NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Britton Ransford tells us the season long sophomore slump that Dustin Ackley has been going through in 2012. With Ackley tearing the cover off the ball in every level prior to the big leagues, this is cause for concern for the Mariners. Ackley has a new found fondness of striking out that never has plagued him before in his career, and his OBP, and Slugging numbers are down from last year as well.
Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson is back to tell us five things to look for to see that there is forward momentum in the M’s franchise in 2012. Looking for 2012 Mariners predictions? It really is unpredictable what will happen when mid-season comes around. Jack Zduriencik and Eric Wedge are admitting that this year probably won’t be much better.
Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in with his January 26th, 2012 State of the Mariners notebook. The M’s off-season should help in making 2012 be an interesting year, although the offseason isn’t over yet and Jack Z always has his eyes open. Reports given on Casper Wells, Justin Smoak, Adam Moore and Franklin Gutierrez. Plus updates on Jesus Montero, Ichiro Suzuki, Dustin Ackley, and Chone Figgins.
Our Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson likes the M’s bringing in Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. He points out his origin and experience in Japan will give him an edge for the first half of the season as the opposing team scouts and players will have little information to go off of. Iwakuma signed a 1.5 Million dollar contract with the Mariners. It could be worse.
Clayton McCullough takes the reigns after John Schneider took an extended leave of absence in August, and will lead the Candians at the park in 2011.
Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in with his December 16th 2011 State of the Mariners notebook. Who wants to come play with Seattle when they could be making big bucks on the east coast? Felix Hernandez, Miguel Olivo, Franklin Gutierez and Brendan Ryan are all set to take significant raises in 2011, can the M’s and Jack Zduriencik afford Prince Fielder?