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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mariners Smyly to have Tommy John, season over

Seattle Mariners pitcher Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2017 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to perform an ulnar collateral reconstruction on Smyly’s left elbow on July 6 in Birmingham, Ala. Since the typical recovery time from a UCL reconstruction is 12-15 months, Smyly is likely to miss most or all of the 2018 season as well.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2017 at 02:14 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, mariners, tommy john surgery

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jarrod Dyson breaks up perfect game with bunt – and Justin Verlander isn’t mad

Baseball’s unwritten rules were back in play on Wednesday night when Seattle’s Jarrod Dyson broke up Justin Verlander’s perfect-game bid with a bunt single with one out in the sixth inning.

The inning quickly unraveled for Verlander and the Tigers after that, as the Mariners plated three runs on three more hits and two walks. Here’s the rally-starting bunt:

To his credit, Verlander wasn’t upset.

“It was a perfect bunt,” Verlander said, via MLB.com. “That’s part of his game. I don’t think it was quite too late, given the situation, to bunt, especially being as how that’s a major part of what he does. I really didn’t have any issues with it. It’s not like I got upset about it.”


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, is getting a name change

Since before the late Dave Niehaus threw out the ceremonial first pitch on the day it opened, the emerald jewel of a stadium in the Sodo district has been known as Safeco Field.

But that will change after the 2018 season.


The Mariners and Safeco Insurance announced Tuesday that the naming-rights agreement for the stadium will not be extended following next season.

“Safeco Insurance has been a great partner of the Mariners dating back to the earliest days of the franchise, including the ballpark naming rights for the last 20 years,” Mariners president Kevin Mather said in a statement. “We appreciate everything Safeco has done over the years to support our organization and look forward to continuing the relationship in the future.”

The agreement between Safeco and the Mariners began in 1998, a year before the stadium opened.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2017 at 04:57 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, naming rights, stadiums


Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Mariners Will Probably Regret Signing Jean Segura – Off The Bench

This writer is overly pessimistic. Segura looks like an average defensive player. He clearly can hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Friday, June 09, 2017

Mariners lock up Jean Segura to long-term deal

SEATTLE—Jean Segura and the Mariners agreed Wednesday to a $70 million, five-year contract covering 2018 to 2022, a deal that brings stability to a shortstop position in flux for more than a decade in Seattle.

Another Angels prospect makes good… somewhere else.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 09, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extensions, mariners, segura

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Mariners working on multi-year contract extension with shortstop Jean Segura

After years of searching for a productive shortstop since the departure of Alex Rodriguez, the Mariners have found one in Jean Segura and they are working to keep him.

A Major League Baseball source confirmed an initial report from Jon Morosi of the MLB Network that the team is working on signing Segura to a multi-year extension. The two sides are in discussions and no parameters of a possible deal were given from the source….

But a report from the Dominican Republic put the deal at 5 years, $70 million with an option for a sixth year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Felix Hernandez scheduled to begin rehab assignment soon | The Seattle Times

Hernandez, who hasn’t pitched in more than a month, will likely throw a few innings in a simulated game on Friday or Saturday. If that goes well, Hernandez will make at least one minor-league rehab start, although Servais said “most likely two will be the right amount.”

That means Hernandez is about two weeks away from returning to the Mariners’ rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2017 at 11:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Monday, May 08, 2017

In-Market Streaming Of Mariners, Astros, Pirates, And Rockies Games Arrives Via ROOT Sports

Fans of the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Colorado Rockies can now watching games in-market as the AT-&T Sports Network-owned ROOT SPORTS family of regoinal sports networks announced today that digital streaming is now available. The deal that was announced in March, along with NESN airing Red Sox games, hit a technical snag with authentication services had the networks targeting May as the roll-out, and today, that came to fruition.

The deal between ROOT Sports and MLB Advanced Media will come with no additional cost to authenticated pay TV subscribers of ROOT SPORTS distribution partners.

All games on the networks will be made available to distributors’ authenticated customers and MLBAM will authenticate ROOT SPORTS viewers on MLB.com, team websites and MLB At Bat, as ROOT SPORTS continues to develop a platform of their own to deliver the games to viewers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 04:39 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, pirates, rockies, root sports, streaming

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mariners’ James Paxton rising to ace status | MLB.com

Giddy up!

How overpowering has Paxton been? Coming into the game, his average four-seamer velocity of 95.8 mph ranked third out of the 56 pitchers in MLB with at least 150 four-seamers thrown, behind only right-handers Luis Severino of the Yankees and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. He was even better Wednesday, averaging 96.2 mph with a high of 98.1, according to Statcast™.

Paxton relied on the four-seamer more heavily, throwing it for 74 of his 103 pitches (72 percent), compared with his average of 61 percent in his first four starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners, statcast

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Monday, April 10, 2017

Statcast of the day Angels 9th inning rally | MLB.com

Now that’s a comeback.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mariners

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

How do you build a winning outfield? Mariners mixing up the blueprint

Picture the prototypical corner outfielder, and a classic image springs to mind: He has strong wrists and forearms and the ability to hit 20 home runs by accident. The defense might be spotty, but he’ll compensate with a penchant for driving balls into the seats.

That’s the stereotype, and Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto isn’t hesitant to admit he bought into it until his analytics department took a dive into the numbers.

“If you look at what’s available in today’s game, sometimes people in the industry get lost in the shuffle of what our expectations are for a position,” Dipoto said. “Corner outfielders are supposed to hit like George Foster, but that’s really not happening in today’s game as much.”

To amplify his point, Dipoto offers the following pop quiz: Of the 60 corner outfield spots in 2016, how many individual players hit .260 with a .320 on base percentage and 16 home runs? Those seem like relatively meager numbers, right?

