Seth Smith

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 […]

June 26, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports  ORG XMIT: USATSI-215558 ORIG FILE ID:  20150626_gav_sv5_022.jpg

Data Makes The Difference In Fantasy Baseball

For Fantasy Baseball players in 2016, there is a wealth of data to mine in preparation for the upcoming season. Besides the proliferation of websites dedicated specifically to the fantasy player, there are numerous sites whose sole purpose is aggregating every imaginable statistic related to the national pastime. FanGraphs, Baseball Reference, ESPN, and MLB are […]

Kyle Seager

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 […]

Hisashi Iwakuma

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 […]

29 Aug 1998:  Ken Griffey Jr. #24 of the Seattle Mariners looking on during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Yankees defeated the Mariners 11-6. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport

Mr. Griffey Goes To Cooperstown

When I was seven years old I was on vacation with my family in San Diego. Being that this was 26 years ago, I am quite fuzzy on the most of the details of the trip, but one memory exists as clear as if it was yesterday. My dad took me to a large card […]


Ci-Shek, Please! – Seattle Mariners Offseason Update, Part Four

Look, I’m not proud of that title. After getting so accustomed to the Seattle Mariners making multiple moves a week, it’s difficult to come up with a snappy line when all they do is sign a single pitcher (Update: Wait a second, Hisashi Iwakuma is back on board! He’s also a known commodity, so we’ll […]

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2015, file photo, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Wade Miley delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees,  in New York. The Seattle Mariners have obtained left-hander Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Carson Smith and pitcher Roenis Elias, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

On The First Day Of Meetings, Dipoto Gave to Me …

The Winter Meetings are underway, and Jerry Dipoto just won’t stop trading players. On the very first day of the meetings, the Seattle general manager filled the Hisashi Iwakuma-shaped hole left in the rotation by trading Roenis Elias and Carson Smith to Boston for pitchers Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro. I imagined Jerry Dipoto staring […]

Norichika Aoki

Addition By Subtraction – This Week’s Seattle Mariners Moves

This week, the Seattle Mariners signed outfielder Nori Aoki, formerly of the San Francisco Giants, to a one year deal, pending a physical. The addition of Aoki and the subtraction of Mark Trumbo  – traded to the Baltimore Orioles – is further demonstration of new GM Jerry Dipoto’s commitment to fielding a more athletic team […]

Mark Trumbo

Catch The Fever! – Seattle Mariners Offseason Update, Part Two

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but this year’s crop of MLB free agents is the strongest group in recent memory. Top-shelf starters, frontline hitters and dominant relievers are a dime (or tens of millions of dollars) a dozen this offseason. And yet, the Seattle Mariners – a team who have aptly demonstrated their […]

Jordan Zimmerman

The Dead Of Winter In Baseball

The Winter Meetings begin in less than a week! Christmas for baseball enthusiasts begins December 7th in Nashville and waiting for Christmas morning is the worst! A couple of months ago I wrote an article about the Winter Meetings and why they’re so significant to me. A big part of that is because it’s something […]


The Myth Of Loyalty In Professional Sports

In the last few days I’ve had some really interesting conversations about two of our local pro teams, the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, and the decisions that each are facing. The common theme of these conversations was loyalty. What does loyalty mean to an organization? What does it mean to a player? And perhaps most […]

Seattle Mariners

The Status Quo Is No Mo’ – Seattle Mariners Offseason Update, Part One

It’s certainly been a busy week for our vaunted protagonists, the Seattle Mariners. After the trade that netted Nate Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser for Brad Miller, Logan Morrison and Danny Farquhar, the team made two more deals that should put them in a much better position come Opening Day 2016. As the new front office […]

Leonys Martin

Welcome To Seattle, Leonys Martin!

In the last week or so, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people wondering what to make of all these trades we’ve seen in such a short amount of time, and it really has been a busy first couple of weeks for new General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Firstly, let’s all give a hearty […]

Nathan Karns

More New Friends – Meet Your New Seattle Mariners

Although the MLB offseason has officially begun, it doesn’t exactly feel like the stove is terribly hot. Those free agents who had the qualifying offer extended to them still haven’t let their respective teams know whether or not they’ll accept them (outside of Colby Rasmus, who will return to the Houston Astros after becoming the […]

Monday October 26, 2015.   New Manaager of the Mariners, Scott Srervais meets the press for the first time being introduced by Evecutive VP and General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto.    (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mariners Free Agency – Don’t Get Burned On The Hot Stove

Each year after the World Series concludes, after the last drop of celebratory champagne has been lapped up, and after the last jock strap has been bleached and washed, a magical time washes over the baseball world. This time is known to all as free agency, but to the more hardcore of fans it has […]

Hisashi Iwakuma

Five Easy Pieces – The Seattle Mariners Rotation In 2016

They say that a team is only as good as its starting pitcher on any given day. They say that pitching and defense win championships; that the best offense is a good defense, and that good pitching always beats good hitting. Regardless of how many clichés they throw at us about the importance of a […]