Found February 21, 2012 on
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In last week’s column I went on a nostalgic baseball trip. I wanted to snap everyone out of the winter doldrums and remind them; Baseball is coming!!! I also tried to provide some reasons why baseball fans, and especially Puget Sound fans, should be excited.
Because of the Mariners’ trip to Japan this year, pitchers and catchers reported earlier than usual. Lots of new names and fresh faces along with the usual suspects. Mariners invited 35 pitchers to spring training. And plenty of other players, young and old, for each position. Talk about competition!
One player is new and old at the same time. Franklin Gutierrez.
After a stellar 2009 season, Gutierrez was stricken with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He lost weight and strength. He had dropped to 175 pounds and looked and played awful.
He is back now. 210 pounds of muscle and eagerness. “I feel like I’m back to where I was in 2009.” Says the Gold Glover. When I was sick I’d hit the ball and it wouldn’t go anywhere.” Now it does...
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The final player to report to the Seattle Mariners Peoria sports complex training grounds this spring was none other than Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro, who transitioned from the Japanese to American League in 2001 has a trail of stats and awards that have been the envy of every major league team for the past decade.
Ichiro has been one of the only reasons that Mariners...
For the last 11 seasons, Ichiro Suzuki at the top of the order has been the one constant in Seattle. Ichiro isn’t leaving Seattle, but as Eric Wedge announced today, he won’t be leading off for the Mariners any more:
#Mariners manager Eric Wedge just announced that Ichiro will hit 3rd in the lineup this season.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 21, 2012
For most of his...
We've all heard the stories about how, in many a pro sports locker room, you'll have a veteran player or two who takes the heat off younger players by taking on all the media questions and deflecting blame.
Right now, inadvertently or not, the same thing is going on with Chone Figgins and Ichiro. In fact, if the Mariners planned things this way, they'd be accused of brilliance...
In this story, Danny Hultzen, the second overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Seattle Mariners and Keith Law's No. 30 prospect, tells the Tacoma News...
There isn't reason to be concerned just yet, but shortstop Brendan Ryan has yet to make any throws during Mariners' drills and won't do so until at least next week. Ryan did begin a throwing program today under the supervision of M's head trainer Rick Griffin. He threw for abut five minutes from a distance of 60 feet.
"I'll probably do that about three or...
The Associated Press reports: “For Mike Carp and Carlos Peguero, Greg Halman was a brother. Carp used the word in English. Fellow Seattle Mariners outfielder Peguero offered its Spanish counterpart, ‘hermano.’ It was a fitting tribute to Halman, who spoke four languages and was a popular clubhouse figure before he was stabbed to death last [...]
Lots of talk the past 48 hours or so about Chone Figgins and the playing time he'll get this year. I went on ESPN 710 Seattle yesterday and chatted with the on-air hosts about Figgins, his contract and what the M's can reasonably expect to re-coup.
But there's this line of reasoning I keep seeing cropping up online in both the mainstream media and the blog world. It has...
Figgins is feeling healthy again, having rehabilitated a torn hip labrum. And soon he should gain a newfound freedom: a long-awaited return to the leadoff spot in the order where he achieved his greatest success before joining the Mariners two years ago.
Spring training is in full swing for the Seattle Mariners, and it hasn’t been without news. The biggest item of interest — so far — came Tuesday, when M’s manager Eric Wedge confirmed that Ichiro Suzuki will no longer bat in the leadoff spot, where he’s been for 11 years. Instead, Ichiro will hit third [...]
The Mariners haven't played a single game this spring, so, clearly, much of the Kyle Seager conversation is speculative at the moment. But many of you have show interest in the topic today, especially when it comes to whether or not the young infielder will break camp.
In the end, unless Seager rips the cover off the ball with his bat, his fate -- at least for the early part...
Seattle manager Eric Wedge says he will begin the season having Chone Figgins bat leadoff and hit Ichiro Suzuki third in the Mariners batting order. Wedge made the announcement on Tuesday. It will be the first time in his career that Suzuki will not bat leadoff on a regular basis, having hit somewhere else in the batting order only a few times in his decade-long career with the Mariners.
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Tuesday he will move Ichiro Suzuki from his traditional leadoff spot to No. 3 in the batting order.
For Mike Carp and Carlos Peguero, Greg Halman was a brother.
Gutierrez had a lost season in 2011 with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but has gained almost 25 pounds and appears to be in much better playing shape.
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