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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Design Room: Top 10 Logos in MLB History.

The Montreal Expos (French: Expos de Montréal) team started in 1969 and never changed their logo.  For almost 40 years the team held on to this awesome mark because it was smart and looked great. Expos de Montreal Baseball. That is the secret behind this logo. Interwoven script pieces all come together to abbreviate the full name of the team. This logo is a little dated looking, but I can imagine this being modernized and still looking amazing without significant change. That is how you know this is a good logo. The line work is smooth, it is creative and clever and I commend the designer for coming up with a mark that doesn’t rely on a baseball to remind the viewer that it is a team logo. This is easily one of the smartest logos in baseball history.

I literally went, “Oh wow,” when I read this bit. I’d never understood this about the Expos logo.


Friday, April 04, 2014

A’s-Mariners game postponed — tarp was left off infield

It just became official. Tonight’s A’s-Mariners game was called off because the field at the Coliseum is unplayable.

It’s an embarrassing situation all around, and the fans who showed up booed — and had every right to do so — when the PA man announced the cancelation at about 15 minutes after the 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch.

Apparently, the tarp was left off the field overnight, and the rain soaked the field. The grounds crew has worked on the dirt for hours, especially where the shortstop and second baseman play.

theboyqueen Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:07 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mariners, oakland coliseum

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mariners release Randy Wolf under weird circumstances - SBNation.com

I am listening to MLB Radio on Sirius (which I really like, BTW) and they were talking about this issue. The host was worked up about the way Seattle handled the situation. I don’t get it. They are working within the CBA. As you might expect, Wolf wanted the rest of his contract guaranteed. The Mariners weren’t prepared to do that. The Mariners offered a bridge contract. He didn’t like it. They cut him, which they could have done without the 45-day offer. Had Wolf pitched better in the spring, does anyone really think the Mariners wouldn’t have held onto him?

Seattle insisted that Wolf sign a 45-day waiver, the 37-year-old southpaw told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, as a condition of breaking camp with the team. Wolf refused to oblige because he felt the deal he signed with the team last month was fair on its own. He explained to Dutton:

“I principally objected to that because we negotiated in good faith in February on a very team-friendly contract.”

The team cut Wolf as a result of his refusal to agree to the waiver, which would have allowed the Mariners to release him within 45 days of the start of the regular season without being on the hook for his full salary, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. The arrangement is something rarely talked about but fairly common in MLB, according to former MLB pitcher and current Fox Sports analyst C.J. Nitkowski, who also posted a good explanation of the waiver on Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, randy wolf

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jonah Keri: 2014 AL West Preview

This article is pretty much what it sounds like. Keri goes over each team, additions and subtractions, and projections. It makes me fondly remember the days of team season previews on baseball primer.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Friday, March 14, 2014

Seattle Mariners option Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma

Jesus Wash.ed.

Designated hitter/first baseman Jesus Montero, the one-time cornerstone for the rebuilding project that is the Seattle Mariners, will not be with the big-league club when the 2014 season begins in April after he was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

Montero put up decent numbers during the exhibition season, batting .310 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI in 29 at-bats, which helped to partially salvage a spring training that started in disastrous fashion.

In Febrary, Montero showed up to the M’s training complex in Peoria, Ariz., overweight and out of shape for the second year in a row, offering no excuses when he told The Seattle Times, “After winter ball, all I did was eat.” This came after last season’s 50-game suspension stemming from the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the wake of the MLB’s Biogenesis scandal.

A former blue-chip catching prospect with the New York Yankees, Seattle acquired Montero in a blockbuster trade that sent starting pitcher Michael Pineda to New York before the 2012 season.

Repoz Posted: March 14, 2014 at 08:15 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Madden: As Robinson Cano asks Mariners for help, it’s like Alex Rodriguez in Texas all over again

Doesn’t Madden know that the Mariners finished 2nd in HR’s…and that his Yogi Yorgesson record needs flipping?

What is interesting is Cano’s sudden discovery that the team he chose to cast his lot with is not very good. It is the exact same scenario to what his idol and adviser Alex Rodriguez discovered his first year in Texas in 2001 after signing his then-record $252 million deal with the Rangers. Back then, Tom Hicks, the idiot Texas owner who gave A-Rod more than $100 million more than any other team was offering, promised him he would have input in all his team’s player personnel decisions. As such, A-Rod was in on all the calls with the scouts during his time in Texas and, like Cano last week, would frequently make his recommendations to Hicks. He was also an instantly privileged player who, unlike any of his teammates, could act like the general manager. It was shortly after the All-Star break in 2001 when A-Rod started referring to the Rangers as “24 kids and me.” Still, it took him three years to negotiate his own trade out of Texas, first to the Red Sox (which the players union rejected) and finally to the Yankees.

