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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

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dodgers lose to Mariners in extra innings with walk-off balk

Question for us all: of the various uncommon ways to have a walk-off win, are there any more entertaining than the walk-off balk?

The movement was small enough that it might not be noticeable in another situation. But this was the 10th inning of a tied game between two teams with playoff aspirations. When Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro stepped off the mound with the bases loaded, his team’s fate was sealed. It was a walk-off balk in a 5-4 defeat to the Mariners, one which left the Dodgers furious at the umpiring crew but unable to answer.

“That’s the worst part about tonight, that it was decided by an umpire,” third baseman Justin Turner said. “There was nothing egregious about that. We watched [the replay]. There was nothing egregious.”

The defeat stung for several reasons. At this point in the season, the Dodgers cannot afford many losses. It also sapped the confidence of a bullpen still reeling from the follies of series against Colorado and San Francisco.

 

QLE Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: balk, dodgers, mariners, walkoff wins

Friday, July 27, 2018

Report: Mariners won’t sign Safeco Field lease unless they get $180 million in taxpayer funds

An understatement, to put it mildly:

In May, the Seattle Mariners proudly announced that they had agreed to terms on a new 25-year lease that would have kept them in Safeco Field through the 2049 season. The team had an ambition vision for the stadium’s place in Seattle.

“We want this ballpark to be our home for the next 100 years. Safeco Field should be to Seattle and to the Mariners what Wrigley Field is to Chicago and the Cubs and Fenway Park is to Boston and the Red Sox,” Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton said in a statement at the time.

Apparently, that plan has hit a rather large snag.

 

QLE Posted: July 27, 2018 at 08:14 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: greed, mariners, safeco field, seattle, stadium issues

Saturday, July 14, 2018


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bronx Banter: DeRosa: Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli.

Oh, my good goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things I’ve ever seen. Clemenza standing right in…the way of a Montero/Pineda thought!

So when I heard Jesus Montero was traded for Michael Pineda, I felt like we were trading a neck for a necktie. Sure, the tie is important, but without the neck, what’s the point?

Even without the catching, I’ll take Montero’s simple, solid bat over the complex musculature of Pineda’s throwing arm. You can watch Montero hit every game, all season long. There’s no better way to interface with a team than through a star hitter, especially for a young fan, because he’s always in the lineup.

I understand that having Pineda in the rotation probably makes the 2012 Yankees a better team than they would have been with Montero as the DH. But in 2013? And 2014?

Arod and Teixeira are already fractions of what they once were and they will be declining in the lineup for years to come. The Yankees have one big hitter in his prime, Cano, who is fierce but not flawless. You don’t have to squint too hard to see a Yankee team desperate for hitting.

The more I think about the trade, the more comfortable I am with Cashman’s logic and his vision. But I am firmly on the Montero side of the debate. It boils down to this: if they both become stars, I’d want Montero to be a Yankee.

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Monday, January 16, 2012

Oakland manager Melvin excited about Japan series

The Athletics and Seattle Mariners open the regular season with a two-game series at Tokyo Dome on March 28-29. Many hoped the series would feature a showdown between Matsui and countryman Ichiro Suzuki, but Melvin said the A’s likely wont be re-signing the 37-year-old free agent Matsui.

“Matsui was a great fit for us last year and we all loved having him on our team,’’ Melvin said at a press conference on Monday to promote the series. “But this year it doesn’t look like a fit for us based on the personnel we have going forward.’‘

...Suzuki also had a down season in 2011. For the first time in his career, He failed to reach 200 hits - finishing with 184 - and hit a career-worst .272. Other numbers were lower too, including on-base percentage, infield hits and home runs, while he struck out a career-high 69 times.

Former Seattle star Ken Griffey Jr., who now serves as a special consultant to the Mariners, said he expects Suzuki to bounce back this season.

“Ichiro is going to be fine, you can ask these two guys (Melvin, Wedge) if a guy had 184 hits they wouldn’t be complaining,’’ Griffey said. “But you are looking at a guy who is a special athlete. He had one hiccup in his career and come this time next year we won’t even be talking about this. He is going to come into this season determined and with a little fire.’‘

Hiccup?...That was a freakin’ Dave McNally tally if ever!

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2012 at 06:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, international, japan, mariners

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Goldman: The Montero-Pineda Trade: Rotation Upgrade at a Sustainable Cost

Or as Barnald points out…“But this is the part of the upgrade that scares me!”

