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Walker gets first chance to shine for Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Taijuan Walker will get the first crack at impressing the Seattle Mariners in his bid to make the team's starting rotation. The 22-year-old with ace potential will start the team's Cactus League opener Wednesday against San Diego at the Peoria Sports Complex. ''I feel comfortable, confident, too,'' said Walker, who's vying for the Mariners' fifth starter spot...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

M's Ackley welcomed son early on way to spring training

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Dustin Ackley and his 7-months-pregnant wife were about an hour from stop No. 2 in their cross-country trek from Michigan to Arizona for the start of spring training when her water broke outside Oklahoma City. The Seattle Mariners' left fielder also had two dogs in tow, so the couple acted quickly to figure out the best plan. It was approaching midnight on Feb...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

New look for Mariners' Rickie Weeks, hopes for fresh start

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The most noticeable thing is the hair. Gone are the long dreadlocks that were once a Rickie Weeks staple. He'd worn them since 2008, but said he grew tired of the hair style. ''It's just one of those things,'' Weeks said. Weeks also made more major changes. After 12 seasons in the Milwaukee organization, he signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Zunino, Baker, and Sucre A Rare Combination Behind The Plate

The 2015 Seattle Mariners Spotlight One position the 2015 Seattle Mariners are not going to worry too much over is the catcher position.  The Mariners are about as deep with talented catchers in their organization as any club out there.  Together, Mike Zunino, John Baker, and Jesus Sucre are a trio that bring the best abilities in every facet of the game. Zunino has the power...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cruz steps into power-hitting role with Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Few Mariners were happier to see Nelson Cruz in Seattle's clubhouse than Felix Hernandez. The Mariners' ace knows how difficult an out Cruz can be. Not only has Cruz broken up a Hernandez no-hit bid, the slugger is tied with the Yankees' Mark Teixeira for most home runs against the 2010 Cy Young Award winner with five. ''He reminded me of those things,'' Cruz...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

AL West Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the AL West’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Carlos Correa SS – Astros: Correa is not just the best prospect in the AL West, he is arguably the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano was 20 pounds heavier due to Seattle weather

When Robinson Cano signed his signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in December 2013, he presumably realized there would be some adjustments to be made after spending the first nine years of his career with the New York Yankees. But who knew his move from the bright lights in the big...Read More The post Robinson Cano carried extra 20 pounds last season...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano cites Seattle weather for last season’s weight gain: Report

During Robinson Cano's first season with the Mariners his stats were a little lighter than the ones he usually put up when he was with the Yankees. But they reportedly didn't coincide with the heavier numbers he put on the bathroom scale by season's end. The second baseman still put up decent numbers on the stat sheet. He was an All-Star Game starter, a Gold Glove finalist and...
Via The Other Paper
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Seattle Mariners Breakout With Big Seasons In 2015?

Seager Busted Out In 2014, so who’s Next? I have already said on numerous occasions that it’s very unrealistic of Seattle Mariners fans to expect their shiny new DH, Nelson Cruz, to step in and hit 40 homers in 2015.  It’s NOT going to happen, and you are fooling yourself if you believe it will.  What will happen for Cruz is 25 homers or so — maybe 30 — and a batting...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners remain crowded at shortstop, even in Triple-A

Repeatedly and reflexively, the names of Brad Miller and Chris Taylor appeared in reports about the Seattle Mariners’ offseason trade activity. The reason: Miller and Taylor both play shortstop, and there’s a good chance the Mariners will carry only one of them on the Opening Day roster. Provided the Mariners remain healthy throughout spring training — hazardous words in...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners’ Prospect Profile: D.J. Peterson

The Seattle Mariners have a few hefty bats lurking in their minor league system. One such slugger may be ready to make an impact as soon as 2015. D.J. Peterson, the Mariners No. 2 prospect and the 49th best overall in Major League baseball, may be the most major league ready player in the Mariners fold and there could be an opening for him much sooner than later. Peterson was the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners' Hernandez eager to help bring playoffs to Seattle

PEORIA, Ariz. — When we last saw the Mariners, a crestfallen crowd was rising as one to recognize arguably the greatest right-handed pitcher of his generation. Felix Hernandez had taken the mound in Game 162 with the chance to force a playoff for the second American League wild card. He did what he could, pitching brilliantly in the Mariners’ 4-1 win over the Angels. But by the...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle mascot pays up on Super Bowl bet

