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 Post subject: This Isn't an Endorsement of Arson | History of the Mariners
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:36 pm 
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With Major League Baseball starting their 60 game sprint recently I thought it would be fun to share SB Nation's six-part series "The History of the Seattle Mariners". What a strange team the Seattle Mariners are and if you enjoy this content check out SB Nation's YouTube channel, though it seems like they are rebranding soon. Links to their different content may be found at the end of this post.

YouTube comments I found and agree with:
Excel57 2 months ago
I would argue that this is the greatest documentary of a sports team in history.

Irish Grahovac 5 days ago
100% agreed

Electrified 2 days ago
There is no argument this is the greatest documentary on any sports team

Video Description:
We mean it. “Arson will get you a baseball team” is not the lesson here. In fact, there is no lesson at all. There is only the Seattle Mariners, who in their early years did nothing but screw around and play out some of the weirdest stories in the history of baseball. Welcome to episode one of our six-part series, “The History of the Seattle Mariners.”

This series is written, narrated and produced by Jon Bois and Alex Rubenstein.


• 1:58 – Emil Sick’s name is pronounced “EE-mil,” not “e-MIL.”
• 20:36 – Jon got mixed up here and added an unnecessary arrow. Contrary to the diagram, Gulden did not get traded back to the Mariners an additional time.

Video Description:
After years of abject irrelevance, the Seattle Mariners suddenly became the team of Ken Griffey Jr., one of the most beloved athletes in American history. The Toilet Years were over. The era of anonymous cellar-dwelling had ended. Now, they found themselves in the fight of their lives, battling the California Angels in one of the most dramatic playoff races in baseball history.


• 4:22 – Jon mistakenly called him Greg Phelps. It's Ken Phelps! Ken Phelps!
• 24:14 - Jon accidentally reversed the totals here. The total as of this date was actually NO 246,500, YES 245,418.

Video Description:
After nearly 20 years of losing baseball, the Seattle Mariners were likely to be sold and moved out of town. But on the field, they and the Yankees were playing out one of the most dramatic playoff series baseball has ever seen.

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The late-‘90s Seattle Mariners were like nothing we’ve seen before or since. This was a team that had featured four Hall of Fame-caliber players – Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Alex Rodriguez – in their primes. What could go wrong? Absolutely nothing. Everything went fine. In fact, uh, don’t watch this episode.


• 11:45 – I didn’t properly establish this in the narration, but as the chart indicates, this only assesses the greatest center fielders as of 1997. Were the sample extended to the present day, Mike Trout would be No. 1 on this list. This is egregious cherry-picking and I deserve to be yelled at.
• 24:58 – There’s a copy-paste goof on the Y-axis here. The top gridline marks a 4.00 ERA, not 5.00.

Video Description:
Ichiro Suzuki was the most unconventional and electrifying baseball player of the 21st century. During the 2000s, he and the Mariners pieced together a beautiful, infuriating story.


• 1:41 – The Y-axis labels are incorrect. A-Rod did have more total bases than any other player in this series, but he actually tallied 17 total bases.
• 3:30 – Script error. The Mariners lost Randy Johnson one year and Ken Griffey Jr. the next, not the other way around.
• 29:10 – Typo. Winn’s OPS was 1.071, not .1071.

Video Description:
Felix Hernandez, the hero of the modern-day Mariners, did everything he could to drag them into the playoffs. Lord, how he tried. He never made it happen, because no one man ever can. But to call them cursed, we’d argue, would be to miss the point of the Seattle Mariners entirely.


• 29:11 – The chart here makes it look as though the concurrent Mariners and Rangers streak lasted 12 games. This is because this chart is plotted by game number, rather than by date. On July 20th, the date of the Mariners’ 11th consecutive loss, the Rangers’ winning streak had actually already ended. They had already played a couple games more than the Mariners by that date.
• 41:10 – Minor script error. I meant to say that Edgar didn’t play his first full major league season until age 27. He appeared in the majors for brief stints at age 24 and 25, and played just under half a season at age 26.


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 Post subject: Re: This Isn't an Endorsement of Arson | History of the Mari
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:10 am 
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That was a good video series. I'm not a baseball fan, but it was still fun to watch.

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