Ranking the best sluggers in 2015 MLB season

If hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports, hitting for power is especially unique. Few can eschew specialty pitching and defensive shifts and put up numbers that make most players envious. Let’s take a look at today’s magnificent seven. 7. Carlos Gonzalez Coors Field today isn’t the way Coors Field used to be. Humidors aside, the park remains a hitter’s...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Acquire setup man Joaquin Benoit, resign Guti, Cruz earns Silver, and more!

The offseason has been a whirlwind for M’s fans. This last week, new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto created a blockbuster trade with Tampa to acquire talent. Then today, Dipoto has traded reliever Joaquin Benoit and resigned outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. Joaquin Benoit Seattle added to its bullpen Thursday, acquiring 38-year-old right-hander Joaquin Benoit from the San Diego Padres...
Via Seattle Side Up!
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners proving SafeCo Field is just another ballpark

For years it was said that free agents shied away from Seattle and SafeCo Field. But is that starting to change because of hitters having success or the Mariners fielding a better team? It always helps to attract free agents when you aren’t projected to lose 100 games, but players like Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager […]
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Seattle Mariners Have a Successful Season?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking you through all 30 MLB teams, discussing their positives and negatives from the year that was. Regardless of how lopsided it may get, we will stay the course and ultimately determine whether or not their 2015 efforts resulted in a successful season. The last year the Seattle Mariners were in the playoffs was 2001: Ichiro’s rookie (and...
Via The Sports Post
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: 2015 Season Postmortem Part 1

The sun has set on another baseball season with the Kansas City Royals taking home the World Series Title. We here are Seattle Side Up congratulate the Royals on their first Series win in 30 years, and their 2nd overall. They have built a truly impressive organization, and it took a long time to see the dividends. What can Seattle fans take from this season? I am not sure yet,...
Via Seattle Side Up!
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners offseason preview: New GM Dipoto must address lineup, rotation

Nelson Cruz provided plenty of offense, but didn't have much help. Otto Greule Jr Getty Images North America(We will preview one team's offseason each day leading up to the start of free agency. Now up: the Seattle Mariners).As soon as the regular season ended, the Mariners began making changes. After naming ex-Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto its general manager, the club brought...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

What Might A 2016 Seattle Mariners Roster Look Like? A Glimpse At Free Agency And Beyond

As new GM Jerry Dipoto has stated, there are a few core players – namely Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager, and Felix Hernandez – to build the 2016 roster around. A few more games of the ALCS, then the World Series, and the winter meetings before free agency really heats up. Then Seattle Mariners fans can see what they have in Dipoto. Here’s a look at what next season’s...
Via Oregon Sports News
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Lloyd McClendon expected to be axed as Mariners manager

Lloyd McClendon may be looking for a new job. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto is expected to let McClendon go and hire his own manager (something he couldn’t do in Anaheim). Lloyd McClendon is expected to be replaced as Mariners manager, according to people familiar with the situation. McClendon is a holdover from the Jack Zduriencik hierarchy...
Via The Outside Corner
October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Farewells: Seattle Mariners

It is that part of the year when pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is a chance to book better winter destination vacations for some, emptier seats for most and a chance for reflection for all. Back in April, there was no clear way to lean in the American League regarding which team will...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Dipoto's first big move as M's GM is deciding on McClendon

SEATTLE (AP) Now the wait begins to see what the first big move of Jerry Dipoto's tenure as general manager of the Seattle Mariners will be. Does Lloyd McClendon return as manager in 2016? Or does Dipoto change field managers and bring in his own choice? ''I look in the mirror every night and I know I gave it everything I had every day,'' McClendon said. ''My players gave me everything...
Via AP on Fox
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the top MVP Award candidates in each league

In the 169 times a Most Valuable Player Award has been chosen by the writers, 81 were won by Hall-of-Famers. Several other recent recipients are well on their way to Cooperstown. Regardless of the odds, earning an MVP places you on the short list of greatness. Here are the five in the American and National League who have the best chance to gain this unique honor. American League...
Via The Sports Daily
October 02, 2015  |  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
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #153: Finally – Angels 8, Mariners 4