Pineda’s fastball sits around 95 and goes higher, and he has a swing-and-miss slider to go with it. There is also a changeup, but it’s notional and—well, you know all of this stuff if you’ve been on line at all today. Here are the negatives you’re going to hear about:

• He dominated right-handed hitters, but the lack of a good change means that lefties hit, well, still not well, but better.
• His ERA was 2.92 in pitcher-friendly Safeco, 4.40 on the road.
• His first-half ERA was 3.03, his second-half ERA was 5.12.
• He has fly-ball tendencies, which is a problem in Yankee Stadium.
• Batters hit .261 on balls in play, and such things don’t last.
• They could have gotten Cliff Lee or Felix Hernandez for him.
• He could get hurt.
• He cost the Yankees Jesus Montero, a very fine young hitter.

Repoz Posted: January 14, 2012 at 08:24 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Friday, January 13, 2012

Yankees trade Jesus Montero to Mariners for Michael Pineda

Jay Buhner was unavailable for comment.

Gamingboy Posted: January 13, 2012 at 08:26 PM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sorry, fans: No televised Mariners games for most of Alaska

Yeah, but can’t you see Moscow Tornados games from Alaska?

Thanks to a media contract dispute and Major League Baseball’s infuriating television blackout zones, Seattle Mariners fans who live in Alaska will have an extremely difficult time watching live games played by their favorite team next season.

Alaska’s largest cable provider, GCI, decided not to renew its contract with Root Sports, the MLB-licensed “Regional Sports Network” that exclusively televises the majority of games in a Seattle Mariners season, and instead has signed up with MLB Network.

GCI told the trade publication Multichannel News that Root Sports was asking for too much of a price hike to renew the contract. Root has countered by blaming GCI and telling people who are upset to switch their service to a competitor.

That decision should please non-Mariners fans because MLB Network features a huge variety of games and other content. But the problem for Mariners fans (aside from the team finishing above .500 just twice in the last eight years) is that MLB Network does not show Mariners games in Alaska due to its regional blackout policy.

Repoz Posted: January 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mariners, media

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On balance, Bud Selig has been good for baseball

I bring all this up because word came out this week that Selig, who has said he would retire at the end of this year, will be offered a contract extension at the owners meetings this week. And by all accounts, he’ll take it, adding at least two more years to his tenure as commissioner. He’s been on the job since 1992, and two more seasons would take Selig to his 80th birthday.

cardsfanboy Posted: January 11, 2012 at 06:27 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, history, mariners

Monday, January 09, 2012

Blasts from the Past

With the Hall of Fame results being announced today, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and dig up some old scouting reports from the Baseball America archives on some of the ballot’s notable candidates. . .

8. Barry Larkin, ss, 21, 5-11, 175, R-R
Larkin looked right at home in AA, hitting .267 for Vermont. He didn’t show power (one home run in 255 at-bats), but that will come. The key for him was just getting his feet on the ground, and he was not overpowered by the high level of competition (21 strikeouts in 255 at-bats). He will have good power for a shortstop.

6. Edgar Martinez, 3b, 25, 5-11, 175, R-R
Martinez’s discipline will produce runs. He’s averaged 70 RBIs the last four years. In the field, he’s solid, with good reactions and the soft hands of a middle infielder.


Friday, January 06, 2012

Cameron: Adam Jones, Unfinished Product

I can’t imagine why the Braves would balk about trading their starting LF, a #3 starter AND “prime” pitching prospects for a new Jeff Francoeur…


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Kick Is Good!

Jack Wilson seems to be having fun on vacation.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mariners, pirates

Friday, December 23, 2011

Drayer: Why you do not trade Felix Hernandez right now

But deal Michael Pineda instead. (calls Schick Shadel Hospital…confirms bed for evening)

Michael Pineda does not just step into the ace role. It took Felix almost four years to turn into what we see today.

Pineda in the second half of the season was hardly dominating. Yes, they were keeping his pitch counts down, but do yourself a favor and go look at his post All-Star numbers. What is most disturbing is that Pineda was focused on having an even better second half than first. He told me after the All-Star Game that is what he would be most proud of. If he could finish strong knowing that hitters had seen him, Hernandez would consider that to be as big as winning the Rookie of the Year Award. He went in the other direction. All that said, Pineda has a great chance to turn into an ace, it is just going to take time. Felix is there and is showing no sign of slowing down.

...If I am trading pitching, I am trading Pineda. Why? Because he is replaceable. There is a very good chance that by the end of next season Danny Hultzen could be Michael Pineda on the hill in regards to development, path, and what he brings to the rotation. If you trade Felix no one is close to being what he is, an established ace who has suffered through the growing pains, who has learned the league and is committed to his team and community. That is what he is now and what he should be for some time to come.

I am not saying you don’t listen to offers. I am saying you darn well better know what you have, both now and potentially in the future before you make a move. I believe Zduriencik does and that is why he says he will not trade Felix.

Repoz Posted: December 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mariners, media

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