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MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Seattle now controls baseball from A to Z

A friend - in an email, which he probably wanted to be kept personal - writes the following about his disturbing infatuation with the Seattle Mariners.RHP Tony Zych, just recalled from Tacoma, is  now the last player, alphabetically, in MLB history. He blows Dutch Zwilling's record out of the danged water. The Mariners also featured first-overall David Aardsma as their closer...

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire (9/4/15): Frankly, You Should Pick Up Franklin Gutierrez

It’s the final month of the fantasy baseball season and chances are that many of the team managers in your league who are no longer in contention have checked out and stopped paying attention to the waiver wire. It’s an unfortunate circumstance in my opinion, as I like to play in leagues where teams remain [&hellip The post Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire (9/4/15): Frankly,...
Via No Coast Bias
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Series Recap: Astros take a series off; Let M’s win one

Your Seattle Mariners limped into Houston on Monday morning, riding a 61-70 record on the season. The prior series against the White Sox had gone well, but now they were in for a tougher test. Luckily the rosters expanded on Monday to 40, so the M’s were able to make a few call-ups to bolster their bullpen and outfield. They wound up giving Houston a bit more than they were expecting...
Via Seattle Side Up!
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Seattle Mariners 1B Mark Trumbo Hits Train In Deep Left Center Field At Minute Maid Park

Not that there is such a thing as a forgettable home run, but if you are going to hit one it sure doesn't hurt to do something special to make it a little more memorable. You know, like hit the train that runs out on the outfield wall of the park you are playing in.It didn't hurt that it also gave the Mariners a 5-3 lead at the time when Trumbo hit this blast at Minute Maid Park...
Via FatManWriting
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners make first September call-ups

As we move to the month of September, rosters around the league are expanding for September call-ups as minor league seasons are winding down. The Seattle Mariners have made their first additions to the active roster. According to Ryan Divish, Mariners beat reporter for the Seattle Times, the first wave of September call-ups includes OF Stefen Romero, utility player Shawn O’Malley...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How Seattle's new GM can start cleaning up Zduriencik’s mess

The next general manager of the Seattle Mariners has a considerable job ahead of him. Jack Zduriencik created quite a mess to clean up, constructing a roster of parts that didn’t fit together cohesively, nor provide the necessary offense for the Mariners to compete in the AL West. That exacerbated the problem of top prospects who never developed into stars, such as Justin...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron on All General Managers

Episode 591 Dave Cameron is both (a) the managing editor of FanGraphs and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio, during which edition he discusses the dismissal by the Seattle Mariners of general manager Jack Zduriencik, certain comments by Dodgers general manager Andrew Friedman regarding defensive metrics, and the interaction inside a person between team allegiance...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Flashback: Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. share the field for Mariners

Back on August 31, 1990, two generations of Griffeys suited up for the Seattle Mariners and made history. At the time, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. were the very first father/son duo in MLB history to play together in the same game. As Michael Clair of MLB.com noted in his CutFour piece celebrating the Griffeys, that's a remarkable achievement that has only happened one other...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Dismiss Jack Zduriencik 2.0

Since the start of the 2009 season, no team has won fewer games than the Astros, and during that window they’ve picked up a new general manager. The Marlins have won the second-fewest games, and they technically changed general managers. So did the Cubs, with the third-fewest wins. So did the Rockies, with the fourth-fewest wins. And now so have the Mariners, with the fifth-fewest...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners send Montgomery to minors

CHICAGO (AP) The Seattle Mariners have optioned left-handed starter Mike Montgomery to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled reliever Mayckol Guaipe. Montgomery was 4-6 with 4.60 ERA in 16 starts for Seattle. He lasted just 1 1-3 innings against Oakland on Tuesday and was charged with five runs and seven hits. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon expects the rookie to work out his command issues...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Where does Seattle go from here?

It was October 2008, the Seattle Mariners had just finished off the first 100-plus loss season of a ball club with a $100 million dollar payroll in Major League Baseball history. Bill Bavasi had just been fired as General Manager and the Mariners hired a man by the name of Jack Zduriencik from the Milwaukee Brewers organization to be their new GM. In 2009 the M’s won 85 games and...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Robinson Cano Be A Mariner In 2016?

