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Saturday, August 29, 2015

With Mariners looking for a new GM, could Rangers lose Thad Levine? | | Dallas Morning News

Cold.

The Seattle Mariners on Friday fired GM Jack Zduriencik, which is bad news for the Rangers on two fronts.

First, it means that the Rangers won’t be able to count on Zduriencik fielding a flawed team on an annual basis.

Second, it means that another GM’s job has opened that might be a fit for talented Thad Levine, who was Jon Daniels’ first hire when he became GM and who has been a critical, but low-key, member of the Rangers’ inner circle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mariners, rangers, thad levine

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

This could be the sixth-best job that opens up this year.

Here’s the statement from Mariners president Kevin Mather:

“We have reached the point when change of leadership of our baseball operations is needed for the Seattle Mariners to reach our goal of winning championships. We are very disappointed with the results this season, and are not satisfied with the current operation. The search for a permanent general manager will begin immediately, and while there is no deadline, we expect to have a new GM in place as soon as practical.”

“We have great respect for Jack and his work ethic. He was an excellent representative of the Mariners both within the game of baseball and in the community. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish him and (his wife) Debbie all the best, and thank him for all his efforts.”
 
Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will serve as the interim general manager for the remainder of the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:33 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

SI: Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

The Mariners have not made the playoffs since 2001 and never finished a season higher than third place in the division under Zduriencik’s direction.

Entering Friday, Seattle sits 12 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West division with their 59-69 record.

But what about the weight room?

Monty Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mariners designate Rodney for assignement | MLB.com

Veteran reliever Fernando Rodney, who lost his closer’s role in Seattle two and a half months ago, was designated for assignment after Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the White Sox, as the Mariners made a flurry of moves to shuffle their beleaguered bullpen.

Rodney, 38, didn’t pitch Saturday, but has struggled all season and was 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and six blown saves in 22 opportunities this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando rodney, mariners

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Prospect Purgatory: How Seattle’s Inability to Develop Talent Doomed a Once-Promising Season «

But the biggest reason the M’s have fallen on their faces this year is the same factor that has essentially torpedoed the entirety of GM Jack Zduriencik’s tenure and the same one that makes their outlook so murky: They’re terrible at developing prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kuma KO’s O’s, Joins No-No Club.

Hisashi Iwakuma tossed the fifth no-hitter in Mariners history in a 3-0 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday at Safeco Field, becoming just the second Japanese pitcher (Hideo Nomo was the first) in Major League history to throw a no-no.

In the process of throwing his first career no-hitter, it was also the first complete game of Iwakuma’s career. Iwakuma fanned seven and walked only three batters in tossing the first American League no-hitter since his teammate, Felix Hernandez, threw a perfect game against the Rays on Aug. 15, 2012.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, no hitters

Keri: How Seattle’s Inability to Develop Talent Doomed a Once-Promising Season

Poor results from the #6 organization.

Pinpointing why, exactly, the M’s have failed to usher top prospects into big league prominence is a tougher task. In hindsight, trying to emulate the big-bat/bad-defense approach that got Zduriencik players like Fielder and Weeks looks like it was a bad blueprint in spacious Safeco Field, where slow, unathletic players like Smoak and Montero became bad fits. A lack of viable alternatives led to rushing players like Zunino. And banking on positional nomads like Franklin and Ackley was already a risky play, one made much worse when both players forgot how to hit.

One of the hidden advantages among the best organizations in baseball is that they all have a collection of ace minor league instructors and coaches. These people serve as key cogs in the development machine, and they can be hired and retained for relative pennies compared to the eventual impact they have on the big league squad. Granted, it’s nearly impossible to isolate Seattle’s minor league staff and put all the blame on them. Plus, bad luck and subpar scouting could be playing a big role, too.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 01:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mariners notebook: McClendon says rookie can shake off shaky start by not shaking off catcher | The News Tribune

A day after Lloyd McClendon gave a blunt evaluation of Mike Montgomery’s start against the Rangers — “a bad outing,” the Seattle Mariners manager called it, adding “I’m very disappointed” — no words were minced in the skipper’s office Sunday morning.

At issue isn’t so much Montgomery’s pitches but his demeanor between throwing them.

“One of the things this kid’s got to understand is that when he came to the big leagues, the catcher put down a sign and he threw a pitch,” McClendon said. “Now he’s thinking too much — too much shaking off. That’s not acceptable.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike montgomery

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Jamie Moyer going into Mariners Hall of Fame | MLB.com

Crazy.

At the age of 30, with a 34-54 record in the big leagues and having spent the bulk of the 1991 and ‘92 seasons in the Minor Leagues, Moyer thought it might be time to get on with life outside of baseball. Digger Phelps, his father-in-law, didn’t agree.
....
Moyer finished his career with the Rockies in 2012 at the age of 49, and he compiled a 269-209 career record, 35th on the all-time wins list. And he did the heavy lifting after turning 30.

