559 156 .279 7 51
Willie Bloomquist 71 165 46 .279 0 9
Jeremy Reed 97 286 77 .269 2 31
Adrián Beltré 143 566 148 .266 25 77
Jamie Burke 48 92 24 .261 1 8
Bryan LaHair 45 146 34 .250 3 10
Miguel Cairo 108 221 55 .249 0 23
José Vidro 85 308 72 .234 7 45
Jeff Clement 66 203 46 .227 5 23
Kenji Johjima 112 379 86 .227 7 39
Wladimir Balentien 71 243 49 .202 7 24

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Félix Hernández 31 200.2 9 11 0 3.45 175
Carlos Silva 28 153.1 4 15 0 6.46 69
Érik Bédard 15 81 6 4 0 3.67 72
Miguel Batista 44 (20 starts) 115 4 14 1 6.26 73
Jarrod Washburn 28 (26 starts) 153.2 5 14 1 4.69 87

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; SV = Saves; W = Wins; L = Losses; H = Holds; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L H SV ERA SO
Sean Green 72 79 4 5 17 1 4.67 62
J. J. Putz 47 46.1 6 5 0 15 3.88 56
Eric O'Flaherty 7 6.2 0 1 2 0 20.25 4
Mark Lowe 57 63.2 1 5 1 1 5.37 55
Roy Corcoran 50 72.2 6 2 8 3 3.22 39
Cha Seung Baek 10 (1 start) 30 0 1 0 0 5.40 15
Ryan Rowland-Smith 47 (12 starts) 118.1 5 3 1 2 3.42 77
R.A. Dickey 32 (14 starts) 112.1 5 8 0 0 5.21 58
Arthur Rhodes 36 22 2 1 13 1 2.86 26
Brandon Morrow 45 (5 starts) 64.2 3 4 3 10 3.34 75

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Daren Brown
AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Southern League Scott Steinmann
A High Desert Mavericks California League Jim Horner
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Terry Pollreisz
A-Short Season Everett AquaSox Northwest League José Moreno
Rookie Pulaski Mariners Appalachian League Rob Mummau
Rookie AZL Mariners Arizona League Andy Bottin

Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

2008 Seattle Mariners draft picks
Information
Owner Nintendo of America
General Manager(s) Bill Bavasi
Lee Pelekoudas
Jack Zduriencik
Manager(s) John McLaren
Jim Riggleman
First pick Joshua Fields (Rule 4)
Reegie Corona (Rule 5)
Draft positions 20 (Rule 4)
2 (Rule 5)
Number of selections 50 (Rule 4)
2 (Rule 5)
Players signed (Rule 4) 36
Links
Results Baseball-Reference
The Baseball Cube
Official Site The Official Site of the Seattle Mariners
Years 2007 • 2008 • 2009

Below is a complete list of the Seattle Mariners draft picks from the two 2008 Major League Baseball drafts.[1][2]

The Seattle Mariners took part in both the Major League Baseball Rule 4 draft and the Rule 5 draft in 2008.[1][2]

The 2008 Major League Baseball Draft was held on June 5 and June 6, 2008. He Mariners made the 20th selection in the draft, selecting Joshua Fields.[1] The Mariners selected a total of 50 players and signed 36 of those selected players.[1]

In the 2008 Rule 5 draft the Mariners selected two players, one in the Major League phase and one in the Triple-A phase. They also had three players selected by other teams, two in the Triple-A phase and one in the Double-A phase.[2]

June amateur draft[edit]

Key[edit]

Round (Pick) Indicates the round and pick the player was drafted
Position Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play
Bold Indicates the player signed with the Mariners before the deadline
Italics Indicates the player did not sign with the Mariners before the deadline
Bold italics Indicates a player was signed after the deadline

Table[edit]