“Why is Cano complaining about the Seattle lineup now?” a baseball official asked the other day. “Did he just wake up and realize he signed with a (crappy) team? This season is on him now. He knows he won’t be pitched to. He knows he’s not going to be able to put up the kind of numbers he’s used to.”

He also knows he’s probably going to finish last. Another baseball person familiar with Cano’s and Rodriguez’s relationship said we shouldn’t be at all surprised that Cano is already following the same pattern in Seattle as A-Rod’s in Texas.

“Cano followed A-Rod around in New York and looked at him as a role model,” the person said. “It was A-Rod who convinced him he was a franchise-type player and that’s what he’s being paid as. The problem is, he’s a franchise player in numbers only. He’s not the type of leader as, say, a (Albert) Pujols or even a (Derek) Jeter, as far as being exceptional. A player who can take over a team, who the fans pay money to see. Seattle’s going to quickly realize that. For now, though, they’ve created a monster, just as Texas did with A-Rod.”

If the Mariners do indeed finish last again, in all probability GM Jack Zduriencik will be fired. Then it’ll be up to the new GM to accommodate Cano’s inevitable “trade me” demands, as A-Rod did in Texas after three years.

Repoz Posted: March 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Heyman: Cano offers ideas to aid Mariners in quest to round out roster

Robbie the Reboot.

The Seattle Mariners made some big improvements this winter but appear to have left themselves with some obvious holes as well. The biggest enhancement, of course, was signing superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, who brings the middle-of-the-order impact bat the team craved, and also maybe just a few more opinions and a little more assertiveness than is recalled from his many years in New York.

Cano, by all accounts, is thoroughly enjoying his first days inside a lively new clubhouse with new teammates, and his characteristically broad smile seems to confirm that from his position at the head of the beautified clubhouse here. But Cano looks around and sees those very real issues and wonders if there could be a move or two more coming from the Mariners.

...“I’m not going to lie. We need an extra bat, especially a right-handed bat,” Cano told CBSSports.com. “We have many left-handed hitters. We need at least one more righty. You don’t want to face a lefty pitcher with a lineup of seven left-handed hitters.”

Zduriencik doesn’t necessarily disagree. How can he? Not after the Mariners posted an MLB-low .657 OPS vs. left-handers last year, then added two more lefty hitters in Cano and Logan Morrison as two of its three main offensive pieces while losing the righty-swinging Michael Morse and switch-hitting Kendrys Morales.

“We are a little lefthanded, and we know it,” Zduriencik said.

...But ultimately, Cano also doesn’t want to make waves, or add to any angst around camp over the injured pitchers.

“If it was up to me, we’d have Santana, (Nelson) Cruz and Ubaldo (Jimenez), too,” Cano said. “That’s really more for the front office.”

Repoz Posted: March 02, 2014 at 08:58 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dwyre: Chone Figgins is back and might just catch on with the Dodgers

NL pennant is secure!

It has come to this for Figgins. His talent and history in the game will no longer carry him. He has to make the team by performing, starting with that first pitch Wednesday.

He knows it. There is no sulking, no hint of entitlement. The quiet, hustling personality that made him so popular in Anaheim has not changed. His perspective has.

On Jan. 15, he worked out in his hometown of Tampa, Fla., for officials of most of the major league teams. When he finished — “It was like a high school workout. I ran two 60s, threw from home, from shortstop, third, from the outfield” — he told all of them, “What you saw in Seattle is past. Go back, tell your bosses you have a player who played in the big leagues and can still play.”

The Dodgers called the next day.

Greg Franklin Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, mariners, marlins

Friday, February 21, 2014

Divish: GM Jack Zduriencik has “no expectations” for Jesus Montero

After each season, players meet with training and medical staff to set up their offseason. Each player is given a target weight they are expected to come in at for the following season. According to sources,  Montero has never once met that target weight since joining the Mariners. This year he came in 40 pounds over the weight the Mariners wanted him to come in at.

It’s led to frustration within the organization. General manager Jack Zduriencik was particularly critical of Montero and his future.

“We are disappointed in how he came in physically,” Zduriencik said bluntly.

