Seattle Mariners Opening Day Starters By Year

In the 42 seasons of Seattle Mariners baseball, there have been 15 different Opening Day starting pitchers.

This season, the club will make that 16 when left-hander Marco Gonzales takes the mound to open the season in Tokyo March 20.


Here they are year-by-year:

2019 Marco Gonzales Oakland TBD
2018 Felix Hernandez Cleveland 2-1 W
2017 Felix Hernandez Houston 3-0 L
2016 Felix Hernandez Texas 3-2 L
2015 Felix Hernandez Los Angeles (AL) 4-1 W
2014 Felix Hernandez Los Angeles (AL) 10-3 W
2013 Felix Hernandez Oakland 2-0 W
2012 Felix Hernandez Oakland 3-1 W
2011 Felix Hernandez Oakland 6-2 W
2010 Felix Hernandez Oakland 5-3 W
2009 Felix Hernandez Minnesota 6-1 W
2008 Erik Bedard Texas 5-2 W
2007 Felix Hernandez Oakland 4-0 W
2006 Jamie Moyer Los Angeles (AL) 5-4 L
2005 Jamie Moyer Minnesota 5-1 W
2004 Jamie Moyer Anaheim 10-5 L
2003 Freddy Garcia Oakland 5-0 L
2002 Freddy Garcia Chicago (AL) 6-5 L
2001 Freddy Garcia Oakland 5-4 W
2000 Jamie Moyer Boston 2-0 W
1999 Jeff Fassero Chicago (AL) 8-2 L
1998 Randy Johnson Cleveland 10-9 L
1997 Jeff Fassero New York (AL) 4-2 W
1996 Randy Johnson Chicago (AL) 3-2 W
1995 Randy Johnson Detroit 3-0 W
1994 Randy Johnson Cleveland 4-3 L
1993 Randy Johnson Toronto 8-1 W
1992 Randy Johnson Texas 12-10 L
1991 Erik Hanson California 3-2 L
1990 Brian Holman California 7-4 W
1989 Mark Langston Oakland 3-2 L
1988 Mark Langston Oakland 4-1 L
1987 Mark Langston California 7-1 L
1986 Mike Moore California 8-4 W
1985 Mike Moore Oakland 6-3 W
1984 Mike Moore Toronto 3-2 W
1983 Gaylord Perry New York (AL) 5-4 W
1982 Floyd Bannister Minnesota 11-7 W
1981 Glenn Abbott California 6-2 L
1980 Mike Parrott Toronto 8-6 W
1979 Glenn Abbott California 5-4 W
1978 Glenn Abbott Minnesota 3-2 W
1977 Diego Segui California 7-0 L

Here’s who’s had the most:

Player OD Starts
Felix Hernandez 11
Randy Johnson 6
Jamie Moyer 4
Glenn Abbott 3
Mark Langston 3
Mike Moore 3
Freddy Garcia 3
Jeff Fassero 2

Here’s who has the most in MLB history:

Player OD Starts
Tom Seaver 16
Steve Carlton 14
Randy Johnson 14
Walter Johnson 14
Jack Morris 14
Walter Johnson 14
Jack Morris 14
Roger Clemens 13
Robin Roberts 13
Grover Cleveland Alexander 12
Bert Blyleven 12

Seattle Mariners Giveaways for 2019

Opening Day creeps closer and the Seattle Mariners continue to prepare for the 2019 season in Peoria, Arizona.

Fans also can prepare for the season by getting their opening homestand tickets before they’re gone.

If you’re a memorabilia collector, here are the top giveaways for 2019, sorted by Month.

Click on giveaway link to buy tickets.


 28 4:10 PM PT Boston Magnetic Schedules – All Fans
31 1:10 PM PT` Boston Kid T-Shirt — All Kids 14 & Under
13 6:10 PM PT Houston Salute to Armed Forces Cap — First 15,000 Fans
26 7:10 PM PT Texas Fanny Pack — First 10,000 Fans
27 6:10 PM PT Texas Mitch Haniger Bobblehead — First 20,000
28 1:10 PM PT Texas Mariners Sunglasses — All Kids 14 & Under


17 7:10 PM PT Minnesota Mariners Trucker Hat — First 10,000 Fans
18 7:10 PM PT` Minnesota Ken Griffey Jr. Bobblehead — First 20,000 Fans
19 1:10 PM PT Minnesota Mariners — First 10,000 Fans


12 7:10 PM PT L.A. Angels Mariners Bat & Ball — All Kids 14 & Under
21 7:10 PM PT` Baltimore Lou Piniella Lou-Au Hawaiian Shirt — First 10,000 Fans
22 1:10 PM PT Baltimore Seattle Pilots Caps — First 20,000 Fans
23 1:10 PM PT Baltimore Rick Rizzs Talking Bottle Opener — First 10,000 Fans | Mariners Socks — All Kids 14& Under


