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UPDATED: Sat., May 23, 2020

Larry Stone: As MLB negotiations near critical juncture, mutual motivation will be key to saving weird 2020 season

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.

UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

Seattle Mariners to reopen spring training facility in Arizona

After more than 60 days of inactivity, the locked doors of the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona will re-open to a limited number of players and staff.

UPDATED: Mon., May 11, 2020

The Korean Baseball Organization is back from the coronavirus shutdown. Is this what Mariners games will look like?

For ultra-early risers, very-late night owls and insomniacs, or specifically baseball-starved fans craving a Major League Baseball season that came achingly close to starting, there was an oasis of live …

UPDATED: Thu., May 7, 2020

MLB reportedly is finalizing proposal to start season in early July after coronavirus shutdown

Major League Baseball is reportedly considering a plan of restarting spring training in early June with the season starting in early July.

UPDATED: Sat., May 2, 2020

Larry Stone: Ex-Mariners relive night they were on wrong side of history, 34 years after Roger Clemens’ 20-strikeout game

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.

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Matt Calkins: Arizona plan? 80 games? It doesn’t matter. The real news is that it looks like baseball will return in 2020.

If you can think of seven more glorious words than this, drinks are on me: It sounds like baseball is coming back.

Mariners hitting coach Tim Laker trying from afar to keep players in shape during coronavirus shutdown

During the endless days of spring training, or even the slogging grind of the regular season, trying to get Tim Laker for an interview is almost impossible. Heck, locating him …

UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Mariners’ Marco Gonzales encouraged by MLB coronavirus deal but hopes pitchers are protected

The boredom and isolated monotony that comes with social distancing? That’s nothing for Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales after he recently traversed U.S. Route 93, a seemingly endless stretch of two-lane, …

UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

‘Loud. Insane. Fun.’ 20 years after its implosion, Seattle’s Kingdome will never be forgotten

In a 364-page history of American baseball stadiums published last year titled “Ballpark: Baseball in the American City,” author Paul Goldberger makes two references to the Kingdome.

UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Larry Stone: Waiting for MLB’s opening day amid coronavirus crisis: ‘You have to laugh; if not, you’re going to cry.’

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.

UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Mariners release Sam Tuivailala, option four to Tacoma

Even with Major League Baseball shut down and spring-training sites devoid of players or activity, teams can still make roster moves, cutting players from spring training and re-assigning them or …

Seattle Mariners latest club to shut down spring training operations

The Seattle Mariners have shut down their spring training facility in Arizona because of the virus outbreakand told their players to view the coming weeks as though they’re in offseason …

UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Mariners players, staff in Arizona transition back into offseason mode for MLB’s coronavirus hiatus

As the Mariners’ spring training complex underwent a cleaning that was deep enough to please even the most germophobic person Saturday, the uncertainty of baseball, sports and daily life in …

UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

MLB suspends all spring training activities due to coronavirus, allows players to travel home if desired

In another example of how fast the situation can change surrounding sports and the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, Major League Baseball …

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

MLB delays opening day by at least 2 weeks because of coronavirus

Major League Baseball is delaying the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Mariners, Sounders, XFL shut out in Seattle because of virus

The Seattle Mariners are seeking alternative options for their season-opening series after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle …

UPDATED: Sun., March 8, 2020

New pitch, new outlook for Mariners’ lefty Justus Sheffield

With a new grip on his fastball, the Mariners’ Justus Sheffield pitched three innings Sunday, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

UPDATED: Sat., March 7, 2020

Mariners roster overview: Talent, potential and inexperience abound in the outfield

Thanks to injuries, ineptitude and a rebuilding plan that was going to focus on the future more in 2020, the Mariners had to make some creative decisions for the day-to-day …

UPDATED: Fri., March 6, 2020

Mallex Smith on his 2019 Mariners performance: ‘Embarrassing. It was embarrassing’

A conversation with Mallex Smith can be enlightening, amusing and maddening, all in the same moment.

UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Larry Stone: Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez have impressed for Mariners, but let’s tap the brakes

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.

UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Here’s a hint at the top candidate to be the Mariners’ opening-day closer: Initials ‘CBC’

It’s a decision sure to irritate fantasy baseball owners looking to pick up some saves for their pun-named team from a low-round draft pick or waiver claim.

UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

The competition for the Mariners’ final two bench spots should heat up in coming days

Given the organization’s plan of playing the young kids to generate big-league experience and looking at the 40-man roster and projected Opening Day roster, the concept of camp battles for …

Larry Stone: Robo-umps are coming and will change baseball considerably

Yes, robo-umps are coming fast, and when they get here nothing will be quite the same.

UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Mariners hold Evan White out of game action due to groin tightness

Evan White, the Mariners’ projected starting first baseman, has been out of game action the past four days after dealing with a minor groin issue.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

Larry Stone: Ichiro makes seamless transition from star player to Seattle Mariners coach

For the first time since perhaps infancy, Ichiro has begun a baseball season with no aspirations of being an active ballplayer.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Mariners’ Kendall Graveman, back from Tommy John, loves baseball again: ‘I’m blessed to be able to put on a uniform’

Kendall Graveman’s voice softened and even wavered a little discussing the memory.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

J.P. Crawford spent his offseason putting on muscle and tweaking his swing. Will it pay off for the Mariners’ shortstop?

For J.P. Crawford, his new path of commitment to finding success at the major league level ran parallel to another sort of long-term commitment – home ownership.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Larry Stone: Ahead of ‘huge year’ as the Mariners’ starting second baseman, Shed Long is working hard to improve defensively

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.

Mariners’ Marco Gonzales struggles with command in spring debut

Seattle Mariners ace Marco Gonzales didn’t make it out of the first inning in his 2020 spring training debut, his first outing in a game since signing a four-year, $30 …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

Dee Gordon blames himself for his struggles with Mariners, and he’s ready to rebound: ‘My tenacity is back’

A few hours after he met with the media on his first day back in Mariners camp, Dee Gordon wanted to make sure his words weren’t misconstrued.