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Mariner Moose

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The Mariner Moose

The Mariner Moose has been the mascot of the Seattle Mariners since 1990. During the previous off season, the M's held a contest to choose their new mascot, allowing children 14 and under to submit their ideas; over 2,500 entries were submitted. The winning submission came from a fifth grader from Central Elementary School in Ferndale, Washington, Ammon Spiller, who said: I chose the Moose because they are funny, neat and friendly. The Moose would show that the Mariners enjoy playing and that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. It shows they're having fun no matter what the situation.

During the 1995 American League Division Series, the Moose was involved in an accident. While being towed by an ATV wearing inline skates, he lost control and slid into the outfield wall, breaking his ankle. Incidentally, the team that the M's would play in the ALCS, the Cleveland Indians, also had an injured mascot, Slider.

In 1996, Nike ran a series of television commercials endorsing Ken Griffey Jr. for president, with the Moose as Junior's running mate.

Through 1996, the Moose had worn a Mariners jersey with the uniform number matching the last two digits of the current year. When Mac Suzuki was called up from the minors in '96, he wore uniform #96, same as the moose; the one game he pitched in was on the road, however, so the Moose was absent. The Moose has worn #00 since 1997.

He was a candidate for the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2007, but was not inducted.

Relates Sites[edit]

Mariner Moose page at Mariners.mlb.com