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About Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners joined the American League West Division in 1977. The Oakland Athletics were a well-established franchise by that time.

From their first game on April 1, 1979, that saw only 250 fans at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, to games that now draw thousands of baseball fans, the Mariners-Athletics rivalry has evolved into one of the fiercest in the MLB.

The four year span from the year 2000 to 2003 was one of the most intense phases of the rivalry between the two teams. In 2000, the Mariners lost the division title to the Athletics on a tie-breaker. The following season, the Seattle Mariners were able to beat Oakland Athletics in 10 out of 19 games. In 2002, although the Mariners secured 93 wins, they finished third behind the Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels. The next season, the Mariners again won 93 games but finished second behind the Athletics.

Memorable Moments

The Seattle-Athletics rivalry has given baseball fans plenty of moments to cherish. Among these one of the most memorable moments for Seattle supporters was when pitcher Fernando Rodney tied the team’s single season save record with the 45th save against the Athletics at the Safeco Field on in 2014. He went on to collect three more saves in the final sixteen games of the season. These 48 saves by Rodney helped to keep the team in playoff contention for that season.

Another surprising point in the history for the two teams’ was when Ken Griffey Jr. made his Major League debut for the Mariners against the Athletics on April 3, 1989. The young player hit a line drive double off Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Dave Stewart at the Oakland Coliseum. This hit not only stands out in the match-up history of the two sides but also marks the beginning of his extraordinary career.

Statistics – Head to Head Record

The Athletics lead the Mariners in head to head contests. The Mariners are among the eight Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series. The Athletics, on the other hand have won the World Series title an impressive nine times.

As far as the teams’ head to head record goes, the table below shows how the Mariners have performed against the Athletics.

Games Played Wins Losses Wins %age Home Wins-Losses Away Wins-Losses
611 273 338 .447 149-154 124-184

The Mariners have recorded 2512 runs against the Athletics so far while the Athletics have scored 2824 runs in return. As for the teams’ head to head post season record, they have never squared off against each other in the playoffs.

Hall of Famers

Both the Mariners and the Athletics have produced numerous Hall of Famers. When talking about the Mariners, the names that cannot be ignored are Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr., both of whom dominated the game during their tenure.

TJohnson played on the Mariners from 1989 to 1998. He won the American League Cy Young Award with an 18-2 record, 2.48 ERA and 294 strikeouts in 1995. He was the first Mariners’ pitcher to receive this honor. Ken Griffey Jr. on the other hand, ranks sixth on the list of the top MLB home run hitters. Besides his memorable MLB debut in 1989, he is a 13-time All-Star and a 10-time Gold Glove winner.

Among the Athletics Hall of Famers is Reggie Jackson who helped his team win five back to back American League West Division Pennants and three consecutive World Series titles.

The contributions of the iconic player Rickey Henderson must be given weight when talking about the Athletics memorable players. He has played for many different teams in his long MLB career, most memorable is his time with his original team, the Athletics. He is known by many and was the team’s leadoff hitter when they won the World Series Championship in 1989.

Mariners Take on the Athletics Once Again

The MLB 2017 season is in full swing and baseball fans are anxiously looking forward to catching these two teams in action at Safeco Field and the Oakland Coliseum. Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners tickets are in high demand. To ensure you don’t miss out on what is expected to be a thrilling spectacle, buy your cheap Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners tickets now.

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