2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 21 Free Agent Fixes

Source: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images North America There are a couple of players that should be universally rostered that are highlighted in today’s Free Agent Fixes. They are joined by a pair of toolsy outfielders, a rookie shortstop who can help AL-only owners, and an NL-only starting pitcher who has returned to fantasy relevance after being left for dead earlier in the year...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

M’s Skipper Lloyd McClendon mid-season report card

How Has The Skip Performed? Sometimes I think the media forgets that it’s not 100% about the players.  Coaches and managers definitely play a role in how their teams perform. There is no exception for the Seattle Mariners newly anointed Skipper, Lloyd McClendon either. I think it’s time we pay some attention to the skipper, the moves he’s made and the other decisions that...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Foul Ball Shatters Glass, Angels Fan Immediately Asks For Check

Your browser does not support iframes. It looks like this Los Angeles Angels fan was enjoying her date/dinner at the ballpark until a foul ball shattered a glass right next to her. She immediately started asking for a check from the waiter and it’s safe to say that Seattle Mariners’ Brad Miller ruined their date. […] The post Foul Ball Shatters Glass, Angels Fan Immediately...
Via Diehardsport
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Targeting A Trade – Seattle Mariners Looking For Bats

Outfielder, Shortstop, Maybe A Starter? The Seattle Mariner’s offense continues to be streaky.  For a couple nights it looks as if they are crossing a line and hitting consistently then we go right back to where we started and they get shutout again. Cleary if the M’s are going to legitimately try to make a run with this excellent season they have going they are going to need...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners outlast White Sox, 3-2, in 14 innings

Perhaps the struggles on the South Side are coming to an end for the Mariners. Long after squandering a gem of a performance from starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, long after improbably tying the score in the top of the ninth, the Mariners finally picked up a rare win at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday. Brad Miller doubled to left-center to score Michael Saunders from second for...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners hang on to beat the Royals, 7-5

Brad Miller will get the headlines, and rightfully so. After all, it was his solo home run off Royals closer Greg Holland that broke a tie in the ninth inning and propelled the Mariners to a 7-5 victory Friday. “What a swing by Miller,” first baseman Logan Morrison said. “Oh, my goodness. They don’t get much bigger than that.” But it was the toil of reliever Charlie Furbush...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners score twice in the ninth to beat Royals 7-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brad Miller homered off Royals closer Greg Holland to break a ninth-inning tie, and the Seattle Mariners beat Kansas City 7-5 despite blowing an early five-run lead Friday night. Charlie Furbush (1-4) inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth, but the Mariners reliever calmly retired Mike Moustakas on a lazy popup to shallow right field. Furbush then...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyle Seager’s early homer puts Mariners in control in 5-1 victory over Padres

It was a simple, get-it-over pitch on a 3-0 count in the first inning. Given the green light, Kyle Seager belted the ball well over the right-field wall. Seager’s early three-run home run proved to be plenty of support for veteran Chris Young, who threw six shutout innings in Seattle’s 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night before 17,512 at Safeco Field. It was...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Another inconsistent outing from Grant Balfour a microcosm for Rays' season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Let's face it: It's hard to tell what you'll see when Grant Balfour takes the mound these days. The Tampa Bay Rays closer can either appear smooth or resemble a train that loses its wheels while chugging down a mountain. That's a tough way to go about life as a ninth-inning specialist, where a duty well done comes with no question marks. High...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Pre-2014-Draft Needs

2014 Draft is upon us… The Seattle Mariners have the 6th overall selection in this year’s amateur player draft. Trying to figure what a baseball team needs is harder than most professional sports because of the differences. While players can be drafted out of high school, the biggest factor is the massive minor league system that Major League Baseball has developed. Factoring...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s Back To Square 1 For The Mariners At Shortstop

Struggling SS Equals Understatement How in the world did the Seattle Mariners wind up with this problem?  If you had asked me after spring training what the position to worry about on the Seattle Mariners roster I’m pretty sure I would not have said shortstop. Who would have? Less we forget that the M’s had an open competition at shortstop this spring between Nick Franklin...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

He’s Back!  Nick Franklin Returns to the Mariners Lineup

Hart Sent to the DL, Franklin Called Up After coming up lame on Sunday while trying to steal second base, the Seattle Mariners‘ DH, Corey Hart, pulled a hamstring.  The news was not good when he was examined by team  medical director Edward Khalfayan. Hart has a grade-2 hamstring strain.  Grade 3 is considered the worst, so I suppose it’s not as bad as it could be.  Regardless...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners recall Nick Franklin, place Corey Hart on DL

getty images The Seattle Mariners have recalled utility man Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma. Franklin, 23, could be an option at short stop going forward given the struggles of Brad Miller. In 30 games for Tacoma, Franklin was hitting .376/.481/.633 with seven home runs and 26 RBI’s. Whether or not Franklin can translate those numbers to the majors this year remains to be seen...
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Should The Seattle Mariners Adjust Their Batting Lineup?

