NWSB insider and social media blogger Carolyn Smith tells us after spending opening weekend in Seattle, she has some lasting impressions of the Mariners fans and the upcoming season. Seattle fans are dedicated. They are still out in full support of their team, even without an appearance in the post-season since 2001.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve says the Mariners bench boss Eric Wedge is walking a fine line where losing your clubhouse is a distinct possibility. Only time will tell, but one thing Steve does know, for the time being, Eric Wedge is in charge. Wedge is holding the M’s players more accountable for mistakes he would consider to be egregious. Brendan Ryan, and Shawn Kelley take note.
NWSB Insider and part-time Seattle Mariners blogger Jason Green weighs in today with his essential 2012 Mariners season projections. Ichiro Suzuki, Jesus Montero and the Mariners will have a good season from their pitching staff with Felix Hernandez, and they will play good D (Brendan Ryan), but while their offense will be better than last season they will still struggle to score runs.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us a fairy tale today. Seattle Mariners third baseman Chone Figgins didn’t have a great season last year. In fact, it was so bad he was booed out of the lineup and was supposedly injured by season’s end. Figgins has now been named the Mariners leadoff hitter for the 2012 season to make it a true fairy tale for him.