I waited a respectful few days after the end of the World Series to say 'wait until next year.' Well, now it's time. Wait until next year! Never mind the lack of a farm system, the aging out of most of their team, and all that. The Mariners are in first place! And, on a roll that will end in a World Championship. We can discuss all kinds of things until a year from now, but the 2019 World Champion is a settled fact already, or at least until the season starts. The countdown can start now.