As we saw last week when reminiscing on the Mariners’ center fielders since Ken Griffey Jr. skipped town, the team has enjoyed varying success in trying to catch lightning in a bottle for a second time. Mike Cameron and Franklin Gutierrez, the two people who have played center field for Seattle most often since Griffey bailed, are better than any of the players on this list.
I would say six of these shortstops are unquestionably glove first, two were undeniably in there for their bat, and the rest sort of occupy the space between. Only one of these fellas made the All-Star team as a Mariner shortstop. Two of them made it after leaving, and two others won a World Series after not only moving on, but also changing positions.
The gaping innings chasm between the first person on this list and the rest of the field is pretty funny to me. You’d think that the person who’s played the position the most would logically be the best of the bunch, and while this guy wasn’t an abomination or anything, there are better players down the list who the organization traded or let run free.
The first four on the outside of the club trying to get past the bouncer? None other than Taylor Motter, Shawn O’Malley, Dylan Moore, and Munenori Kawasaki. All of those guys could beat Alex Rodriguez in a fight.