Current- and Ex- Mariners of the Week (7/3-7/9)

In the newest exclusive feature at, we look at the stars for the American League-leading Seattle Mariners, and the stars who got away (for whatever reason). Old favorites, new heroes, old goats and new laments - find them all in's Current- and Ex- Mariners of the Week!

Mariner of the Week
In a close race, the inaugural Mariner of the week award goes to Ichiro Suzuki, just barely edging out Shigetoshi Hasegawa.

Ichiro gets the nod this week due to the fact that he leads the team in almost every offensive category this week.

He led the team in batting average (.423), on-base percentage (.444), stolen bases (3), and hits (11). He trailed only Edgar Martinez in homeruns and RBIs.

Ichiro also received his third-consecutive All-Star nomination this past week, avoiding the messy player and coaches' vote and finishing on top of the fan balloting. His peers agreed, as well.

Ichiro, along with four other Mariners, will try to win home-field advantage in the World Series for the American League in next week's All-Star game.

Other notables: Hasegawa earned his first All-Star nomination and first crack at the save opportunities until Kazuhiro Sasaki reclaims his role.

Ex-Mariner of the Week
The ex-Mariner of the week goes to former Mariners starter Aaron Sele for his two strong performances for Anaheim in wins against Oakland and Kansas City.

Sele played for the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. With Seattle, he was excellent with 17 wins in 2000 and 15 wins in the record-setting 2001 season.

Sele signed with the Anaheim Angels before the 2002 season, and once again played for a winning team, even though he had an 8-9 record for the World Series Champions.

He has struggled this season as well. He entered the week with a 4-6 record and a 6.29 ERA.

Though limited to five innings per start, his season began anew this week, giving up only one run over 10 innings against two playoff contenders. And he'll begin next week with an even record and his manager's confidence.

Other notables: Matt Mantei returned to the Diamondbacks' bullpen and pitched three, scoreless innings with two saves.

The Mariners lost Mantei in the 1995 Rule V Draft.

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