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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mariners making a push for Edgar Martinez’s Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy | The Seattle Times

If you are undecided, Ryan Divish’s contains a bunch of links the team provided to make its case.

Here’s his voting results since being put on the ballot. He needs 75 percent of the vote to get in.

2010 — (36.2%)
2011 — (32.9%)
2012 — (36.5%)
2013 — (35.9%)
2014 — (25.2%)
2015 — (27.0%)
2016 — (43.4%)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: edgar martinez, hall of fame, mariners

Monday, November 28, 2016

Was the Jean Segura Trade Really the Mitch Haniger Trade? | FanGraphs Baseball

Color me skeptical.

At last, there’s this part: Segura has two more years of team control. Haniger has the full six. And what sort of impact might be expected in 2017? We know that Segura is likely to play every day. With Haniger, that hasn’t really been decided. But to even things out, let’s consider the Steamer600 projection, which projects plays out over 600 plate appearances. Segura’s projection shows a 94 wRC+, with a 2.1 WAR. And Haniger? We see a 98 wRC+, and a 2.0 WAR. There’s plenty you could conceivably argue, but you could argue in both directions. You might really believe in Segura’s breakout, but it doesn’t seem fair to believe only in his. The same would go for just Haniger. So much of the optimism comes out of what happened in 2016, and both players had wonderful seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Why Jean Segura Won’t Regress In Seattle

Someone shares the Mariners’ hope.

It’s hard to fathom why the Mariners would deal a starting pitcher with as much promise as Walker has, especially when his 2016 struggles can be attributed to his foot issues, which were addressed with surgery in October. It’s even more difficult to understand, given how tight the starting pitching market is this offseason, until you consider that defense was the Mariners’ biggest weakness this past season. Their shortstop defense, in particular, was one of the team’s most vulnerable areas. Segura, who is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility, represents a potentially cost-effective solution to a major problem.

Even if he disappoints defensively, Segura is poised to make a major contribution to the Mariners’ offense. His .371 wOBA would have ranked second among all qualifying shortstops in 2016, just a single point behind Corey Seager. His batting average may suffer some minor slippage, but he does not look bound for a serious regression. Segura is a legitimate 20-20 threat with a chance for a second straight season with a .300 batting average. Those numbers position him to repeat as one of the best hitters among a talented group of shortstops in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Thursday, November 24, 2016

D-backs trade for Mariners’ Taijuan Walker | MLB.com

Segura gets traded again.

Mike Hazen made his first trade as D-backs GM on Wednesday night, acquiring right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte from the Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trade

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mariners trade for Shaffer, Motter, Pazos | MLB.com

Mariners prospecting for gold.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, trades

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mariners’ top draft pick Kyle Lewis is ‘right on track’ in his recovery from major knee surgery | The Seattle Times

“You can feel the pop and the not normal feeling you would get from a tweak or sprain,” he said. “It was a definitely a different kind of feeling, a different kind of pain.”

At the time, he was playing outstanding baseball with a slash line of .299/.385/.538 with eight doubles, five triples, three homers and 26 RBI in 30 games. After a slow start, he was hitting .364 with a 1.114 OPS over his final 20 games.

“I started to really to turn it on and get back to feeling how I am supposed to play,” he said.

But his season was done. Lewis underwent surgery on Aug. 11 and is now mired in the lengthy, mentally grueling recovery process that traditionally takes a year to return to full strength.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Monday, November 07, 2016

Heyman - Mariners Acquire Carlos Ruiz From Dodgers - Linkis.com

The Seattle Mariners acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell FanRag Sports.

According to Andy McCullough of the LA Times, the player going back to the Dodgers in the deal is pitcher Vidal Nuno.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mariners, trades

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Why this is Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez’s most important offseason | The Seattle Times

It’s difficult when a king has to abdicate his thrown throne.

Hernandez was throwing the bulk of his pitches low and away, off the plate in hopes of hitters chasing and avoiding solid contact. When he was able to command his pitches to the corners of the plate, that approach was effective. But the mechanical issues and meandering command from start to start wouldn’t allow him to maintain that success. Hitters recognized it.

“He pigeon-holed himself to one spot of the strike zone much more than he ever has,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He didn’t throw in very often. He didn’t elevate very often. He stayed mostly in the same zone all year long. And if you do the same thing to major league hitters, over and over, they will sniff you out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Mariners’ Plan For Developing Hitting Prospects Gets Early Validation

This fall, the Mariners will try to build on this year’s success by mimicking what’s already worked for them. Instead of fielding an instructional league team in Arizona, the organization will hold four week-long programs similar to the hitting summit but focused on other phases of the game such as pitching, baserunning and individual defense.

