Apparently it's baseball season or something (not that you can tell based on the attendance stats at Safeco this season), and your Seattle Mariners are off to a rousing start. Though they aren't that great at winning (anymore), they're pretty great at buying houses! Read on for a nationwide tour of your favorite current and former Mariners' digs.
Leading off is Ken Griffey Jr., who's famously vacillated between Orlando and Seattle (with stopovers in Cincinnati and Chicago that we don't like discussing) since the beginning of his career. His Orlando home is a pretty sprawling affair located in the same neighborhood as that Tiger Woods incident last year.
Jay Buhner's back with the club as a commentator (sometimes offering less actual narration than goodnatured verbal abuse, but that's neither here nor there), but when he officially retired back in 2001 he headed home to B2B Ranch in Fall City. He tried to sell in 2009 for just under $10 million before chopping the price down to $8m and ultimately removing it from the market this winter.
Oh 'Gar... you've got the best page in the entire Mariners history book, you've got a street named after you, and you've got a sweet house in Bellevue. There's no sign Edgar Martinez is ever giving up the place he's got on the Eastside -- the guy spent his entire career here and runs a branding business in Kirkland, so it sounds like he's pretty into sticking around.
Poor Jamie Moyer. He's just a Philadelphia boy transplanted to the Emerald City for baseball, and now that he's back in his hometown he can't get rid of his house. Moyer stayed pretty tied to the region even after his trade to the Phillies in 2006, but he tried to sell his six-bedroom Seattle home in 2009 for $8.9 million without any success. He pulled it a few months later, and there it lingers.
That brings us to current Mariner Ichiro Suzuki's Issaquah home. He's lived in the area since he joined the team in 2001, and in 2009 he sold his 5-bedroom house for $1.35 million. The guy wasn't homeless, though -- he moved to a brand new waterfront property in Issaquah the same year .