Stories tagged: mariners commentary
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 6:21 p.m.
Larry Stone: After ‘step-back’ season, Mariners must develop stars to bridge gap with MLB postseason teams
It’s readily evident that the Mariners, as presently constituted, aren’t even in the same ballpark as the 10 teams that qualified for the postseason.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 4:59 p.m.
The Mariners began the 2019 season offering false hope to their fans. What followed that hot start was a step back in almost every facet of the game.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 5:38 p.m.
Larry Stone: Nobody thought the step back would be this painful, but Mariners are better down on the farm
But we’ve reached August, and I’m still waiting for the fun part, outside of the two-week stretch that may well become a legendary example of false omens.
UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019, 5:56 p.m.
Larry Stone: An admiration of the magic of Cooperstown ahead of Edgar Martinez’s Hall of Fame induction
Even in the dead of winter, Cooperstown is baseball heaven, its mecca – the “soul of baseball,” as Jeff Idelson, the outgoing president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, …
Thu., July 11, 2019, 4:12 p.m.
Even for a team that will likely finish last in the American League West Division, there is much to be gained in these final months of the season.
UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 4:29 p.m.
The All-Star Game selection is a rare bright spot in this gloomy Mariners season, and another milepost on Daniel Vogelbach’s journey toward full-fledged folk-hero status.
UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 7:21 p.m.
Larry Stone: With the Mariners’ unsurprising fire sale in full swing, the front office must soon open its wallet
If this rebuild is going to meet its timetable, the Mariners are going to need a little outside help.
UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 6:36 p.m.
The Mariners’ most dominant pitcher of this century is going to be out for the next four to six weeks.
UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 5:56 p.m.
The first 15 games of the season were an aberration. The 2019 “step back” was interrupted by a Beamon-esque leap forward that gave you guys MLB’s best record.
UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 7:49 p.m.
As former Mariners star Alex Rodriguez flew into Seattle on Wednesday, he gave his two daughters, who have accompanied him on the trip, a quick tutorial on the city’s entrepreneurial …
UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:55 p.m.
We’ll deal with the rebuilding plan later. You can worry about the potential pitfalls and pratfalls another time. For now, the operative words are “blowout” and “unbeaten.”
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:36 p.m.
Matt Calkins: If you like spring training, you’re in luck – the Mariners’ season will be six months of it
Do you clear a week to head out to Arizona every March? Is spring training your favorite part of the year?
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:49 p.m.
Larry Stone: After emotional trip to Japan, Mariners need to turn page to realities of regular season
It was swallowed up by the afterglow of Ichiro’s emotional departure, but there was another memorable heartstring-tugging moment in the eighth inning of the Mariners’ Tokyo finale.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
When Hunter Strickland talks about his fresh start in 2019, it’s about more than changing teams and leagues.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 7:10 p.m.
In the rather mundane world of infield instruction, there are two legends in the industry. Ron Washington is one. Perry Hill is the other. He’s got a trademark catchphrase – …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:02 p.m.
Not even 10 long years of waiting for his Cooperstown call could crack the Mariners DH’s stoic facade, but two disparate places – Seattle and Puerto Rico – are doing …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 7:17 p.m.
On Monday, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto signaled to all in baseball that the M’s aren’t competing to end the longest playoff drought in American professional team sports for …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Larry Stone: No matter how it plays out, Lorena Martin’s racism claim against Mariners stains the organization
Lorena Martin made shocking allegations of racist and sexist comments against the Mariners, who strongly denied them. No matter how it’s resolved, it’s a damaging blow to an organization that …
Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 5 a.m.
We come not to praise the Mariners, but to bury them. Again.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:14 p.m.
The Mariners’ fall from grace in 2018 has been a slow, steady descent that has wiped out almost all of the good feeling that prevailed for half a season.
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 4:59 p.m.
Matt Calkins: Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after a lack of options
So as the Mariners chase the Astros and A’s for a playoff spot, I ask: Does this team have the starters to contend? Could Dipoto have done more to beef …
Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 3:02 p.m.
No one game is critical, Scott Servais will tell you (and his players will faithfully echo), and yet this one loomed as a gigantic marker for the Mariners. Disaster was …
Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 6:19 p.m.
Robinson Cano’s eagerly-anticipated return from his suspension could spark the Mariners to a playoff push. Or it could mess up their chemistry. It also begs many questions: Where will be …
UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 6:13 p.m.
The Mariners don’t wow you with statistical dominance. Their offense is about average, which was unexpected. Their pitching has been better than average – also unexpected. So how did they …
UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Larry Stone: Mariners’ Jean Segura sure hit like an All-Star Game MVP, but maybe this was another snub
Mariners players in the 89th All-Star Game, in Washington, D.C., cherished the experience. Jean Segura hit a key three-run homer. “Even though I didn’t win the MVP, I’m really excited,” …
UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 8:06 p.m.
It’s dangerous to come to conclusions about trades too early. But right now it appears to be a win for the Mariners, with Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger on the …
UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 6:38 p.m.
In his first three years in Seattle, Nelson Cruz averaged 42 homers, 105 RBIs and a .925 OPS. And this year, even with a stint on the disabled list, he …
UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 11:47 p.m.
There may be better teams in baseball than the Seattle Mariners, including one notable, highly decorated example looming atop their own division. There are sexier teams, including the two American …
UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 7:11 p.m.
After Monday’s game in Baltimore, the Mariners will be exactly halfway through Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension. They’ve thrived beyond anyone’s wildest expectation without him. But make no mistake: The Mariners …
Mon., June 18, 2018, 12:52 p.m.
Mike Zunino was around when the Mariners fell one game shy of making the playoffs in 2014. He was around for the second-half surge that briefly placed them second in …