The Seattle Mariners, picked by many to not only make the playoffs, but to win the World Series, came into the 2015 season with expectations arguably as high as ever in the history of the franchise. Following an impressive playoff push that found them just 1 game short of October in 2014, Seattle seemed primed for even greater success this year. Adding slugger Nelson Cruz to an...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Starting catcher Mike Zunino optioned to Triple-A Tacoma

In Jackie Z’s last move, and probably one of the few all Mariner fans can agree on, 24-year-old catcher Mike Zunino was sent down to the Tacoma Rainers. The optioning of Zunino is most likely short-lived as the Rainers only have 11 games left in their season (plus playoffs). One can’t say Zunino hasn’t been given a chance — he leads the American League with 112 games at catcher...
Via Seattle Side Up!
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners bullpen: From first to worst

In 2014, the Seattle Mariners had the best bullpen in all of baseball, leading the majors in both ERA and xFIP. The impressive nine-man crew featured Fernando Rodney, Brandon Maurer, Danny Farquhar, Dominic Leone, Charlie Furbush, Yoervis Medina, Tom Wilhelmsen, Joe Beimel, and even Carson Smith pitched great in just 8.1 innings of work in September last season. In the offseason...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

The Seattle Mariners announced today the firing of general manager Jack Zduriencik. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will assume the role as GM for the rest of the season. #Mariners relieve Jack Zduriencik of GM duties. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle GM responsibilities for remainder of the 2015 season. — MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) August 28, 2015   The...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

“My, Oh My!” – Mariners Retrospective – Dave Niehaus

I’ve spent plenty of time huffing and puffing about what a circus sideshow the Seattle Mariners of 2015 have become this year. So many words have been dropped on the page about who is to blame and why.  I’m not here to keep doing that. I’ve already raked them over the coals and vilified the front office. It’s been passionate, but a different form of passion than I am used...
Via Oregon Sports News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Second Half Has Been Bizarro Mariners

Superman fans know Bizarro as the supervillain with all the attributes of Superman, but with some of the powers reversed, like cold vision instead of heat vision. Seattle Mariners fans, accustomed to really good pitching, anchored by King Felix Hernandez, and, well, really not so good hitting, spearheaded by usually no one, may be thinking that the M’s since the All Star break...
Via Oregon Sports News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How much did Felix Hernandez solve?

Wednesday was a pretty good day for starting-pitcher redemption. Most visibly, Justin Verlander came a few outs from no-hitting the Angels, calling attention to the fact that it looks like he’s back on track. In Chicago, Rick Porcello returned to the Red Sox and spun seven shutout innings, after entering with an ERA near 6. And Felix Hernandez turned in an effective outing at home...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

With Rodney gone, Mariners' bullpen takes on new look

The Seattle Mariners made a decision regarding recently DFA'd reliever Fernando Rodney on Thursday, trading him to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations. Rodney's fall from grace with Seattle has been well documented, as he lost his closing job early in the year due to a string of ineffective pitching.  Earlier this week, manager Lloyd McClendon effectively stated that Tom Wilhelmsen...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Macklemore’s New Music Video Stars Ken Griffey Jr. In Old Mariners Gear

Macklemore’s new music video — and really, the song itself — is weird. However, there’s one familiar face baseball fans will love to see. Seattle Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr. makes a cameo in the video for the song “Downtown,” which again, is weird. Macklemore is a Seattle native, whose love for Seattle sports teams has been well documented. In the “Downtown” video...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Austin Jackson clears waivers, is now available to be traded

Center Fielder, Austin Jackson was placed on waivers by the Seattle Mariners. Because he was not claimed by any of the other Major League teams, he is now available to be traded or outright released. The 28 year old has struggled since coming the Mariners. While he was touted to lock-down the center field spot, he has not proved that offensively he can be a top of the order hitter...
Via Seattle Side Up!
8 days ago  |  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...
Via FatManWriting
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Looking back on bold predictions

A little over a week before Opening Day, I made a few bold predictions on the 2015 Seattle Mariners season. It’s currently late August, and more than enough time has elapsed for me to look back on how I did with those three claims. Unfortunately, it’s tough to tell which of the three have turned out to be the most wrong. “1. Dustin Ackley ends up with a higher batting average...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mariners have finally ended the Fernando Rodney era

The Seattle Mariners finally put their foot down and said “enough”. After Saturday’s ten inning loss to the Chicago White Sox, Seattle DFAed closer Fernando Rodney six weeks before the end of his two-year, $14 million deal signed prior to the 2014 season. Rodney was great last year for the Mariners, striking out 76 and walking 28 over 66 1/3 innings, pitching to a 2.85 ERA...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Winless in Seattle: Can the Mariners be fixed?

The AL West is currently dominated by the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels. The playoff race between the two contenders makes it easy to forget about the other three teams in the division, specifically the Seattle Mariners. At 52-60, the Mariners are not in last place, simply by virtue of not being the dismal Oakland Athletics.  If we take into account run differential, then...
Via The Sports Quotient
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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