They celebrated like a playoff-bound team, despite the fact that their season had just come to a close. A third-place finish in a four-team division is not often cause for celebration, but for all accounts and purposes this ballclub was a winner. Before the year began, forecasters pegged the Seattle Mariners for a .500 record or worse. An 81-81 showing would be a 20-game improvement over the year prior, and a positive step in the right direction. By Sunday afternoon, when the 2009 season ultimately came to its conclusion, the MÆs had posted a record of 85-77. They finished eight games over .500 and 24 games better than a miserable 101-loss 2008 campaign. Following a 4-3 victory over the visiting Texas Rangersùthe MarinersÆ 35th one-run win of the seasonùplayers embraced on the field, s ...
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