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MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

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!
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners fire GM Jack Zduriencik

In one of the best Smiths songs of all-time, Morrissey asked “How Soon is Now?”  For Seattle Mariners fans, an inevitable firing shook up the team today when the Mariners parted way with Jack Zduriencik.  The Mariners never made the playoffs in Jack’s seven seasons, and Seattle has the fifth worst winning percentage since he took over in 2009 behind the Astros, Marlins, Cubs...
Via isportsweb.com
2 hours 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
9 hours 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
9 hours 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
12 hours 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
12 hours 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
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ken Griffey Jr.: Former Seattle Mariners Outfielder Recreates Rookie Card in Macklemore Music Video

The "Downtown" music video cameo features the retired MLB player in an outfit and pose similar to the one depicted on his 1989 rookie card. Macklemore hails from Seattle. Bam.Please follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Like us on Facebook, Or return home for award winning writing.
Via Bob's Blitz
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Trade for Fernando Rodney

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney wears wristbands over his ears as he looks out from the dugout during a cool afternoon against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Today went from sucky to confusing. The Chicago Cubs lost their first series of at least three games in almost a month to the San Francisco...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Talk About Jabari Blash

Of the 338 Triple-A hitters who have recorded at least 200 plate appearances this season, only two have an isolated-power (ISO) mark north of .300. The first is Richie Shaffer, an interesting Rays prospect who spent some time in the big leagues this season. The second is a player by the name of Jabari Blash. No, that’s not a character from Harry Potter, or even an Edith Wharton...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Closer Report, Week 21: The S.S. Wilhelmsen

The Mariner bullpen has basically been that round-up ride at your local carnival.  It doesn't look that bad until it totally messes with your vertigo and you end up spewing up kettle corn and other assorted goods for two hours there after.  Last year, the Mariners bullpen had a 2.60 ERA, good for tops in the MLB.  They also saved 51 games to only 11 blown saves.  They were all...
Via Razzball
1 day 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!
2 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano Makes History With 30th Double

It hasn’t necessarily been the most record breaking season for Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners in 2015, a fairly disappointing season in fact, but Tuesday night in the Mariners’ 6-5 win over the Oakland A’s, Cano broke a record that shows consistency more than anything. After coming up through the New York Yankees organization to begin his career, the Mariners’ second...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rookie Sensation Ketel Marte Impressive For Mariners

The Mariners Finally Have A Shortstop Finding a shortstop has proven difficult for the Mariners pretty much since the day Alex Rodriguez signed with the Texas Rangers.  More recently we’ve seen players like Nick Franklin and Brad Miller both be handed the job only to hand it right back and in both of their cases, do it more than once. Ketel Marte has shown an ability to reach...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
3 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
5 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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Is the Real Mike Montgomery?

Every year, a number of starting pitchers seemingly come out of nowhere to become significant contributors at the major-league level. Sometimes, like in the case of, say, Jacob deGrom, the sudden evolution at the major-league level is real and sustainable. In the case of the majority of these short-term success stories, the league adjusts, the pitcher is unable to, and either disappears...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wily Mo Pena Hits Monster Home Run, Gets Stuffed Animal As Prize (Video)

Wily Mo Pena still is doing Wily Mo Pena things. The former MLB slugger and ex-Boston Red Sox outfielder now plays for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan’s Pacific League. So how are things going over there for Wily Mo? Judging by the following video, we’d say pretty well. That’s Pena hitting an absolute bomb in the seventh inning of Thursday night’s 4-1 win over the Chiba...
Via NESN.com
14 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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mariners turned a bizarre 3-6-2 triple play

On Sunday, the Seattle Mariners turned a triple play that will go down as one of the most bizarre I’ve ever seen. Ryan Goins grounded to Mark Trumbo at first base. Trumbo stepped on the bag for the first out, and threw to shortstop Brad Miller. Kevin Pillar got in a rundown, and Miller eventually ignored Pillar and fired home to catcher Mike Zunino. Zunino then ran Ezequiel...
Via The Outside Corner
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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