“We definitely have not outsmarted anybody with this whole thing, and that was never the goal,” McKay says. “We focused on having clear definitions of what we mean, having a common language, having standards that we’re holding our people accounting toward and not getting away from those things. Our coaches did a really good job of that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, player development

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jesus Montero suspended 50 games for use of a stimulant

Shoulda stuck to ice cream sandwiches.

Remember Jesus Montero? The former Yankees and Mariners prospect? Well, he was picked up by the Blue Jays back in March after the Mariners waived him and played 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year. That went alright, I suppose, with Montero hitting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. He played a bit of first base too, trying to break the mold he’s been stuck in as a 26-year-old DH.

If this season was a platform for him to make one last push to the bigs, the platform was just pulled out from under him: he has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 05:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jesus montero, mariners, peds

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mariners gain in Wild Card on Cano’s 2 homers | MLB.com

Robinson Cano continued his assault on Astros pitching, edging the Mariners closer in the American League Wild Card chase in the process while pushing Houston closer to elimination.

Cano clubbed two home runs, including a long solo shot down the right-field line off Luke Gregerson in the 11th inning, to send the Mariners to a key, 4-3 win over the Astros in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweets protesters should be treated ‘like animals’

Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger fired off controversial tweets Thursday in response to civil unrest in Charlotte, N.C., calling for protesters to be “locked behind bars like animals.”

Clevenger has a private Twitter account, but reporter Jon Humbert of KOMO-TV in Seattle captured screengrabs of the tweets.

The Mariners issued a statement from general manager Jerry Dipoto.

“The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account,” the statement read.” While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.

“We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps. We will have no further comment at this time.”


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Estrada masterful, Osuna shuts the door as Blue Jays fend off Seattle Mariners for crucial win | National Post

The Blue Jays aren’t done yet.

The Blue Jays needed a stopper. On this night, Marco Estrada and Roberto Osuna shared the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mariners

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mariners win eighth in a row, besting Angels 2-1 in another fine pitching performance | The Seattle Times

The Mariners will not die.

“We were just focusing on the one game,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “When we got on the plane and we were thinking — just keep winning series and winning series. Then you win the first couple of games and you think, ‘Why not sweep it?’ That’s been our attitude. Everybody’s doing their part.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. credits Taijuan Walker’s success to embracing mechanical changes | The Seattle Times

“At that point, he decided it was time to make some adjustments and changes,” Stottlemyre said.

The following day the two were out early before the game, playing catch and working on the changes that features a different leg kick and more hip turn to help him use his legs more and drive down the slope of the mound. It’s been a daily routine since then. They’ve spent hours together going over the changes. They were inseparable on the field, in the weight room and in front the video monitors.

“These are drastic,” Stottlemyre said. “These are not easy. It’s the tail end of the season on a club that’s possibly in a pennant run and to go out and try to recreate a delivery is not easy to do. It’s a testament to the work that he did – the dry work, the video work, watching other guys do it. He’s been relentless with the work and in our bullpens just trying to put it all together. I’m so proud of him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, taijuan walker

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mariners option outfielder Norichika Aoki | MLB.com

While his teammates celebrated Friday’s 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Friday night, veteran left fielder Norichika Aoki quietly dealt with Mariners officials and then made some phone calls after being informed he was being optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma.

Aoki will be one of several roster moves announced by the Mariners on Saturday as they look to shore up a bullpen that was already running a man short and now is dealing with a sore back by Tom Wilhelmsen as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2016 at 11:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, norichika aoki

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Spin (rate) zone: Mike Montgomery is a real numbers guy

“We were in the bullpen together and he’s really into it,” Montgomery told me of Zych. “We just talked a lot about it and I went to a website called Brooks Baseball. I guess it’s pretty accurate. We would just look at it and I’d check it out after every time I pitched. And we talked about what the numbers would teach us about our own stuff. I can throw these pitches in these locations because it’s really hard to hit. And learning about movement on the pitches and stuff like that.”

Most major league pitchers are more into Brooks & Dunn than Brooks Baseball, but Montgomery has found the information useful and it led to further curiosity.

While watching a broadcast toward the end of last season, Montgomery saw something that said his fastball had a low spin rate. He immediately thought that was a bad thing and assumed he needed to try and fix that. After doing more research, he understood that it wasn’t necessarily going to hurt him if he had a lower spin rate, it just meant he’d have to get outs in different ways.