The past week or so has seen Lloyd McClendon shuffle the Seattle Mariners’ batting order around, most notably moving Michael Saunders into the lead off position, while dropping Abraham Almonte to ninth and switching Brad Miller back and forth between batting second and eighth.  The most consistent position in the order is third, where Robinson Cano has batted the entire season...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners minor league players prospects report

Do the M’s have more talent ready to come up? The Seattle Mariners offense was off to a quick start turned inconsistent at best.  Mix that in with a bunch of injuries to their starting pitchers, one might think the Mariners have already called up any reserve talent in the minors that might be lurking around down there. Sorry to disappoint the haters but the M’s minor league...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners take 2-of-3 from Rangers

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Kyle Seager! After a hot start, the wheels fell off for the Seattle Mariners abruptly following an error on a routine ground ball to Brad Miller. Instead of sealing the victory as well as a 4-0 start for Felix Hernandez – which sadly would have been the first of his career – Miller bobbled a ground ball and lofted it high to Robinson Cano...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects

The Seattle Mariners farm system has been depleted by recent promotions to prospects such as Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, and Nick Franklin. Taijuan Walker is an elite prospect and should become a top of the rotation starter in the majors. Peterson can hit and should become a good Major League player as well. Paxton and Hultzen are extremely talented and the rest of the pitchers on...
Via Batting Leadoff
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

With 143 Games Left This Season, Is It Time For The Seattle Mariners To Panic?

Optimism from the Seattle Mariners’ 6-3 start has been stifled some by a subsequent 1-9 stretch, including 8 straight (losing 7-2 last night to the Houston Astros extended this streak), with three scoreless games.  Before everyone forgets it’s baseball season and starts fawning over Mel Kiper’s “big board” and who the Seattle Seahawks will pick in the upcoming NFL draft...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners offense off to streaky start

Mariner Runs Come Feast or Famine The Seattle Mariners are off to a reasonably good start at 7-6.  I use the term “reasonably good” because while I’m sure you’d like to see them at 13-0 I think you have to consider this a team that has been above the .500 level since 2009 when they won 85 games. Major League Baseball is not like the NFL.  MLB teams can’t turn around a...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners recall Nick Franklin

Switch-Hitting Franklin back with M’s This morning Nick Franklin tweeted that he was flying to Texas, presumably to join the Mariners as they face off with the Rangers again. And it couldn’t come at a better time for the Mariners who have been streaky on offense. Where will Franklin fit in? Brad Miller, the man that won the shortstop job over Franklin by hitting .410 in spring...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cano Gets Double Play Assist From Miller’s Shoulder

Robinson Cano shows off his new Mariners’ jersey (Credit: Ted S. Warren/Associated Press) Robinson Cano was in perfect position for a strange play during the bottom of the third inning of last night’s game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Watch as Mariners’ shortstop Brad Miller attempts to come up with Elvis Andrus’ grounder and a bad hop causes the ball...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Brad Miller Of The Seattle Mariners The Real Deal? ☆

In my last piece, I expressed some skepticism that either Justin Smoak or Dustin Ackley had “figured it out” despite their hot start to the season.  I cited an established track record over the past several years and the nothing in the extremely small sample size to suggest anything had changed.  We tend to not notice hot streaks when they happen in July, but when they happen...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Transfer rule shows instant replay isn’t quite so simple

Making certain plays more complicated or telling fans that what they think is an out — and has always been an out for as long as we’ve watched the game — probably isn’t what MLB had in mind when implementing a wider version of instant replay this year. Yet two weeks into the 2014 season, the “transfer rule” is becoming increasingly problematic for players and managers...
Via The Outside Corner
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers manager still hot about transfer rule after ejection

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington knew he would be ejected for arguing a call overturned by replay review, but he had a point to make. His point: the new interpretation of the transfer rule has to be changed. "I understand what the rule is," Washington said. "But we've got to do something about it." Washington came out of the dugout Monday...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners 8, Angels 2 — A series sweep to start the season

So the Mariners are now 3-0 and with a series sweep of Anaheim to start the season. It’s a stunning accomplishment if you look at past history. It was the first three-game series sweep Anaheim since 2006. It was the first time since 1995 that Seattle had won three straight games to start a season. It was also the first time since 1985 the team started off the season with a three...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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