Found January 11, 2012 on
Oregon Sports News:
First off, don't let the title fool you. I am a huge Mariners fan. I can't even count the number of 2-1 losses I've suffered through over the past two seasons. More than most, I bet. I am also a realist. I have come to terms with the fact that the Mariners are a low-level organization. Cellar-dwellers. Under-achievers. Belly-scratchers. Etc. In the greatest sports league ever, the NFL, they have taken many steps to ensure competitive balance: a structured salary cap, firm draft policies, progressive rule changes, free agent loss compensation, you get the idea. The NBA is largely a star-driven league and teams need only draft well for two years to become relevant. Of course that doesn't stop players form leaving when their rookie contracts expire, but shut up Cleveland, you had LeBron for 6 years. In baseball, where there is no semblance of a salary cap... at all... a team can literally go 20 years without fielding a completive ball club (ask Pittsburgh Pirate fans...
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Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us it is possible to strike gold as is the case with Josh Hamilton – a rule five pick who became the 2010 American League MVP. This year the rule five draft was again utilized by the Mariners in the selection of a left handed relief pitcher from the Brewers organization, Lucas Luetge.
Edgar Martinez missed out on a National Baseball Hall of Fame nod Monday. Though the former Mariners designated hitter will have to wait another year for a chance to be inducted into Cooperstown, his support among voters increased from 32.9 percent last year to 36.5 percent this time around. “I know this is going to [...]
Munenori Kawasaki, an eight-time All-Star infielder in Japan's Pacific League, officially signed with the Mariners on Wednesday as a Minor League free agent with an invitation to the club's Major League camp in Spring Training.
Mariners fans really, really want the team to sign star free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder. But all that speculation may be “extremely overblown.” At least, so says ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick on Twitter. That’s what an agent apparently told him. On 710 AM ESPN Seattle radio Tuesday afternoon, Crasnick said Fielder probably won’t be calling Safeco [...]
The Seattle Mariners have signed right-handed reliever Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract with an invite to the Mariners' major league spring training camp. The Mariners announced the contract on Tuesday. It will be his second stint with the Mariners, although Heilman's first season in Seattle never got started as he was traded to the Chicago Cubs before the 2009 season began.
As far as I know, this news doesn’t affect the Mariners chances of signing Prince Fielder, so I apologize in advance for the lack of update on that front.
I do, however, have some news to share. I underwent a bone marrow biopsy yesterday morning – my third one, in fact. The procedure is pretty crappy, and involves drilling into my tail bone to extract some bone and marrow samples...
The Seattle Mariners have signed right-handed reliever Aaron Heilman to a minor-league contract with an invite to the Mariners' major-league spring training camp.