He worked on the mental side of his game. He leaned on his support system. He came into spring with a renewed passion for baseball and pitched through a handful of innings, expecting to take his spot third in the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 6:00 pm
Eric Sanford To build off Eric’s excellent outline, the thought that Seattle can afford to punt more seasons in hopes that their division will eventually get easier is not merely a pathetic lack of guts from the folks in the executive suite, it’s antithetical to the idea of sport itself, and places an absurd degree of confidence in things playing out as the club expects over the next several years.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 4:00 pm
A healthy Mitch Haniger hits better than he did in 2019. In Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto’s press conference last Tuesday, his comments about Mitch Haniger jumped out to me. Not because I forgot about Haniger, but I guess I kind of forgot just how valuable he was during his first two seasons with Seattle.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 6:06 pm
Happy Sunday! The Mariners are taking the weekend off from their virtual Fan Fest type activities (still refusing to call it “Baseball Bash”), but there’s still plenty of rumor-mongering around the league as the Hot Stove gradually heats back up. And if you had a particularly busy week, make sure to poke around on the homepage, as there was quite a bit of content on the site this past week.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 4:00 pm
One of the game’s greats passed away yesterday.
Posted: January 23, 2021, 3:00 pm
We feel like we’re starting to build some stability into a bullpen that really hasn’t been very stable. We feel like we’ve gone a long way toward making that a more reliable unit. And some of them have taken the opportunity and run with it—Anthony Misiewicz being one of them.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 6:00 pm
Braden teases a new project he’s been working on, which he hopes to fully roll out during the summer. For those who didn’t know, Braden also created the 4MOM Charity after his mother was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. How did Braden’s travel ball experience in California lead him toward activism today?
Posted: January 22, 2021, 5:00 pm
Baseball is, unquestionably, an international game. From Tokyo to Tijuana, Vancouver to Venezuela, there are children and grandparents alike who are fully baseball-obsessed. While Africa and Europe are severely underrepresented on Major League Baseball’s international player list (the exact opposite of the NBA, interestingly), the game has expanded far beyond just the United States.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 4:00 pm
“I don’t listen to what other people say outside of our clubhouse doors,” Gonzales said. “There’s too much noise out there. And frankly, you can get confused and it can get complicated.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 11:03 am
Yusei Kikuchi is a strong example of a projection that has to account for so much that a lot is lost. His first year in America involved a variety of voices in his ear, a new culture, a new son, a new team, and all sorts of other variables which would overwhelm anyone. In year two, he trimmed away some of the noise and simplified, reworking his delivery with Driveline and ditching his curve in favor of a cutter.
Posted: January 21, 2021, 7:24 pm
Unless you’re a platoon hitter or playing every outfield spot excellently half the time like Darin Erstad, you simply have to hit. White’s 66 wRC+ was the second-worst wRC+ in a “full” season by a primary 1B in the past 25 years, saved only by the catastrophe that was 2018 Chris Davis. His .
Posted: January 21, 2021, 5:30 pm
Though the initial focus of general manager Jerry Dipoto’s video news conference Tuesday centered on his modest but realistic expectations for 2021, the Mariners’ offseason plan and the status of the rebuild, there were other notable and newsy tidbits in the 50-minute session. Like all other Major League Baseball general managers, Dipoto is planning for spring training to start on time in Peoria, Arizona, with pitchers and catchers reporting around Feb. 17 and position players reporting four day…
Posted: January 20, 2021, 9:37 pm
The Hot Stove fired up Tuesday evening on 710 ESPN Seattle, with Aaron Goldsmith and Gary Hill talking Mariners baseball for two hours with an assortment of esteemed guests. If you missed a minute of the broadcast, never fear, we have a podcast. Mariners Hot Stove: Listen to Hour 1 | Listen to Hour 2 Hour 1 kicked off with an interesting conversation with both a pitcher and his pitching coach.
Posted: January 20, 2021, 7:53 pm
In the literal sense, it describes Nick Margevicius the baseball player very well. At just 24 years old, Margevicius is the youngest Mariner in competition for a rotation spot aside from Ljay Newsome. That is basically the end of the list of exciting things about Nick Margevicious, baseball player.
Posted: January 20, 2021, 6:00 pm
Zac Grotz appears ready to embrace Boston after signing a minor-league contract with the Red Sox.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 8:52 pm