David Ortiz Optimistic About Hall Of Fame, Thinks He’s Worthy ‘Numbers-Wise’

There’s no doubt David Ortiz is one of the greatest designated hitters to play the game. But will that be enough to get him into the Baseball Hall of Fame? Ortiz thinks it might just be. The Boston Red Sox DH, who’s retiring after the 2016 season, told WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Thursday he’s optimistic about his chances of being inducted into the Hall once he’s eligible in...
Via NESN.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Calm down, the Baseball Hall of Fame voting process is working just fine

There’s a lot to say about the Baseball Hall of Fame voting process: The voting bloc is unwieldy, many rules are counterintuitive, some ballots are laughable, on and on. But one thing you can’t say is that it doesn’t yield results. With Wednesday’s announcement that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will comprise the Cooperstown class of 2016, the Hall continues a run of nearly...
Via The Comeback
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

TNB’s Hall of Fame Ballots

As we did last year, the writers of The Nats Blog assembled Hall of Fame ballots this year. With more commitments, fewer of us could contribute, but Joe Drugan endorses Craig’s ballot, and Will Yoder endorses mine. Without further ado: Ballots Andrew Flax: Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Tim Raines, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling...
Via The Nats Blog
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Designated Hitter Kendrys Morales Voted Outstanding DH

Major League Baseball announced today that Kendrys Morales of the Kansas City Royals has been voted the winner of the 2015 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.  Morales received 50 of the 88 first-place votes cast to garner the honor for the first time in his nine-year career.  In addition to Morales, two previous Royals have been tabbed as the league’s top designated...
Via i70baseball
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Managerial Merry Go Round

Who’s Next? If you want to be a cab driver in the United States, you can probably find a job given that there are over 170,000 cab driver jobs in the country.  If you want to be a Major League Baseball Manager, it’s a tougher gig to land.  There are only 30 such positions in the whole world. With only 30 such positions one would assume that the competition for an opening would...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting the 1995 Division Series

The mark of a compelling narrative is its lasting impact. Rising and falling action leads to an indelible climax and its cast of characters become renown and beloved. Their triumphs and accomplishments are remembered fondly and revered as time passes. Twenty years after its completion, the 1995 American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners...
Via Baseball Essential
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

20 Years Later: Remembering the Angels-Mariners AL West tiebreaker

By Stephon Johnson / @StephonJohnson8 *In my best 30-for-30 trailer voice* What if I told you…that one baseball game stopped an entire team from relocating to Florida? Twenty years ago this past Saturday, the Seattle Mariners were on the brink of moving. According to reporters, gossip, rumors and the like, team owner (and then-president of Nintendo) Hiroshi Yamauchi and team...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
October 05, 2015  |  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
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

The DH debate needs to end

Since 1973, the designated hitter has been a part of life for the American League. It’s been widely debated from the moment Ron Blomberg consummated its existence by walking with the bases loaded for the New York Yankees 42 years ago. In the four-plus decades the position has served as a lightning rod, with supporters firmly planted on either side of the fence. For the offensive...
Via Baseball Essential
September 15, 2015  |  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
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Crossing My Fingers The Hall Calls On David Ortiz

Waaaaaay back in April, I made my case for Edgar Martinez getting into the Hall of Fame. I’m sure you don’t need a refresher that one of the biggest obstacles for Edgar is the fact that he played the majority of his career as the Seattle Mariners’ designated hitter. The Baseball Writers Association of America clearly has a prejudice against the DH. I stand by that accusation...
Via Baseball Essential
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Randy Johnson gives thanks to Mariners in Hall of Fame induction speech

Randy Johnson may have entered the Hall of Fame wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks cap on Sunday afternoon, but that doesn't mean he abandoned his roots.The 'Big Unit' delivered an all-encompassing acceptance speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, giving due credit to the 1989 trade that sent him from the Montreal Expos to the Seattle Mariners.As he said in his...
Via Fox Sports
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Has Edgar Martinez Made A Difference For the Mariners?

