Press Release: December 29, 2020
Some uniforms numbers are iconic and easily remember. It’s not difficult to remember which Mariners wore 11 or 24, the two baseball jerseys that hang on the center-field façade at T-Mobile Park as the lone numbers retired in franchise history.
But who is the best player to wear every uniform number?
Well, that’s a little tougher. So here’s our list of the best 50 numbers jerseys and share you next of number in other article Mariner who don each digit
00: Jeffrey Leonard (1989-90): HacMan is one of just two players to wear either 0 or 00 for Seattle, and he closed out his 14-year MLB career with two seasons for the Mariners, including 89’s All-Star campaign.
1: Kyle Lewis (2020): For Seattle 21 players to wear numero uno, but they were not better than the American League Rookie of the Year this past season.
2: Jean Segura (2017-18): In Seattle Segura spent two but made the most of them with an All-Star effort in his second year.
3: Alex Rodriguez (1994-2000): In seven seasons Alex wearing this number for and earned four All-Star berths, four Silver Slugger Awards at shortstop and two Top-3 MVP finishes.
4: Harold Reynolds (1984, 1987-92): The current MLB Network analyst wore No. 4 for most of his 10 seasons with the Seattle, regaining the number in ‘87 and earning both his AL All-Star appearances and three Gold Glove awards in that uniform.
5: John Olerud (2000-04): John is well known by his batting helmet than his jersey number, this is one of the quiet standouts on Seattle’s outstanding teams at the turn of the century earned an All-Star berth and three Gold Gloves with his hometown club during this time.
6: Dan Wilson (1995-2005): Though Julio Cruz had some great years in this number, it’s tough to top the Mariners Hall of Fame catcher, as Wilson played a key role on all four Mariners playoff teams during his 12 seasons with Seattle.
7: Marco Gonzales (2019-20): Gonzales switched to No. 7 the past two seasons and that move coincided with his emergence as the Mariners’ No. 1 starter; he’s gone 23-15 with a 3.76 ERA in 45 starts.
8: Carlos Guillen (1999-2003): Guillen wore this number his final five seasons in Seattle and emerged as the starting shortstop on some very good teams, including the 116-win group in ’01.
9: Ruppert Jones (1977-79): The Mariners’ first pick in the 1976 expansion Draft became the first No. 9 in franchise history and wore it well as the club’s starting center fielder and first AL All-Star in ’77.
10: Dave Valle (1987-93): Valle in his fourth seasons switched to No.10 with Seattle, which happened to also be the time he took over as the starting catcher, a position he held for seven straight seasons while batting .234 and providing solid defense.
11: Edgar Martinez (1987-2002): When Martinez made it to the big leagues at age 24, he became the eighth Mariner to wear No. 11.After retirement of Martinez nobody else will ever wear it again as the number. Martinez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame following his outstanding 18-year career in Seattle.
12: Mark Langston (1984-89): Langston broke in with the Mariners as a 23-year-old lefty and had six strong seasons -- including an All-Star campaign in ’87 -- before being traded to the Expos in the deal that brought Randy Johnson to Seattle.
13: Omar Vizquel (1989-93): Omar In his 25 years career spent the first five years with Seattle and remains one of the finest fielding shortstops to have played the game, but due recent allegations of domestic violence will cast a shadow over his legacy and potentially erode support for a Hall of Fame bid.
14: Tom Paciorek (1978-81): One of Seattle’s early memorable characters, Paciorek hit .296 in four seasons with the Mariners and was the team’s 1981 All-Star.
15: Kyle Seager (2011-20): Seager took over as the starting third baseman in 2011, has held down the hot corner for a decade and ranks fourth all-time in franchise history in hits, home runs and RBIs.
16: Mike Blowers (1993-95, ’97, ‘99): Willie Bloomquist wore this number well for seven seasons in Seattle, but the nod goes to fellow hometown hero Blowers, thanks to his power production as well as his key role on the historic ’95 team.
17: Mitch Haniger (2017-19): Injuries have hampered Haniger’s time in Seattle, but he had an All-Star season in ’18 and his 10.5 bWAR in his limited time speaks volumes about his overall abilities.
18: Hisashi Iwakuma (2012-17): Iwakuma belongs to Japan, he was quiet right-hander,one of the most underrated starters in the game during his six seasons in Seattle, going 63-39 with a 3.42 ERA in 150 games (136 starts), earning an All-Star bid in 2013 and throwing a no-hitter in ’15.