The Seattle Mariners mascot made a bet with the Boston Red Sox’s mascot and it’s nice to know that despite losing, Mariner Moose is a good sport and has followed through with the bet since his cities football team lost the big game…. Mariner Moose is the official mascot of Seattle’s Major League Baseball team and back in January, he was pretty excited about the Super Bowl...
Via This Given Sunday
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle mascot pays up on Super Bowl bet

The Seattle Mariners mascot made a bet with the Boston Red Sox’s mascot and it’s nice to know that despite losing, Mariner Moose is a good sport and has followed through with the bet since his cities football team lost the big game…. Mariner Moose is the official mascot of Seattle’s Major League Baseball team and back in January, he was pretty excited about the Super Bowl...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners LHP Elias hoping to prove himself again this spring

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Roenis Elias began spring training last February as a pitcher who had never started a game above Double-A. He wound up earning a spot with the Seattle Mariners as a surprise fifth starter and went on to win double-digit games. A lot has changed this time around, right? Well, not quite. ''There's not a lot of difference between this year and last year,'' the 26...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Prospect in Critical Condition

Seattle Mariners’ pitching prospect Victor Sanchez was relaxing in his native Venezuela last weekend, getting ready to report to minor league spring training in three weeks, when he was involved in a horrific boating accident. Reports from Venezuela have been very sketchy, but several details have emerged in the aftermath of the incident. Sanchez was reportedly enjoying a day...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Win Arbitration Battle With Tom Wilhelmsen

Yesterday, Seattle Mariner relief pitcher and fan favorite Tom Wilhelmsen presented his case in front of arbitrators Gil Vernon, Edna Francis, and Steven Wolf. This morning, CBS’ Jon Heyman tweeted that the Seattle Mariners had won their arbitration hearing against Wilhelmsen.  The asking price from Wilhemsen’s camp had asked for 2.4 million dollars, but instead will be making...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

In Year 2, Mariners' McClendon aims to take team to playoffs

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon got off a fine start in his first season, guiding the team within one game of a playoff for the AL wild-card spot. After going 87-75, the expectations are even higher this year, especially with newcomer Nelson Cruz set to be the designated hitter. The Mariners made a 16-game improvement under McClendon and snapped a streak...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The AL West All-Star Team

Mike Trout. Photo Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images. Catcher: Chris Iannetta – Los Angeles Angels/Runner-Up: Jason Castro – Houston Astros Chris Iannetta may not be baseball’s biggest name but he had the highest WAR among AL West catchers in 2014. He hit .252 with seven home runs and 43 RBI in 108 games with the Angels in 2014. Runner-up Jason Castro batted just .222 but...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners defeat pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen in salary arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Seattle Mariners have defeated pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen in baseball's final salary arbitration decision this year. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Willemsen was awarded the team's $1.4 million offer rather than his $2.2 million request on Saturday by Gil Vernon, Edna Francis and Steven Wolf, who heard arguments a deal earlier. The 31-year...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

5 reasons the Seattle Mariners will win the AL West

The Emerald City is buzzing with optimism about the Mariners’ chances in the 2015 season. After missing the playoffs by one game in 2014, the Seattle Mariners look to bounce back and make the playoffs for the first time since they won 116 games in 2001. Could this finally be the year for long-suffering Mariners fans? 1. King Felix Since Felix Hernandez made his Mariners debut...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Get Joe Saunders On Minor League Pact

Free agent pitcher Joe Saunders agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Saunders will be joining the Seattle organization for the second time in his career as he pitched 183 innings and made 32 starts for them in 2013 albeit with fairly poor results (11-16 record with a 5.26 ERA and 1.60 WHIP). Last year,...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners' Montero looks for new beginning with new look

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Jesus Montero did not report to spring training out of shape. And for the Seattle Mariners and their fans, that's worth noting. Especially with many still waiting for Montero to prove himself as a major leaguer. Montero, once regarded as the future of the Mariners at catcher, isn't just a slimmer and trimmer version of his old self. He's also contrite, reading...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cactus League Countdown: Seattle Mariners

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Via Fox Sports Arizona
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rickie Weeks – Another Platoon Piece For The Seattle Mariners

Last week, the Seattle Mariners added another right handed bat in former Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks. The Mariners and Weeks agreed to a club friendly $2 million / one year deal, with built in incentives in the unlikely event he’s used as more than a platoon against left handed pitching at the corner outfield positions or as an occasional reliever for Robinson...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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