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Sam Carlson has come to understand patience in his brief professional baseball career.
As the 2020 Major League Baseball season reached its final days, and the competition grew one-sided in favor of Kyle Lewis, it became clear the Seattle Mariners’ young center fielder should win the 2020 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year award.
Even with all the differences in the delayed and shortened 2020 MLB season due to the spread of COVID-19, when the Mariners made their final out in their final game Sept. 27 in Oakland, the next day would be the same for Kyle Seager as it had been for the previous nine seasons – no postseason.
SEATTLE – Sitting in his room in Peoria, Arizona, on Sunday night, Julio Rodriguez took a break from video games to watch the thrilling, back-and-forth action between the Braves and Dodgers in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.
SEATTLE – Sometime around the midpoint of the truncated 60-game season, Scott Servais noticed an obvious shift in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse.
The Mariners liked what they saw from newcomer Sam Haggerty in his first four games in Seattle.
It usually takes a quarter of a season to discern the quality of a major league baseball team. In any normal year, that is about 40 games. In 2020, it’s 15.
SEATTLE – Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
When my editors asked if I wanted to drive over to Seattle to cover the Mariners' home opening series this weekend, I honestly had mixed emotions. Of course, I jumped at the chance. But it not without reservation.
There's an old adage that pitching and defense wins championships. While that may be true, you still have to score enough runs to win games.
SEATTLE – Entering play on Friday, the Seattle Mariners had played seven games, but all were on the road in the unfriendly confines of Houston and Los Angeles – well, Anaheim, California, to be precise.
It was far from the normal opening day, lacking all of the pomp and circumstance, but the Seattle Mariners kicked off their 2020 season against the defending A.L. champion Houston Astros in an empty Minute Maid Park, devoid of fans, trash can banging staffers, or even the zombie-like cardboard cutouts behind home plate we've seen in other venues in the 60-game sprint that is the pandemic version of Major League Baseball.
I have to admit, I feel uneasy about the return of baseball – and even writing about it – while positive COVID-19 cases across the country are rising at an exponential rate.
Like everyone else, Marco Gonzales is anxious for baseball to start. And maybe it’s taken a little more time than anyone expected, but he’ll be on the hill on Friday for the Seattle Mariners when the MLB season gets underway – finally.
After nearly two weeks in Arizona watching the Mariners go through the rigors of spring training, I am much more optimistic about their 2020 outlook.
For the first time since perhaps infancy, Ichiro has begun a baseball season with no aspirations of being an active ballplayer.
Both sides took some risk with Gonzales’ contract extension. Yet both were clearly ecstatic about the deal and what it symbolizes during the Mariners’ organizational reboot.
Mitch Haniger suffered the injury on Monday while working out.
The Mariners’ most coveted player last offseason remains one of their most coveted this offseason, despite an interrupted season in which he missed the last 99 games due to injury.