Found July 24, 2012 on The Flagrant Fan:
Perhaps the Justin Smoak ship will never arrive into port. The former #1 draft pick from South Carolina and the key ingredient of the Lee deal with the Rangers has never found a groove in the majors. And now at the age of 25, perhaps he never will. The Mariners just sent him down yesterday, their second most interesting transaction of the day. Eric Wedge is saying all the right things. He still believes in Smoak. But should he? And it was the right move. Smoak's triple slash line is woeful at: .189/.253/.320. And after much talk about his smoothness around the bag at first, his defensive metrics are not much better. The first thought when thinking of Smoak was that his home ballpark had to be a factor. That place has to be depressing for a batter. And yeah, Smoak has hit ten of his thirteen homers this season on the road. But the overall OPS really is not that much different on the road than at home. He simply wasn't producing. And let's also face facts: First base...

Mariners option Smoak to minors

First baseman Justin Smoak was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma, with the Mariners calling up Mike Carp. Smoak is hitting .189 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI and was mired in an 0-for-16 slump that included nine strikeouts. "When you think about Justin and you think about how difficult it is once you're really in a rut here at the big-league level, to try to get out of it...

Are the Seattle Mariners turning the corner?

Is there a silver lining between the Seattle clouds? It goes without saying that the Seattle Mariners season hasn’t exactly been a dream come true. It hasn’t even gone along as planned. In the offseason the M’s acquired monster offensive prospect Jesus Montero. Many looked to him as the next “Edgar Martinez.” It didn’t make the Mariners a contender, but he was the perfect...

End of the Road for Justin Smoak?

The Mariners once again demoted the struggling 25-year-old switch-hitting first baseman following yesterday’s loss to the Yankees. Now more than 300 games and 1,100 at bats into his big league career, is it time for the Mariners to move on from the supposed star prospect of the Cliff Lee trade?

Ichiro headed to the Yankees

In a move no one saw coming, the Bronx Bombers have acquired the long-time Mariners outfielder for two pitching prospects. 

‘Death Cab For Cutie’ Lead Singer Releases Ichiro Tribute Song He Recorded a Few Years Back

Seattle still houses a good amount of bands, and one of them is a fairly large Seattle Mariners fan. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie penned a track for his beloved Ichiro a few years back, and in light of the recent trade he released it. According to Ben: “Totally okay with this trade. Thanks for your best years, Ichiro. We will always look back on them fondly.”#Mariners...

Plenty of winners in Ichiro trade

It was time. Actually, "time" came and went roundabout 2010. But under the heading of Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing, Ichiro Suzuki asked the Seattle Mariners to trade him several weeks ago. The wish was granted Monday, when he was dealt to the New York Yankees. The Yankees are getting a declining 38-year-old in the midst of his worst major league season. The Mariners...

Ichiro's Greatest Mariners Moment

On A day when Mariners Legend Ichiro Suzuki is traded here is the video of his greatest moment in Ichiro history. Classic video

N.Y. Yankees vs. Mariners: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 1

No Offense, No Ichiro, No Win The Headline: Ichiro suits up for the enemy as the Seattle Mariners fall to New York at Safeco. Seattle Mariners 1, New York Yankees 4 When: 10:10 ET, Monday, June 23, 2012 Where: Safeco Field, Seattle Temperature: 65 Umpires: Home — Phil Cuzzi, 1B — Manny Gonzalez, 2B — Greg Gibson, 3B — Gerry Davis Attendance: 29,911 Love ‘em 1. Mariners...

Yankees acquire Ichiro for two minor leaguers

SEATTLE - The Yankees acquired right fielder Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners in exchange for minor-league right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Fahrquhar. Seattle also sent an undisclosed amount of cash to the Yankees. Ironically, the Yankees and Mariners opened a three-game series at Safeco Field on Monday, with Ichiro changing uniforms and dugouts before the game. However...

New York Yankees acquire Ichiro, add depth to OF

Ichiro The New York Yankees, who recently came in the market for an outfielder after learning that Brett Gardner was not returning this season and that Nick Swisher’s injury was going to cause him to miss significant time, have traded two minor league prospects for Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Today the Yankees begin a series with the Mariners, so whether Ichiro...

A-Rod likely to miss two months with broken left hand

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners continued to make the New York Yankees' trip to the West Coast as painful as possible Tuesday. It wasn't just that the Mariners scored a 4-2 win that sent the Yankees to their fifth loss in six games on the trip. More notable was that New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez came out of the game after taking an eighth-inning fastball off his...

Yankees trading for Ichiro Suzuki is alarming

I learned of the Ichiro Suzuki trade made by the New York Yankees from my Starbucksguy who informed me as he was making my double, tall skim latte. Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (51) (Photo credit: Keith Allison) At first, I accused the poor guy of lying and actually said, “that is not even funny.” Well that explains why he wasn’t laughing. Honestly, I am in...

The Yankees Get Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki is now a YankeePhoto courtesy of Ichiro Suzuki is now with the New York Yankees. Yup, the Bronx Bombers strike again and land another sure-shot Hall of Fame player in an attempt to bring another World Series trophy to the pinstriped nation. According to Jack Curry of the Yes Network, the Yankees have acquired Ichiro Suzuki for D.J. Mitchell and Danny...

Ichiro Trade is a Triple Win

The only surprising part about Ichiro Suzuki's trade is the Mariners actually pulled the trigger. Who knew they had it in them? That's why I believe the company line that Ichiro requested a trade. If Ichiro didn't want to be traded, no way the big man in Japan would have signed off. The Mariners had to cut the cord; better this way than letting Ichiro flap in the wind...
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