The Seattle Mariners enjoyed a breakout season in 2022.
Despite winning 90 games in 2021, they missed the postseason for a 21st consecutive year.
But they were determined to bounce back in 2022.
Seattle won the same number of games, but this time, they secured the second American League Wild Card spot and matched up with the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round.
They would go on to eliminate the Blue Jays and ultimately fall short against the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros.
But hope has been re-ignited in Seattle for the first time since 2001.
On Wednesday, Mariners President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto stopped by “High Heat” with Christopher Russo on MLB Network and discussed his expectations for 2023.
"I think our guys are really looking forward to it…We think there's better baseball in front of us than what we showed in 2022."@Mariners President of Baseball Ops Jerry Dipoto on the expectations for 2023 after a breakout year in Seattle.#HighHeat | @MadDogUnleashed pic.twitter.com/lcMEPFbOHq
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 19, 2023
Dipoto talked about how he believes that there is more to come for the Mariners in 2023 and that the team will build off of their 2022 success.
He also discussed how the Mariners have emerged as a young, upstart team and how they gained some very valuable experience down the stretch in September and later in the postseason.
Russo then asked Dipoto to give his thoughts on the additions the team made, particularly the trades to acquire Kolten Wong from the Milwaukee Brewers and Teoscar Hernandez from the Toronto Blue Jays.
He discussed his excitement for having a former All-Star in right field and a former Gold Glover at second base.
He also commented on the signing of A.J. Pollock and how he believes that the slugger will prove to be a solid veteran addition and add some stability in the outfield and at the plate.
Dipoto seems excited about the future, which is looking very bright for the Mariners.