That disinterest in conditioning in the offseason didn’t do much change the minds of people who have been skeptical of Montero’s work ethic. It certainly didn’t inspire Zduriencik, who was clearly unhappy with the situation.

“It’s up to him,” Zduriencik said. ” I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone.”

Good cripple hitter Posted: February 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, jesus montero, mariners

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

McClendon rips Yanks’ Long for Cano critique

McClendon said Long overstepped his bounds with his critique of Cano’s effort with New York and defended the Mariners’ prized offseason free-agent acquisition.

“Last time I checked, I didn’t know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees,” McClendon told ESPN.com. “That was a little surprising. I was a little pissed off, and I’m sure Joe [Girardi] feels the same way. He’s concerned with his team and what they’re doing, not what the Seattle Mariners players are doing.

“I’m a little surprised that Kevin Long is the spokesman for the New York Yankees. I wonder if he had any problems with Robbie when he wrote that book [“Cage Rat”] proclaiming himself as the guru of hitting.”

Long responded to the criticism later Tuesday.

“That’s too bad,” he said. “I don’t consider myself the spokesman for the Yankees. If you look at all the good things that were written about Robinson you would understand there was no malicious meaning behind any of it. If he wants to speak publicly like that, that is up to him. That is the way he interpreted it. I’m not going to get in a media war with Lloyd McClendon; he’d probably win that anyway.

...McClendon said he doesn’t feel a need to address the hustle issue with Cano, who took part in the Mariners’ first full-squad workout Tuesday.

“I understand,” McClendon said. “I get it. I was a major league player. There are times when you hit balls and you’re frustrated as hell and you don’t give it 100 percent. As long as you don’t dog it down the line, what’s the difference between 65 and 85 percent? Just run down the line. Sometimes that stuff is blown out of proportion.

“To me, the most important thing is the guy goes out there for 160 games a year, he hits .330, he drives in over 100 runs and he hits 25 to 30 home runs. I just need Robinson to be Robinson. Like all the rest of my guys know, just don’t dog it. Am I expecting you to give me 110 percent down the baseline every night? No. I’m expecting you to give me a good effort.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he has no plans to talk to Long about his comments, but he was a little taken aback by them.

“I was surprised,” Cashman said.

“I never had an issue with Robbie. He played every day. He played nearly every inning and he performed.”

Thanks to Carlos.

Repoz Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:36 PM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Monday, February 17, 2014

Harper: Kevin Long, Yankees couldn’t get through to Robinson Cano on lack of hustle

Genius speaks. No one listens. (Craven’s Progressive Matrices)

That is, while Long couldn’t be prouder of what Cano accomplished as a Yankee, it bothers him that neither he nor anyone else could get through to the second baseman about his notorious lack of hustle, knowing it’s likely to tarnish his standing, especially with the fans.

“If somebody told me I was a dog,’’ Long said here Sunday, “I’d have to fix that. When you choose not to, you leave yourself open to taking heat, and that’s your fault. For whatever reason, Robbie chose not to.’’

Long was talking about Cano’s habit of not running hard to first base on routine ground balls, nothing else. And it was particularly frustrating for him because he helped Cano overcome his other bad habits over the years, centering around his nonchalant nature that once led Joe Girardi to bench him for lazy defense.

...Maybe he’ll change his ways now that he’s the new face of the Mariners, expected to be their Derek Jeter of sorts. Certainly no one around the Yankees, Jeter included, could ever figure out why Cano wouldn’t just run hard for 90 feet to first base.

“We all talked to him,’’ Long said. “I’m pretty sure Jeter talked to him a number of times. Even if you run at 80%, no one’s going to say anything. But when you jog down the line, even if it doesn’t come into play 98% of the time, it creates a perception.

“It’s too bad because Robbie cared a lot. By his last year here he was becoming a leader in the clubhouse. He went out of his way to talk to some of the younger guys, and he helped them.

“But he just wouldn’t make that choice to run hard all the time. The reasons aren’t going to make sense. He might say his legs didn’t feel good, or he was playing every day and needed to save his energy. To me there was no acceptable answer.’’

Repoz Posted: February 17, 2014 at 08:49 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mariners’ Franklin Gutierrez to miss 2014 season, cites health issues

Veteran outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has informed the Mariners that he’ll miss the entirety of the 2014 season because of ongoing health and injury concerns. The M’s had earlier this offseason signed Gutierrez to a one-year, $1-million contract plus incentives. Obviously, they will now not be on the hook for that contract

Larry Stone tweets that Gutierrez told the team that he suffered a relapse of symptoms that he suffered last spring. Those would be gastrointestinal/autoimmune problems, which have obviously proved to be serious. The team has placed him on the restricted list, which creates room on the 40-man roster for the newly signed Fernando Rodney.

