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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Woeful Mariners now only team never to reach World Series

SEATTLE (AP) — And then there was one.

The Washington Nationals are off to the World Series for the first time in franchise history after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, becoming the final National League team to reach the Fall Classic and leaving a single team with the distinction of never playing for a title.

Congratulations, Seattle Mariners. Not only do you have the longest playoff drought in professional sports, but you are now the only team that hasn’t been to a World Series.

Since the Mariners came into existence in 1977, there has been a void. Despite lineups that included the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro Suzuki, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez, they have just four playoff appearances in their history, all coming between 1995 and 2001.

So, how does have only one team never make the World Series compare with the other major sports leagues and their championships?

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:34 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, world series

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mariners Unveil Nearly $30 Million In Ballpark Improvements For T-Mobile Park

The infrastructure improvements for 2020 will include the continued replacement of roof wheels, painting, plumbing, and other basic infrastructure work; replacement of the ballpark’s original, now 20-year-old sound system; replacing their old, outdated and functionally unsound point-of-sale system to improve the fan experience at concession stands, and; ADA fan improvements.

But the aspects of most interest will be the $9.24 million in fan amenity upgrades for 2020 required by the lease agreement with the PFD…..

To start, the Left Field Gate will be expanded to add 15 additional points of entry for fans and replace the existing Left Field ticket office with a new concession area that will connect to The ‘Pen, the ballparks key standing room-only patio gathering area in centerfield. The addition has been done to improve ingress into the ballpark as things such metal detectors have been added since the ballpark opened two decades ago.

Up at the “Lookout Landing” area that wraps around the outside of the suites and 200 level, the club is creating a new bar and fan/group entertainment space that will be situated above the left field foul pole on the View Level. According to the Mariners, the style of the area is to “remind one of a casual backyard experience” with bench seating and picnic tables. As an additional revenue source, the location will be made available for sale to groups during games. When the space is not booked, it will be open to all fans when not in use for group events.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2019 at 08:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, September 26, 2019

King Felix set for what is likely final start with Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — He arrived as a scraggly teenager with an ill-fitting uniform and curly hair billowing out from underneath his often crooked cap.

He’ll leave as one of the finest players to ever put on a Seattle Mariners uniform after a career worthy of the “King Felix” nickname that was bestowed upon him.

Felix Hernandez will make his final start of the season Thursday night when the Mariners host the Oakland Athletics. It’s an important game for the A’s in their quest to earn a wild-card berth in the American League. But what happens with the A’s will be secondary in Seattle to what happens on the mound, with No. 34 likely taking the ball for the Mariners for the final time.

A career that began in 2005 when he was a fresh-faced 19-year-old with all the promise in the world is expected to come to an end, at least as far as Seattle is concerned. Hernandez’s contract with the Mariners expires after the season and both sides seem ready to go their own way.

Some thought on a player in the twilight of his career.

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ichiro wins Seattle’s heart again with moving speech ahead of walk-off win

The Seattle Mariners are spending their penultimate weekend at home this season honoring future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki’s career with “Ichiro Weekend,” which kicked off Friday night in Seattle.

The 45-year-old retired from playing after the Mariners’ season-opening series against the Oakland Athletics in his native Japan. Ichiro has been serving as a special adviser to the team since early in the 2018 season, but came back to take the field for a final time in Tokyo.

After playing the first of three games against the White Sox on Friday, the Mariners hosted Ichiro Fireworks Night. Then Saturday night, in addition to giving out Ichiro bobbleheads, the team staged a pregame ceremony in his honor — before the team walked off on an Omar Narvaez homer to win 2-1.

Ichiro, who throughout his career did most of his public speaking in Japanese through a translator, addressed the crowd for five minutes in perfect English. Current team members and fellow franchise legends Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez stood behind him.

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 11:53 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: farewell, ichiro suzuki, mariners

Friday, September 13, 2019

Kyle Lewis homers in each of first three games | MLB.com

This is unexpected.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle lewis, mariners

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rookie infielder Donnie Walton was the 65th player the Mariners used this season.

Rookie infielder Donnie Walton had a quiet, yet historic debut for the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park.

The 25-year-old, who is the No. 28 prospect in Seattle’s organization, was promoted from Double-A Arkansas hours before Seattle’s homestand opener against the Reds, and didn’t enter the game until the ninth inning, when he came in as a defensive replacement at shortstop.

Walton didn’t see any action on his side of the diamond — the first two Reds batters of the inning flew out, and the third and final of the game grounded out to first as the Mariners wrapped up a 4-3 win — but his debut did have plenty of meaning.

And, with how the Mariners’ season has gone, “used” seems to be a good way to sum it up…..

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:35 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

On the bright side, at least it wasn’t a walk-off balk.

