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Commentary: Mariners tasked with proving to fans that they’re no fluke

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Lloyd McClendon figures it took him the entirety of spring training, plus 55 games of the regular season, before he really knew his Mariners team — who to pat on the back, who to kick in the rear, and who to leave alone altogether.

I think it’s taken most outsiders a little longer to figure out this bunch, because those who have followed the Mariners the past 10 years — the lost decade — carried some extra baggage. Like cynicism, distrust and downright scorn, built up from years of underachievement and general lackluster play.

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