Even in shortened season, focus for the Mariners is on the future

Seattle Mariners pitcher Justus Sheffield throws in the bullpen at a baseball practice Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Seattle. Even in a 60-game sprint season, this will not be the year that team comes to fruition. If anything, the truncated season may delay some of the Mariner's rebuilding plans, but still with the optimistic hope the club begins turning the corner into contention in 2021. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE — For the first time in 20 years, the Seattle Mariners will begin a season without Ichiro Suzuki or Felix Hernandez on the opening day roster.