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Seattle closes season rallying for 3-2 win over Oakland

SEATTLE (AP) Seth Smith hit a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the eighth and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in their season finale on Sunday. Smith's 12th homer of the season came off reliever Ryan Dull (1-2) and just eluded the leap of Sam Fuld in deep center field. Seattle avoided being swept in the final series of the season and...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lloyd McClendon:  Should He Stay Or Go?

Will McClendon Stay On Under Dipoto? The Seattle Mariners have hired themselves a new General Manager after turning Jack Zduriencik loose just over a month ago.  Sabermetrics nerd, Jerry Dipoto, takes over in the GM role now for the M’s which leaves Lloyd McClendon’s coaching staff wondering about the future. Stay or Go? That’s Dipoto’s decision now. Rarely would a GM...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners' Cano to undergo hernia surgery Oct. 13

SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia in two weeks and expects to be fully recovered by spring training. The Mariners' star second baseman, who will turn 33 on Oct. 22, plans to play in the final three games of the season before having surgery on Oct. 13. ''I was hoping not to get surgery but they did a test two days ago and that's when we decided...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cautiously Optimistic About New Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto

On Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners introduced new general manager Jerry Dipoto to the media. Dipoto, previously the GM for AL West division rival Los Angeles Angels, resigned mid-season after essentially losing a power struggle with long time manager Mike Sciosia. While the narrative of that power struggle has been spun as the analytically inclined GM butting heads with the “old...
Via Oregon Sports News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Series Recap: M’s try and fail to play spoiler against the Astros

Your Seattle Mariners hosted the Houston Astros to begin this final week of regular season baseball, and did their mediocre-best to try and play spoiler. They wound up losing 2 out of 3 games, but with a surprising win in game 2 they successfully knocked the Astros momentarily out of the Wild Card. It was short-lived however, as with their win Wednesday night, the ‘Stros moved...
Via Seattle Side Up!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners shut down Hernandez for rest of season

SEATTLE -- The only way Felix Hernandez is seeing the field for the final weekend of the regular season is if Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon suddenly decides to let his ace right-hander be a hitter. Hernandez won't be on the mound pitching. McClendon announced Wednesday that Hernandez won't pitch in Seattle's final series this weekend against Oakland, saying it wasn't worth the...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Seattle Mariners

2015 didn’t go as expected for the Seattle Mariners. The chic preseason contender got out of the game slow, and was above .500 for all of one day in 2015 – Opening Day. They righted the ship in the second half, but by then, it was too late. Eventually the sword fell on GM Jack Zduriencik, and now this is Jerry Dipoto’s mess to clean up. Preseason Prediction: The injury bug...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners hire former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto

Former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto didn’t stay a special assistant with the Red Sox for too long. On Monday, he was named as the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners, replacing Jack Zduriencik. #Mariners name Jerry Dipoto new General Manager. Press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. More: — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mike Trout climbs wall for spectacular catch

    Mike Trout may not get a ton of love from the fancy defensive metrics, but with catches like this, it’s hard to see him as anything other than a stellar center fielder. The Angels’ MVP candidate robbed the Mariners’ Miguel Montero of a 3-run home run during the top of the fourth inning in Saturday’s game against Seattle with an absolutely spectacular catch: ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Series Recap: The Quest for .500 Stumbles in Kansas City

The Mariners hopes of reaching .500 before the end of the season from their recent hot play took a stumble this week, as they lost 2 out of 3 to the team with the best record in the American League, the Kansas City Royals. With the series win, the Royals clinched the AL Central Division with still a week and a half to go. Both losses were indicative of the Mariners pitching problems...
Via Seattle Side Up!
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto Hits Nelson Cruz With the Shimmy

Royals fans have been freaking out about Johnny Cueto’s performance for a solid month now, and tonight’s outing against the Mariners is not doing much to remedy that. Through four innings, he’s allowed six hits and three runs. However, he does have four strikeouts and randomly broke out an exaggerated version of his shimmy wind-up against Nelson Cruz: @jonahkeri I don't...
Via Busted Coverage
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners shut down Taijuan Walker

Earlier today, Seattle Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish reported that the team was going to be shutting down starter Taijuan Walker for the remainder of the season. Nuno will start on Friday. Taijuan Walker won't pitch again this season — Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 24, 2015 The 23-year-old has thrown a career high 169.2 innings this season, compiling an 11-8 record...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Amazin’ Moments: Todd Zeile Goes Out With A Bang

Following the defection of John Olerud to the Seattle Mariners as a free agent following the 1999 season, the Mets found themselves casting about for a first baseman. To the surprise of many, Steve Phillips announced the signing of Todd Zeile to fill the position. Zeile had come to the majors as a catcher with the Cardinals […]
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Jason Bay's Many Red Sox Contributions

