Found March 06, 2013 on
The Flagrant Fan:
What happens when you trade a big chip for a can't miss prospect, a can't miss prospect for another can't miss prospect, and draft a guy first round and put all these hot prospects all in one lineup? Well, if you are the Seattle Mariners and their fans, you watched all three collectively flop in 2012. We, of course, are talking about Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak and Jesús Montero. None of the three topped the .300 mark in on-base percentage. And Smoak and Montéro finished below ground in the fWAR department. Can the trio reverse their fortunes in 2013?
Spring Training is such an illusion. The games don't count. Pitchers of every stripe are thrown out there to either get experience or just work on some pitches. Plus, a large number of teams, including the Mariners, now train in Arizona where the ball just sails through the hot, dry air making the offensive numbers dubious at best.
All those disclaimers aside, it is very encouraging to see what Dustin Ack...
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Veteran Presence, Good Game
Interesting facts about Raul Ibanez:
If Ibanez plays in 53 games this season, he will have played in 2,000 major league games in his career.
Last season, while playing for the Yankees, Ibanez finished 24th in the AL MVP voting. There are multiple surprises with this fact, the first is that the results are exact all the way to 24th, the second is that someone...
The Seattle Mariners’ Offense Blooming in the Spring
The Seattle Mariners‘ front office didn’t make any media-frenzied splashes during the off season, but they did fill holes. It is no mystery that the offense in 2012 was a record-breaking disaster, and they were desperate for some change in the lineup.
GM Jack Zduriencik made some adjustments – adding Kendrys Morales and Mike...
Love ‘Em & Hate ‘Em Style
After ten years of professional baseball, Jason Bay has returned to the state where he played his college ball. An illustrious career at Gonzaga landed him in the Padres organization, and in 2004, Bay won the NL rookie of the year with the Pittsburg Pirates.
Prior to the 2010 season, Bay signed with the Mets.
The deal will result in over $63 million...
Seattle 6 – 7 Milwaukee
The recent news coming out of the Seattle Mariners‘ camps was that everything was going according to plan, and then some. In fact, the Mariners had rattled off 10 straight victories in the Cactus League after dropping their first contest of the year.
During that time frame, Seattle launched 24 home runs. For comparison purposes, last year they hit 28 total...
The Mariners selected Taijuan Walker with a first-round supplemental pick (43rd overall) in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. The Yucaipa, California product is an athletic right-handed starter that stands at 6’4”, 210 pounds entering his age twenty season.
Walker’s three premium offerings — fastball, curveball and changeup — are still developing, but each appear to ooze the...
A letter to the M’s skipper
There is a lot being said about the expectation and projections for many of the Mariners young players and incoming veterans this season.
Much of it centers on Justin Smoak to live up to his failed hype and to become the middle of the lineup guy we wanted out of the Cliff Lee trade.
I really hope that the bone spur issue that was reported about Dustin...
Felix Hernandez allowed one run and two hits over two innings in his spring training debut and Stefen Romero homered twice and had seven RBIs and a Seattle Mariners split-squad pounded Kansas City 12-2 on Thursday, ending the Royals' 11-game winning streak.
Hernandez, who signed a seven-year $175 million deal last month, struck out two and threw 33 pitches.
Nolan Arenado hit his third home run in three games for Colorado, but Raul Ibanez and Kyle Seager connected for two more homers for the Seattle Mariners, who beat the Rockies 16-6 Monday.
Arenado's solo shot came off Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning. Walker pitched a perfect third inning before giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in the...
Power surge in AZ
Jack Z, and the rest of the Mariners front office set out to do one thing this off season; add some bats.
It looks like their plan has worked, for now.
The Mariners are tearing the cover off of the ball from every spot in the lineup, but does the higher elevation, drier air, and spring training pitching have more to do with this than anything else?
That is the question...