Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/11/13
Mariners-saunders-leaps
Blame Canada! Michael Saunders the Mariners outfielder absolutely destroyed pitches over the weekend in Phoenix, earning the top player award for round one. How sweet is it to say that eh? Mariners fans? The World Baseball Classic may have been criticized or downgraded in previous years, but the competition appears ready to stay. Although the WBC is not doing well for television in America, it is a very popular event around the world as fans get to see their local talent against some of the worlds best. This weekend will be remembered most in North America for the brawl that took place Saturday night at Chase Field in Arizona (home of the Diamondbacks). With a 7-run lead in the 9th, Canada’s Chris Robinson bunted for a single. Mexico did not take this lightly and hit the next batter igniting a brawl that saw punches thrown and fans and players tossed from the park. This weekend will be remembered differently for Mariner’s fans and probably OF Michael Saunders as well. This could be the start needed for Saunders to cash in on a career year. Saunders was 8-for-11 over the weekend, including a 4-for-4 night Saturday against Mexico. Canada failed to advance to the second round behind Italy and team USA, but Saunders production could not be overlooked, and he was awarded the Pool MVP honors. “It’s definitely an honor, however it’s kind of a sour taste in my mouth right now,” Saunders said in his press conference Sunday. The maturation of this player really took place a year ago, when he finished one HR short of a 20/20 season for the Seattle Mariners. Despite a packed outfield with quality players, the Mariners will be relying on Saunders to continue his progression and be a catalyst for this young team. Later in the press conference, Saunders talked about the increased validity and importance of the WBC now that baseball is no longer a part of the Olympic games. This is now the top competition for country in baseball, and Saunders treated it as such. Saunders finished his WBC run with a home run and 7 RBI. Although it would have been fun to see Saunders continue this torrid place on an international scale, having his bat at Mariner’s camp won’t be half bad either. This could be the start needed for Saunders to cash in on a career year. O Canada, Mariner’s fans truly hope so. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MARINERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eli Manning happy Tom Brady will play NFL season opener

Phil Kessel has shed 13 pounds this summer

Cam Newton addresses ‘gang’ photo on Instagram

Steelers defense is younger and faster but not better

Duke basketball to visit White House next Tuesday

Report: Cowboys have interest in Broncos RB Montee Ball

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NFL owners to discuss changing Goodell's disciplinary role

Report: Eagles trade Matt Barkley to Arizona Cardinals

Bill Belichick on having Tom Brady back: ‘He never left’

Mendoza replaces Schilling on 'Sunday Night Baseball'

Report: LeBron expanding program to help adults get GEDs

Here's Johnny 2.0

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Robert Griffin III and a dream deferred

Best, worst surprises of NFL preseason

The Gospel Of Harbaugh prepares for its ultimate test of faith

Meet the Utah Utes, the pluckiest program in college football

Iman Shumpert will name daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.

Dallas company celebrates Romo with DirecTV 'crownies'

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker