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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 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 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 Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at possible managerial replacements for Jack and Lloyd once they are bounced out of Seattle– The thing nice about Cora is he’s a Seattle hero. Few longtime M’s fans will have forgotten Joey Cora weeping when the M’s were finally eliminated in the ALCS of 1995. If Cora could be convinced to come on and retain his pal Edgar Martinez as hitting coach you’d really have quite the cast of former M’s stars down in that dugout. Heck, maybe his little brother Alex could coach third too.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, discusses whether the M’s will be buying or selling at the July trade deadline this year– If this season tanks, Jack Z is likely done as the Mariners GM. He is also smart enough to know that so why would he sell? He might just have the attitude that if he’s going to go down, he’s going to go down swinging.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the M’s offensive numbers jumps since the M’s hired Edgar Martinez as hitting coach– Let’s go beyond raw stats and look at the ABs and what we actually are seeing when we watch these games. The Mariners are seeing more pitches under Edgar. They appear to be hitting the ball the other way far more often than before Edgar. The team is scoring more runs with Edgar in the dugout too and these are things we saw Edgar do consistently and well for so long in Seattle.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us his grades and thoughts on the first half of the Mariners 2015 season– The Mariners are going to need a phenomenal run in the second half of this season if they are going to do what most people expect them to do– go to the playoffs. It’s the kind of run the M’s have not made since 1995.
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