Thanks to NB

Repoz Posted: February 13, 2014 at 03:32 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Fernando Rodney agrees to sign with Mariners

Rodney can’t get no respect!

The Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign free agent closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $14 million deal, Jon Heyman has confirmed. The was first reported by Jonah Keri of Grantland.

Rodney, 36, was unbelievable for the Rays in 2012 when he closed 48 games in 50 chances with a 0.60 ERA (641 OPS+!). He took a step backward last season, though, when he went 37 for 45 in save chances with a 3.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings. He was excellent in September, though, with a 0.82 ERA and 0.82 WHIP.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2014 at 11:17 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: count da saves, fernando rodney, free agents, mariners, relievers

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Catricala retires from baseball to pursue law enforcement

In 2011, Vinnie Catricala was the best player in the Mariners minor league system, 16 months later the Sacramento, California native is retiring from baseball.

“I am just moving on (with my life) and actually one month into the Sacramento Police Academy,” said Catricala on Monday night. “I am really excited about the police department and my future.”


Friday, January 24, 2014

Mariners promote Mather to team president

And Kevin Mather as the president. (F Frank Bank)

The Seattle Mariners promoted Kevin Mather to team president and chief operating officer on Friday, replacing Chuck Armstrong, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Mather had been serving as executive vice president of finance and ballpark operations. He has been with the team since July 1996 and had held that position since 1999. Mather oversaw Seattle’s financial and ticket services, retail operations, technology and daily operations of Safeco Field, among other duties.

Armstrong, 71, had been Seattle’s team president for 28 of the previous 30 seasons. Armstrong announced he was retiring in late November citing a desire to spend more time around friends and family.

‘‘His experience in the game of baseball has prepared him well for this position,’’ Mariners Chairman Howard Lincoln said. ‘‘He is highly thought of around Major League Baseball and in this community. He will work closely with me to make sure Jack Zduriencik has the resources he needs to build winning teams. Jack remains the leader of the baseball side of our organization.’‘

The 51-year-old Mather worked for the Minnesota Twins before joining the Mariners. He is a native of Madison, Wis., and a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

‘‘Our fans, first and foremost, are our focus, and we understand what they want most - a championship team,’’ Mather said in a statement. ‘‘I am looking forward to supporting Jack Zduriencik, as he continues to lead the baseball operation and builds the Mariners both for 2014 and for future seasons. At the same time, our commitment to this community and this region will remain a top priority. This is a tremendous opportunity, and I’m excited about the Mariners future.’‘

Repoz Posted: January 24, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lou Piniella selected to join the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame

No word on what cap logo he’ll use.

He brought a special intensity to Mariners Baseball in 1993. He gave Mariners fans their first taste of the postseason baseball in 1995. His 10 years as manager of the Mariners resulted in seven winning seasons. Today the Seattle Mariners announced that Lou Piniella will become the eighth member of the organization’s Hall of Fame when he is inducted on Saturday, August 9, at Safeco Field during a ceremony prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox.

“Lou Piniella was bigger than life,” said Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner. “There was no question what the goal was every day when the players walked into the clubhouse….win tonight’s game. Anything less was not acceptable.”

...Piniella and his wife Anita reside in their hometown Tampa, FL. He is providing color commentary on several New York Yankees’ telecasts again in 2014, and remains close to the Mariners organization.

Piniella joins the seven current members of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame: Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson and Ken Griffey Jr. The Hall of Fame was created to honor the players, staff and other individuals that greatly contributed to the history of the Mariners franchise.

Note: To be eligible for selection, a player must have been active in a Mariners uniform for at least five seasons and be retired as a player at least two years. In addition to a player’s impact on the field, other considerations for possible induction include his positive impact on the Northwest community outside of baseball and a player’s positive impact in enhancing the image of the Seattle Mariners and/or Major League Baseball.

Repoz Posted: January 23, 2014 at 08:38 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mariners to screen fans with metal detectors in 2014

And the Steinbrenners have won.

Beginning on Opening Night, April 8, against the Los Angeles Angels, all fans passing through the gates of Safeco Field will be screened with metal detectors. This complies with Major League Baseball’s mandate that all teams implement a screening program by the start of the 2015 season.

The increased security measures are the result of MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security designed to elevate and standardize security practices across the game. The added security measures are in addition to bag checks that are conducted at all MLB ballparks.

