NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a piece on his favorite Northwest athlete of all time; Ken Griffey Jr. Clinton was lucky enough to grow up in a time before the steroid era of baseball, and one of those players who made it through unscathed, was Ken Griffey Jr. Coming to the Mariners as a thin 19 year old, Jr. would take not only the city of Seattle by storm, but the baseball world as well. Those of you who were there for this will forever be linked with Jr. and the Mariners in baseball history.
Clinton Bell profiles one of the Northwests own, Willie Bloomquist of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Born in Bremerton, WA., but raised in Port Orchard, WA., Bloomquist is a true northwest athlete. Playing his high school ball at South Kitsap High School, Willie was drafted by the Mariners, once in 1996, and again in 1999.
Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, Ryan Dempster of the Texas Rangers, but before that the Chicago Cubs. Born and raised in Schelt British Columbia. He’s the second winningest pitcher in Canadian Major League Baseball history, and Dempster is a prime example of the Maple Leaf talent that has recently found its way into the elite ranks of professional baseball,
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us let’s not forget the real reason why we are all turning our attention to Japan. Opening day! The happiest day of the year! And for us Mariners fans, especially of late, a chance to relish the thought of not trailing the Angels and Rangers, even if it is short lived. A homecoming in order for Ichiro Suzuki, Hishashi Iwakuma, and Munenori Kawasaki.
Another North West Coach in the spotlight today. Former Seattle Mariners skipper Lou Piniella. Danny Ferguson one of our Seattle sports area bloggers points out Coach Lou Coach has coached 3× World Series champion (1977, 1978, 1990). In 1993, he was hired by Seattle. It was heartbreaking for fans when he demanded to be traded to Tampa. Piniella would go on to manage the heart break clubs of the Rays and the Cubs.
General manager Jack Zduriencik and the Seattle Mariners have stockpiled young talent in recent seasons and have plenty of pieces they could move in a Joey Votto deal with the Cincinnati Reds. We know Cincinnati is absolutely desperate for pitching, but losing Michael Pineda would leave them with King Felix Hernandez and…what?