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If you’re like me, the second question you had when you heard that the White Sox had hired 76-year-old Tony La Russa out of retirement to be their manager – right after, “They did what now?” – was: “I wonder if Lou would do that, too?”
TACOMA – Mariners prospect Taylor Trammell wanted to have some fun with his new general manager. When Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto called Taylor to welcome him to the organization earlier in the week, he pretended like he had no idea he’d been traded from San Diego.
SEATTLE – Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais on Thursday was asked to speak to the encouraging signs he finds amid a season in which progress is certainly not reflected in the win-loss record. In what was touted as a transitional growth year for Seattle, it’s a valid question – really, the only question.
SEATTLE – Dee Gordon admits that the whole process has left him and other players involved “absolutely petrified.”
SEATTLE – When longtime Mariners trainer Rick Griffin completed his final treatment for prostate cancer in late June, he received a commemorative coin from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center. It has a prominent place of honor on his desk.
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.
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.
Don’t take me out to the ball game.
Baseball purists will tell you fantasy baseball dates back to the 1980s, when Rotisserie became all the rage. They are wrong.
The Seattle Mariners are focused on their future even during a shortened season.
SEATTLE – You don’t have to preach to Mariners center fielder Braden Bishop about the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus. His younger brother Hunter contracting it was all the confirmation he needed.
Logan Gilbert throws regularly from a mound in his Florida backyard, aiming at a posted target rather than a catcher’s glove. He lifts weights at home diligently, and consumes the Mariners’ myriad of virtual training, from mental skills to the intricacies of mobility and stretching.
In case you haven’t checked your pocket schedule lately, the Mariners would be in New York facing the Yankees this weekend, more than 50 games into their 2020 season.
Not long ago, a friend called former Mariner Ken Phelps to tell him that Roger Clemens’ 20-strikeout game in 1986 was being shown on one of the cable networks.
Under different circumstances, Rick Rizzs would have been bubbling with enthusiasm Thursday – turned up to an even higher boil than normal from a man who thrives on undisguised zeal.
You can see them together virtually every desert morning, Shed Long and Perry Hill, working on whatever quirky drill the 67-year-old zen master of the infield has devised.
The mere phrase “pitchers and catchers report” is always enough to thrill the senses – even if you know going in that those pitchers and catchers are not nearly good enough to compete for a title.
The Mariners’ pre-spring training luncheon traditionally is an opportunity to pump up the fan base with optimism and good vibes for the season to come.
You know it had to have killed Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto to be a benign observer to the most active winter meetings in recent memory.
Late Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly was a weaver of tales, and here are some favorites