The 2015 Ex-Seattle Mariners (or, Former Mariners in the Playoffs)

choomarinersThe 2015 MLB playoffs are underway, and for the fourteenth straight season, your Seattle Mariners are not invited to the party.

Lest you fret over not being able to watch your beloved M’s take part in the postseason, we’re here to bring you the list of all 24 former Mariners who find themselves on the active rosters of playoff-bound teams. Yep, you read that correctly. A total of 24 ex-Mariners have made their way to greener pastures since leaving Seattle, one shy of the number needed to fill a 25-man roster.

With 10 teams having qualified for postseason play (including Wildcard participants), that averages out to 2.4 ex-Mariners per roster. And in fact only one squad fails to employ a former Mariner: the St. Louis Cardinals, who have become renowned for cultivating their own homegrown talent.

Here’s the list of all 24 playoff-bound ex-Mariners, broken down by team:

Chicago Cubs

OF Chris Denorfia

OF Austin Jackson

RP Fernando Rodney

Houston Astros

RP Josh Fields

RP Oliver Perez

IF Luis Valbuena

Kansas City Royals

DH Kendrys Morales

SP Chris Young

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF Justin Ruggiano

New York Yankees

OF Dustin Ackley

SP Michael Pineda

DH Alex Rodriguez

IF Brendan Ryan

New York Mets

RP Eric O’Flaherty

Pittsburgh Pirates

1B/OF Michael Morse

Texas Rangers

3B Adrian Beltre

OF Shin-Soo Choo

C Chris Gimenez

Toronto Blue Jays

OF Ezequiel Carrera

RP Steve Delabar

SP R.A. Dickey

IF Munenori Kawasaki

RP Mark Lowe

1B Justin Smoak

With six ex-Mariners on their active roster, the Toronto Blue Jays have the best chance of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as the postseason rolls on.

And bear in mind, this list only includes those former Mariners who are on their respective teams’ active rosters. Which means a guy like, say, J.A. Happ, who helped pitch the Pittsburgh Pirates into the playoffs but was left off their first-round roster, is being scrapped from this ragtag bunch.

Amazingly, the balance across all positions found amongst these former Mariners is enough to field a team of its own. One could actually piece together a respectable Ex-Seattle Mariners roster from just these playoff-bound personalities.

Just for fun (loose definition of “fun” here), here’s how a starting nine might shape up:

  1. RF Shin-Soo Choo
  2. CF Austin Jackson
  3. 3B Adrian Beltre
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. 1B Kendrys Morales
  6. 2B Luis Valbuena
  7. LF Dustin Ackley
  8. C Chris Gimenez
  9. SS Brendan Ryan

Your three-man postseason starting rotation:

  1. Michael Pineda
  2. R.A. Dickey
  3. Chris Young

A formidable bullpen, with action from both sides:

RHP Steve Delabar

RHP Fernando Rodney

RHP Josh Fields

RHP Mark Lowe

LHP Eric O’Flaherty

LHP Oliver Perez

And a deep bench that features a fair amount of versatility:

OF Ezequiel Carrera

OF Chris Denorfia

IF Munenori Kawasaki

1B/OF Michael Morse

OF Justin Ruggiano

1B Justin Smoak

All in all, the ex-Seattle Mariners might not be too bad. Way to go, M’s.

One thought on “The 2015 Ex-Seattle Mariners (or, Former Mariners in the Playoffs)”

  1. Subtract ARod’s salary and what would the payroll be for this ex-M’s team. Just for fun and giggles..

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