Found August 06, 2012 on
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We know that catchers are late to bloom and early to wither. We know this because of Nate Silver’s work on aging curves from nearly eight years ago. Part of the late peak, Silver proposed, stemmed from teams’ reluctance to play young catchers. Had Silver attempted to chart the perceived upside of a catcher, he would have done so in a scientific way. The chart below is decidedly less scientific, but reaches the same likely conclusion with fewer headaches and deceased Excel spreadsheets.
There you have undeniable evidence about how we think about a catcher’s upside. Young catchers, those in their young 20s, are exciting. They could blossom into franchise bedrocks. This 19-year-old Venezuelan prospect right here could become the next Yadier Molina. Young catchers are romantic. Seven-to-10 years later, those once-engrossing backstops lose their charm. Now they have more mileage than pizzazz. There is a slight dead-cat bounce in the mid-30s, stemming from the pot...
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All hail the King
This was originally going to be a piece about Eric Thames first home run as a Seattle Mariner, but since I couldn’t find any video coverage of it this late, I thought I’d go to the old stand-by, Felix Hernandez.
In one of his best outings in the bigs, King Felix went 9 innings strong in the Bronx, giving up two hits en route to a complete game shutout of the...
There might not be a more entertaining player in Major League Baseball than Seattle Mariners shortstop Munenori Kawasaki.Back on Sunday afternoon, Kawasaki was on first base and decided to show a little gamesmanship against New York Yankees pitcher Freddy Garcia.Watch as Kawasaki fake steals second base and runs in place for a few seconds:Your browser does not support iframes. In...
Everybody knows that Brendan Ryan can play shortstop. It seems like every game, Ryan makes the highlight reel with a remarkable play that saves a run or gets a pitcher out of a jam.
He has been the starting shortstop this year because of his glove. Ryan is now starting to hit and he’s becoming one of the best short stops in all of baseball.
Ryan started the year in a slump and...
There was a time when Jason Vargas wouldn't have pitched the eighth inning in the situation he found himself in Monday. With the Seattle Mariners down 3-1 to the Baltimore Orioles, manager Eric Wedge could have gone to his bullpen. Instead, he let Vargas pitch the bottom of the eighth. That way, if the Mariners were to have rallied in the ninth inning, he would have had a...
Gotta beat the O’s
What goes up must come down. Can the Seattle Mariners bounce back from disappointment in the Bronx?
Pitching match ups:
Game 111: LHP – Jason Vargas vs. RHP – Chris Tillman
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Jason Vargas is hoping that August will be as effective for him as July. Last month he tied a club record of number of wins in a month and was named...
Seattle Mariners shortstop Munenori Kawasaki running in place.
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Since he’s not good at baseball, I can only assume stuff like this is the reason he’s in the MLB. And this. And this
SeattleClubhouse's weekly trip around the Seattle Mariners' minor league system gives you the best and worst of the last seven days, highlighting work of six prospects.
DETROIT -- Detroit wasn't Carlos Guillen's original team, but he'll forever be known as a Tiger
That doesn't mean he was thrilled when the Tigers acquired him from the Seattle Mariners in 2004 for Ramon Santiago and the lesser-known Juan Gonzalez.
"At the first moment when they trade me, I don't want to come here," Guillen said Friday, after the Fiesta...
In Sunday’s 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners, Ichiro got plunked in the back of the knee in the fifth inning on a 2-2 pitch from Hishashi Iwakuma. It was the second time Mariner pitchers hit Ichiro in six games between them (Felix Hernandez hit him in the same game in Seattle that he hit Jeter and put A-Rod on the DL with a broken hand). So that’s twice Seattle pitchers...
Best part? He doesn’t even bother acting like he should go retrieve it
Hisashi Iwakuma turned heads in his last start, striking out 13 batters en route to a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. That’s three straight solid outings for the righty as he has gone 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 19 innings against the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Rays.
His recent success has allowed Iwakuma to lower his ERA over...
Seattle's rotation has been among baseball's best of late, though the Mariners' sluggish offense didn't provide much in the team's latest series.
Facing another struggling lineup may help Jason Vargas achieve something no other Mariner has done in more than nine years.
Vargas looks to win his sixth consecutive start as Seattle visits the Baltimore Orioles in...
New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki got credit for a double after hitting a pop fly ball that Seattle Mariners center fielder Michael Saunders lost in the sun during Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium.
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It happened in the bottom of the seventh inning as Saunders tried to fight the sun to make the play, but the ball landed at his...