4 1:10 PM PT St. Louis Patriotic Mariners Tank Top — First 10,000 Fans
21 1:10 PM PT` L.A. Angels Edgar Martinez HOF Placard — First 20,000 Fans
27 1:10 PM PT Detroit Mariners Beach Towel
28 1:10 PM PT Detroit Mariners Backpack — All Kids 14 & Under


9 7:10 PM PT Tampa Bay Edgar Martinez HOF Bobblehead — First 40,000 Fans
10 1:10 PM PT` Tampa Bay Edgar Martinez HOF Replica Plaque — First 40,000 Fans
11 6:10 PM PT Tampa Bay Edgar Martinez Drive Replica Street Sign — First 40,000 Fans


14 6:10 PM PT Chicago Bobblehead Night
27 7:10 PM PT Oakland Team Poster
29 12:10 PM PT Oakland Mariner Moose Poster


Seattle Mariners April Promotions

Marco Gonzales

The Seattle Mariners open their home schedule with a four-game series versus the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox March 28-31, and there’s no shortage of promotions in the early-going — which means it’s get-your-tickets time at T-Mobile Park.

On Opening Day, all fans will receive a magnetic schedule. The next day is College Night, and for the final game of the series all kids will receive a Mariners T-Shirt.


Here is the Seattle Mariners promotional schedule for April.

MON 1 7:10P PT Angels Mariners Value Game
TUE 2 7:10P PT Angels Mariners Value Game
FRI 12 7:10P PT Astros College Night
FRI 13 6:10P PT Astros Salute to Armed Forces Night — Military Cap
SUN 14 1:10P PT Astros Mariners Value Game
MON 15 7:10P PT Indians Mariners Value Game
TUE 16 7:10P PT Indians Mariners Value Game
THU 25 7:10P PT Rangers Mariners Value Game
FRI 26 7:10P PT Rangers Fanny Pack Night
SAT 27 6:10P PT Rangers Mitch Haniger Bobblehead
SUN 28 1:10P PT Rangers Little League Day — Mariners Sunglasses
TUE 30 7:10P PT Cubs Peanut Butter Drive


MORE: 2019 Seattle Mariners Preview |  Projected HR Leaders

Seattle Mariners 2019 Preview

The 2018 Seattle Mariners fell short of a Wild Card and begin this season with renewed optimism for the future.  General manager Jerry Dipoto was busy this offseason, overturning the roster and aiming toward 2020 and 2021, rather than remaining in go-for-it mode.

The Mariners have some key returning players, however, making the roster somewhat familiar to fans.

Key Holdovers

Marco Gonzales LHP 2.2 $910K
Mitch Haniger RF 2.9 TC
Kyle Seager 3B 2.6 $19.5M
Mike Leake RHP 1.5 $16.0M
Dee Gordon 2B 1.5 $13.3M

TC = Team Controlled
Mariners responsible for $11M

Gonzales will team with Leake, Wade LeBlanc and club legend Felix Hernandez in the starting rotation.  But Dipoto went out and added a hard-throwing left-hander to the mix.

Haniger, an All-Star in 2018, is the team’s best player and most valued trade chip, but Dipoto has resisted to date, which suggests the club is asking a lot for the 28-year-old, and rightfully so.

Seager and Gordon both are looking to bounce back from poor seasons.

Key Additions

Yusei Kikuchi LHP NA $9.5M
Mallex Smith CF 2.3 TC
Omar Narvaez C 1.6 TC
Edwin Encarnacion 1B 1.5 $21.67M
Domingo Santana LF 1.4 $1.95M
Jay Bruce RF 0.5 $14.0M
Anthony Swarzak RHR 0.3 $8.5M
Hunter Strickland RHR -0.2 $1.3M

Kikuchi, 27, signed a four-year, $56 million deal with Seattle in January after being posted by the Seibu Lions. He’s a power pitcher whose fastball sits 90-94 mph and has been up to 97. He also throws a curveball, slider and splitter, all of which are big-league caliber.

Smith came over from Tampa Bay and is likely to man centerfield every day and perhaps serve as the regular leadoff hitter.

Narvaez is a hit-first catcher with on-base skills and maybe some untapped power from the left side.

Bruce and Encarnacion are potential spring trade bait, but have a place in the lineup if they remain Mariners.

Swarzak and Strickland are expected to man the late innings for Seattle.

Key Losses

Robinson Cano 2B NY Mets 3.3 $24.0M
Edwin Diaz RHR NY Mets 1.4 TC
Mike Zunino C Tampa Bay 1.5 $4.41M
James Paxton LHP NY Yankees 4.0 $8.58M
Jean Segura SS Philadelphia 2.5 $14.25M
Juan Nicasio RHR Philadelphia 0.2 $9M

Mariners paid Mets $5m Cash 12/18. Additional $3.75M payments each of the next four years.

The Mariners didn’t cut a lot of payroll in the winter moves despite the big names leaving town, but project to start 2019 at about $145 million.

Seattle Mariners Payroll

2019 Mariners Win Projections