OAKLAND -- When Michael Saunders hit his 19th home run in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the A's, it moved him within one long ball from becoming the Mariners' first 20-20 man since Mike Cameron in 2002.
Manager Eric Wedge said that's a great reflection on the type of player Saunders has become in his breakout season.
"We talk about him being a complete player, and that's one of the indicators of it," Wedge said prior to Sunday's series finale with the A's. "He's just been so much better this year. He's really coming into his own and he's doing it with a complete game, whether it be at home plate or in the outfield or on the basepaths. I think he has somewhat of a leadership personality and persona, too, and I like that."
Saunders, who stole his 21st base earlier in Saturday's game, said he's not worrying yet about such accomplishments.
"Right now I'm not concerned with it," he said. "At the end of the year, I'll reflect on my performance. Sometimes numbers don't do a player justice. Once the year is over I'll reflect. But I've still got to take care of business and help the ballclub however I can [in] these last games."