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Examining the Ex-Mariners Factor

A-Rod, Raul Ibanez and Doug Fister among seven former M's playing in ALCS

Updated: October 16, 2012, 1:21 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- The Ex-Cubs Factor is a well-documented aspect of the postseason, hypothesizing that any team with three or more former Cubs players is doomed to lose the World Series. This theory has borne out more times than not.

The current American League Championship Series, however, poses a more complicated element: the Ex-Mariners Factor. There are seven former Mariners playing in the ALCS -- New York's Alex Rodriguez, Ichiro Suzuki, Raul Ibanez, Rafael Soriano and Derek Lowe; and ...

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