The Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to honor the great players and other individuals who make positive contributions to the history of the Seattle Mariners franchise.
I. Eligible Candidates
To be eligible for consideration, uniformed personnel (player, manager, coach) should meet the following requirements:
A. Active in a Mariners uniform for at least five seasons;
B. Ceased to be active in the Major Leagues at least two seasons preceding the selection, but may be otherwise connected with baseball.
To be eligible for consideration, non-uniformed personnel should meet the following requirements:
A. Full-time employee of the Mariners for at least five seasons;
B. Made significant contributions to Mariners Baseball and the franchise, either on or off the field.
II. Method of Selection
The Board of Directors of Baseball Seattle, Inc., at the recommendation of the Chief Executive Officer and the President of the Mariners, the front office, uniformed personnel, the media and fans, shall in their sole discretion determine who will be selected on an annual basis.
III. Criteria for Selection
The primary criteria for inclusion in the Mariners Hall of Fame shall be the on-field impact a player had while in a Mariners uniform. The measure of a player's impact shall primarily be the statistical record created by the player.
The Mariners will consider other factors, such as:
1.) The statistical impact on the field while in a non-Mariners uniform, whether before or after his tenure with the Mariners;
2.) A player's positive impact on the Northwest community outside the game of baseball; and
3.) A player's positive impact in enhancing the image of the Seattle Mariners or Major League Baseball.
IV. Time of Selection
The selection process will be conducted during the first quarter of each calendar year. If an individual is selected, it will be announced within the first two months of that regular baseball season.
V. Retirement of Uniform Number
The Mariners plan to retire uniform numbers only very selectively and subject to substantially higher expectations than those applied to the Mariners Hall of Fame. To be eligible to have one's number retired, a former Mariners player should have either a) been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and been in a Mariners uniform for at least five years, or b) come close to such election and have spent substantially his entire career with the Mariners. Eligibility for number retirement shall not commence until after the former player has been voted on once for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which for practical purposes means six years after retirement. In this regard, the Mariners will take into consideration the policy of other American League clubs in retiring numbers.
The Seattle Mariners reserve the right to alter and amend these guidelines at any time.