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The Case For Jose Fernandez For NL Cy Young

In the wake of the tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, much of the coverage has focused on his heroic efforts to escape the communist regime in Cuba and seek freedom in America, and rightfully so. The story of how a passenger on the boat he was in on his way to the […]

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Pitch Should Have Saved Its Closer

Spoiler Alert: I completely spoil the first episode of Pitch. If you have not seen the first episode of Pitch, you should drop whatever it is you are doing, watch Pitch, then read this article and nod in agreement with everything I say. Then, watch the second episode of Pitch. Last Thursday, the TV show […]

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King Felix And The Search For October

Orel Hershiser. Curt Schilling. John Smoltz. Tom Glavine. Mariano Rivera. These are just some of names that live in October baseball lore; legendary pitchers who have forever etched their names as some of baseball’s best postseason hurlers. As Major League Baseball draws ever closer to the playoffs, some of the best moments we have witnessed […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts durinng his at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Trout *** Local Caption *** Mike Trout

How Should We Measure “Valuable” In Baseball’s MVP Races?

Unfortunately, I really can’t watch a baseball game with the sound off. I have to hear the pop of a pitched baseball hitting a catcher’s glove to register a ball or a strike. The crack of the bat is a pre-requisite for following a hit ball. Hell, even umpires at first base rely on the […]

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Could The Seattle Mariners Actually Make The Playoffs?

The Seattle Mariners have the chance to do something that they haven’t done since 2001: make the playoffs. But it will not be a simple task to reach the illusive playoff picture. Currently, they are a game and a half behind the second wild card spot. With nearly two and a half weeks left in […]

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Stick A Fork In The 2016 Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners were annihilated by the Texas Rangers 14-1 to close out August. After teasing Mariners’ fans immediately after the All-Star break, it appears that the Seattle’s hopes of ending a fifteen-year playoff famine will have to wait another year. Before the start of play in September, FanGraphs placed the Mariners’ odds of making […]

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September Call-Ups – Will The Seattle Mariners Add Vogelbach?

With September 1st right around the corner, Major League Baseball teams will have the opportunity to add players from their respective 40-man rosters. It’s an exciting time of year for baseball enthusiasts – especially with your favorite team in the playoff hunt. The Seattle Mariners already brought up hard-throwing reliever Dan Altivalla who touched 100 […]

Mike Zunino

The Reclamation Of Mike Zunino

2015 was bad for Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino. The highly touted number three pick from the 2012 draft fell below an imaginary line even lower than the Mendoza line as he slashed .174/.230/.300 while striking out 34.2% of the time. Zunino had become the closest thing to an automatic out that the DH using […]

Tyler ONeill

Five Seattle Mariners Prospects I Don’t Want To See Traded

The path to the big leagues is one of the most difficult journeys, from high school to pros, in any professional sport. Out of all high school seniors playing baseball, about .5 percent of them will be drafted by an MLB team. For NCAA ball players, it’s about 10.5 percent, so think roughly 11 of […]

Dan Vogelbach

The Seattle Mariners Make A Move – What Does Dan Vogelbach Bring To The Team?

On Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners acquired Dan Vogelbach, a minor league slugger with impressive plate discipline, and AA pitcher Paul Blackburn from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for former top prospect, left-hander Mike Montgomery, and AAA pitcher Jordan Pries. The centerpieces of the deal are Vogelbach and Montgomery. The Cubs, who have been linked to […]

Jul 10, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Seattle Mariners first basemen Adam Lind (26) celebrates with third basemen Kyle Seager (15) after beating the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Why The Seattle Mariners Should Be Sellers

As the second half of the 2016 MLB season gets underway, the looming question throughout the league is which teams should be buyers at the trade deadline and which teams should be sellers. The addition of a second wild card team in recent years and the gradual postponement of the non-waiver deadline (August 1st this […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 25:  Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by Kyle Seager #15 after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at Safeco Field on May 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The 2016 Seattle Mariners – A Second Half Preview

Well, we’ve made it to the break. It’s been a wild 89 games, filled with so many highs and lows that a stunt pilot would be nauseous by now.  There have been injuries and underperformances, bounce-back seasons and base-running errors and through it all the Seattle Mariners have managed to get to the symbolic midway […]

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What Happened In June To The Seattle Mariners?

As play was ready to get underway on Wednesday, June 1st, the Seattle Mariners were the owners of a 30-22 record, were a half a game behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West, and projected to have a 61.8% chance of making the playoffs in some capacity, either as AL west champions or […]

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Baseball’s Magna Carta – Setting The Rules Of America’s Game

July 1 – October 9, 2016 Free for Members Teachers Researchers Family-friendly Handicap Accessible Friendly Location: Oregon Historical Society 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205 Get Directions Documents that the official historian of Major League Baseball declared “the Magna Carta of America’s national pastime” are the centerpiece of this new exhibit. This is the […]

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For The Seattle Mariners, It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

The language of baseball has always been fascinating to me. There are literally thousands of terms and sayings. Paul Dickson’s The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary lists and notates over 7,000 terms and it is remarkable how much of that is woven into our lives and regularly impacts the way we talk, whether we realize it […]

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Runs, Win Expectancy, And The 2016 Seattle Mariners

The 2016 Seattle Mariners have scored the second most runs in the American League, behind only the Boston Red Sox, and yet they sit six games behind the Texas Rangers in the West and a game out in the AL Wild Card. So if the Mariners are scoring so many runs, why aren’t they winning […]

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This Is Your Window, Seattle Mariners. Do Something

It seems so recent that the Seattle Mariners were sitting atop the American League while the rest of us—like the Mariners fans we are—were already trying desperately to figure out how we’d find the time and money to travel to every away playoff game. This could be the season! This is the one we’ve been […]

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Leonys Martin’s Surprising Contributions To The Seattle Mariners

Among the many early surprises for the first place Seattle Mariners has been the contribution of centerfielder Leonys Martin. Acquired in the offseason via free agency, the former Texas Ranger was expected to secure the spacious Safeco Field outfield with plus defense. And he has indeed done just that, and more. The Expected According to […]

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