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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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3 hours ago  |  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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3 hours ago  |  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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7 days ago  |  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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7 days ago  |  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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7 days ago  |  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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13 days ago  |  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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13 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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27 days ago  |  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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29 days ago  |  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

Is It Time For To Worry About Felix Hernandez?

Shaky Spring Has Some People Worried Felix Hernandez is without question the face of the Seattle Mariners.  He’s the rarity in the Emerald City– one of the few that publically stated that he loves Seattle and wants to play his entire career as a Seattle Mariner and actually signed a deal to do so. For that and many other things that Hernandez has done, I thank him. Despite...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Taijuan Walker Is Coming Of Age

Phenom Talent Has It All Working It seems we’ve been here before.  The Seattle Mariners have had dozens of young arms throughout the years that were blessed with unimaginable talents to do the what seems like such a simple thing — throw a baseball. All of them could throw the ball of course but precious few, however, have lived up to the promise of becoming dominant. We live...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Returns Punts For The Seattle Seahawks In 2015

Punt Return Gig Is Wide Open One area I think the Seattle Seahawks regressed in 2014 was on special teams, specifically on punt returns.  When Golden Tate left for greener pastures and greener wallets in Detroit the Seahawks really never came up with a good solution to replace Tate returning punts. Before Tate, it was Leon Washington, who might be the best returner the Seahawks...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

How NFL Proposed Rule Changes Could Impact The Seattle Seahawks

Radical Ideas To Further Change The Game Proposed It’s that time of year when the NFL competition committee meets to discuss ways to improve the game and teams even submit ideas on how one rule or another should be changed to “improve the game”. Most fans, including Seattle Seahawks fans, are not big on the idea of changing rules.  Fans generally see rule changes as a way...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Southpaw Battles For South Downtown Seattle Mariner Bullpen Spot

Rollins, Luetge, Olson, Perez and Saunders Battle Over 1 Spot With the battle at shortstop settled by a TKO thanks to the wrist injury sustained by Chris Taylor, my attention now moves to the battle that rages on in Seattle Mariners spring training camp for a spot in the bullpen.  The spot in question is the 2nd left handed reliever position in the Mariners’ bullpen a spot made...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The Battle For Shortstop Heats Up Again At Mariners Spring Training

Taylor and Miller Both Giving It Their All Since it’s pretty clear that Seattle Mariner’s skipper Lloyd McClendon is set on a quasi-platoon role between Dustin Ackley and Rickie Weeks in left, along with a true platoon role in right with Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano, one has to think that the real battle for a position spot on the Mariners 25 man roster is at shortstop. There...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Schneider and Carroll Wheeling And Dealing, Land Jimmy Graham

Hawks Send Unger & a 1st to Nawlins Free agency in the NFL is underway and the Seattle Seahawks are flying out of the gate.  Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Seahawks and their crafty general manager, John Schneider, pull off a very high-profile trade that nets the Hawks the highly talented tight end, Jimmy Graham. The Seahawks had recently cut...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Bubble Watch:  M’s Will Have 25 Man Roster Decisions To Make

Multiple Players Will Not Make Mariners 25 Man Roster As the first Cactus League action gets under way there are plenty of underlying stories  to keep an eye on as veterans and young players all try to scratch their way on to the Seattle Mariners’ 25 man roster. For some, not making the M’s roster means a trip into the M’s minor league system some place.  For others, it...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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