Fans at Safeco Field will pass through walk-through magnetometers while their tickets are being scanned. Devices are being installed at all public entrances. Those who do not wish to pass through a metal detector will have the option of being checked with a hand-held device.

“Fan safety and security is our top priority. The Mariners and Major League Baseball are keenly aware of the current security environment at public events. We believe this step is necessary, poses minimal inconvenience, and ultimately will serve the best interests of all fans,” said Sylvester Servance, Mariners Director of Security.

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2014 at 02:43 PM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, rights

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mariners agree to one-year deal with catcher John Buck

His name is Buck.

The Mariners have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher John Buck, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal is worth $1 million.

Buck, 33, hit .219/.285/.362 (84 OPS+) with 15 home runs in 431 plate appearances for the Mets and Pirates… Buck will be tasked with backing up and mentoring young Mike Zunino with Seattle.

The District Attorney Posted: January 14, 2014 at 07:10 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: john buck, mariners, transactions

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Neyer: Dispatch from the GM who traded Shin-Soo Choo

Ballsy Bill Bavasi.

Thursday, Bavasi e-mailed me:

  More than anything else, the trades that year were just good old-fashioned disasters.

  There was no specific pressure from above to make any specific move at that time. But I was not operating on the same platform they are now.  Without going into great detail ... When I got there it was made REAL clear they didn’t want any five-year plans … and that I’d get a mulligan in 2004 but, from then on they’d expect consistent improvement toward a postseason.  When I say “improvement” I mean relative to our record. So even though we operated under some pressure to tangibly improve on a regular basis, the Choo and Cabrera trades were a product of my own stupidity and good work by the Indians.

  By the way, I’m not complaining about the “no five-year plans” attitude.  Again, without going into detail ... I knew the score going in.

  We had good things to say about Choo at the time.  We certainly didn’t know what we know now—what a star he’d be—but our people liked him, knew he had skills, great make-up and a high sense of responsibility. We had good, smart people. I just blew it.

I’ve written a few times that Bill’s father Buzzie belongs in the Hall of Fame, and I believe he’ll be there someday. Bill’s probably not going to wind up with his dad in Cooperstown. But when somebody builds a Hall of Grace, he’s got my vote.

Repoz Posted: December 26, 2013 at 07:49 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Stone: Robinson Cano’s journey to stardom was years in the making

Robbie: Strange playfellow?

But former Mets GM Steve Phillips told The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish last week in Orlando that Cano “has kind of a lackadaisical, sort of nonchalance about him sometimes that has grown to be accepted in New York. … He had people who stuck up for him. Derek Jeter said, ‘No, no, he’s fine.’

“But in a new place, when you don’t have that collateral relationship with the fans, if you don’t hit, then you go out there and look like you’re kind of going through it, it could affect the transition going into Seattle. It’s something to keep an eye on there.”

To allegations that Cano doesn’t hustle, Gordon Blakeley responds, “You know what that is? Garbage. You can quote that from me. Look at how many games he misses (just 14 total over the last seven years). The game is so easy to Robby, you think he’s lackadaisical. That’s a special thing of great players. Jeter for years made things look easy. There’s no lackadaisical in Robby.’’

...Such scrutiny will only intensify due to the magnitude of his Mariner contract. Those who have known Cano the ballplayer the longest, and the best, insist he’s ready for the glare of the spotlight in his new role in Seattle.

“Robinson was always better when the lights were brighter,’’ Masse said. “Even when he was 19, I’d watch him bat with no one on base, we were winning 8-0. He’d swing at three in the dirt. But with the bases loaded, game on the line, Robinson Cano was the best young hitter I’ve ever seen for that situation.

“If you ask me if the money is going to affect him – yeah, it’ll make him better, because the spotlight’s on him. He doesn’t feel pressure. It makes him play better.”

Repoz Posted: December 15, 2013 at 09:30 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Robinson Cano’s ‘respect’ comments confuse, surprise Yankees executives

(NSFW language)

Yankees executives were a bit surprised by Robinson Cano’s comments Thursday when he said he felt disrespected by the club.

But they weren’t angry.

And one even seemed to feel sorry for the second baseman.

“I feel bad for him because I think he’s disappointed he’s not a Yankee,” team president Randy Levine said Friday. “But I respect him and he’s free to say whatever he wants to say. We still respect him and he’s always going to be fondly remembered as a Yankee.”

