NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the moves that led to the firing of the Seattle Mariners GM, Jack Zduriencik– Ultimately the failure by Jack and his staff to draft well was their undoing. The Mariners only have Kyle Seager to point to as a successful draft choice during Jack’s run. The rest of the list includes names of injured players, failed players, or those still struggling to find their way through the minor leagues. Danny Hultzen, Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino all come to mind on this list.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the latest rookie to take on the M’s shortstop position… and he likes what he sees– The Mariners might not be the most interesting thing to watch in Seattle sports right now given their season is all but over but it’s worth turning it on to watch this young man play shortstop. Marte could easily wind up being a very special player for the Mariners in 2016.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, says goodbye to M’s closer Fernando Rodney– Rodney’s departure finally signals a response from Jack Zduriencik and ownership that Rodney had failed them in 2015. They had been reluctant for some reason to make that call and stuck with Rodney far longer than they should have.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott looks at the Seahawks struggling offensive line and the possibility of Evan Mathis joining the team– Can the O-line of the Seahawks survive without Mathis? Yes, provided they continue to improve at the rate we saw between weeks 1 and 2 of the pre-season. Signing Mathis would give the young line an on the field mentor and certainly provide them depth that they don’t have right now too.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, spotlights the amazing performance of rookie Tyler Lockett– The thing I liked about that play is it was a simple seam route but Lockett managed to get a couple of steps on the defender almost immediately. That’s the kind of speed Lockett possess and the kind of speed that the Seahawks best receivers haven’t had since a guy named Harvin played at least part of the time.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the Chancellor holdout. Will Kam really hold out for the entirety of 2015? The Seahawks, and Kam’s agent both refer to him being a leader for the Seahawks. I have a news flash for you. Leaders don’t act this way. Sure, you can point to the fact that Kam has been on the phone with some of the younger players helping them. You can look at the fact that he’s reviewing practices on his Ipad too but nothing replaces the chemistry that is created by practicing together as a team.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a peek at who the future stars of the Mariners could be in 2016 and beyond– When you get over the sting of another failed M’s season it’s still hard to get optimistic about the M’s of 2016. Unfortunately, down in the minors, the Mariners look a lot like Old Mother Hubbard– the cupboard is bare when it comes to up and coming hitters but there are few names worth nothing.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the possibility of the M’s hiring Dave Dombrowski as their new GM– It would be a shame if Seattle hired another “up and comer” to be their GM or worse, gave Jack another year to fix things. The M’s are clearly willing to spend more than they have in recent years. Look at the Contracts of Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in recent years. The M’s have committed $584 million to those four guys alone in the last two years
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, weighs in on the Chancellor and Bennett contract disputes– With Chancellor staying home for camp and the Seahawks appearing unwilling to budge on their policy of not renegotiating contracts until they have a year or less left on them this could easily turn into a prolonged dispute. Despite whichever side you might find yourself on in this contract battle you have to applaud the job that GM, John Schneider, and Pete Carroll have done to keep most of this team together.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, relives his memories of the five no hitters thrown by Seattle Mariners pitchers– As I watched Hisashi Iwakuma accomplish one of a pitcher’s dreams Wednesday afternoon by throwing the 5th ever no hitter in Seattle Mariners history I realized just how lucky I am when it comes to no-hitters. I have no idea how many people have witnessed all five of the M’s no-hitters. It’s certainly not a few but it’s not many either and I feel fortunate to have seen them all.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the potential trading pieces the Seattle Mariners have to replenish their farm system now that their 2015 season is doomed– With the M’s still around 10 games back and with three teams to run down, it just makes sense to throw in the towel. The core of Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez is certainly something that will still be there and can be built upon in 2016.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, breaks down the 2015 battle for Seahawks Wide Receiver Positions– I don’t want to debate the play call or whether or not Lockette should have come up with the catch or not here but that play is relevant to this discussion in that I have to wonder where Lockette is mentally now. Plays like that can do one of two things to a player. They can either define their career or they can be used as motivation.