Bay In The MonsterJason Bay turns 37 today. He hasn't played in the major leagues since 2013. His last at-bat as a Carmine Hoser was back in 2009. After he left Boston, he was never as good as he was with the Red Sox. In just 200 games over a season and a half, Bay ht .274 with 45 HRs and 156 RBIs. He was an immediate fan favorite when he arrived as the Manny Ramirez replacement...
Via FenwayNation
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Edgar Martinez on Hitting

To say Edgar Martinez knows hitting would be to state the obvious. The Seattle Mariners legend slashed .312/.418/.515 between 1987 and 2004, and he won a pair of batting titles along the way. He ranks 21st all-time in OBP and is 44th all-time in adjusted OPS. Martinez is now entrusted with getting the most out of Mariners hitters. The should-be Hall-of-Famer took over as the team’s...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager Has Become Franchise’s Resident Badass

As the last  few grains of sand tumble down in the hourglass of the 2015 Seattle Mariners season, it’d be easy to gripe and groan about shortcomings and unkept promises. I am going to choose to be thankful for what we do have and one of my favorite possessions is Mariners third baseman and resident badass, Kyle Seager. I was reminded Wednesday evening of why we are lucky to have...
Via Oregon Sports News
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jered Weaver, Kyle Seager in war of words

    Jered Weaver and Kyle Seager took their beef from the field to print on Thursday, a day after Weaver was tossed for hitting the Mariners third baseman with a pitch. Weaver hit Seager with a pitch after getting upset with the Seattle infielder for calling timeout while in the box during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s 3-1 victory for the Mariners. Weaver was immediately...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jogging in pain, Robbie Cano is an inspiration to the people of Seattle

And they will remember it in 2023, when he's finishing his $23 million per season contract. But for now... let's give credit to the man who is not Stephen Drew or Brendan Ryan.From the Seattle Times:Despite a lingering abdominal strain, Robinson Cano was in Seattle's lineup (2 hits, 2 RBI last night) - and likely will be all the way through the final series. (Manager Lloyd) McClendon...

Strike Zone: What's Next For Seattle?

After signing Robinson Cano last year, the Mariners were supposed to be a team on the rise, but they haven't found any success this season. Sonya Egoian talks about where Seattle goes from here.
Via The Sports Quotient
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariner catchers gun for the record books

Let’s get right to the point. It’s not often that I use OPS instead of wOBA or wRC+, but sometimes OPS is just easier, like when you’re relying on the Baseball-Reference Play Index. OPS is the inferior statistic, but the correlation is very strong, so, with that out of the way, here are this year’s worst-hitting catchers, by team: Twins, .591 OPS Marlins, .580 Mariners...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle now controls baseball from A to Z

A friend - in an email, which he probably wanted to be kept personal - writes the following about his disturbing infatuation with the Seattle Mariners.RHP Tony Zych, just recalled from Tacoma, is  now the last player, alphabetically, in MLB history. He blows Dutch Zwilling's record out of the danged water. The Mariners also featured first-overall David Aardsma as their closer...
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

How Seattle's new GM can start cleaning up Zduriencik’s mess

The next general manager of the Seattle Mariners has a considerable job ahead of him. Jack Zduriencik created quite a mess to clean up, constructing a roster of parts that didn’t fit together cohesively, nor provide the necessary offense for the Mariners to compete in the AL West. That exacerbated the problem of top prospects who never developed into stars, such as Justin...
Via The Outside Corner
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

How much did Felix Hernandez solve?

Wednesday was a pretty good day for starting-pitcher redemption. Most visibly, Justin Verlander came a few outs from no-hitting the Angels, calling attention to the fact that it looks like he’s back on track. In Chicago, Rick Porcello returned to the Red Sox and spun seven shutout innings, after entering with an ERA near 6. And Felix Hernandez turned in an effective outing at home...
Via Fangraphs
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Macklemore’s New Music Video Stars Ken Griffey Jr. In Old Mariners Gear

Macklemore’s new music video — and really, the song itself — is weird. However, there’s one familiar face baseball fans will love to see. Seattle Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr. makes a cameo in the video for the song “Downtown,” which again, is weird. Macklemore is a Seattle native, whose love for Seattle sports teams has been well documented. In the “Downtown” video...
August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Seattle Mariners OF Nelson Cruz Hits MLB Leading 39th Home Run In Win Over Oakland

The Seattle Mariners do not have a whole lot going well for them this season. They are 11 games out of first in their division, and 6.5 game back in the wild card race. While not out of contention they are going to need some help to get back in it, and they are going to need to play better than they have all season.It certainly wouldn't hurt if Nelson Cruz were to keep hitting home...
Via FatManWriting
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

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