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Ken Griffey Jr. named Honorary Starter for the Daytona 500

Newly elected Baseball Hall of Fame centerfielder Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as Honorary Starter of the 58th annual Daytona 500, which takes place Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway (FOX, noon ET).A veteran of 22 seasons, Griffey received a record 99.32 percent of the vote (437 of 440) by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Griffey played for 13 seasons with the...
Via Fox Sports
59 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Spring Training Preview

Courtesy: MLB.com The single greatest day of the year is quickly approaching, Opening Day. Another year is upon us and it seems like yesterday that the Kansas City Royals were finishing off the New York Mets in the World Series. But before we get to Opening Day, we need spring training. With spring training comes a renewed hope for all teams (with the possible exception of half...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Spotlight —  Jesus Montero

Montero Fighting For His Career This Spring One of the most interesting battles to watch this spring as the Seattle Mariners get set for Cactus League play will be the battle at first base.  While Adam Lind will get virtually all of the playing time at first base when the Mariners face a right hander, it’s a safe bet he’ll be on the bench when a tough southpaw takes the mound...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
1 day ago  |  Discuss

South Africa beats New Zealand 7-1 at Sydney WBC qualifier

SYDNEY (AP) Seattle Mariners prospect Dylan Unsworth allowed two hits over eight shutout innings and designated hitter Brett Willemburg had two hits and drove in two runs to lead South Africa to a 7-1 win over New Zealand in the opening game of a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament on Thursday. Australia was set to play the Philippines in the second game of a day-night...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Seattle Mariners Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The 2015 Seattle Mariners disappointed once again, finishing out of the playoff hunt at 76-86. With multiple changes made in the front office and on the field, the Mariners are hoping their stars can carry them to the top of a difficult AL West. Which players should have the biggest fantasy impact?(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Sign RHP Joel Peralta To Minor League Deal

The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday morning that the club has agreed to a Minor League deal with right-handed reliever Joel Peralta with an invite to Spring Training. Peralta, 39, has played 11 seasons in the major league’s with six different teams, the Mariners being his seventh should he make the roster. He pitched with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 making 33 appearances...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joel Peralta and Mariners agree to minor league contract

SEATTLE (AP) Relief pitcher Joel Peralta has agreed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league spring training. The 39-year-old right-hander has spent parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues with six clubs. Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, spending two stints on the disabled list with...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Outfield

There are less than two weeks before what has become the symbolic start of the baseball calendar. On Friday, February 19th, the Seattle Mariners’ pitchers and catchers report to spring training and we’ll ever so slowly begin to see the team come together. It might not be until the first week of March, when the annual charity game against the San Diego Padres happens, that we...
Via Oregon Sports News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Bold Predictions for the 2016 Seattle Mariners

After 14 Years Are The Playoffs Realistic For M’s? With the arrival of February comes the start of spring training in the MLB.  We also now have a pretty good idea of what the Mariners bullpen, rotation, and starting lineups will look like in 2016.  The only remaining question—just how successful will this new team with all these new faces be? With that I give you my three...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Evaluating the Offseason Moves

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America 2001 was an incredible year for Seattle Mariners fans, as the team tied the MLB record for single-season wins with an astonishing 116 victories in 162 games. That year’s team ended up losing in the American League Championship Series to the eventual World Series Runner-Up New York Yankees, and the Mariners haven’t been back to the postseason...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The secret key to the Seattle Mariners’ season

Once heralded as part of the “big three” of Seattle Mariners’ pitching prospects, James Paxton has flashed immense potential, arguably more than his fellow big three member Taijuan Walker. However, what he’s flashed even more is an inability to stay off of the disabled list. That held true once again, as the big lefty missed over half the season after what started out as...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano makes hitting a softball look much easier than it is

From the looks of it, Robinson Can has had a fun offseason. In addition to posting a slew of photos from an adventurous vacation on his personal Facebook page back in December, it would appear that Cano spent some time playing for a local softball team in the Dominican Republic in January. Here's a Tweet alluding to that, as well as a video showing Cano using his impeccable pitch...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Preview: Is it Opening Day yet?

