Leonys Martin

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 […]


Road Sweet Road – Seattle Mariners Head Back Out

The Seattle Mariners were swept at home by the physically decimated Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. After losing games one and two of the series late on bullpen collapses, the Mariners once again failed to provide any run support for Felix Hernandez and were shut out 0-3 on Sunday. In the midst of what […]

Robinson Cano

The Robinson Cano Resurgence No One Is Talking About

Much has been made of Robinson Cano’s offensive resurgence in the young 2016 season, and rightfully so. After 34 games this season, Cano has hit 12 HR, half of his 2015 total and a number he didn’t reach until early August. He’s hitting .303/.349/.606 with 12 HR, 33 RBI, and 22 runs. The 33 RBI […]

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Mike Zunino #5 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Peoria Stadium on February 19, 2013 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Toiling In Tacoma – The Mike Zunino Story

When I was a wee babe, I wanted nothing more than a Sega Genesis for Christmas. Sonic the Hedgehog was making the money-spending masses forget about the vaguely racist Italian plumbing brothers and Altered Beast looked like the coolest thing I had ever seen in my young life. My parents rarely let me devour television […]

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano, right, celebrates with Adam Lind (26) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A Division Title For The Seattle Mariners?

With April clearly in the rear view mirror and receding quickly, the Seattle Mariners find themselves in first place in the American League West, occasionally flirting back and forth with the Texas Ranges for the top spot. Does this early success indicate a Mariners’ team far better than was projected before the season? Well, they […]

Robinson Cano

The Seattle Mariners And Winning In April – Can You Believe It?

Sound the bells! Pop the corks! If you’ve got fireworks, set those bad boys off! The Seattle Mariners have a winning record in April for the first time in seven years. In 2009, Seattle finished April with a 13-9 record, but that was a while ago. While that record is a couple of games better […]

Felix Hernandez

What The Heck Is Going On With Felix Hernandez?

Generally speaking, it’s not the best idea to write back to back columns on the same very narrow subject. The readers don’t want the same thing over and over and repetition makes the writer seem to be lacking in creativity. But this early in the baseball season, the most compelling thing going on with the […]

Mariners Yankees

Seattle Mariners – It’s Only Early Until It’s Late

Over the weekend, the Seattle Mariners won a series in New York against the Yankees and actually showed some tangible signs of life! And after a truly nasty home stand, where the Mariners went a hope-crushing 1-5, hitting the road was has been a welcome vacation. The Yankees did manage to get a win in […]

Felix Hernandez

King Felix – Small Sample Size But Slight Concern

If you get a lot of your news through Facebook’s news feed, you’ve seen the panicked doomsayers writing off the season after the Seattle Mariners’ 1-5 home stand. While losing all three games at home to an Oakland A’s team that was projected to be the worst team in the AL is not comforting, it’s […]

King Felix

Coping With Anxiety For Seattle Mariners Fans

Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to have some great seats for the Seattle Mariners home opener. And it was truly a beautiful night for baseball. Ken Griffey, Jr. threw out the first pitch. One of my all-time favorite recordings of Dave Niehaus, talking about the joys of Opening Day, rung out across the stadium. […]


The 2016-17 Seattle Mariners – The Rapid Return Of Disappointment

We’ve all tasted it. When dad said no to ice cream after school. When work called you in and you had to miss your weird friend’s bachelor party booze cruise. When she declined your offer to “come upstairs for a nightcap” on the second date. The bitter taste of disappointment. As Seattle Mariners fans, we […]

Mar 27, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three run home run during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners – One Series Down, 159 Games To Go

After one series, the Seattle Mariners are 2-1. I can pretty much guarantee you that if the M’s win every single series this season, they are going to win the division and go to the playoffs, breaking a fifteen year drought. Of course that pace would ensure at least a 108 win season even without […]


Ruminations On A New Season Of Baseball

“Hope springs eternal…,” a quote from an essay by the eighteenth century English poet Alexander Pope, has long since been co-opted by baseball fans as a mantra for that wonderful period in early spring when every team in Major League Baseball has a 0-0 record and, seemingly, an equal opportunity to still be playing meaningful […]

Mock Draft

Mock, Mock, Mock For Fantasy Baseball Dominance

So, hopefully you’ve studied the stats, including projections for 2016, made your own rankings, and maybe even watched a few early spring games. With about two weeks until most fantasy baseball drafts are held, it’s usually a good idea to practice drafting in one of any number of mock draft sites. I’ve played in leagues […]


The Seattle Mariners And Good Problems To Have

On Sunday, the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 in a spring training game. Firstly, spring training scores and stats are not an indicator for a successful baseball season. Players are generally working on specific aspects of their game and trying to get their minds and bodies ready for another marathon 162-game season. Pitchers […]

Steve Cishek

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Bullpen

In the early 1960s, the save statistic was introduced to baseball. In that era, teams would occasionally bring in a pitcher in the later half of a game to relieve a pitcher who was too tired to keep going, or just didn’t have their stuff that day. The save statistic began much the same way […]

Fantasy Baseball

What Do Spring Numbers Mean For Fantasy Baseball?

Next Friday, March 4th, will mark the beginning of spring training games between MLB teams. There are a handful of exhibition games before then where MLB split squads will play college squads, but the “real” spring games get underway on the fourth. As a fan of baseball, the anticipation and excitement for the commencement of […]

Seattle Mariners pitcher Steve Cishek talks to catcher Mike Zunino during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Catchers

Today, I ate garlic fries and drank a beer. I sat with my Seattle Mariners-themed snacks and watched the MLB Network and reveled in the dawn of another baseball season. Sure, the news coming out of all of the different training camps is banal, and nothing of real substance is going on. Yet still, here […]