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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ichiro back in M’s camp at 45 with chance to play at home

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills.

At 45 and in spring training again, Suzuki is working toward the chance to play for his original major league team in his home country.

“Being able to put on the Seattle Mariners uniform as a player, being here the first day, it is just amazing, it is great,” Suzuki said through a translator. “Very satisfied with today and how it went, and I’m just going to take it day by day.”

As far as we can tell, he’s doing this because he wants to….

 

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japanese baseball, mariners

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

King Felix entering critical last season of Seattle contract

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Every day for several years, Felix Hernandez has walked past large photos of himself and Randy Johnson — the Seattle Mariners‘ only Cy Young Award winners — in the hallway leading to the clubhouse of their spring training complex.

King Felix will make those walks for perhaps the last time this year, with a bigger goal as motivation.

“I know this is my final year, but I don’t think I am done,” the 33-year-old Hernandez said on Tuesday following Seattle’s first spring training workout. “I think I can do a lot of good things, and it is going to be a push for my Hall of Fame career. It means a lot. Now Edgar (Martinez) is in the Hall of Fame. We’ll see.”

Will he be able to maintain his hold on the throne, or will he be forced to go into exile?

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Monday, February 11, 2019

Report: Mariners still intend to trade Edwin Encarnación

The Mariners acquired DH Edwin Encarnación as part of a three-team trade that involved the Indians and Rays back in December. The Indians received Jake Bauers and Carlos Santana, the Rays got Yandy Diaz and minor leaguer Cole Sulser, and the Mariners got Encarnación, cash, and a 2019 competitive balance pick.

After winning 89 games last season, the Mariners held a fire sale, trading James Paxton to the Yankees; Alex Colomé to the White Sox; Robinson Canó and Edwin Díaz to the Mets; and Jean Segura, Juan Nicasio, and James Pazos to the Phillies. According to Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times, Encarnación could be next. The club informed him of its intention to move him after bringing him to Seattle and it seems that is still the case.

Encarnación, 36, has one year remaining on his contract at $20 million along with a 2020 club option worth $20 million with a $5 million buyout. Last season with the Indians, he hit .246/.336/.474 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI in 579 plate appearances. The Mariners could pounce on an opportunity if a 1B/DH type on another team suffers an injury during spring training.

Will the last member of the Mariners be sure to turn off the lights on their way out?

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners, white flag

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

MLB statement on independent investigation regarding the Seattle Mariners | MLB.com

The firm did not uncover credible evidence that the Mariners, or any of its employees, violated Major League Baseball’s Workplace Code of Conduct, or applicable anti-discrimination law, in the treatment of Dr. Martin or the termination of her employment. The investigation also concluded that there is no credible evidence to support Dr. Martin’s claim that Mariners’ employees, including Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais, or Andy McKay, made any of the comments attributed to them in her public statement or subsequent lawsuit.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2019 at 02:26 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Friday, January 25, 2019

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto says accusations from Dr. Lorena Martin are ‘untrue’

General manager Jerry Dipoto hired Martin to serve as the team’s high performance director — a position he created. It was his decision to fire her with cause just one year into her three-year contract. And he accepted responsibility for the controversy it had devolved into for the organization. But he maintained his innocence of her charges.

“All of it,” he said of how much responsibility he takes for the situation. “I hired her. At the end of the day, my belief is that justice will prevail. There is an ongoing investigation that I’m not going to get into. I’ve been at this now for 30 years. I know a lot of people in this game. I’m not sexist, nor am I a racist. The accusations that have been made are untrue. I believe that will wash out as this unfolds. But I can only speak for myself. The responsibility for the development of the program and hiring Dr. Martin to come here was on me and I take full responsibility for it. I’m embarrassed at how this has unfolded.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2019 at 03:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Mariners won’t promise spot to Ichiro after Japan trip

The plan seems to be in place for Ichiro Suzuki to be on the Seattle Mariners’ expanded roster when they open the regular season with two games in his native Japan.

