NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners & Tacoma Rainiers blogger Danny Ferguson tells us what to expect from the AAA farm team of the M’s in 2012. Fans should see Adam Moore, Franklin Gutierrez and Mike Carp in Tacoma on training assignments before being activated off the disabled list. Does Tacoma have the same potential this season as well? It is hard to know exactly what to expect with a fluctuating roster of a AAA team.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the opening day clash North American clash between the M’s and the A’s, this time in Oakland. The 2 teams split their series in Japan and Danny predicts Felix Hernandez to prevail with the win while Jason Vargas might not escape Oakland with a win. The Mariners are hoping Dustin Ackley carries his game 2 performance into Oakland.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us to go from 27 down to 25, Carlos Peguero and Shawn Kelley were optioned to Tacoma. John Jaso has not played well but is needed until to cover the catching duties as Monetero will be the primary DH and Adam Moore has yet to make a return from his wrist injury. Franklin Gutierrez, Adam Moore, and Mike Carp start the season on the DL.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us what we’ve learned about the 2012 M’s thru the entire Spring Training schedule. He points out Chone Figgins is still taking up valuable space, taking away at-bats from Alex Liddi, Kyle Seager and even Vinnie Catracala. Munenori Kawasaki is not only ecstatically excited to play for the Mariners, he is actually way better than anyone anticipated.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. The Mariners started the MLB regular season in Japan, taking on Oakland and fighting to a 1-1 split in the opening days. OF Mike Carp was placed on the 15 day DL and Carlos Pegeuro was called to replace him. The M’s also released RHP Aaron Heilman
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us to go from 30 down to 28, Carlos Peguero and Chance Ruffin were optioned to Tacoma, and Guillermo Quiroz was re-assigned to minor league camp. To get down to 25, the team deactivated Kevin Millwood, Hector Noesi, and Hisashi Iwakuma for the two games in Japan. The M’s front office and Eric Wedge could still change their minds before next week.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out the one bright point was the Mariners minor league player of the year in 2011, 23 year old, Vinnie Catricala. Vinnie played in two leagues last year, starting off for A High Dessert before being promoted to AA Jackson Generals. If there is one thing that the Mariners need, it is offense. By the end of 2011 his batting average leveled off to a mere .349.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us what we’ve learned about the 2012 M’s thru the first 7 days of Spring Training in his Version 1.0 notebook. Danny points out Jason Vargas and Hector Noesi have each started with stellar appearances in their first starts of the spring, and Jesus Montero shows strong confidence in the batter’s box.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us during 2012 MLB spring training that the M’s are likely trying to play a different type of ball where players have more versatility and therefore more value within the organization. He asks do we really know where Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp, Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager, Chone Figgins, Carlos Guillen, Alex Liddi and Francesco Martinez should be playing come opening day?
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us a great article to pitch to the Seattle Mariners management. He details 5 creative ideas the Mariners can use you win more games and get more production out of their players. Ideas range from a Chone Figgins batting bonus, changing the uniforms, a strikeout clause, and even moving the Safeco Field walls in…just for the Mariners, though.