19: Jay Buhner (1989-2001): The Bone owned No. 19 for 14 seasons in Seattle, during which time he hit 307 homers with 951 RBIs and established himself as a fixture in right field, now standing as one of nine members of the Mariners Hall of Fame. Though his number hasn’t been retired, nobody has worn 19 since he stopped playing.
20: J.J. Putz (2003-08): He was the big right-hander player saved 101 games after moving into the closer’s role his final three years in Seattle, and he posted a 3.07 ERA in 308 games in his six years with the club, including an All-Star season with 40 saves in ’07.
21: Alvin Davis (1984-91): They call him Mr. Mariner for a reason, as Davis became the franchise’s first real star, winning AL Rookie of the Year honors while making the All-Star team in ’84 and winding up as the first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame.
22: Robinson Canó: (2014-18): The biggest free-agent signee in club history after being lured away from the Yankees on a 10-year, $240 million deal, Canó was a three-time All-Star and hit .296 with 107 homers in five seasons before being traded to the Mets following a PED suspension in ’18.
23: Nelson Cruz (2015-18): Cruz the big designated hitter led the Majors with 163 home runs during his four seasons in Seattle, earning three All-Star berths and two Silver Slugger Awards while batting .284 with 414 RBIs.
24: Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-99, 2009-10): Frank MacCormack, Rob Dressler, Dave Edler, Gene Nelson and Harold Reynolds for one year as a rookie in ’85. Those are the only players to wear 24 for Seattle, and that will forever remain the case, as Griffey’s was the first number retired by the Mariners after he became the club’s first National Baseball Hall of Famer.
25: Mike Moore (1982-88): Seattle’s first-round Draft pick in ’81 turned out to be a pretty good pitcher on some pretty bad teams. He went 17-10 with a 3.46 ERA in ’85 and finished 10th in the AL Cy Young voting, but was 66-96 with a 4.38 ERA overall in seven seasons and took a Major League-high 19 losses in ’87.
26: Brendan Ryan (2011-13): One of the more eccentric players to wear a Mariners uniform, Ryan was a defensive wizard at shortstop who couldn’t hit a lick … though he did have the odd habit of licking his uniform on his left shoulder as he was standing at the plate before every at-bat.
27: Diego Segui: (1977): Let’s be honest. There’s not a great choice among the 24 Mariners who’ve borne this digit, so we’ll go with the very first. Admittedly, Segui’s 0-7 record and 5.69 ERA in 40 games aren’t the stuff of legend, but at 39 years old he was the first Mariner to throw a pitch in their inaugural game in ’77 and his son, David, wound up playing first base for the Mariners 21 years later.
28: Raul Ibanez (2004-08, 2013): Tough call here as Joey Cora also wore the number during his four seasons in Seattle and was part of the fun ’95 run and an All-Star in ‘97. But Ibanez had the biggest six seasons of his 11-year Seattle career wearing No. 28 and ranks in the franchise’s Top 10 lists in nearly every offensive category.
29: Bret Boone (2001-05): Some worthy candidates here as well as outfielder Phil Bradley was a standout the 1980s and future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre spent five seasons with the Mariners during his outstanding career. But Bradley made only one All-Star team and Beltre didn’t play his best ball in Seattle, while Boone was a huge factor on the Mariners’ 116-win team in ’01 and earned two All-Star bids, two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers, as well as a pair of Top 10 MVP seasons during his second stint with the club.
30: Ken Griffey (1990-91): With apologies to Aaron Sele, who won 17 games and earned an All-Star berth in 2000, we’re going to grandfather this one in -- or father it in, more accurately -- to Ken Griffey Jr.’s pops, who played alongside Junior for 51 games at the end of his own outstanding career and pulled off the amazing father-son back-to-back home run feat in 1990.
31: Jerry Reed (1986-90): Reed was a solid reliever for the Mariners for five years on some pretty lean teams, going 13-11 with a 3.49 ERA in 152 appearances. Who’d you think we were going to pick, Bobby Ayala?
32: Ed Vande Berg (1982-85): Another reliever out of the way-back machine, Vande Berg was a workhorse lefty who went 21-21 with a 3.75 ERA in 272 appearances, including an AL-leading 78 in a strong rookie season, when he put up a 2.37 ERA.