After that?

Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto isn’t promising anything to the 45-year-old, especially if it gets in the way of developing some of the younger players who are part of the club’s rebuilding plans.

I’ll take “Things We All Saw Coming” for $40, Art.

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 02:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japan, mariners, roster battles

New Mariners CF Mallex Smith throws shade at Rays’ poor attendance

The Mariners introduced new center fielder Mallex Smith to the media Thursday and someone asked Smith what he was most excited about in going to Seattle.

“I’m going to enjoy fans in the stands,” a smiling Smith joked. “So that’ll be, that’s a big one for me. I’m gonna be excited about that. I’m looking forward to seeing those seats full.”

It was a light-hearted jab at his former team, the Rays. Smith, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in a five-player trade in November, spent two seasons playing in front of cavernous stretches of empty seats in Tropicana Field. The Rays ranked last in the majors in attendance and were 29th of 30 teams last season, averaging 14,964 fans during Mallex’s time there.

Wondering if this will backfire somehow….

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mallex smith, mariners, rays

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sonny Gray Reds-Yankees trade | MLB.com

Thirteen weeks after general manager Brian Cashman said that he was “open-minded to a relocation” involving Gray, a match has been found. The Yankees announced on Monday that they have traded Gray to the Reds, along with left-hander Reiver Sanmartin, for second-base prospect Shed Long and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 Draft.

The Yankees then sent Long to the Mariners for Minor League outfielder Josh Stowers, sources told MLB.com’s Greg Johns, following up reports by ESPN’s Jeff Passan and MLB Network insider Rosenthal. Neither team has yet to confirm that trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2019 at 05:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, reds, sonny gray, trade, yankees

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Yusei Kikuchi agrees to deal with Mariners | MLB.com

We have a winner!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2019 at 08:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yusei kikuchi

Saturday, December 29, 2018

In court documents, Mariners allege that Lorena Martin was dishonest and misrepresented herself | The Seattle Times

Martin’s lawyer, Phillips, argued in court documents filed Friday that any arbitration provisions in her client’s employment agreement with the Mariners are void under Washington law because the discrimination complaints require the case to be heard in open court. Phillips wrote that having the lawsuit and arbitration cases proceed concurrently could lead to “inconsistent results’’ and potentially undermine her client’s rights.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Brewers trade Domingo Santana to Seattle for outfielder Ben Gamel, minor-league pitcher

The Milwaukee Brewers showed true holiday spirit Friday, doing some last-minute Christmas shopping.

A day after agreeing with second baseman Cory Spangenberg on a one-year, free-agent contract, the Brewers traded outfielder Domingo Santana to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor-league right-hander Noah Zavolas.

“As we looked at Ben, we thought he fit our club very well going forward,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “As you guys know, we value flexibility and versatility. Ben has both of those things.

For once, I’m not sure this is a further example of the Mariners waving the white flag.

QLE Posted: December 22, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: ben gamel, brewers, domingo santana, mariners, trades

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Goodbye, Safeco Field. The Mariners’ stadium is now called T-Mobile Park

Welcome to T-Mobile Park.

For the first time since its construction in 1998 and opening in 1999, the baseball stadium in the Sodo district will be called something other than Safeco Field.

On Wednesday the Mariners and the Bellevue-based telecommunications giant announced a 25-year naming-rights agreement. The deal must be approved by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD).

For those of you wanting a justification for our project to come up with new stadium names….

QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, mariners, naming rights, safeco field, t-mobile park

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Athletic: What It’s Like to Cover an Indians Three Team Trade on a Flight with the Front Office and No WIFI

“When the flight attendant voiced that passengers could use their electronics, I frantically retrieved my laptop and called up the Wi-Fi page on my phone. Antonetti and Chernoff both laughed. Their work was complete, but mine was just beginning.

One problem: Southwest Wi-Fi wouldn’t work. Every click of the “Submit Payment” button segued into a 504 Gateway Timeout page. I won’t be shocked if charges adding up to $800 appear on my credit card statement.

