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Mariners closer Edwin Diaz puts family and community first

PEORIA, Ariz. There are some players you hear before you see. If you have spent any time in the Mariners clubhouse chances are Felix Hernandez would be first to come to mind in this category. Last year in spring training however, there was a new and somewhat surprising voice that rose above others in the clubhouse and on the field. That was the voice of closer Edwin Diaz. Then, just...
2 days ago

Drayer: Mariners’ Felix Hernandez much happier with 2nd bullpen of spring training

PEORIA, Ariz. – Spring training felt like spring training Tuesday in Peoria. While the temps were still cool, the sun was shining as the full squad took the field for the Mariners. After the team went through their group stretch, the pop of the gloves could be heard. Pitchers warmed up, bullpens were thrown, there was a base running drill and rounds of batting practice, both live...
4 days ago

Mariners notebook: Felix Hernandez adapting to new schedule

PEORIA, Ariz.–Spring training felt like spring training Tuesday in Peoria. While the temps were still cool the sun was shining as the full squad took the field. After the team went through their group stretch the pop of the glove could be heard. Pitchers warmed up, bullpens were thrown, there was a base running drill and rounds of batting practice, both live arm and off coaches....
4 days ago

'Way better' Felix off to encouraging start

It's a long way until Opening Day, but the Mariners like what they've seen from Felix Hernandez in his first two mound sessions of Spring Training. Hernandez was among the final group of eight pitchers to throw their second bullpen sessions of the spring on Tuesday, and the 31-year-old was encouraged by the results as well.
4 days ago

West Notes: Mariners content with roster, A’s struck out in winter, Giants' hitting coach battling cancer

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times and other reporters this week that the club’s largely content with the work it has done this winter to improve its roster. While the Mariners haven’t addressed their rotation in any noteworthy way, Dipoto’s confident their starters are at least on par with most AL rotations, “with the exception of last year...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Where will Shohei Ohtani land? Handicapping each team's odds

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect moves made Wednesday by certain teams to clear up more international spending money.]The sweepstakes to land the services of Shohei Ohtani have been extensive to say the least. The availability of the two-way Japanese star has become a thing of mythical proportions, as pursuit of the 23-year-old has been the most sensational...
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December 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Mariners GM says Felix Hernandez will need to be ‘managed differently’

The Seattle Mariners are accepting the reality that longtime ace Felix Hernandez is no longer the pitcher that he once was.On Tuesday, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said the former Cy Young winner will need to be “managed differently” to get him through the season and hinted at pitch counts, skipped starts, and the like, per local writer Shannon Drayer. The 31-year-old Hernandez was bitten...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Mariners place pitchers Felix Hernandez, David Phelps on DL

The contending Seattle Mariners were dealt double bad news on Tuesday. Both starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and reliever David Phelps will miss extended time. It’s been a rough season for Hernandez. This is King Felix’s second DL stint of the season. When he’s pitched, he’s struggled. Hernandez’s ERA (4.28) and WHIP (1.357) are both up from 2016, which was the worst season he had...
Via Sportsnaut
August 08, 2017  |  Discuss

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

Not so long ago, it was easy to say what makes a Hall of Fame pitcher. 300 wins? Check. 3,000 strikeouts? Check. Mix in a few Cy Young Award wins, a memorable season or two, and maybe some October success, and you’re in there. But the win was the clinching stat; if a pitcher was viewed as a winner, he was considered a Hall of Famer.However, times are changing, and wins are becoming...
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June 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger expected to miss 3-4 weeks for Mariners

If the Seattle Mariners are going to turn things around in the early going this season, they’ll have to do it without two of their top players.The Mariners announced on Friday that pitcher Felix Hernandez and outfielder Mitch Haniger are expected to miss 3-4 weeks with injuries: Haniger was one of the hottest hitters to start the season but strained his oblique during an at-bat against...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 28, 2017  |  Discuss

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