During his introductory news conference in Seattle on Thursday, Cano—who joined the Mariners for 10 years and $240 million after being offered seven years and $175 million by the Yankees, for whom he played his first nine seasons—said he didn’t feel respected by his former club during negotiations.

Said Cano, “I didn’t get any respect from them and I didn’t see any effort; it was just like, ‘You know what, it’s this and that and that’s it.’”...

[GM Brian] Cashman added that even after the Mariners made their offer, Cano’s agency, Roc Nation Sports, said the Yankees could have Cano back for $235 million over 10 years.

That still was much more than the Yankees were willing to commit to the 31-year-old.

“Our policy is, for players over 30 years old, we don’t believe in 10-year contracts. They have just not worked out for us, they have not worked out for the industry,” Levine said, a reference, at least with his team, to the megadeal given to Alex Rodriguez when he opted out in 2007. “When we signed Derek Jeter to a 10-year contract, I believe he was 26. In that context, I believe, it makes sense.”...

Cashman said if respect is to be equated with dollars, then yes, the Mariners were more respectful. “We made an offer that we were comfortable making and it fell far short, obviously, of where Seattle was,” he said, “so in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did.”

The District Attorney Posted: December 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mariners, robinson cano, yankees

STAN FISCHLER: Joe Torre deserved his spot in baseball Hall of Fame

Stan Fischler…funnier than Abbott and Costello in “Hit the Ice”!

* As a Brooklyn boy, I’m tickled that Joe Torre has become a Hall of Famer.

* As a New York newsman, I covered Joe when he and brother Frank tore up the Parade Grounds League in Flatbush, across from Prospect Park.

* I have no problem with Bobby Cox or Tony La Russa making the Cooperstown trek.

* But why the big fuss over the Marvin Miller snub? The late baseball union boss of bosses long ago made it clear that he didn’t even want himself on the ballot.

* And who says the voters are either fair or know what the heck they’re doing in the first place? Then again, isn’t it a bit silly to get all hot and bothered of getting in or our of Cooperstown?

* Seattle is paying ridiculous money to Robinson Cano who is not a superstar and will not be missed at all in The Bronx by May.

* This Cano guy could have stayed in The Bronx and still be filthy rich. Thus, we’d have to call him disloyal to the Pinstripes. Others would simply label the man, ingrate.

* Not that the spate of Yankees signings will make much of a difference, except lower the numbers in the Bronx vault.

Repoz Posted: December 14, 2013 at 05:12 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, hof, mariners, yankees

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mariners’ Logan Morrison suggests Twitter troll is gay while arguing

Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

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One Twitterer was ready to take a jab at first baseman and left fielder Logan Morrison who is on his way from the Miami Marlins to the Seattle Mariners. Two teams that have struggled to find any success recently.

So the creative Twitter troll made a “never makes the playoffs” jab and Morrison responded by suggesting he is gay. Real mature guys.

Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 08:28 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: logan morrison, mariners, social media, twitter

Heyman: Corey Hart to Seattle on a one year deal.

Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh no.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 01:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: 80s, i wear my sunglasses at night, mariners

Sunday, December 08, 2013

FanGraphs: Blengino: The Cano Decade

Hey, Tony Blengino here. You might remember me from such Mariner classics as “MMIX – Negative Run Differential Theater” , or “2010 – A Spaced Odyssey”. For some years, I was a scout with the Brewers, and in more recent years I was an assistant to the GM with the Mariners. While I’m between baseball adventures, I’ve been given the privilege of writing on the storied pages of FanGraphs. I know the bar is high here, and I’ll do my best to reach it.

Alas, I am no longer a Mariner, but I was one long enough to help assemble a crew of talented, relatively inexpensive youngsters that made the Robinson Cano Era possible. This article will not attempt to say whether a 10-year, $240M commitment to Cano is a sign of the apocalypse, the gateway to a golden era in Mariner baseball, or something in between. There will be plenty of other articles for that. In this one, I will simply take a look at the player’s potential aging curve, from a couple of different perspectives — one historical, one more qualitative. Let’s get this out of the way from the get-go — Robinson Cano is pretty good. Clearly the best bat on the free agent market, and certainly a sturdier asset than Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton were at the time they entered the free-agent market. He has been remarkably consistent, and remarkably healthy throughout his career. He provides offense at a position where it is not plentiful. But where does Robby Cano fit in with other offensive 2Bs in baseball history, and how did they age? Let’s take a look.

bobm Posted: December 08, 2013 at 05:47 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: #6org, mariners, robinson cano

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