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Smoak on the Water
You know the routine. A guy with a ton of upside under-performs the season before and will be undervalued by fantasy owners the following season. This time it’s Justin Smoak who was a much desired fantasy sleeper in 2011, but his second half flop forced owners to be one of the most dropped players in fantasy baseball.
Last season Smoak was a big bat coming up through Texans Rangers organization where the longball lives and breathes in their ballpark. Then the Cliff Lee trade happened and Smoak went to Seattle where his homeruns would take a hit. Nonetheless, Smoak has an abundance of natural ability and hit 12 homers in the first half of the season. Then he collapsed in the second half when he hit only 3 home runs.
His second half was mired with personal issues and injuries that caused a ripple effect. First, the loss of his father could have been a major factor as it would be with anyone. A thumb injury and broken nose ...
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2012 Spring Training gives glimpse into future of M’s
There are lots of reports coming up from the Mariners training facility in Peoria this spring, from injuries to batting order changes. Filtering through the news here are some things that we have learned about the Mariners 2012 season since Spring Training started.
1. This is a team
When the Mariners arrived in Arizona...
Seattle Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will be sidelined at least four weeks with a partially torn right pectoral muscle.
Gutierrez was injured during a throwing drill Tuesday. He flew back to Seattle on Wednesday to have an MRI exam.
The 29-year-old Gutierrez will not be able to resume baseball activities for four weeks, so it's unlikely he would return before...
Frank Mattox, who had been a scout with the Mariners for 17 years, died at his Peoria, Ariz., home Sunday night.
What did he do for the Mariners? Mattox held roles at all levels of the team's scouting ranks.
"It is difficult to put into words the depth of the Mariners' sadness upon hearing the news last night," Mariners president Chuck...
Just got done speaking to Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, seen in photo next to interpreter Daisuke Sekiba. Iwakuma said he started off well, but did not have good enough control of his pitches in that second inning when he got hit hard and saw three runs score before the frame was halted.
Iwakuma did not record an out that inning.
"It was really difficult to control my...
Mariners Gold Glove centerfielder Franklin Gutierrez has a torn pectoral muscle that will keep him out of baseball action for at least four weeks, leaving the Mariners scrambling for a replacement. SeattleClubhouse takes a look at the in-house options to fill his shoes.
Here are a few injury updates as the injuries continue to pile up for some clubs.
–The Seattle Mariners Gold Glove center fielder, Franklin Gutierrez will be out four weeks with a partial tear of the pectoral muscle in his right chest (Greg Johns MLB.com).
–A's Scott Sizemore tore the ACL in his left knee after his spike got caught in the grass while charging in on a bunt...
Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will announce his retirement this Thursday from baseball in Fort Meyers Florida.
In 1997, Varitek was a young catcher (selected in the first round by the Mariners) playing for Mariners AAA affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. At the MLB Trade Deadline, Mariners GM Woody Woodward dealt Varitek and a young Derek Lowe to the Boston Red Sox for reliever...
NOTE: I'll be going on ESPN SportsCenter at the top of the hour to discuss the Mariners.
Several people emailed yesterday in a bit of a furor, demanding to know why I was already doubling the amount of time the Mariners say Franklin Gutierrez "will be out" with his partially torn right pectoral.
Part of the confusion centers around an understanding over just what...
Hot News for CF Franklin Gutierrez
PHOTO: Franklin Gutierrez takes batting practice with the Mariners yesterday. Today, he left complex in a car driven by an assistant trainer.
Don't want to set off any alarm bells with this post, but Franklin Gutierrez left Mariners camp this morning in a vehicle driven by assistant trainer Rob Nodine.
I asked GM Jack Zduriencik about it moments ago.
"I can't comment...
Seattle Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will miss at least four weeks and likely longer after sustaining a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will miss at least four weeks and likely longer after sustaining a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle.
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PHOENIX — Manny Ramirez will be the designated hitter Friday when the A's open Cactus League play against the Seattle Mariners.