M's a Factor in October

The Seattle Mariners could win the World Series this fall. Okay, not the current M's roster – not after a 93-loss campaign.

But several former Seattle Mariners coaches and players will begin postseason play on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Among the eight playoff clubs, 26 former Mariners, including six from the 1995 "Refuse To Lose" squad, will suit up this October. Of those 26, 18 are active players, six are in the coaching profession.


St. Louis Cardinals - (1 Player, 0 Coaches)
  • John Mabry, UT – Mabry was a member of the 1999, 2000 and 2003 M's teams, and also played in Triple-A Tacoma in '00 and '03. Mabry is a pinch-hitter de jour for the Cards, sporting a .273 average in that role.

  • San Diego Padres - (1/1)
  • Miguel Olivo, C – Olivo spent about a season with Seattle, hitting .176 with 104 strikeouts in just over 300 at-bats. He's been very good with the Pads so far and is actually an asset for them in the playoffs.
  • Dave Magadan, Hitting Coach – Magadan played 71 games for the M's in 1993, hitting .256, 32 points under his career average, with just one home run. Magadan's junior twin is Sean Burroughs.

  • Atlanta Braves - (1/0)
  • Jorge Sosa, RHP – Sosa was a Rule V selection by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2001. Sosa never spent a day on the M's 40-man roster but will likely play a role in the Braves ‘pen this fall.

  • Houston Astros - (2/0)
  • Raul Chavez, C – Chavez played with Tacoma in 1998 and 1999 and had one at-bat with the M's in '98. He now serves as Brad Ausmus' backup.
  • Charles Gipson, OF – The speedy Gipson spent parts of four season with Seattle between 1998-2002. His role in Houston is exactly the same; run fast and play defense.


    New York Yankees - (4/2)
  • Tino Martinez, 1B/DH - "The Tino" was a key member of the '95 club, hitting 31 home runs and driving in 111. Martinez will likely play sparingly in the postseason with Giambi's bat on fire.
  • Alex Rodriguez, 3B – Probably the franchise's most talented player in its history, Rodriguez is as good as ever for the Yankees and may be the league's MVP for the second time.
  • Randy Johnson, LHP – Seattle's biggest threat on the mound in their history isn't the world beater he was two years ago, but he's still the Big Unit.
  • Ruben Sierra, DH – Sierra spent the 2002 season with the M's and hit .270 with 13 homers in Edgar Martinez's absence. He's a great bench bat for the Yanks, hitting 17 home runs this season.
  • Luis Sojo, Third Base Coach – Who can forget "Everybody Scores?" Rick Rizzs won't.
  • Mel Stottlemyre, Pitching Coach - Stottlemyre spent four seasons as a roving instructor for the M's from 1977-81. Still a Sammamish resident, Stottlemyre is likely to retire at season's end, but has been the Yankees pitching coach for 10 years.

  • Boston Red Sox - (5/1)
  • Mike Myers, LHP – Signed by Seattle prior to the 2004 season, Myers is still the same sidearm-slingin' southpaw that he's always been. May or may not be on the postseason roster
  • Mike Timlin, RHP – Involved in the infamous trade for Jose Cruz, Jr . in 1997. Red Sox will count on him to close games this October.
  • Jason Varitek, C – Involved in the worst trade in club history that netted the M's the 13 saves and near-5 ERA of Heathcliffe Slocumb. The captain of the defending champs is the undeniable leader in Beantown.
  • John Olerud, 1B – Olerud's career has spiked since he realized he wasn't doing all he could do to be a better player. The Sox will go to him versus tough right-handers and late in games defensively.
  • David Ortiz, DH – "Arias" when he was traded, Big Papi was sent to Minnesota as the player to be named later for third baseman Dave Hollins. Ouch. Ortiz is one of the best hitters in baseball.
  • Bill Haselman, Bullpen Coach – "Has" backed up Dan Wilson and Dave Valle in the 90s and then Varitek and Ivan Rodriguez in his final two seasons. Haselman oversees the Sox ‘pen.

  • Anaheim Angels - (0/3)
  • Bud Black, Pitching Coach – Drafted by the M's in '79, Black tossed just one inning for Seattle, allowing two hits and three walks. Black is well thought of around the league as a pitching coach.
  • Orlando Mercado, Bullpen Coach – Mercado played in Seattle from 82-84, hitting all of three home runs in 273 at-bats. Mercado is the Halos version of Haselman, or Tampa's Matt Sinatro.
  • Ron Roenicke, Third Base Coach – Roenicke played with the M's in 1983, hitting .253 with four home runs. He also received a call about the M's manager vacancy last winter. He may get a gig in the next year or two.

  • Chicago White Sox - (4/1)
  • Freddy Garcia, RHP – Garcia came to Seattle by way of Houston for Randy Johnson. Now, after being swapped for Jeremy Reed, Miguel Olivo and Michael Morse, the "Chief" is eating innings in the windy city. His experience in big games could be the difference for the Sox this month.
  • Damaso Marte, LHP – Marte pitched in five games in 1999, signed with the Yankees the following winter and then was traded twice, landing in Chicago. Marte is an integral part of the bullpen in Chi-town.
  • Chris Widger, C – Widger had two stints in Seattle, playing in 67 games in 1995-96 and 2000. He's now a sound backup to A.J. Pierzynski.
  • Scott Podsednik, OF – Pods may be most remembered in Seattle for his first big-league at-bat when he tripled with the bases loaded in 2001. Two years later he's the bst base stealer in the game for the Brewers and White Sox and serves as Ozzie Guillen's leadoff man.
  • Joey Cora, Third Base Coach – "Little Joey Cora" was huge in the postseason in 1995, a fact that gets lost behind Edgar's heroics and Griffey's route to paydirt. Cora is one of Guillen's closest friends and the skipper leans on the former M's crybaby, when times get tough.

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