As the Seattle Mariners celebrate the 35th Anniversary of their inception, while pocket change in comparison to some of the more venerable franchises in Major League Baseball, the team sends a clear message of their own history and heritage. Such a milestone invites fans to look back over Mariners history, and while there has been little to celebrate in terms of team success, there have been larger than life individual talents wearing Mariner uniforms over the past three and a half decades. It is then striking to notice, while enjoying a game this season at the Safe, that next to the handful of AL West and Wildcard pennants hanging proudly in the rafters, there are no retired Mariner numbers.
This observation then lends itself to the obvious question, and hopefully a discussion: SHOULD there be numbers off limits to new Mariners? If so, which ones? Are there Mariner legends deserving to have their numbers hanging next to the 95 AL West pennant, reminding us of the season this team Refused to Lose? Or the record setting 2001 season (Sodo Mojo?).
#11 and #24 would be the first two obvious candidates, but are there reasons for (arguably?) the two most celebrated Mariners not having their numbers retired? Perhaps the team feels a HOF birth would need to precede the greatest act of one team's individual enshrinement. If so, is this the right position?