His 235 victories tie him with another former Mariners pitcher, Randy Johnson, for fifth on the all-time list for wins at the age of 30 and older, which is three behind Gaylord Perry, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He’s the only member of the Top 10 on that list not enshrined in Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 11:51 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: jamie moyer, mariners

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Seattle on a roll, wins 3rd in row | The News Tribune

The Mariners may be hot and may be *only* six games back. They also have *seven* teams between them and the spot.

Wild card standings

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, wild card

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lookout Landing: Ackley Traded to Yankees for Flores and Ramirez

There’s no way to dress this up: That Dustin Ackley’s career as a Mariner ended with him being traded for one fringe 4th OF and a relief pitcher with a horrendous walk rate and iffy health history is a real shame.

Oop Ackley, as Bill the Cat might say.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Robinson Cano more production fewer grounders | MLB.com

Baseball is a game of adjustments.

That’s the kind of solid contact that ought to lead to production, but confoundingly for Cano, it didn’t. But over the past 30 days, Cano has looked like the star we saw in New York. You might expect that he has been hitting the ball harder, and indeed he has. But perhaps just as important, Cano has changed his average launch angle. That is, he’s stopped pounding the ball into the ground, or pumping out low and easily-caught liners, and managed some elevation behind those hard-hit balls.

April 6 through June 19
.245/.284/.337   2 home runs
Average exit velocity: 88.74 mph
Average launch angle: 6.79 degrees

June 20 through July 20
.280/.318/.540   7 home runs
Average exit velocity: 91.54 mph
Average launch angle: 9.14 degrees

What’s “launch angle,” you ask? It sounds complicated, but it’s not. It’s simply measuring the angle that the ball comes off the bat. A negative exit angle means a grounder or a very low liner; a positive one is higher in the air. A launch angle of zero degrees would be directly back at the spot where the pitcher released the ball.
That’s important because for the first few months, Cano was hitting grounders like he’d never done before, which is part of why that solid contact wasn’t leading to extra-base hits. Excessive grounders may work well for low-power speed demons like Billy Hamilton or Dee Gordon, but for Cano, it just meant that he was depriving himself of his highest-value hits. Let’s go back to that same date range, this time showing his splits between liners, grounders, and fly balls.

April 6 through June 19
Line drive %: 23.6
Grounder %: 52.8
Fly ball %: 23.6

June 20 through July 20
Line drive %: 23.5
Grounder %: 43.2
Fly ball %: 33.3

As you can see, the line-drive rate didn’t change, but Cano has dropped 10 percentage points from his ground-ball rate and put that toward his fly-ball rate, confirming what launch angle is showing. Since Cano is hitting just .182 on grounders, this look suits him much better.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 02:57 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, sabermetrics, statcast

Monday, July 20, 2015

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But Cueto’s six-walk performance on Sunday likely renewed concerns for teams already worried about his elbow; his average fastball velocity of 92.68 mph was his second-lowest of the season, according to Brooksbaseball.net (the only game in which Cueto’s velocity was lower was on May 19, after which he missed a start due to stiffness in his elbow).


Sunday, July 19, 2015


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Seattle Mariners prospect D.J. Peterson smacks fifth career grand slam for Jackson Generals | MiLB.com

Who is the Mariners’ minor league hitting instructor?

Just two levels shy of the Major Leagues, D.J. Peterson made some tweaks to his swing this offseason to try take those final steps. After a disappointing first half, he was left trying to clean up his own mess.

...

“I think maybe in the offseason, I was trying to do a little too much,” he said. “I tweaked something and built a bad habit and took a long time to get out of it.”

Peterson has attempted to bust out of the slump in the video room. He’s studied video of his college days at New Mexico and from earlier in his professional career, noting that his hand positioning and other mechanics were different this season.

The 12th overall pick in the 2013 Draft set a season high with three homers in June and has a .259 average in July. The improvements have been small but steadily for the 6-foot-1 infielder.

“I had to figure out where I’d been with my load, where my hands were, to get back to where I was then,” he said. “I’ve just been trying to find my swing, where it was. I think the last couple months ... I’m starting to feel it a little better, find my swing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. peterson, mariners, prospect

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Robinson Cano’s trying year: Lingering illness, grandfather’s death test him

I see an endorsement for Prilosec in his future.

In a Spanish-language conversation with USA Today Sports, Cano provided some previously undisclosed details about a stomach ailment that has sapped his energy. He also spoke of the impact of losing his paternal grandfather, Ovidio, who died of lung cancer in March, calling him, “like a second father to me.’‘

Cano, 32, said he was especially reluctant to talk about the stomach problem because it might be perceived as making excuses for his poor performance. Nobody likes to hear excuses from a player earning $24 million a year.

