2012 Seattle Mariners commercials have been released

NWSB Managing Editor and Seattle Mariners blogger “Q” tells us today that the Mariners released their 2012 commercials. Not only did they bring back Larry Bernandez which is a classic, but manager Eric Wedge shows off his comedic timing to perfection. Dustin Ackley reluctantly takes on a new trainer. “A Seattle Welcome.” to Jesus Montero. “Impressions.” with Brendan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki and more.

Beavan or Noesi? Race for the 5th spot in the Mariners pitching rotation

NWSB insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us his prediction for the 5th starter in the Seattle Mariners rotation. With Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma and Kevin Millwood seemingly punching their tickets to be the top 5, there is one spot left. Blake Beavan and Hector Noesi are fighting for that spot.

Who are the Seattle Mariners looking to fill center field role?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us with Franklin Gutierrez out of the lineup for a few weeks there’s a nice roster battle happening at M’s spring training. Michael Saunders, Trayvon Robinson and Casper Wells are all fighting it out for the center fielder position. He says Saunders is never the same player in the majors as he is in the spring or at AAA.

Version 1.0: Seattle Mariners Spring Training Update

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.

Back up options for Mariners in center field

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us M’s center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will not require surgery for his injury but it looks as though he will be out of commission for at least a month. This is the second straight year he will start the campaign on the shelf. There are numerous backup options for 2012 in the middle. Trayvon Robinson, Casper Wells, Canadian Michael Saunders, and Chone Figgins?

Northwest Athlete Profile: Larry Bernandez

Another Northwest Athlete in the spotlight today; Seattle Mariners “potential Ace pitcher” Larry Bernandez. Clinton Bell, one of our Seattle area bloggers points out how Bernandez has become a sex symbol of sorts around the confines of the Emerald City. While garnering the hype of former Mariner Ken Griffey Jr., LB could be “fighting for a spot” on the roster with newcomer Jason Vargas and Hisashi Iwukuma. Good luck Felix Hernandez.

NorthWest Sports Beat