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, walk-off, wild pitch

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mariners manager: Hernández to rejoin rotation this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Félix Hernández will rejoin the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation this weekend.

Manager Scott Servais made the announcement Tuesday.

Hernandez has missed three months with right shoulder stiffness. He pitched 3-plus innings Monday night for Triple-A Tacoma in his fourth rehab appearance, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five.

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

-John Greenleaf Whittier

 

 

QLE Posted: August 21, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Monday, August 05, 2019

Astros toss combined no-hitter against Mariners

Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez and relievers Will Harris, Joe Biagini, and Chris Devenski no-hit the Mariners on Saturday, marking the 12th no-hitter (and second combined no-no) in franchise history.

Saturday’s 9-0 win also marked Sanchez’s first official outing with the Astros following his trade from the Blue Jays at Wednesday’s trade deadline. After taking 10 losses in his last 12 starts in Toronto, Sanchez looked unhittable against Seattle. He issued just two walks over six innings and struck out six of 21 batters, finishing his run with a pitch count of 92.

In the seventh, right-handed reliever Will Harris subbed in for Sanchez. He preserved the no-hitter for another inning, inducing a groundout from Daniel Vogelbach, walking Domingo Santana on five pitches, and getting J.P. Crawford to ground into an inning-ending double play.

This is the second combined no-hitter of the season, which last occurred in 1991.

QLE Posted: August 05, 2019 at 03:02 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, combined no-hitter, mariners

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Nationals acquire Hunter Strickland from Mariners

The Nationals have acquired yet ANOTHER reliever: Hunter Strickland is coming over from the Mariners in exchange for Aaron Fletcher.

Nats fans have a nice memory of Strickland. Back when he was with the Giants he set off the big brawl with Bryce Harper that (a) was really, really dumb; (b) led to a bunch of suspensions and stuff; and (c) ended one-time Nationals fan favorite Michael Morse’s career. So, uh, yeah, welcome to the team, Hunter.

Wait- punching out Bryce Harper is a bad thing?

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter strickland, mariners, nationals, punching inanimate objects

Friday, July 19, 2019

Let’s make a deal? Assessing the Mariners’ likely trade chips as deadline looms | The Seattle Times

So what does the ultra-active Dipoto think of the reduced trading time?

“I think it’s good and we’ve been probably as or more active than anybody in the second period (waiver trades) in the last few years,” he said. “But I think one trade deadline is good. I think in an ideal world it would be a little further back on the calendar. But hopefully having just one trade deadline gives teams around the league a chance to definitively get in or get out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, trade deadline

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Transformation of Alex Rodriguez (SI)

This January, Rodriguez spent two weeks as a guest speaker in lecturer Allison Kluger’s class on strategic pivoting and reputation management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. “From crisis comes a decisive moment,” says Kluger. “You can make the moment work for you, or you can crawl into a hole and wait for something else to come. Alex didn’t wait.”

Rodriguez did SoulCycle with the class’s 25 students, and ordered them all a Chipotle dinner (although, as a health nut, he didn’t himself eat a burrito). The highlight of the course, most agreed, was when he narrated his own crisis, though he didn’t get into exactly what substances he ingested or injected, or when or why; he’s never done that, publicly. Even so, all 25 course evaluations offered raves. “Alex’s superpower is his storytelling,” wrote one student. “He was able to engage and connect with every student.”

 


Thursday, June 27, 2019

J.P. Crawford is making this fun - Lookout Landing

A nice look at J.P. Crawford’s adjustments.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, mariners

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Felix being tested for further injury after setback

32? 33 going on 50.

Manager Scott Servais said the 32-year-old was getting an MRI exam on Tuesday after being evaluated on Monday by the Mariners’ doctors. He threw 31 pitches in 2 1/3 innings in his first rehab outing for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday in San Antonio, but he had hoped to build up to 50-60 pitches in that start.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 10:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yanks acquire Encarnacion from M’s

While the Yankees hope to get sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back from injury soon, it hasn’t stopped the team from adding another slugger to the mix. New York bolstered its lineup Saturday, as the Yanks announced they have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners.

The Yanks are sending 19-year-old right-hander Juan Then—their No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline—and cash considerations to Seattle. A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Mariners will pick up about half the money still owed to Encarnacion (he’s owed more than $15 million in salary and buyout).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners, trade, yankees

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Edwin Encarnacion hits AL-leading 21st HR | Seattle Mariners

Where the best fit? What can the Mariners get in exchange?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Nobody’s home for Moore’s throw | 06/03/2019 | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Mariners Reportedly Looking to Sell

The Mariners, who’ve gone a staggering 12-33 after a 13-2 start in which the club made its fans forget the cavernous dimensions of T-Mobile Park, are “deep in sell mode,” tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, who lists Edwin Encarnacion, Ryon Healy, Dee Gordon, Mike Leake and Tim Beckham among the players the club is “talking” about.

