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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...
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4 days ago  |  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...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot and Cold, Night and Day — The Seattle Mariners of 2015

Still No Signs of Consistency From the M’s What in the world is going with baseball in the Emerald City?  The 2015 Seattle Mariners were a team that everyone thought was on the highway to the World Series.  Instead, we get mediocrity. I can live with mediocrity.  Let’s face it, when it comes to baseball, you had better get used to mediocrity because this is a sport where...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seahawks Are Forgetting Somebody — What About Bob?

Star Middle Linebacker Still Without A Deal It is the NFL—  Quarterbacks grab all the headlines, most of the money, and when it goes wrong, almost all of the blame.  The Seattle Seahawks might be a bit different in that stereotype however.  We are talking about a team led by one of the best defenses ever seen in the NFL when we look at the team and I don’t think anyone could...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Russell Wilson Even Want To Be A Seattle Seahawk?

Could John Schneider Be Moving On from Wilson? Russell Wilson is the Seattle Seahawks golden boy quarterback.  He’s the toast of Seattle.  He does and says everything correctly when he’s anywhere near a camera or microphone.  He even spends his off hours and seasons doing highly visible charitable work for kids throughout the greater Seattle community instead of posting pictures...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Logan Morrison- Leadoff Hitter and Mariners First Baseman

LoMo Delivering, Can M’s Keep Him Beyond 2015? The biggest surprise offensively for the 2015 Seattle Mariners the past few weeks has to be the breakout of their first baseman, Logan Morrison.  LoMo has really stepped things up the past two weeks and has been steady for the M’s all season long defensively. Morrison has essentially told the job was his to lose right from day...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

More Mariners Moves — A Towering Trade For Trumbo

Slugging OF/1B/DH Comes To Seattle Losing streaks can do funny things to a baseball team.  They can make great leaders rise up, All-Star players press, MLB managers grind their teeth, and they can make baseball general managers over pay for players. Can Trumbo’s power improve the M’s struggling offense? I’m not saying, right off the bat, that the Seattle Mariners trading...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Frustration for Mariners Grows As McClendon Loses It

McClendon, Mariners Meltdown It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Seattle Mariners‘ skipper, Lloyd McClendon, lost it earlier this week and went on his first Lou Piniella-esk rampage of the 2015 season. And who could blame him?  My only question is why did it take this long? I’m not just talking about the check swing by A-Rod or even the one before by Brett Gardner. ...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Dustin Ackley Watch Continues

Ackley Still With The Club But Not Playing Much The Seattle Mariners are playing their best baseball of 2015 so far.  They suddenly find themselves back at the .500 level in terms of their record, the bats are all heating up, and the pitching staff, with a few changes, looks to be returning to their dominate form of 2014. The only possible exception to all that was written above...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager Continues To Impress

M’s 3rd Baseman Shining Bright The MLB draft has to be the least predictable of the four major professional sports.  In the NFL, NBA, and the NHL, a first round draft pick is far more likely to find a reasonable amount of success in their chosen sport.  In baseball, even the top picks don’t pan out nearly as often they fail. The Seattle Mariner’s Kyle Seager is a shining...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Get A New Backstop, Trade For Castillo

Experienced Catcher Smart Move For M’s The Seattle Mariners bolstered their catching staff this week by trading for an experienced catcher in Welington Castillo.  The Cubs had no room for Castillo.  Three catchers is not something you see on a 25 man roster these days so they were willing to part with him but not for free. The Mariners shipped Yoervis Medina to the bullpen needy...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cut the Cord Mariners — It’s Time To Let Ackley Go!

The Struggles Continue For M’s Left Fielder I’m done.  I cannot watch any more of Dustin Ackley playing for the Seattle Mariners.  The guy has been here five years and it’s just infuriating to watch this guy hit.  Please, for the love of all things sacred, Jack, let this guy go. Anyone else feel this way about Ackley?  Beard or no beard, it’s time for a change of scenery...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Is The NFL Changing Who The Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson Is?