Are we there yet? The anticipation is beginning to get to some us here at SSU, now that Seahawks football is concluded. With the coming spring thaw, there brings an exciting date; February 19th. The day pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Peoria, AZ. There’s an added excitement this year as new GM Jerry Dipoto has reshaped 50% of the roster and brought in a completely...
Via Seattle Side Up!
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Make a Pair of Minor-League Signings

Wednesday morning the Seattle Mariners announced the signings of Korean first baseman Dae-Ho Lee along with catcher Steven Lerud on minor-league deals. Both received invitations to major-league spring training. These are depth moves for the Mariners as Lee provides a right-handed option at first base with Adam Lind being a lefty. Jesus Montero also will have a chance to win that...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle signs Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee to minor league deal

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have signed Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee and catcher Steve Lerud to minor league contracts two weeks before the start of spring training. Seattle announced the roster moves Wednesday. Lee, a first baseman, has spent the past four seasons playing in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Last season, Lee hit .282 with 31 homers...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dae-ho Lee Ends Up In Seattle

There’s something that should probably be acknowledged from the beginning. The Mariners have signed Dae-ho Lee to a minor-league contract. Mostly, we ignore players signed to minor-league contracts, at least before the start of spring training. The thing about Lee is that he might be a good hitter. We’ve paid very little offseason attention to, say, Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Infield

We’re just over two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, live footage from the complex down in sunny Arizona beginning to pepper ESPN and fill the MLB Network, and our first looks at the Seattle Mariners’ mostly turned-over roster. Last week I discussed the Mariners’ starting pitchers, looking at some of the strengths, weaknesses and who of the group could end up...
Via Oregon Sports News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Seager 'a little jealous' after younger brother Corey's postseason trip

Kyle Seager is ready to play in October. The Seattle Mariners’ third baseman, 28, has yet to sniff the playoffs, as his M’s underachieved last season despite some hefty preseason hype. Meanwhile, his younger brother Corey appeared in the playoffs with the Los Angeles Dodgers last October at the age of 21.  Over this past weekend, Seager admitted his brother’s quick success...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Is 2016 the year for James Paxton?

In general, 30 total starts in your first three MLB seasons is not a number any starting pitcher wants to see, but Seattle Mariners southpaw James Paxton made it very clear what he wants to show coming into 2016. “It’s time for me to show I can last for an entire season,” he said. Paxton has made a concerted effort this offseason to get in better shape and avoid the injury...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners flashback: as players, new GM Dipoto strikes out manager Servais in '99

New Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto was a relief pitcher at the MLB level for eight seasons, from 1993-2000. New Mariners manager Scott Servais, meanwhile, was a catcher for 11 years (from 1991-2001). As one might suspect given the duo's track record throughout the 1990s, pitcher Dipoto and catcher Servais did cross paths a few times...such as this incident on April 22, 1999, when...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Seattle Mariners Team Preview

2015 QUICK OVERVIEW The Mariners finished 76-86 on the 2015 season. A number of pundits had them picked as the front runner to win the 2015 AL West championship after signing slugger Nelson Cruz to join Robinson Cano in the everyday lineup. Unfortunately, the supporting cast let those guys down and the Mariners faded down the stretch. It eventually cost Jack Zduriencik and Lloyd...
Via The Fantasy Fix
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Bullpen Possibilities

Bullpen Biggest Question Mark For M’s The Seattle Mariners rotation and lineups are pretty well set headed into spring.  Sure, there could be a few surprises after spring training concludes but nothing seems as unsettled for the M’s as their bullpen. Unlike the possibilities for the 2016 Seattle Mariners lineups or the Mariners starting rotation, the M’s bullpen has to be...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle preps for spring believing it can contend in AL West

SEATTLE (AP) Jerry Dipoto did not go quietly into the Seattle Mariners offseason. The entire overhaul Dipoto embarked upon after taking over as the Mariners general manager was not subtle or quiet. It was attention-grabbing, and as Dipoto said on Thursday during the Mariners' pre-spring training luncheon, successful. ''I think we did what we said we were going to do. And I feel...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Rotation

This time of the year some of us have grown accustomed to watching the Seattle Seahawks play for a couple of weeks longer, but as it turns out getting to the Super Bowl three years in a row is actually pretty difficult. The Seahawks made it seem like a very reasonable task, though, dominating several opponents late in the season even after having lost many key players to injury along...
Via Oregon Sports News
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Joel is playing Safeco Field, and the Mariners are pretty excited

Music icon/"Piano Man" Billy Joel recently announced a handful of stadium concerts across the United States.One of those stops will be Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, on Friday May 20. Naturally, the Mariners announced the news with a slick graphic and the phrase 'Seattle state of mind' on Twitter:Live Nation Pacific Northwest, meanwhile, attached an image featuring...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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