**** I Do: Solarte Eclipse

He is a little miracle isn’t he?Photo Credit: Johnny Spasm Most fantasy writers have no problem recommending players you should go after, but do they really pick up all the players they hype up? I’ll answer for them: no. Here on ******* I Do,” I will discuss players yours truly has personally invested in throughout the five leagues I’m in. If a player is good enough to sit...
Via Sons of Roto
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Reintroducting The Rookie Report

During the season I’ll be writing two new columns. This one is the first installment of one of them. They will run on consecutive weeks, and then I’ll repeat the columns, update the numbers, and perhaps add some new names if I’m feeling frisky. Or if one you astute readers requests someone to be added. One report will be a rookie report. Said report will track rookies and their...
Via The Fantasy Fix
11 days ago  |  Discuss

A's rally to beat Seattle 6-3

Graduate students looking to do a case study of the relationship between fans and major-league players should have spent the past week at the Coliseum. As Jim Johnson took the mound for the ninth inning of the A's 6-3 win over Seattle on Sunday, most of the 32,852 fans in attendance on Little League Day gave him plenty of encouragement. They stayed behind him even after a walk...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Coco Gives A’s 1st Walk Off Win of Season

Following a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Indians in the evening version of the split doubleheader Wednesday night, the A’s found themselves in another tough situation Thursday heading into extra innings in another game they should have already had won, were it not for a pair of first inning errors and an unearned run. This time the outcome would be different though. Coco...
Via BaySportsNet
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners roar past Angels 10-3 on opening day

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Abraham Almonte hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning and Felix Hernandez struck out 11 in the new-look Seattle Mariners' 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Via FOXSports.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

And Lloyd Said to Abraham…Thou Shalt Lead Off

It's back to business as usual with the SAGNOF column after an offseason on Team Preview Island. It was awesome. T. Moore [Ed. Note-- Cheater!] and I sipped little umbrella drinks on the beach while we chatted MLB teams. Before we get to this week's SAGNOF players, I'm afraid I will have to link bomb you, so heads up. First, if you're new here, check out this blast...
Via Razzball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

In The Battle For Short, Franklin & Miller Making A Case

In Center, The Issue May Be Already Decided It’s a bit early still in the 2014 Seattle Mariners Spring Training season, but you wouldn’t know it by the way Nick Franklin and Brad Miller are duking it out over the starting shortstop position. Just a couple of weeks ago, manager Lloyd McClendon announced that it was an open competition between these two guys for the right to be...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Abraham Almonte’s magical rise with Mariners

Abraham Almonte just shakes his head when he tries to describe the last year of his baseball career. In that time, he’s gone from an unknown to an unexpected surprise, from a player acquired to salvage something out of nothing to a player who could make the Mariners’ opening-day roster. It’s been a magical ride for the 24-year-old outfielder. Asked to sum it all up, he used...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians score the last six runs, improve to 3-1 on the spring

Indians 6, Mariners 3 Summary: The Indians scored the last six runs to improve to 3-1 in Cactus League play after Seattle took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. The Arms: Aaron Harang pitched two innings, allowing a run in the first inning. After allowing a leadoff double to Abraham Almonte, Harang did not allow a hit. ... Trevor Bauer pitched the next two innings but allowed a two-run shot...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners names you’d least expect to make an impact in 2014

You don’t always see impact players coming If you take a look at a lot of championship baseball teams, you almost always find the blue collar, over-achiever guy on the 25-man roster someplace. These guys were not first-round picks.  They did not arrive on your favorite team’s roster in a blockbuster trade or for someone you had even heard of but there is almost always one of...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

30 Days of Baseball: Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners 2013 Record: 71-91, 4th place AL West 2014 Projection: 4th place AL West A 2013 season that was expected to be another step forward in the Mariners’ building process hit more bumps than what were anticipated as Seattle suffered its eighth losing season in the past decade. There were some positives for the Mariners. Starting with outstanding pitching from Felix...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Five Notable Steamer MLEs from 2013 (Batters)