Is The Edgar Effect Real? The Seattle Mariners hired by baseball hero, Edgar Martinez, back on June 20th to be their new hitting coach.  Everyone knows that Edgar was one of the best right handed hitters the game ever saw but his ability to coach others on a craft that he perfected still remains a question mark. Could it be that the M’s brass just wanted to sell a few more tickets...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Paul Assenmacher

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #13 Paul Assenmacher...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

1995 Game Recap: Baerga Shines in All-Star Defeat—NL All-Stars 3, AL All-Stars 2

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back July 11, 1995. After so many seasons...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Series Recap: They may be named the Angels, but they’re not Angelic

The Mariners lost yet another series over the weekend to a division rival. This time, it was the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Pasadena, Oxnard and greater Orange County that bested us, winning 2 out of 3. The series started out well enough, with Taijuan Walker taking the mound on Friday night. He continued to impress, putting in 7 innings of quality work and giving the Mariners...
Via Seattle Side Up!
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners' Zunino adjusting, learning from Edgar Martinez's influence

Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has struggled thus far in the major leagues becoming the hitter the M's believe he can be - but he's doing better lately. His mini-resurgence comes right after the club hired Edgar Martinez as its new hitting instructor, indicating that his presence may be helping the young catcher mature as a hitter.  Greg Johns of MLB.com detailed Zunino's...
Via Fox Sports
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Lloyd McClendon Says “Relax” To Seattle Mariners Fans

Message Not Well Received My doubts about Lloyd McClendon as an effective big league manager are beginning to grow.  Questionable lineups and a lack of passion were my primary concerns, at least until this week when Lloyd made one of the worst statements I have ever heard from a manager. Lloyd McClendon told Seattle Mariners fans, HIS fans, to “relax”. Fans should Relax. Fine...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Edgar Martinez, Mariners Legend and Hitting Coach

Edgar Can Help The announcement this week of Edgar Martinez being named by the Seattle Mariners as their new hitting coach is certainly welcome news.  For me specifically, it’s welcome news on so many different levels.  In fact, the decision that brings Edgar into the M’s dugout again is so exciting to me personally I freely admit I will have a very difficult time being objective...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Eric Plunk

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #15 Eric Plunk.  In...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: M’s legend Edgar Martinez selected as batting coach

Seattle Mariner’s legendary designated hitter, Edgar Martinez, was selected as the new Hitting Coach for the team.  The former coach, Howard Johnson, has been let go in place of the Mariner great.   “HoJo is a good friend of mine and it’s a very difficult thing to do to sit across the table and tell a friend of yours that you are changing his life in a certain way,” McClendon...
Via Seattle Side Up!
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Edgar Martinez Named Mariners New Hitting Coach

On Saturday afternoon, the Seattle Mariners announced the hiring of former Mariners designated hitter and third baseman Edgar Martinez as their new hitting coach. Howard Johnson had been the hitting coach for the first three months of this season, but the Mariners have decided to move in a new direction. Johnson has been reassigned to a Minor League role following his replacement...
Via Baseball Essential
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners hire former player Edgar Martinez as hitting coach

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners are looking to the past to reinvigorate the worst hitting team in baseball, hiring Edgar Martinez as their hitting coach on Saturday and reassigning Howard Johnson to the minor league system. The surprising announcement was made before the second game of a weekend series against first-place Houston. The surprise wasn't so much the re-assignment of...
Via AP on Fox
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners hire Edgar Martinez as hitting coach, reassign HoJo

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have hired Edgar Martinez as their hitting coach and reassigned Howard Johnson to the minor league system. Seattle made the announcement on Saturday before the second game of a weekend series against first-place Houston. Martinez spent his entire 18-year major league career with the Mariners and is regarded as one of the best right-handed hitters...
Via AP on Fox
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Edgar Martinez tabbed as new Mariners hitting coach

The Seattle Mariners have failed to produce at the plate this season and have now hired a new hitting coach. Edgar Martinez has been named the new hitting coach taking over the position which was recently held by Howard Johnson. Martinez spent 18 seasons with the Mariners tallying 2,247 hits and a .312/.418/.515 career line. Edgar Martinez hired as mariners new hitting coach...
Via Tireball.com
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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