Star Seahawk QB Is Not Who He Once Was Change is inevitable.  At least that’s what my sociology professor once said.  See, Mr. Healy?  I was paying attention!  All of us change based on our experiences, decision, friends, and so on. While some still hold the Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson as some sort of a super natural being who defies the odds, he is still just a human...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Patience, Patience, Patience! Russell Wilson Is A Seahawk

Seattle and Boston Need To Chill Forgive me in advance; I’m going to rant a bit in this one. It was brought to my attention this week that a great many of you are still in a panic over the current status of Russell Wilson‘s contract.  It is true that the franchise quarterback of our beloved Seattle Seahawks is still on his rookie deal and that negotiations have been slow, at...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s May And Trade Talk Is Already Heating Up For The Mariners

Mariners Rebounding But Many Think They’ll Deal The Seattle Mariners are finally playing the kind of baseball we all expected they’d be playing way back in the first part of April. (Maybe not the last two games, but still)  The starting pitching is better, the hitting has been tremendous and the bullpen is still a little shaky but has improved with the additions of Joe Beimel...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz: Better Than Advertised But M’s Still Need Help

Mariners Struggling, Montero Could Be Answer I can’t say enough good things about Nelson Cruz a month into his Seattle Mariners mega-contract.  Cruz has been everything advertised, and more. Before the 2015 campaign for the M’s got underway I stated, quite emphatically, that I’d be thrilled if Cruz hit just 25 homers on the year.  It turns out the Cruz might just hit 25...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The 2015 Mariners Are Feeling A Lot Like 1995 Mariners

M’s Bullpen Concerns Growing Who remembers 1995?  I know I do.  The Seattle Mariners were playing again after labor issues cancelled the remainder of the 1994 season and also delayed the start of the ’95 season in the process. So young, talented and steroid free back then. The Mariners were a team that many felt could be contenders that year.  They added a free agent at...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

J.A. Happ — The Seattle Mariners Ace From Nowhere

Happ Still Not Fully Appreciated By M’s Fans It’s always interesting when a team’s fans fall in love with a particular player.  It happens quite often when you stop and think about it.  After it happens, that player can virtually do no wrong that will undo that love. Seattle loving a future HOF’r in Griffey makes sense, despite what he did. Take the Seattle Mariners...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Taijuan Walker Is Finally Delivering On Promise

Young Right Hander Putting It Together Taijuan Walker is showing signs of life.  He pitched one of the best games of his career this week beating the Texas Rangers 3-1.  In his start Monday night the young right hander lasted seven innings allowing six hits and a lone, unearned run. Walker is going to sign a lot of autographs before his career is over (Photo: Google) That...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

What In The World Is Wrong With The Seattle Mariners?

Don’t Hit The Panic Button Just Yet The Seattle Mariners are taking a much needed home off day today to re-think their efforts in the first two weeks or so of the season.  After 15 games the Mariners are in last place in the AL West with a not so pretty record of 6-9.   That record leaves many wondering if the Mariners really are the contenders everyone predicted they would...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Way Too Early 2015 Seattle Seahawks Game Predictions

The Schedule Is Out, So Let’s Guess The 2015 Seattle Seahawks Schedule was released this week.  There are lots of interesting footnotes in the schedule so let’s take a look at where, who and when the Seahawks will play this fall. Sept. 13: at Rams, 10:00 a.m. Sept. 20: at Packers, 5:30 p.m. (Sunday Night) Sept. 27: vs. Bears, 1:25 p.m. Oct. 5: vs. Lions, 5:30 p.m. (Monday...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Fernando Rodney Experience — Is It Time To Move On?

Mariners Closer Off To Slow Start In modern baseball, having a solid closer is a necessity.  Virtually all championship teams in recent memories have that one guy in their bullpen that always works the last three outs of a game when they have a lead of three runs or less.  For the Seattle Mariners, that man has been Fernando Rodney as of late. Norm Charlton stepped in as the...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Dustin Ackley and Rickie Weeks: The Unlikely Platoon Partners

So Far, So Good For Weeks and Ackley When Seattle Mariner’s GM Jack Zduriencik announced the signing of Rickie Weeks I was a little mystified.  When Big Jack later announced that Weeks would be playing in the outfield, specifically left field in a quasi-platoon role with Dustin Ackley, I really began to scratch my head. It just didn’t make sense to me. Rickie Weeks was adamant...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Much Too Early Seattle Mariners 2015 Report Card

Are McClendon’s Bunch Who We Thought? With roughly a week’s worth of baseball in the books for the 2015 Seattle Mariners, I think it’s far, far too early to be judging their performances.  After all, there is a reason why all the good stats end with the words average or percentage. You have batting average, earned run average, on-base percentage and so on.  Those numbers...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Your 2015 Seattle Mariners Season Preview & Projections

It’s World Series or Bust It’s that time again boys and girls–  It’s baseball time.  Yes indeed, the boys of summer are back again and hopes have never been higher than they for the Seattle Mariners. It’s true!  Lloyd McClendon’s bunch is really shaping up to be the talk of the American League this spring.  The roster decisions are all but made and it’s time to...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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