Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 8/31/12
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Coming into the 2012 season, the Seattle Mariners were planning to lean on Franklin Gutierrez on and off the field.  He was penciled in as the starting center fielder and was going to bat in the middle of a young Mariners line-up. Gutierrez was going to be the veteran position player in a young line-up full of rookies and second year players. Gutierrez’s career with the Seattle Mariners has had few ups and more downs. In 2010, he’d a career year at the plate and in the field. The 6’2 Venezuelan won a gold glove back in 2010 when he was aptly nicknamed Death to Flying Things by former Mariners announcer, the late great Dave Neihaus.  Last season, he was poised to take the next step and become an elite outfielder before he was sidelined by a stomach ailment that caused him to play in just 91 games and was a shadow of his former self when he returned. Coming into the 2012 season, Gutierrez entered spring training with 20 lbs. of added muscle and was poised to have a bounce-back yea...
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