In his capacity as a VIP baseball writer, the present author has access to the glorious major-league equivalent (MLE) data produced by Jared Cross’s Steamer projection system. In his capacity as a very irresponsible citizen, the present author has decided to present here five notable batter MLEs from the 2013 season, where notable appears to be defined as belonging to a player...
Via Fangraphs
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle is quite happy with Cashman's "steals"

It's not always fun to look at Brian Cashman's trades from the other side of the equation. The Yankee version goes that we acquire solid veterans and give up nothing, either because the other team wanted to dump salary or they simply aren't as smart as us.Take Seattle, of course. Of course, the ultimate deal - Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda - now looks, at best, to...
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

My top 5 2013 Seattle Mariners pet peeves

Can it get any worse? I’ve taken quite a few pot shots at the Seattle Mariners‘ brass this past week as the team wrapped up another abysmal season.  It occurs to me however, that there is plenty of blame to go around. While I’m sure Howard Lincoln is part of the problem, not the solution, let’s call all of Lincoln’s blunders #1 on my list of my Top 5 pet peeves from 2013...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Magic number falling as Tigers defeat Mariners

The Tigers continued their push towards the postseason Monday night with a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three game series from Comerica Park. Rick Porcello was stellar in the outing going six innings allowing one run one and five hits while striking out an uncharacteristic 10 batters. Joaquin Benoit came in during the 9th to record his 21st save of the season...
Via The Majors Detroit
September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Looking Back: Astros vs. Mariners review

Disappointing Sweep Well if the Seattle Mariners‘ series against the Houston Astros wasn’t disappointing, I don’t know what is. Playing host to the last-place Astros in what was the conclusion of their second-to-last home series of the year, the Mariners dropped three games in disgusting fashion, all but sending the rest of those fans who were still tuned into the club away...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros rally for four runs in ninth for 6-4 win

Jonathan Villar's two-run single highlighted a four-run ninth inning as the Houston Astros rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Monday night in front of the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history. Abraham Almonte hit his first major league homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead. Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush got out of a jam in...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

A Look At The Seattle Mariners AAA Affiliate

I’ve been in Tacoma the last couple days covering the Tacoma Rainiers (the Seattle Mariners AAA affiliate). I figured this would be a good time to give a glimpse of the happenings a level below, because there were actually a couple of storylines that directly effect the big club. The first game I covered on Thursday actually turned out to be pretty high stakes. If Tacoma lost...
Via Oregon Sports News
August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Who is the next youngster coming up in September?

Rookies To Watch For This Fall An ugly 3 game set in Boston last week pretty much dashed any last hope I had for the Mariners to make some noise in 2013. Instead of complaing about another failed season I decided to look at the AAA Tacoma Rainier’s roster. Who is going to be the next young gun most likely to be called up in September when rosters expand?  Already we have seen...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

SeattleClubhouse: Minor League Mailbag

In this, our second edition of the SeattleClubhouse: Minor League Mailbag (Week of February 11th, 2013), we talk about where certain prospects will fit in the near future, welcome newly acquired Abraham Almonte, and address Vinnie Catricala's 2012 season.
Via mariners.scout.com
February 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Uh oh. The Sing II? Brian Cashman deals a Yankee prospect to Seattle for a pitcher

The Yankees exiled 23-year-old OF Abraham Almonte to Seattle yesterday for pitcher Shawn Kelley, a 28-year-old bullpen cotter pin who been designated for assignment, leaving the Mariners near zero leverage in cutting another sweet Jesus deal. It's hard to spin these sub-atomic particle movements, which can only be seen through River Ave electron microscopes, or the Scranton Tribune...
February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Acquire RHP Shawn Kelley

Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images The New York Yankees made their first roster move of the spring earlier tonight, announcing the acquisition of a new relief pitcher. The team has picked up RHP Shawn Kelley from the Seattle Mariners. The release from the team is below: The New York Yankees today announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Shawn Kelley from the Seattle...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

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