“It’s not necessarily a bad thing,” Montgomery said. “It just means that I’m not going to rely on swing and miss [with my fastball] as much as I am weak contact. It’s just understanding how that’s used.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brooks baseball, cubs, mariners, mike montgomery, stats

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Seattle Mariners didn’t panic at the deadline and it’s paying off | FOX Sports

Hope is alive in Seattle!

“I’m a big fan of trying to pounce on opportunity,” Dipoto said. “We talked with a variety of clubs about acquisitions that maybe would have been more notable—I don’t want to say star quality, but more household-type names. We also talked about the possibility of moving players out who were more household names.

“In the end, the best moves we could make were holding steady. The idea of moving Miley might have looked like a sell. You could certainly take it for that. But really, there just wasn’t a great fit for Wade here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Monday, August 08, 2016

Celebrating The Singularity Of Ichiro - BaseballAmerica.com

But he didn’t. He has 3000 hits, which is a great accomplishment for a great player.

Ichiro clearly didn’t let a late introduction to Major League Baseball slow him. He collected at least 200 hits for 10 straight seasons—a major league record—and accumulated more hits in his 30s—2,080 of them—than any player in history. Additionally, the 10-time all-star won two AL batting titles, 10 Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers—which is remarkable when you realize he never hit more than 15 home runs in a season.

These facts are unassailable, but a more esoteric distinction made headlines on June 15, when Ichiro collected his 4,257th career major league hit—if you count his 25 combined seasons in the Japanese and American majors. Rose, who retired at age 45 with 4,256 major league hits, accumulated his total over 24 seasons in the National League.

What Might Have Been

Major League Baseball does not recognize Ichiro as its all-time hits leader, and it’s hard to build a convincing case that it should.

However, it is accurate to say that Ichiro has amassed more hits in the top professional leagues for which he was eligible to play than any player in history.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:38 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, mariners, marlins

Monday, August 01, 2016

Orioles acquire LHP Miley from Mariners

Seattle received left-hander Ariel Miranda in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in one game for Baltimore on July 3 at Seattle, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings.

‘‘Ariel Miranda is a power left-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix that is major league ready that provides us with flexibility,’’ general manager Jerry Dipoto said in an email. ‘‘We are very excited for what he can bring to the Mariners.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade deadline, trades, wade miley

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Slate: Out at Home

Reds fans couldn’t help but think the Griffeys should’ve reunited in Cincinnati. Junior’s ancestral connection to the Big Red Machine explained a lot of the fervor over his eventual homecoming. Just as important was his star power, which transcended his sport in a way that doesn’t really happen in baseball today. (Try to imagine local news helicopters tracking the homecoming of, say, Dallas-born Clayton Kershaw.) Griffey had endorsement deals with Pepsi, Nabisco, and AOL; he had a hugely popular video game; he had a sprawling relationship with Nike, seen most famously in the ads that pushed “Griffey for President.” And yet, in an era when TV money had not yet semileveled the playing field, baseball’s most famous player chose to go to Cincinnati, one of the game’s smallest markets. To make that happen, Griffey agreed to a team-friendly extension: a nine-year deal for $112.5 million that made him just the seventh-highest-paid player in the game (And that didn’t even account for the fact that more than half of the money was deferred.) “If the player owns a Rolls-Royce and he chooses to sell it at Volkswagen prices, that’s his right,” agent Scott Boras groused. The contract’s details reportedly moved Bud Selig to the verge of tears.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ken griffey, jr., mariners, reds, trades

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cubs get Mike Montgomery in 4-player trade | MLB.com

The Cubs added what they hope will be a key piece to the bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring left-handed reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners for Minor League prospects Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mariners, trade

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mariners notebook: Finally on Wednesday, it’s Happy Felix Day again | The News Tribune

Ace right-hander Felix Hernandez will be officially activated prior to the game from the disabled list after the Mariners make a corresponding space-clearing roster move.

“I’m ready, man,” Hernandez said. “I was going crazy (in the early) weeks when I wasn’t with the team (on the road). It was the worst time of my career. But I’m good now. I’m ready to go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mariners notebook: Who loses out in looming shift to four-man rotation? | The News Tribune

Updates on some pending roster moves, including King Felix’s return.

The Mariners have Hernandez positioned to start the July 31 night game at Wrigley, which will be televised by ESPN. That will be the Mariners’ first appearance on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in more than 12 years.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

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