If nothing else, though, his revelation sheds light on the challenges that come with playing at the elite level Cano established for the majority of his previous 10 seasons.

“When things go well, people like everything you do,’’ Cano said. “When things don’t go well, people look for 1,001 explanations, and they don’t understand you’re a human being.’‘

Cano was in the midst of his sixth All-Star season last year when he started experiencing stomach discomfort in August. With the Mariners in the playoff chase, he didn’t get it checked until their season was over, in October. Cano said he was told he had a common parasite, which was treated with antibiotics, but he was left with acid reflux to this day.

“It still affects me,’’ Cano said. “Sometimes you drink water and it makes you feel like vomiting. I can’t eat the same way I did. It’s hard to deal with, especially being the first time this has happened to me. Sometimes I eat only once a day before playing, because I feel full. And you just don’t have the same energy.’‘

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 12:16 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lookout Landing: Mariners reassign Howard Johnson, name Edgar Martinez hitting coach

The greatest hitter in franchise history is now charged with turning around the team’s struggling offense.


Thursday, June 04, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks ship Mark Trumbo, Vidal Nuño to Seattle in six-player deal

Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno to the Mariners. Wellington Castillo, and Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero to the D’Backs.

The 28-year-old Castillo represents a veteran option with a steady offensive reputation. He has a career .708 OPS, although has struggled to find his swing in limited time this season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
...

That likely made him attractive to Seattle, which has limped along in the American League West thanks to an offense ranked second-to-last in the AL. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Seattle reporters Trumbo will split time between designated hitter and a corner outfield spot.

The idea that he would be moved wasn’t a total shock to Trumbo.

“You start to hear things and whatnot,” he said. “You do your best to block it out. If there’s rumors of things happening, then there’s probably some ounce of truth to some of it at least.”

Nuño also filled an obvious need for the Mariners, who lost starter James Paxton to a finger injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks. The team also has been without right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma since late April. Nuño said he was told he’d be in the Seattle rotation, a welcome development for him after he was unable to crack the starting five in Arizona this year.

....

Arizona also acquired Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero. Reinheimer is an infielder without much of an offensive track record, although Stewart said top scout Mike Russell believes the 22-year-old could be “a front-line shortstop.”

The real get could be Guerrero, a 21-year-old outfielder and the nephew of former big-league great Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero was rated the No. 7 prospect in the Mariners’ system before the trade, and although he’s started slowly in his first taste of Double-A

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trades

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

McClendon confident, but can Mariners really turn it around? | FOX Sports

McClendon’s managing isn’t making Cano hit .249/.291/.337.

“Because of the expectations on this club, you’d think the world was coming to an end,” McClendon said. “We’ll be fine. I’ve got a good club. You can tell everyone the world is not coming to an end.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: lloyd mcclendon, mariners

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mariners notebook: Cano looks back to 2008 struggles in effort to keep even keel as current slump deepens | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

It’s bad enough to pay a huge contract to a free agent. It really sucks when that guy doesn’t produce like you hope, which, of course, happens most of the time.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Seattle Mariners Catcher Mike Zunino Interview

From what I have seen, the hardest thing for Mike Zunino is making consistent contact.

Professional baseball’s starting catchers kneel for nine innings, day after day, for upwards of 120 games a season. They are struck by foul balls, hit with bats during backswings and — even with rule changes to lessen the chances of home plate collisions — occasionally run over by large men sprinting at full speed. In conclusion, it’s really hard work. We wanted to know what it was like to experience all of this, to be the guy who takes a beating for a living, so we caught up with seven of the best catchers in the game. Today’s subject: Mike Zunino of the Seattle Mariners.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike zunino

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cubs Trade Wellington Castillo to Mariners

Castillo will join the Mariners, where No. 1 catcher Mike Zunino has hit .179/.241/.358 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 106 at-bats. Backup Jesus Sucre is just 1 for 15 in six games.

No word yet what the Cubs will be getting in return.

Voodoo... Posted: May 19, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Set for return to Baltimore, Nelson Cruz fondly recalls his one big season with O’s - Baltimore Sun

Exceeding all expectations while passing all PED tests. Who’da thunk it?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, mariners, nelson cruz

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Boston skipper regrets pitching to Cruz | redsox.com

If Farrell could do it over again, he would have had Layne intentionally walk Cruz. And then the southpaw could have faced left-handed batter Kyle Seager.

Instead, Farrell called on Tazawa, daring Cruz to beat the Red Sox. And that he did.

“Yeah, we’ve got it set up, two outs, [can] easily take the bat out of his hand, walk him, then you get a left on left with Layne and Seager. As we sit here in this moment after the walk-off, that’s the move to make,” said Farrell. “Like I said, terrible decision on my part.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nelson cruz, red sox

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