Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the Seattle Mariners.
The best thing that happened to the Seattle Mariners in 2013 was the Houston Astros moving into the AL West. It was a get-out-of-last-place free card, one the Mariners gladly accepted after finishing last seven of the 10 years.
Beyond the new company lingering near the bottom of the AL West, things haven't exactly been fun in 2013 for the Mariners. Their owner died. Their manager had a mild stroke. But at least Felix Hernandez is alive, well and richer. So let's give the Mariners a toast.
To the Mariners, for getting a great season out of Hisashi Iwakuma, who was just as good — actually a little bit better than — King Felix. To the Mariners, for going 15-10 in July and tying the A's for the best record in the AL West that month. Celebrate what you can, right? To the Mariners, for moving in their fences in the offseason and then having the third-most homers in baseball. To the Mariners, for having the Seahawks nearby to prove that it's possible to turn things around.
We're not going to bogart this toast. Here's what the people had to say to the 2013 Mariners. Add your own toast in the comments.
— Dan J. Glickman (@DanJGlickman) September 16, 2013
— Jer Wallis (@Belom3) September 18, 2013
— Baseball Countdown (@Count2Baseball) September 22, 2013
ALREADY: Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins.
UP NEXT: The Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks have all been eliminated. Their toasts are coming soon. Send yours to @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and watch the #MLBToasts hashtag.