33: Bob Wolcott (1995-97): Wolcott served as a fill-in starter that night after Randy Johnson and the rest of the rotation were wiped out in the dramatic five-game ALDS victory over the Yankees.
34: Felix Hernandez (2006-19): Freddy Garcia had six outstanding seasons and earned a pair of All-Star berths, but Hernandez took the same number as his Venezuelan hero when he arrived in Seattle, and the rest is history. Don’t expect anyone else to put on the 34 now that The King has concluded his reign.
35: Rickey Henderson (2000): Sure, he played just 92 games and hit .238 after signing with the Mariners as a free agent in mid-March. But this we are talking about a first-ballot Hall of Famer here, and the man still was able to put up a .362 on-base percentage and steal 31 bases for Seattle that year at age 41.
36: Gaylord Perry (1982-83): Brian Holman put up a couple pretty good seasons as a starting pitcher wearing this number, but again, it’s hard to ignore the Hall of Famer in the house, as Perry won his 300th career game with the Mariners in 1982 at age 43 and wound up 13-22 with a 4.58 ERA in 48 starts for Seattle at the tail end of his 22-year big league run.
37: Norm Charlton (1993, ’95-97, 2001): The Sheriff was a veteran force in the ’95 bullpen and wound up saving 67 games in three different stints with Seattle.
38: Joel Pineiro (2000-06): Pineiro was a key rookie on the 116-win club in ’01 and won 16 games in ’03, and despite some later struggles, he finished with a 58-55 record and 4.48 ERA over seven seasons with Seattle.
39: Edwin Díaz (2016-18): Nobody had a sweeter season than “Sugar” in 2018 when he blew away the franchise record with 57 saves, tied for the second most in MLB history.
40: Mike Schooler (1988-91): Schooler racked up 85 saves and a 2.96 ERA in his first four seasons for Seattle wearing this number. Then he switched to No. 29 in ’92, saw his ERA balloon to 4.70 with five blown saves in 18 chances and was released at the end of the season.
41: Shane Rawley (1978-81): Opened a 12-year MLB career with four seasons in Seattle and posted a solid 3.79 ERA in 205 outings.
42: Dave Henderson (1981-86): Hendu was the first player ever drafted by the Mariners as their No. 1 selection in 1977 and wound up filling the primary starting center-field role for five seasons before being traded to Boston. He later became a postseason hero with the Red Sox and A’s while playing in four World Series during his 14-year career.
43: Jeff Nelson (1994-95, 2001-03): The lanky right-hander wore this number for five of the eight years he spent with the Mariners during three tours of duty, including his All-Star season of ’01.
44: Mike Cameron (2000-03): Cameron did an amazing job of replacing Griffey in center field after being acquired as part of the superstar’s trade to the Reds, quickly becoming a fan favorite of his own with outstanding defense and a solid bat. Cameron was a two-time Gold Glove winner and an ’01 All-Star in his four seasons, and once hit four home runs in a game.
45: Jim Beattie (1981-86): Beattie starter was not with very-good teams in his six seasons, going 43-72 with a 4.14 ERA in 163 games. He ranked in the top 10 in AL pitching bWAR in two seasons, then went on to get his MBA from the University of Washington, worked as development director from 1990-95 for Mariners’ player and later became GM of the Expos and Orioles.
46: Mike Hampton (1993): Hampton spent only one season with the Mariners and got roughed up badly, going 1-3 with a 9.53 ERA in 13 games (three starts) as a 20-year-old rookie. But after being traded to the Astros the following year, the lefty went on to become a two-time All-Star in a 16-year career with five other teams.
47: John Mabry (1999-00, 2003): The 14-year veteran spent three seasons in Seattle and hit .237/.310/.373 with 13 homers in 198 games as a versatile utility man.
48: Paul Abbott (1998-02): Abbott went 36-17 with a 4.48 ERA in 99 games (70 starts), including going 17-4 with a 4.25 ERA for the record-breaking ’01 squad.
49: Roy Thomas (1983-87): As a multi-inning reliever, Thomas posted a 14-3 record and 3.92 ERA in 252 2/3 innings over 112 outings with Seattle.
50: Jamie Moyer (1996-2006): After being acquired as a 33-year-old journeyman, Moyer refined his soft-tossing routine so well that he wound up with a 145-87 record and 3.97 ERA in 324 games over 11 seasons in Seattle.