Seattle Mariners coaching hires & some Chuck Armstrong news

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the team’s news the past 24 hours. And boy was there some news. The Seattle Mariners have made some management moves and some coaching moves. Chuck Armstrong, the Mariner’s President, announced he will be retiring at the end of January. Here are your new coaches…Trent Jewett, Howard Johnson, Mike Rojas, John Stearns, Andy Van Slyke, Rick Waits, Chris Woodward, Jason Phillips, and Scott Budner.

Howard Lincoln…An in-depth look at how his brain works

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck that has become the Mariners ownership folks. Namely Howard Lincoln who granted three interviews this week with Seattle Media’s Greg Johns, Jerry Brewer and Ryan Divish. Is he seriously giving Jack Zduriencik an “A” on his performance of scouting both professional and amateur players? Chone Figgins, Michael Pineda, Jesus Montero, David Pauley, Casper Wells…aye aye aye.

Zduriencik receives the quietest 1-year contract extension

Zduriencik Ben Van Houten Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent contract extension that Jack Zduriencik received. A one-year contract extension, Brian says that Z will be on a short leash next year and that the same will go for Eric Wedge as well. While he could have made some moves for a better future, it appears Zduriencik’s unwillingness to move anybody at the trade deadline bought him a little extra time.

An M’s rant…The 2013 Seattle Mariners were doomed from the beginning

I have a love-hate relationship with Harang this year. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back today with his first rant of the 2013 season. He’s only been back with us for 3 weeks so we’re surprised it took him this long to crank one of these bad boys out. Steve asks How did this once promising season end up on the trash heap so quickly? Problem 1. Jack Zduriencik and company were convinced that Franklin Gutierrez would stay healthy.

Mariners second half uncertainty revolves around the deadline

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NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back today with pre 2013 MLB trade deadline post. Steve says Jack Zduriencik is very much on the hot seat, and its getting hotter. Seasons cannot continue to be wasted on the hopes and dreams of youth. Success in major professional sports is dictated by how many rings you have, and the last time Steve checked the Mariners have zero. Jack cannot be complacent.

What is wrong with the Seattle Mariners? What is holding them back?

Chone Figgins

Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the first article of the second half of another losing season for the Seattle Mariners. This week he questions the teams front office. He asks why they are one of the most cold in all of baseball. The owner of this vessel has never watched his team play a live game. Compare that with Nolan Ryan who sits in the front row of nearly every Rangers game. The USS Mariner has sunk.

Mariners opposition to Sodo arena doesn’t faze Mayor McGinn

Mariners vs. City of Seattle

NWSB Insider Steve tells us that the Seattle Mariners should do everything to retract this letter and get ready for Opening Day. Most everyone who knows steve knows how much he loves the M’s and how much he stands up for the franchise, but even he admits this letter will leave egg all over the face of Mariners brass. He can fully understand their intent, but Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln need to be quiet.

Sodo not the right location for new teams? #thingsthatmakemegohmmmm

Sodo District

NWSB Managing Editor Q tells us that the Seattle Mariners yesterday sent the city of Seattle a letter. Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln are opposed to the SODO development plans being put in place by business man Chris Hansen. It would bring scheduling, traffic and parking challenges that would likely require hundreds of millions of dollars to mitigate. OR would it take away money from your luxury boxes and gate revenues?

Memo to Seattle Mariners ownership: Stop selling us mediocrity

Jack Z

Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve is going on a rant. He’s back to tell us he understands what the Mariners are trying to do. When your franchise bottoms out, it takes time in the rebuilding process. He’s calling out Ownership. Jack Zduriencik is the only one that seems to have a direction, that’s asinine he says. Ownership is supposed to be the one leading by example. They’re not.

Breaking News: Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman Stabbed to Death in Holland

Greg Halman

Sad news today from Jason Green our Seattle Mariners blogger. Mariners’ outfielder Greg Halman has been fatally stabbed early Monday in Holland. He was stabbed in the city of Rotterdam and his brother has been arrested by the Dutch police as a suspect. Halman was a 6’4″ outfielder that hit .230 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in 35 games for the Mariners last season.