Round (Pick) Name Position School Ref
1 (20) Joshua Fields Right-handed pitcher University of Georgia [3][4]
2 (20) Dennis Raben Outfielder University of Miami [5]
3 (98) Aaron Pribanic Right-handed pitcher University of Nebraska [1][6]
4 (132) Steven Hensley Right-handed pitcher Elon University [1][7]
5 (162) Brett Lorin Right-handed pitcher Long Beach State University [8]
6 (192) Jarrett Burgess Outfielder Florida Christian School [8]
7 (222) Nate Tenbrink Third baseman Kansas State University [8]
8 (252) Bobby LaFromboise Left-handed pitcher University of New Mexico [8]
9 (282) William Morrison Right-handed pitcher Western Michigan University [1]
10 (312) Nate Newman Right-handed pitcher Pepperdine University [1]
11 (342) Matt Jensen Second basemen Clovis East High School [1]
12 (372) Kenn Kasparek Right-handed pitcher University of Texas [8]
13 (402) Ryan Royster Outfielder University of California, Davis [8]
14 (432) Luke Burnett Right-handed pitcher Louisiana Tech University [1][9]
15 (462) Jacob Shaffer Outfielder Northern Kentucky University [8]
16 (492) Bennett Billingsley Second baseman Lenoir Community College [8]
17 (422) Michael Dennhardt Right-handed pitcher Don Bosco Preparatory High School [1]
18 (552) Travis Howell Catcher Long Beach State University [8]
19 (582) Taylor Lewis Right-handed pitcher Yavapai College [8]
20 (612) Frederick Bello Shortstop Cerro Coso Community College [1][10]
21 (642) Jordan Alvis Right-handed pitcher Middle Tennessee State University [8]
22 (672) Blake Nation Right-handed pitcher Georgia Southern University [8]
23 (702) Brandon Maurer Right-handed pitcher Orange Lutheran High School [1]
24 (732) Henry Contreras Catcher California State University, Los Angeles [8]
25 (762) Paul Robinson Second baseman Paris Junior College [1]
26 (792) Taylor Stanton Right-handed pitcher Diablo Valley College [1]
27 (822) Tommy Johnson Catcher Marshall University [1]
28 (852) Scott Savastano Shortstop Franklin Pierce College [1]
29 (882) Stephen Penney Right-handed pitcher University of California, Riverside [1]
30 (912) Brad Reid Right-handed pitcher Bellevue College [8]
31 (942) Randy Castillo Right-handed pitcher Aiea High School [1]
32 (972) Nick Love Right-handed pitcher Bellevue College [8]
33 (1002) Kyle Brown Left-handed pitcher University of California, Santa Barbara [8]
34 (1032) Ty Tostenson Outfielder Oak Ridge High School [1]
35 (1062) Nicholas Czyz Left-handed pitcher University of Kansas [8]
36 (1092) Chris Kirkland Right-handed pitcher University of Memphis [8]
37 (1122) Brandon Pullen Left-handed pitcher San Diego State University [8]
38 (1152) Andres Esquibel Right-handed pitcher University of Kansas [8]
39 (1182) Christian Staehely Right-handed pitcher Princeton University [8]
40 (1212) Troy Channing Catcher Foothill High School [1]
41 (1242) Henry Cotto Outfielder GateWay Community College [1]
42 (1272) Randy Molina First baseman Stanford University [1]
43 (1302) Mike Kindel Outfielder Springboro High School [1]
44 (1332) Donnie Jobe Second baseman Elon University [8]
45 (1360) Andrew Kittredge Right-handed pitcher Joel E. Ferris High School [1]
46 (1387) Alvin Rittman Outfielder Germantown High School [1]
47 (1414) Richard O'Donald Right-handed pitcher John Dickinson High School [1]
48 (1468) D. J. Mauldin Right-handed pitcher California Polytechnic State University [1]
49 (1468) Joshua Rodriguez Catcher South Mountain College [1]
50 (1495) Walker Kelly Left-handed pitcher Arlington Heights High School [1]

Rule 5 draft[edit]

Key[edit]

Pick Indicates the pick the player was drafted
Previous team Indicates the previous organization, not Minor league team

Table[edit]

Phase Pick Name Position Previous team Notes Ref
Major League 2 Reegie Corona Shortstop New York Yankees Corona was returned to the Yankees before the regular season. [2][11]
Triple-A 2 Pat Ryan Right-handed pitcher Milwaukee Brewers none [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "Seattle Mariners 2008 Draft Results". Major League Baseball. seattle.mariners.mlb.com. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "2008 Rule 5 Draft Picks". Baseball America. baseballamerica.com. December 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  3. ^ David Andriesen (June 5, 2008). "Georgia closer Fields Seattle's top draft pick". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2009-12-14. [dead link]
  4. ^ Jim Street (February 16, 2009). "First-round pick Fields signs". Major League Baseball. mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Mariners sign second-round pick Dennis Raben". Major League Baseball. mlb.mlb.com. July 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Aaron Pribanic Stats & Bio". Minor League Baseball. web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Steven Hensley Stats & Bio". Minor League Baseball. web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Mariners sign 23 players from 2008 Draft". Major League Baseball. mlb.mlb.com. June 12, 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Luke Burnett Stats & Bio". Minor League Baseball. web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  10. ^ "Fred Bello Stats & Bio". Minor League Baseball. web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  11. ^ "Seattle sends Reegie Corona back to the Yankees". Associated Press. usatoday.com. April 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-17.