When Garrett Richards threw the first pitch of this game the Rangers had a sizable lead on the Astros in the middle innings of their contest. It looked likely that if the Angels won this game, they would move to only a half-game behind Houston for the second Wild Card and, perhaps more importantly, tie them in the loss column. With arguably the Angels’ best pitcher on the mound...
Via Monkey with a Halo
September 26, 2015  |  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
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners wear colorful, flashy costumes to the airport

It's about that time of the season when rookies are given new outfits for their team's final road trip - specifically goofy, embarrassing, amusing or otherwise flashy costumes with which they're expected to parade through the stadium and airport en route to the next city on the schedule.The Pittsburgh Pirates carried out this time=honored tradition ove rthe weekend,a s did the Seattle...
Via Fox Sports
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cruz hits 41st HR, Mariners use 4 HRs beat Rockies 7-2

SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano, Jesus Montero, Franklin Gutierrez and Nelson Cruz all homered to lead the Seattle Mariners in a 7-2 win against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. Cano's deep homer to right in the second inning opened the scoring and set a milestone. It was the 50th extra-base hit of the season for Cano, who is one of five players to have least 50 extra base hits...
Via AP on Fox
September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers shut out again in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) -- Nelson Cruz doesn't concern himself with the number of home runs he hits. Instead, he counts what they can do to help his team win games. Nelson Cruz reached 40 home runs for the second straight season, Felix Hernandez pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and the Seattle Mariners downed the Texas Rangers 5-0 Thursday. "Numbers are numbers. I like to just focus...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Cruz hits 40th HR, Hernandez wins, Mariners top Texas

SEATTLE (AP) Nelson Cruz reached 40 home runs for the second straight season, Felix Hernandez pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and the Seattle Mariners downed the Texas Rangers 5-0 Thursday. Texas was shut out for the second straight day. The Rangers' lead for the second AL wild-card spot was cut to one game over idle Minnesota. Cruz missed the previous six games because...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: From 2014 to 2015, and Chris Davis’ Future

Former Oriole LF/DH Nelson Cruz The Baltimore Orioles’ 2014 season summary: Nelson Cruz was Major League Baseball’s Home Run King, Nick Markakis was a Glove Glove Award recipient, Buck Showalter was the Manager of the Year, and Dan Duquette was The Sporting News’ Major League Baseball Executive of the Year. Baltimore acquired immense talent going into the Fall Classic, and...
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners-White Sox Preview

Nelson Cruz would be enjoying a second straight stellar offensive season a lot more if the Seattle Mariners were winning. As Cruz looks to build on another strong performance, the visiting Mariners try for a third straight victory Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox. After setting career highs for homers (40) and RBIs (108) with Baltimore in 2014, Cruz is batting .321 and...
Via AP on Fox
August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Hernandez, Cruz lead Seattle past Oakland 8-2

SEATTLE (AP) Felix Hernandez made just two mistakes in eight strong innings, Nelson Cruz hit his AL-leading 39th homer and drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Wednesday. Seattle closed out its brief homestand with Hernandez rebounding after getting knocked around in his last start against the Chicago White Sox. Hernandez (15-8) allowed...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 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...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Fielding Matters – Why Nelson Cruz Is Not The AL MVP

Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners has had a phenomenal season at the plate, leading the AL in home runs, slugging, weighted on base average (wOBA), and weighted runs created plus (wRC+). Cruz has essentially already out performed his projected wins against replacement (WAR) for the entire four year contract he signed with the Mariners in the offseason by posting a 4.7 so far, with...
Via Oregon Sports News
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz pushed the Red Sox to sign Nelson Cruz this winter

The Boston Red Sox season is all but lost as the club sits 13 games under .500 at 52-65, placing them dead last in the American League East. One of the teams biggest offseason moves was signing left fielder Hanley Ramirez to a monster four-year $88 million contract, a deal which has so far provided mixed results. As John Tomase of WEEI reported, Boston first baseman David Ortiz...
Via Bloguin Best
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz pushed the Red Sox to sign Nelson Cruz

The Boston Red Sox season is all but lost as the club sits 13 games under .500 at 52-65, placing them dead last in the American League East. One of the teams biggest offseason moves was signing left fielder Hanley Ramirez to a monster four-year $88 million contract, a deal which has so far provided mixed results. As John Tomase of WEEI reported, Boston first baseman David Ortiz...
Via The Outside Corner
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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