The answer: 11.

“I think it comes as a shock to most [people] when they see the list,” Dipoto said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Friday, March 31, 2017

Smyly diagnosed with flexor strain, expected to miss six-to-eight weeks Read more here: http://www.

Left-hander Drew Smyly will open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a flexor strain in his elbow. The injury surfaced Tuesday when he experienced problems in a routine between-starts bullpen workout.

Smyly, 27, is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, and the Mariners will compensate, at least initially, by recalling left-hander Ariel Miranda from Triple-A Tacoma.

This is Smyly’s fifth trip to the disabled list since 2012. He missed much of the 2015 season because of tendinitis in his shoulder but appeared fully recovered last season when he made a career-high 30 starts.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2017 at 03:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, mariners

Trupin: Drew Smyly’s arm has drowned, he’s out 6-8 weeks

If only he had pitched in meaningless Cactus League games in lieu of meaningless WBC games…

Cool cool cool. Drew Smyly was the acquisition that signaled for many a shift in the Mariners from fringy contenders to Wild Card favorites. With his return expected in June, they’ll have to rely on their considerable but lightly proven pitching depth. Ariel Miranda will get first crack in the rotation, reportedly, and will start the fourth game of the season in Houston. The choice to continue stretching him out as a starter will now come in handy, albeit sooner than anyone would have liked. According to a doctor from Rice University, flexor bundle strains are an elbow injury that develop due to overexertion over time, which makes it equally plausible that this was exacerbated by Smyly’s WBC start, or that he simply would have developed this later on regardless. It’s tough to say. On the somewhat positive side, flexor bundle strains supposedly respond well to rest and rehab. Less cheerily, a similar injury, albeit more serious, ended Adrian Sampson’s season last year, did similarly to Roenis Elias, and contributed to Homer Bailey’s struggles recently. This is trouble, pure and simple.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: March 31, 2017 at 03:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, mariners, wbc

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The new Mariners’ culture: what’s changed? - Lookout Landing

The new Culture Club?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sporting News: Bat flips are so last season.

Bat flips are so pedestrian. Or, as the video states, so last season. Time to switch things up. Say hello to The Swashbuckler, The Jockey, The Lullaby, The Grandpa and The Drum Major. Worthy alternatives all.

Stay to the end for the Edgar Martinez punchline.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 07:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, edgar martinez, mariners, unwritten rules

Statcast’s New Defensive Metrics and Seattle’s Glove-First Outfield | U.S.S. Mariner

. I used his averages and calculated plays made above average for each player in 2015 and 2016, and then I looked at how their chances were distributed. That is, some players (Jackie Bradley, Jr.) saw proportionally more extremely difficult opportunities, while others (Kevin Kiermaier) saw fewer. The plays on the Statcast leaderboards apparently don’t include the absolutely never missed, can of corn, 100% probability balls. At least, that’s my guess just from noting that the sum of each players chances across all 5 buckets totals a fraction of their overall chances/putouts as reported elsewhere. If true, that means that the plays that really separate defenders are in a few not-terribly-large buckets in the ranges where catches are made 25-50% of the time or so. Given THAT, I’m pretty impressed with how reliable these numbers look. Kiermaier, Lorenzo Cain, Ender Inciarte, etc. look great both years despite varying playing time, opportunities, etc.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, statcast

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Phillies get ambidextrous

The Phillies made a minor trade with fun implications today, flipping outfield prospect Joey Curletta to the Seattle Mariners for switch pitcher Pat Venditte. Both Curletta and Venditte are off of 40-man rosters, so there will be no corresponding moves needed.  Curletta was the player to be named later in the Carlos Ruiz deal (the other two pieces being A.J. Ellis and RHP Tommy Bergjans).


Monday, March 13, 2017

Mariners utilityman Taylor Motter in a league of his own when it comes to hair flips | The News Tribune

He’d better hope he doesn’t get traded to the Yankees.

“He’s certainly got tremendous hair flip,” manager Scott Servais said. “In Seattle, I can (already) hear the crowd holding their breath until he flips it back up again.

“I’m sure (marketing vice president Kevin) Martinez has T-shirts coming. I can see the whole thing (unfolding). We’ll see.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, taylor motter

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Mariners, a mariachi band and Leonys Martin: A birthday and baseball celebration | The Seattle Times

“We’ve got something special planned for Leonys’ birthday,” Servais said with a mischievous smile in his morning media meeting. “You guys will see it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: leonys martin, mariners

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Felix Hernandez focused on return to form | MLB.com

“Everybody sees it,” Dipoto said. “His teammates see it. There’s a different fight to Felix. He’s in great shape. And he’s driven in a way that I think is different. I keep telling people, the demise of Felix Hernandez has been greatly exaggerated.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2017 at 02:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill shows off talent on the field and … on the keyboard? | The Seattle Times

Keith Law breaks with the prospect consensus on O’Neill. It will be interesting to see how O’Neill produces on the big league field.

“He’s a special player,” said Mariners director of player development Andy McKay said. “The numbers speak for themselves. But there’s so many things about Tyler that are more exciting than the numbers. He bought into what we asked as much as anybody. He handled a lot this past year and stood up. I’m a big fan. There’s a lot of substance behind those numbers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, tyler o'neill

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Is this the year that Mike Zunino can put it all together for Mariners? | The Seattle Times

Being able to adjust is a necessity in MLB.

“There are a lot of smart people in the league and in the game and scouting and look at video and how they’re going to approach you,” Servais said. “So they made an adjustment on him based on the fact that he wasn’t casing the breaking ball anymore and now he’s got to continue make an adjustment back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2017 at 12:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

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