None in the group seem likely to net a significant return – the 36-year-old Encarnacion may be the most attractive piece, despite the some $18MM remaining on his contract – though it’s possible GM Jerry DiPoto would simply like to clear space for younger players. One feather in Encarnacion’s (and the Mariners’) cap is his renewed vigor in the infield: the one-time third-baseman is on pace for the most first-base innings in his fifteen-year career, and has thus far been surprisingly adequate at the position, per both DRS and UZR.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gearrin, Servais mystified by umpire rules check

Mariners reliever Cory Gearrin remains confused as to why his delivery was questioned by the umpire crew before he even threw a pitch in Seattle’s 6-5, 10-inning win over the A’s on Monday, but he’s not alone in that regard.

The game was stopped after Gearrin threw his warmup pitches upon being summoned with no outs in the top of the sixth, after starter Yusei Kikuchi gave up a solo home run to Matt Olson that pushed the A’s to a 2-1 lead.

Home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn went to the mound to tell the eight-year Major League veteran that the “toe tap” in his delivery, part of the timing mechanism he uses in his motion, was illegal.

That brought Mariners manager Scott Servais out of the dugout for an animated conversation with the umpires, with first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth eventually getting on the headset with New York to ask for a rules check.

The specific question regarded Rule 5.07(a), which states, “The pitcher may not take a second step toward home plate with either foot or otherwise reset his pivot foot in his delivery of the pitch. If there is a runner, or runners, on base it is a balk under Rule 6.02(a); if the bases are unoccupied it is an illegal pitch under Rule 6.02(b).”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

MLB roundup: Mariners overtake A’s in 10th

Omar Narvaez drilled the game-winning single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the host Seattle Mariners scored twice in the frame to rally to a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Seattle was one strike away from losing when Domingo Santana tied it up by lacing a 2-2 fastball from Oakland right-hander Joakim Soria (1-3) down the left field line for a double. The ball landed about one foot fair, and pinch runner Dee Gordon easily scored the tying run from second base.

Narvaez followed with the winning hit, and Santana easily scored as the throw from Athletics left fielder Robbie Grossman was off the mark. The Mariners halted a four-game losing streak and won for just the third time in 15 games.

Ramon Laureano homered with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to give Oakland a 5-4 lead. Seattle had tied the game 4-4 in the eighth on Daniel Vogelbach’s three-run shot.

Going from a 13-2 start to a 7-21 streak- wonder if the Mariners are about to transition into another streak….

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, extra innings, mariners

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Ichiro is back with the Mariners. Expect to see him in Seattle and Tacoma this season

Former All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was back in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse Tuesday afternoon participating in coaches meetings as he gets ready to begin a new role with the organization.


“I will say he’s the first coach I’ve ever had come into a coach’s meeting with batting gloves on,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said, smiling. “But, it didn’t really surprise me that much.”

The club announced Tuesday that Ichiro will maintain his title from last season as Special Assistant to the Chairman, but will now report to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Ichiro could give helpful advice- if he wanted to….

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 03:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, ichiro suzuki, mariners

Friday, April 26, 2019

Kikuchi to ‘open’ for Mariners against Rangers

One of the reasons left-hander Yusei Kikuchi signed with the Seattle Mariners in the offseason was the unique wellness plan they pitched to him.

Trying to avoid the injuries that have befallen Japanese stars like Yu Darvish, Shohei Ohtani and Daisuke Matsuzaka once they started pitching every five days in the majors as compared to the six-man rotations they use overseas, the Mariners will use Kikuchi as an “opener” about once a month, pitching just the first inning or so before handing the ball to one of Seattle’s pitching prospects.

That plan will be put to use for the first time Friday night against the visiting Texas Rangers.

Question, for those who know Japanese baseball better than I do- is it just the rotations that are at issue, or could there be other causes?

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, opener, yusei kikuchi

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Mariners are fighting to be more than just average

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dee Gordon crooked his finger, raised his eyebrows and said, “Y’all wanna story?”

He started across the visitor’s clubhouse at Angel Stadium and with his baseball bat motioned to follow.

“C’mon,” he said.

When average wasn’t good enough for the Seattle Mariners, who actually were a lot better than average but refused to believe it, they chose to be something other than average, because there is no glory in average. Given their options, then, they opted for less than average, which seemed a bit of a cop-out, right up until they won 13 of their first 15 games this season. And if Mariners management was not going to fall for 89 wins in 162 games, imagine the shrapnel when trying to wrap its head around 13 wins in 15 games. Maybe, had the Mariners simply gotten around to trading Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Leake, too, as were the rumors even into April, they’d have won 15 of 15. Or 16 of 15.

Yes, they claim they don’t want to be average- but will they spend the funds needed to prove it?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

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

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