Antonetti did relay the final details of the deal:

Indians receive: Carlos Santana, Jake Bauers, cash
Mariners receive: Edwin Encarnacion, compensatory pick, cash
Rays receive: Yandy Díaz, Cole Sulser

Knowing the information was helpful. Not being able to do anything with the information was painful.”

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, indians, mariners, rays

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Why the Mariners rebuild is mostly beneficial to GM Jerry Dipoto’s job security and ownership - CBSSports.com

Is it really true teams don’t have to worry about winning? I don’t buy it.

Now, Dipoto is in a somewhat enviable position: He doesn’t have to show results to keep his job. The old saying was teams had to sell fans on wins or hope. In this post-“Process” era, fans seem more open than ever to buying hope—that their organizations can build a so-called sustainable winner that has many shots at a championship rather than one or two. Not coincidentally, the sustainable strategy aligns with the best business practices from an owner’s perspective.

Rebuilding teams are less likely to spend on the big-league roster—all the good players will be traded or will be too early in their careers to make significant coin. The spending caps on amateur talent ensure that teams can still secure top prospects without entering massive bidding wars. If and when those prospects develop into good players, they’ll have to wade through six seasons before they can make their market’s worth; again, a positive for owners’ wallets. And heck, the revenue model has even shifted in favor of rebuilds as smart business. Teams don’t have to worry about coercing fans through the turnstiles to make a dime—they can bank on billion-dollar television deals paying out whether they win 102 or lose 102.[Emphasis added.]

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

MLB to blame for Seattle fire sale

Ah, yes. Exactly what the American League needed: Another team that isn’t going to be competitive.

It’s a shame to see the Mariners hitting the self-destruct button.

Seattle’s fire sale has sent Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets, James Paxton to the Yankees, Alex Colome to the White Sox, Mike Zunino to the Rays, and now, Jean Segura to the Phillies.

Talk about a total teardown. In a little over a month, they’ve gone from an 89-win team to one that looks like the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.

On the one hand, I get why so many teams are trying this approach. On the other, it’s hard not to cynically note that a lot of the people who shout about the glories of this sort of thing follow teams that don’t have to do it, and that, by cutting the number of competitive teams, this helps certain high-spending teams that MLB might want to have win the World Series more often than, say, the Royals.

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: fire sale, mariners, mlb, the process

Monday, December 03, 2018

Jean Segura to Phillies trade rumors | MLB.com

Sources confirmed to MLB.com late Sunday night that the Phillies are on the verge of acquiring Jean Segura from Seattle. Sources said at least shortstop J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana will be traded from Philadelphia to the Mariners, with other players likely involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, phillies, trade rumors

Thursday, November 29, 2018

“Significant Momentum” Toward Deal To Send Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz To Mets | MLBTR

10:13am: “Significant momentum” has built toward a deal that would send high-dollar veteran second baseman Robinson Cano and top-shelf young closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners to the Mets, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (Twitter links). Cano has reportedly not yet been asked to waive his no-trade rights, though Passan adds that is not expected to represent a significant hurdle.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Thursday, November 08, 2018

Mariners finalizing a trade that would send catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia to the Rays | The Seattle Times

Mike Zunino may not have to go far from his home in Gainesville, Fla., when the 2019 season begins.

Multiple Major League Baseball sources said the Mariners are finalizing a deal with their favorite trade partner, the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle would send Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia and minor league left-handed pitcher Michael Plassmeyer to Tampa in exchange for outfielder Mallex Smith and minor league outfielder Jake Fraley.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2018 at 05:21 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: guillermo heredia, mallex smith, mariners, mike zunino, trade

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mariners extend longest postseason drought in major North American sports to 17 years

The Seattle Mariners made some noise early in the season, leading the American League West as late as June and coming within a half-game of the division lead in July, but it was ultimately the same story with some fancier trappings. The longest postseason drought in North American sports has extended another season.

