Are the rebuilding Mariners making progress?
The Mariners finished the 2012 season Wednesday with a 75-87 record. I just filed a curtain-closing column about the team, which will post later tonight. Here's an excerpt:
The Mariners concluded another rebuilding year Wednesday with their third straight losing season. It's also their third straight finish at the bottom of the AL West. They ended up 19 games behind first-place Oakland -- Oakland! -- in a division that keeps getting stronger. Oh, but this has been progressive cellar dwelling: 61-101 record in 2010, 67-95 in 2011, 75-87 this season.
By playing well in July and August, the Mariners made this season more exciting than anticipated. Nevertheless, they were the worst-hitting team in baseball (.234 average) for a third consecutive season. And even though they received a nice season from Kyle Seager, a surprise season from Michael Saunders and a clutch season from John Jaso, they endured the struggles of two potential cornerstones of this rebuilding project -- Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak -- and Jesus Montero couldn't avoid the customary erratic performance of a player in his first full season. Stars didn't emerge, but the Mariners have clarity on their young talent. It's a good, though not spectacular, mix.
That's just a glimpse of how I saw the season. Now, it's your turn to voice your opinion on their rebuilding.
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