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The Mariners first line of defense (in a long time)

The defensive leap by the 2017 Mariners will be night and day from years past. [Ed. Note: This week, as part of a larger SB Nation season preview series, we will be focusing on “what’s changed?” for the 2017 Mariners. We’ll be examining each major aspect of the team—team culture, pitching, offense, defense, and the minors—throughout the week. Today we look at the defense...
Via Lookout Landing
3 hours ago

Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/23/17: World Baseball Classic, David DeJesus, and Ballpark Food

Getting your Thrusday started off right. Happy Thursday folks! I hope you all enjoyed the World Baseball Classic title game between the United States and the also-kinda-United States last night. The WBC has given us a lot of really cool moments and gave us a taste of competitive baseball just weeks before the MLB season begins. However, Buster Olney argues that the WBC needs to...
Via Lookout Landing
5 hours ago

Mariners’ Marc Rzepczynski looking to be more than a lefty specialist

PEORIA, Ariz. – On Wednesday, Mariners relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski made his seventh appearance of the spring without surrendering an earned run. For a veteran lefty specialist, Rzepczynski’s spring has been typical: get the arm ready, the pitches moving, progress to the up-downs, back to backs and then get the season going. Spring training bears little resemblance to what...
Via MyNorthwest.com
6 hours ago

Homers continue to plague Vincent's spring

Mariners reliever Nick Vincent gave up his fifth home run in 5 2/3 innings this spring with a solo shot by Jefry Marte of the Angels in Seattle's 9-8 loss Wednesday at Peoria Stadium, but manager Scott Servais says the parade of long balls isn't a concern.
Via Mariners.com
16 hours ago

Video: Jean Segura homers in 2nd game back with Mariners

In 2016, the Seattle Mariners ranked 28th out of the 30 MLB teams in OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) from players at the shortstop position, with just four home runs (29th) and 48 RBIs (28th). Offensive production from the position has long been a problem for the team, too – the last time the Mariners ranked higher than 19th in the league in OPS by shortstops was 2007, which...
Via MyNorthwest.com
18 hours ago

Relief trio making progress in injury rehabs

Relief may be in sight for the Mariners bullpen, though the rehab processes continue for right-handers Tony Zych, Shae Simmons and Steve Cishek. Zych appears the closest to returning as he'll take the mound in a Minor League game Thursday in his first live action since biceps surgery on his right arm in October.
Via Mariners.com
21 hours ago

Jerry Told Us This Would Happen

Jerry’s vision for the Mariners offense becomes a reality in 2017. [Ed. Note: This week, as part of a larger SB Nation season preview series, we will be focusing on “what’s changed?” for the 2017 Mariners. We’ll be examining each major aspect of the team—team culture, pitching, offense, defense, and the minors—throughout the week. Today we look at the offense.] The...
Via Lookout Landing
22 hours ago

Mariners notebook: Shawn O’Malley back in camp following appendectomy

PEORIA, Ariz.–What a difference a day makes. Tuesday morning Shawn O’Malley showed up in camp complaining of stomach cramps and was sent to the hospital where he underwent an appendectomy later in the day. Wednesday morning he walked back into the clubhouse, sans appendix. “I had been doing new pool drills so I thought maybe it was that,” O’Malley said of the discomfort...
Via MyNorthwest.com
22 hours ago

Mariners welcome stars back from Classic

The big boys are back, at least most of them for the Mariners, who on Tuesday looked a lot more like the group fans can expect to see with the return of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura and Felix Hernandez following the ouster of their teams from the World Baseball Classic.
Via Mariners.com
1 day ago

Ricky Taylor closes out 2nd huge win of SportsCar season

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) Ricky Taylor closed out yet another huge win for Wayne Taylor Racing by guiding the team to its first victory in the Twelve Hours of Sebring. Taylor also was the closing driver two months ago as the team won the IMSA SportsCar championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. The lineup Saturday included Taylor's younger brother, Jordan, and British driver Alexander...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ricky Taylor rolls into Sebring after huge breakthrough

There was just under seven minutes remaining in a 24-hour race when Ricky Taylor made the move that very well might define his career. That Taylor was even in position to make the race-winning pass in the Rolex 24 at Daytona was an honorable notch on his resume. He got the nod to close out January's season-opening race over sports car ace Max Angelelli, four-time NASCAR champion...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mariners Had to Love What They Just Saw

The World Baseball Classic is, of course, its own tournament, fully enjoyable all by itself. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll concede that we think of the regular season first. So we watch the WBC with the year ahead very much in mind. The Seattle area had particular interest in Wednesday night’s game between Venezuela and the United States, in San Diego. The US was...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners release hilarious bat-flip commercial, feud with A’s on Twitter

If there were a World Series of digital marketing, the Seattle Mariners would have a dynasty by now.The Mariners have long had one of the most engaging social media presences in sports, and their annual commercials (Remember Larry Bernandez?) are unfailingly amusing.But Seattle might have one-upped itself this year.On Wednesday, the Mariners tweeted out four 30-second ads, and while...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Created 6 New Home Run Celebrations to Replace the Bat Flip

Celebrating home runs in baseball happens. Whether you like it or not, players will always get excited when they smash one out of the park. The go-to celebration for a home run has often been the bat flip. Regardless what level of baseball you're watching, when a batter hits a homer, there's a good chance he will flip his bat in celebration. RELATED: MLB Bat Flips Have Been Happening...
Via Stack
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle’s Grand Outfield Experiment

The Mariners are trying something that has never been attempted before. In Jarrod Dyson, Mitch Haniger, and Leonys Martin they’re rolling out three legitimate center fielders. We’re in love with fly balls right now, but fly balls will not love Seattle this season. There’s obviously some precedent for strong defensive outfields. The Cubs and Royals, for example, have both appeared...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Nelson Cruz Showing Any Signs of Slowing Down?

Like a fine wine, Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz has gotten better with age. He had consistently been a force in the middle of the Texas Rangers’ lineup since becoming an everyday player in 2009, but he’s gone to another level in recent years. The slugger never collected fewer than 22 homers or 76 RBI in a single season with Texas, but also never hit more than...
Via The Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Young OF Haniger won't go unnoticed after trade to Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Some people viewed young outfielder Mitch Haniger as a throw-in prospect in the offseason deal that got the Seattle Mariners top-notch shortstop Jean Segura. The Mariners certainly never felt that way about Haniger, even though he has played in only 34 major league games. Not only did Seattle want Segura in its lineup, general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

MUST SEE: *****in’ Seattle Mariners Camaro

It’s no secret…you can find just about anything on eBay. And while they’re not the most popular items sold (let’s face it…local pickup always causes some headaches), vehicles always get a ton of looks. This one is certainly no different. No, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is most definitely a 1983 Chevy Camaro with a custom Seattle Mariners paint job. The best job…that’s...
Via Hall of Very Good
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners have mariachi band trail Leonys Martin on birthday

Monday is Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin’s 29th birthday. Happy birthday, Leonys! As a birthday gift to Martin, his Mariners teammates hired a mariachi band to follow him around (and play their music, naturally) at the team’s Spring Training home, the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona. I also want to give a shoutout to the Mariners player running sprints while wearing...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Abreu ate fake passport on way to United States

In front of a federal grand jury in Miami on Wednesday, White Sox slugger Jose Abreu said he once ate a fake passport while flying to the US to cover up his illegal travel. This comes as part of an investigation into a smuggling operation that brought Cuban baseball players to the country.On an Air France flight from Haiti to Miami, Abreu testified that he had ordered a beer and...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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