A couple of weeks ago, the M’s gave the Kansas City Royals a couple of prospects in exchange for the 36-year-old first baseman.
The trade wasn’t met with much ballyhoo by the Mariners’ fan base, but it’s clear that the front office knows what it’s doing.
They acquired a player who was slashing .216/.349/.341 with the Royals, and he turned into an offensive machine once he landed in Seattle: he is hitting .282/.404/.538 with three homers in 47 plate appearances with the Mariners.
The turnaround has been amazing, but it’s also fueled by a two-homer game over the weekend.
However, Santana has contributed to Seattle in more ways than just on the field.
Santana Is The Glue That Keeps Everything (And Everyone) Together In Seattle
According to Mariners media personality Jen Mueller, everybody in the dugout and the clubhouse looks up to Santana.
“Talked to JP Crawford in the clubhouse he said Carlos Santana has brought the team together and made them even closer. He’s not surprised after being Santana’s teammate in Philly a few years ago. Says he’s the guy all young players look up to because of his prep and approach,” Mueller tweeted.
Talked to JP Crawford in the clubhouse he said Carlos Santana has brought the team together and made them even closer. He’s not surprised after being Santana’s teammate in Philly a few years ago. Says he’s the guy all young players look up to because of his prep and approach.
— Jen Mueller (@JenTalksSports) July 10, 2022
There you have it: no matter the stats, Santana has brought the Mariners closer off the field, and that chemistry is being reflected on the field.
They have won eight games in a row and their record now stands at 45-42.
They are now in possession of one of the six playoffs spots in the American League.
Santana is the glue that keeps everyone together, and his arrival may have changed the Mariners’ season for the good.NEXT: Julio Rodriguez Shares A Message Following His All-Star Nod