If there were any justice in the world, Ichiro would have beaten out the slow roller to shortstop in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Oakland A’s in Tokyo, as he did so many times.
Ichiro Suzuki showered with cheers and chants while taking his final bow in a magnificent career that lasted nearly three decades.
If the whole point of the Mariners participating in the Japan opener was to celebrate Ichiro, that point was unfortunately lost in a 16-hour time difference while most M’s fans were sleeping.
Whether they stayed up into the early-morning hours to watch or decided to catch the highlights, Marco Gonzales’ former coaches at Gonzaga saw a familiar scene when the southpaw took the mound Wednesday at Japan’s Tokyo Dome.
At about 1 p.m., the Tokyo Dome’s outside concourse was abuzz with baseball fans avoiding their jobs and responsibility – an opening-day tradition that can be found even in Japan’s work-first culture.
Ichiro Suzuki drew the loudest ovation back home in Japan and Domingo Santana delivered the biggest hit, launching a grand slam that led the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 in the Major League Baseball opener.
A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024. The agreement includes this season, buys out three years of arbitration eligibility (2020-22) and pushes back his opportunity to become a free agent by two years
Much about the start to this Mariners season is a bit off kilter. But that stands to reason, I suppose, in a year of such seismic change and philosophical recalibration.
There will be as much attention on what is happening in the minors as what is happening with the major league club.
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history.
Despite struggling at the plate the entire spring and looking every bit his 45 years of age, Ichiro will be in the Mariners’ starting lineup on Wednesday night at the Tokyo Dome when they open the 2019 season against the Oakland A’s.
There have been 15 pitchers who have started a season opener for the Seattle Mariners in their first 42 seasons, with former Gonzaga standout Marco Gonzales scheduled to become No. 16 on that list when the M’s begin their season this week in Japan.
Clint Roig was an eager listener whenever his grandfather Tony wanted to share one of the many stories related to his baseball career.
The two players and their manager walked through the underground tunnel that took them from the basement of the Tokyo Dome to the banquet room floor of the Tokyo Dome Hotel. The threesome chatted a little as a series of MLB and Mariners staff members served as chaperones for the short trip.
Ichiro wore a gray-and-black hat and slipped quickly through the arrival gate at Haneda Airport.
Throughout the offseason, the decisions made about the future of the Seattle Mariners took on different catchphrases.
Yusei Kikuchi’s goal was always to pitch in the major leagues. The dream is now the reality for the newest starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. But in a twist, his debut will come in his native Japan. He will start the second game of the 2019 season against the Oakland Athletics in the Tokyo Dome next week.
Hernandez is beginning the season as the No. 5 starter on a Mariners team Fangraphs is projecting to win 75 games. If I’m Felix, I’m using my (likely) last season in Seattle to be the best teammate possible.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager needs surgery on his left hand and will be out at least through April.
Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
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