With the short week last week, I didn’t have too many choices for top plays of the week, but I think the video I selected is a special one.
Ichiro Suzuki, Japan’s native son, singles for his first hit of the season, and first of four on the day against the Oakland A’s at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
The crowd goes wild for Ichiro
With his first plate appearance of the new season, and playing in his home land of Japan, Ichiro Suzuki stepped up to the plate with a crowd noise of game seven of the world series.
With camera flashes going off all around the stadium, Ichiro took his familiar warm up swing and toed the back line of the batters box.
With a slap of his bat, Ichiro puts the ball in play
The first pitch was a little inside, and this was met with a few boos from the crowd.
This didn’t phase the stoic Ichiro one bit, and back to the batters box he went. Once again that familiar warm up swing, bat pointed to the gods, and with a pull of his right sleeve, Ichiro was ready to go again.
With a slap of his bat, Ichiro puts the ball in play
On the second pitch, Ichiro saw something that he liked, and with his signature slap swing, put the ball in play on a slow looping hopper toward the short stop, and sped towards first.
The ball was hit so slow, that even with the infield drawn in, there was no chance of a play at first. The A’s short stop was only about 20 feet to first base when he came up with the ball, but by that time Ichiro had already reached base safely.
This is exactly the type of hit that Ichiro has made a career of, and made many a defense look foolish at the same time.
Though after his 4-5 outing in game one, Ichiro went 0-4 the next night.
Hopefully we will see a lot more of the 4-5 Ichiro in the final two games of this series in Oakland this weekend.
Another opening day, another new roster for M’s
The special circumstances surrounding the Japan trip are offically over and the Seattle Mariners, along with every other MLB team submitted their finalized 25 man roster for the start of the 2012 season.
Now most of the roster is the same as what was posted last week, with these changes:
RHP – Shawn Kelley who missed the majority...
Version 2.0: Seattle Mariners Spring Training Update
Spring training comes to a close for the Seattle Mariners on April 4. In the two months since the players reported to the valley of the sun, there have been some gasps of excitement and some groans of despair.
Things that made us gasp:
Jesus Montero smacked a ball so hard it flew out of the park where it hit a passing...
A short while ago via the Seattle Mariners twitter feed we learned that the team has announced RHP Shawn Kelley has been optioned to AAA Tacoma.
This officially puts the M's roster at 27 players; we all know to well of course that they need to be at 25 by 2 pm Wed.
Looks like Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik wasn't happy...
We've learned today that this week with the opening game of the MLB season starting that Jason Vargas will pitch first followed by Felix Hernandez in game two.
Manager Eric Wedge added, "These guys are still working their way back, but it's nice to see them break out the way they did. I think everyone is still a little bit fuzzy.
It’s unknown at this point in the game how many more at bats Seattle will get trying to bring an NBA franchise back to town, but right now the Seattle Mariners are working on a shutout against such aspirations.
The same can be said about the Maloofs and the Sacremento Kings.
On Tuesday, the Mariners sent a formal letter -- signed by team chairman, Howard Lincoln -- to the...
The Seattle Mariners have optioned left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and outfielder Carlos Peguero to Triple-A Tacoma to reach the major league-mandated 25-man roster limit.
Seattle made the roster moves Wednesday ahead of its final exhibition game against Colorado. The Mariners will go through a second opening day on Friday when they play at Oakland. The Mariners and A's...
Here's a scary animated gif from the Seattle Mariners spring training game yesterday in Peoria Arizona.
He was held back from charging the mound by Eric Wedge and others. Wasn't too happy. But no way was he targeted, the bases were loaded. The pitch got away.
Thanks to Bleacher Report for this one.
The Seattle Mariners have sent a letter to the city of Seattle and King County officials saying as of now they do not support the idea of a new NBA/NHL arena in the same neighborhood as the Mariners home of Safeco Field.
The letter was sent from the team on Tuesday and signed by Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln. In the letter, Lincoln says the franchise supports the idea of the...
We here at Deep League Thoughts love things cheap. If the 5 finger discount were legal, we’d be doing it hand over Doug Fister. Over the course of the year, we’re going to keep our eye on the bargain bin FA market, targeting the guys that are less than 5 percent owned and try to sprinkle you with tasty little nuggets of info on these gems. Alright let’s start…sorry...
Did not think this dude would be sitting on all my rostersPhoto Credit: Ozmafan
You’ve pored over my “Tiers, Not Fears” series, fawned over my cheat sheet, and masturbated to episodes of Starbonell Station. At some point, you may have wondered, “does this handsome hooligan actually follow his own advice on draft/auction day?” It’s a fair question. To help answer it,...
What A Cluster****
Here’s what we know. The project proposed to the city by Chris Hansen is a good one.
The project does NOT rely on NEW taxes, it would be self-funding, IN any given year shortfalls would be covered by the teams. NO Public subsidies. This will avoid the roadblock many Seattle ventures have faced.
Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech Hit the brakes. A road block? Yes we have...
From 1967 to 2008 the city of Seattle, Washington was home to the NBA’s SuperSonics (minus a brief stint in Tacoma). Fans turned out last summer to see an exhibition game at KeyArena that featured NBA stars Spencer Hawes, Martell Webster, Aaron Brooks, Jamal Crawford, Michael Beasley, and Dorrell Wright. Along with enjoying [...]
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