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Mariners outfielder, Michael Saunders, is close to finishing his best major league season ever in a spectacular fashion (at least for Mariner fans). Saunders, the starting center fielder until Franklin Gutierrez returned to the everyday lineup in August, and now the starting left fielder, currently has 21 stolen bases and 19 home runs.
On the year Saunders is hitting .249 with 54 RBIs, and 70 runs. He leads the team in stolen bases and runs scored and is tied with first baseman Justin Smoak and third baseman Kyle Seager for the Mariner’s home run lead.
While a 20-20 season is a sign of a solid player, it is a relatively common feat for baseball players. However, a 20-20 player would be one positive sign that the Mariners are developing their young prospects into quality players. Other signs of the Mariners improving youth includes the emergence of Seager as an 80+ RBI infielder, Jesus Montero as a solid defensive catcher, Jason Vargas as a 210+ IP number two starter, and Tom Wilhelmsen as a flame-throwing closer.
If Saunders can muster a home run in the three regular season games remaining (all against the Los Angeles Angels), he will become the first 20-20 player the Mariners have had since
Mike Cameron hit 25 homers and swiped 31 bags in 2002.
Michael Saunders hits one of his 19 home runs this season. (Source: Getty Images)
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Felix loses Cy Young with horrible finish to season
Felix Hernandez finished his season against the Angels with a loss, allowing 12 hits and 7 earned runs over 5.1 innings pitched.
His best form came while striking out the side in the fifth inning, but his 7 strikeouts could not redeem another short appearance for the Mariners.
Only one month ago, Hernandez was in the driver’s...
The fences at Safeco Field are coming in.
The Seattle Mariners announced plans Tuesday to move in the outfield fences at their spacious ballpark for the 2013 season after years of debate on the impact that having one of the more vast outfields in baseball was having on their offense.
The biggest change will come in the left-center field alley, where the fence will move in as much...
It's been one rotten final month of the season for Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez. Well, it's been a rotten final month for all of the Mariners, Seattle being 9-18 since the end of August following Monday's 7-4 loss to the Angels. Hernandez, however, had more to play for in the final five weeks. He was the AL Pitcher of the Month for August (4-0, 1...
This diagram illustrates the changes that will be made to Safeco Field for the 2013 season. (Source: Seattle Mariners)
The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday that they would be moving the outfield walls inward at their tough-hitting home, Safeco Field. These changes will be the first made to Safeco Field since the park opened in 1999. The Mariners plan is to make the ballpark...
2013 Dimension change
The Seattle Mariners announced today that they are altering the Safeco Field dimensions in preparation for the 2013 season.
The park is a notorious stomping ground for pitchers. Long renowned for it’s big outfield and tough home run fences, The Safe is one of the best pitching spots in the Major Leagues.
Thought to be cursed by Ken Griffey Jr.—it is believed...
The fences at Safeco Field are coming in.
The Seattle Mariners announced plans Tuesday to move in the outfield fences at their ballpark for the 2013 season after years of debate on the impact that having one of the more spacious outfields in baseball was having on their offense.
The biggest change will come in the left-center field alley, where the fence will move in as much as...
The Mariners are planning to move in the fences at Safeco Field for the 2013 season to make it less of a pitcher’s park and more hitter-friendly. Here are the changes they plan to make, according to the Seattle Times:- The biggest change will be from left-center to straightaway center, where the wall will be moved in anywhere from four to 17 feet.- From the left-field corner to...
After years of hearing that there was too much room in the outfield in Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners have decided to do something about it. Starting with the 2013 season, the Mariners' home will see the fences brought in from the left field corner to the right field power alley. Most of the change will see the fences come in about 4 feet, but in straightaway left field...
Long balls drop Mariners
The Headline: an eight inning collapse by the bullpen gives the A’s life, as they complete their sweep of the Mariners.
Seattle Mariners 2, Oakland Athletics 5
When: 4:05 ET, Sunday, September 30, 2012
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland
Temperature: 73 degrees
Umpires: Home — Jeff Kellogg, 1B — Mike Winters, 2B — Eric Cooper, 3B — Marty Foster
One of baseball's most spacious outfields will be getting a little smaller next season.
Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, will move in the fences for the 2013 season ending the debate on whether or not to move the fences on one of the games most expansive outfields.
The left-center field power alley will be moved in from 390 feet to 378 feet and instead of having...
Hisashi Iwakuma was struck out seven and Kyle Seager hit his 20th home run as the Mariners cruised to a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Iwakuma continued his streak of dominance to earn his ninth and final win of the 2012 season. He finishes with a 9-5 record, 101 strikeouts, and a 3.16 ERA over 125.1 innings. The 31 year-old Tokyo native proved to be one of...
Dance Dance Revolution
One of the best things that major sports organizations do these days is promote good will for its cities, and create events that generate money for local charities.
The Mariners have been doing this for as long as I can remember, and they seem to have the most fun while doing it.
This time around, it was the mascot dance off for kids appreciation day at Safeco...
SEATTLE (AP) -- Kyle Seager became the first Seattle batter to hit 20 home runs in a season since 2009 with a solo shot in the first inning and the Mariners beat Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Tuesday night.
The penultimate game of the season came a night after the Angels were eliminated from the AL wild card chase. And they played like a team with nothing tangible...
OAKLAND -- The A's turned the power switch on in the eighth inning on Sunday to move closer to their first postseason appearance since 2006. Yoenis Cespedes connected on his 23rd home run to break a 2-2 tie and Josh Reddick added a tape-measure blast to send the A's to a 5-2 win and series sweep of the Mariners on Sunday. In recording its fifth win in six games and 15th...
OAKLAND -- The A's turned on the power switch in the eighth inning on Sunday to move closer to their first postseason appearance since 2006. Yoenis Cespedes connected on his 23rd home run to break a 2-2 tie and Josh Reddick added a tape-measure blast to send the A's to a 5-2 win and series sweep of the Mariners on Sunday. Oakland recorded its fifth win in six games and...