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A single case of the novel coronavirus and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest might have cost the Mariners their first postseason appearance since 2001, the longest drought in the four major professional sports.
Two years ago, the Mariners had what most considered the worst farm system in baseball.
It was some 70 years or so before Black Americans were allowed to play in what is now known as Major League Baseball. And it’s been another 73 years since Jackie Robinson broke through that color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
When Major League Baseball, in its infinite wisdom, expanded the playoffs this season – further gimmicking up an already gimmicky proposition to begin with – pundits theorized that teams needed only to hover around .500 in order to qualify for a postseason bid.
Spyder Webb, the now retired trainer of the Bellingham Mariners and Everett AquaSox whose name adorns the visiting clubhouse at Avista Stadium, used to affectionately refer to the short-season, Class A Northwest League as "Z-ball."
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.
SEATTLE – This year was always going to feature some growing pains for the Seattle Mariners. The pandemic shortening the season to 60 games (or whatever they end up with) doesn’t do them any favors, baseball-wise (or financial), either.
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’s over. The Mariners found a way to win at Minute Maid Park.
It seems the Mariners have come up with a new slogan for this pandemic-shortened season: 60 games, one goal.
Don’t take me out to the ball game.
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.
Baseball purists will tell you fantasy baseball dates back to the 1980s, when Rotisserie became all the rage. They are wrong.
Picture a kid and his father throwing a ball around a nearly empty field. The kid’s younger brother and mother are standing nearby, with maybe two or three bystanders.
Kyle Lewis homered for the fifth time in eight major-league games as the Mariners defeated the host Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Wednesday night in interleague play.
Marco Gonzales pitched seven shutout innings and the Mariners hit three solo home runs in a 6-0 victory against the host Pittsburgh Pirates in interleague play Tuesday night.
Freddy Galvis hit a grand slam with two outs in the seventh inning as the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 11-5 victory against the host Mariners on Thursday night.
Rookie Kyle Lewis broke up a no-hit bid with a home run for the second consecutive night, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 interleague victory against the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.