With the imminent return of Ken Griffey Jr. to the Seattle sports scene, it's a good time to look at how both major Seattle professional teams have performed over their histories.
Before we get to the numbers, the broad strokes: Both teams sucked early, but the Seahawks became competitive more quickly. In the middle of the Dark Ages of Behring, the M's captured the imaginations of the entire Pacific Northwest. Almost on cue, when the Mariners started declining in the early part of this decade, the Hawks started an amazing run of playoff success. Both teams are coming off an awful 2008, but the general trend has been this: When people around the PNW are sporting one team's gear proudly, the other team's merch is on DEEEEEP discount.
As you know, the M's aren't my team.. But I know a lot of my readers are probably Mariners fans, so I'll try to be as even-handed as possible with my comparison of both teams...
All-time regular season winning percentage
Playoff appearances (Keep in mind that it's harder to make the MLB playoffs)
Seahawks: 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (10)
Mariners: 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001 (4)
Who was better each year (1977-2008) based on winning percentage?
Yup. That's 16-16 over 32 common seasons...
So who will claim control of the Seattle sports scene? Given the history, one is about to start sucking consistently while the other competes for Championships...