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FanPost Friday: Crowd-sourced 2021 first-half Mariners superlatives!

It’s almost the All-Star break! Let’s look back on a first half that was full of surprises, some good and some bad

New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners
“on my honor, i will do my best to do my duty...”
Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

We’re just past the actual halfway point and have one more series to go with the still Trout-less Angels before most of the league gets a nice few days off and a handful of players get to go hit dingers and play an exhibition game at Coors Field. But, we’re not here to talk about the All-Star Game on this here FanPost Friday. We’re here to talk about the 2021 Seattle Mariners and give out superlatives for first-half performances.

A few weeks ago, we covered biggest surprises and biggest disappointments from the Mariners so far. I did some non-scientific counting of picks from the comments, and here are my results ranked by top vote-getters.

Biggest Surprise of 2021

  1. J.P. Crawford
  2. Yusei Kikuchi
  3. Chris Flexen

Biggest Disappointment of 2021

  1. 3-way tie between Evan White, James Paxton, and Justus Sheffield
  2. Kyle Seager
  3. Luis Torrens (specific mentions of his catching performance)

So, we’ve covered that one, but I’ve got some more categories for y’all to think about. Use whatever parameters you prefer for all categories. Please copy and paste the following list into a comment and give us your answers. Let’s go!

New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners
J.P. getting some buckets to carry all his superlatives
Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images
  • Your Mariners position player first-half MVP
  • Your Mariners starting pitcher first-half MVP
  • Your Mariners relief pitcher first-half MVP
  • Mariners player you wish had not been on the roster at all in the first-half
  • Mariners player you wish HAD been on the roster the entire first-half
  • First-half injury that hurt the Mariners the most
  • Mariners player most likely to have a better second-half
  • Mariners player most likely to have worse second-half
  • Mariners first-half player you wish you could clone nine times
  • Mariners first-half player with the best personality
  • Mariners first-half player who you think is the best dancer
  • Mariners first-half player you’d be fine getting stuck on desert island with

One last thing before I go, last week’s poll was a ton of fun and I appreciate everyone chiming in with their favorite one-season Mariners players. I still cannot believe I left RICKEY HENDERSON off the poll. Just a massive oversight by me. But anyways, the clear winner and still champion of our hearts...the one, the only....DAE-HO LEE!!!

Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Lots of love out there for runner-ups Bucky Jacobson, Cliff Lee, Denard Span, John Jaso, and Jose Cruz, Jr. Oh, what could have been. They’re all forever Mariners in our hearts.

That’s all for this week. Go Mariners, boo the Angels, and congrats to Yusei Kikuchi on his All-Star Game nomination!