Despite a 13-0 blowout win over the Rangers on Saturday, the Mariners were eliminated from postseason contention due to the Oakland Athletics’ 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. At 85-69, Seattle currently sits 8.5 games behind the A’s for the second wild-card spot and 12 games behind the Astros in the division race.

It will now be 17 seasons since the Mariners last made the playoffs in 2001, a streak longer than any team in MLB, as well as the NFL, NBA or NHL. Yes, even the Cleveland Browns.

Well, at least this news will make those folk so angry that they were beating their pythag for so long happy….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: futility, mariners, playoff drought

Friday, September 14, 2018

As another season ends in frustration, Mariners are stuck in worst kind of limbo | The Seattle Times

Pessimism for the Mariners.

They have $122.5 million tied up in just seven players – Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Mike Leake, Dee Gordon, Jean Segura and Juan Nicasio – most of whom underachieved badly in 2018 for a variety of reasons.

They have few minor-league prospects on the horizon coming out of a farm system that continues to rank last in MLB in virtually every poll. And they play in a division with the Astros, who look to be elite for a few more years, and the A’s, who have emerged as a powerhouse despite having baseball’s lowest payroll at $65.9 million (compared with $157.9 million for the Mariners).

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Mariners show some pregame fight with an altercation in the clubhouse

I have to suspect that Clive Anderson would have done a far better job at keeping the clubhouse in line….

Dee Gordon was very polite in his request.

As the media stood near the doors of the Mariners’ clubhouse in Safeco Field, waiting for a 3:20 p.m. media availability with manager Scott Servais, Gordon approached the group and said quietly, “Could you guys clear out of the clubhouse for just a few minutes, please?”

It wasn’t an unreasonable request. Perhaps a meeting of some sort was going to take place. It was quickly obliged and people moved from the entryway in the clubhouse out into a small foyer area of hallways as Gordon shut the doors. Of course, the windows of clubhouse manager Ryan Stiles’ office still offered a small view into the clubhouse.

QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, fights, mariners

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The making of a modern closer: The meteoric rise of Edwin Díaz, explained – The Athletic

Some nice insight On one player’s development.

Stottlemyre: “This all goes with something I remember my dad (former Yankees and Mets pitching coach, Mel Sr.) always telling me about pitchers. He would say, ‘You never know when things are going to click.’ You work with these guys, have long sessions with them, and then all of a sudden, it’s like something clicks, and it starts to resonate.

“With Eddie, I have seen a guy who carries himself differently now. He has a much better understanding of who he is. That’s big. That takes time. In our eyes, we didn’t know if that was going to come this season or next season.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2018 at 08:11 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, mariners, pay site

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Phil Pote, a Los Angeles coach and scout who helped build baseball in the inner city, dies at 85

Baseball lost another legendary scout.

From the outside, the story appeared to be that of a white man leading an African American team from the inner city to victory. But that 1963 Fremont team was the last team from South Los Angeles to win the City championship. In the last 45 years, only one team outside the San Fernando Valley has won the title at the highest level: San Pedro, in 1992.

Pote aspired to rebuild baseball in South Los Angeles, where such stars as Eric Davis, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Darryl Strawberry grew up. The late John Young, who founded Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, an academic and athletic program that has since been adopted by Major League Baseball and expanded nationally, said he was inspired by Pote’s efforts.

“I was a poor kid from Pico and Union, and sports was the attraction,” Pote told The Times in 2011. “As a coach, I saw this repeated a number of times: Athletics is the attraction, education is the goal. But you can’t educate them if you don’t attract them.”

In 2009, Times columnist Bill Plaschke wrote about how Pote had remained active in scouting without using the not-so-new tools of the trade: a radar gun, a video camera, a cellphone, even an email address.

“I came into this world without all that technology,” Pote said. “I will leave without it.”

Pote is survived by his brother, Wayne, 98, and two nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 11:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers, mariners, phil pote

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