Found February 17, 2012 on
Last year was supposed to be the lavish unveiling of Justin Smoak, power savant and franchise cornerstone.
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A new year, and some fresh beginnings
With the 2012 MLB baseball season about to kick off, I thought I’d take a look at the Seattle Mariners roster going into this season and try to decipher who will have a breakout year.
There’s a guy who comes out of nowhere every year to take the league by storm, why can’t it be a Mariner this year?
With all but three starting...
The Sweet Spot?
I sometimes wonder what is happening in the back rooms at the Seattle Mariners front office.
It is like there is a high stakes poker match going on within the stake holders of the organization that end up in lost bets having to be carried out on the field.
Some of these nonsensical moves are the way the M’s are moving the position players around the field.
“Wild Thing” You Make My Heart Sing!
Remember the moment from that iconic baseball movie Major League where Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn’s control issues were solved when he was given a pair of glasses? It was funny because it was plausibly ridiculous.
However fiction met reality when Trayvon Robinson rolled into camp sporting a new pair of specs.
The 24 year old Robinson...
It is the middle of your draft. You have to fill the rest of your roster spots. You’re 30 seconds away from making your choice. The clock ticks down and you see Justin Smoak, first baseman for the Seattle Mariners. Should you draft him? He had a rough year, but got really hot at the end of the season. The clock hits zero. You’re up. What do you do?
Smoak only played...
Blake Beavan, competing for a spot in the Mariners' rotation, changed his diet and used an exercise routine that focused on bike riding and weight training to get in shape.
University of Washington product Forrest Snow has come a long way in a short time as a professional pitcher. Today, you can see him throwing to Jesus Montero in a morning bullpen session.
Back by popular demand, we have some more footage of Jesus Montero taking batting practice this morning. This footage, shot about 20 minutes ago, shows Montero unloading a couple of bombs.
You can hear the gasps from some fans watching him swing.
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Among the many players to report to camp looking in visibly better shape this spring is Blake Beavan, who is in a dogfight for a spot in the back of the team's rotation.
The Mariners have Beavan, Kevin Milwood, Hector Noesi and Charlie Furbush fighting for only two spots after the top three of Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas and Hisashi Iwakuma, so something's got to give...
Seems like we can never get enough of Jesus Montero taking batting practice. Watch him in footage from earlier today, spliced together from multiple rounds of batting practice, as he attempts to go the opposite way to right field.
As we know, Safeco Field can be murder on rght-handed hitters. It won't kill Montero to go the other way every now and then.
No one really knows when Ichiro Suzuki will retire. The 38-year-old outfielder is heading into the final year of his contract with Seattle and isn't discussing a new deal.
One of the interesting things that came out of my chat with Blake Beavan this morning was a story he relayed to me about his father. Turns out dad had played some college hoops in his day and is a pretty big guy who knows about working out.
Anyhow, here's what father half-kiddingly said to son late last year.
"He told me, maybe when you turn 23, you'll get your '...
Most of the Seattle sports world is abuzz today with the announcement of a broad plan to build a $500 million arena south of downtown that would house a new NBA team and possibly an NHL franchise as well. It's all still in the preliminary stages, but city and county officials today revealed that the plan would involve roughly $300 million in private funds and an additional $200...