It’s all about “The Benjamins!”

Let's not mention his venture into Hollywood.

Steve Lee is back to weigh in on the overpaid northwest athletes. Be it on the ice, turf or court, the yearly income of these individuals is absurd, when you think that for many of us, we pay to play the sport we love. He points out the following NW athletes stole a lot of money from their owners. Brian Bosworth (The Boz). Roberto Luongo, Chone Figgins, Vin Baker, Darius Miles, and Jim McIlvaine. It seems more and more that money has no boundaries in the world of sports.

Three things we still don’t know about the Mariners

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us three things to wonder about when it comes to the team. Cash heading into 2014 is going to be a focus, as nobody quite knows what to expect in free agency. The skipper situation is also uncertain, as Eric Wedge has yet to receive an extension. Finally, what in the world is up with Felix Hernandez? Let’s just hope he returns to form in 2014.

Looking Ahead: Mariners at Tigers Preview

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson preview the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners against the Detroit Tigers. Having dropped their past two series to the Astros and the Cardinals, the Mariners will be looking to bounce back against a hot and dangerous Detroit Tigers squad. Joe Saunders and Brandon Maurer will get the start in the first two games for Seattle while it is still unknown who will get starts in games 3 and 4.

Projecting the 2014 Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation

Paxton has given up just 3 earned runs in 13 innings. (Ted Warren/AP Photo)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his ideal starting rotation for the 2014 Seattle Mariners. Right now Brian says that you have 3 players you can pencil in as starters: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Taijuan Walker. While James Paxton will likely be a starter as well, the Mariners should look towards free agency to fill the 5th spot in their 2014 rotation.

Should the Mariners shut down Felix and Iwakuma?

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about whether or not the Mariners should think about shutting down Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in 2013. While they could undoubtedly pitch an excess of 200 innings, Chris believes that it is in the best interest of both pitchers and the organization to let them have some much needed rest after their next start.

My oh My! Top play of the week for the Seattle Mariners

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the MLB debut made by Taijuan Walker on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tai shut down the Stros for 5 innings, not giving up an earned run in the process. The M’s got out of there with a 7-1 victory in part of POTW runner up performance by Dustin Ackley. It’s nice to feel good about this team every once in a while isn’t it?

Who are the best Mariners of all-time?

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at the top 13 Seattle Mariners players of all time. The top of this list is a no-brainer, as are a lot of the other ones, but the one that may surprise many of you could be the first player on this list. Though Alex has a great point for including him, his stat line. Read this piece immediately, and argue your points for why your favorite Mariners isn’t included in the comments below.

Mariners fans…If you put Harang on waivers, he will come

Does Taijuan Walker remain a Mariner in 2014?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent call up to the Mariners for Taijuan Walker, pitcher extraordinaire. Jack Z and Eric Wedge can’t wait anymore. They want to see what he can do in the bigs. Brian says Yes, he’s only 20 years old, but let’s not forget that a once very young Felix Hernandez made his major league debut at 19. Brian firmly believes Taijuan is ready.

Looking Ahead: Rangers vs. Mariners

Will Saunders have his good stuff tonight? (Elaine Thompson/AP)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners. Hosting the Texas Rangers for a three-game series, Seattle will send their top three to the hill, as Joe Saunders will get the start in game one, Hisashi Iwakuma will get the start in game two, and Felix Hernandez will start the series’ finale. The Mariners will be looking to bounce back after being swept by the Angels.

Looking Ahead: Angels vs. Mariners series preview

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews Seattle’s upcoming three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field. Getting Felix on the mound in game one is huge for a team looking to inch towards the .500 mark as the season draws to a close, and Erasmo Ramirez will hopefully follow up an impressive outing by Felix with one of his own. Harang will get the start in the series finale.

Northwest athlete profile: The Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma

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C-Mac one of our northwest blogger who spent 8 years in Japan teaching English weighs in today with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time on Japanese import pitcher for the Seattle Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma. C-Mac points out Kuma is well conditioned, having grown up in a Japanese system focusing on great fundamentals day after day. Coupled with Iwakuma’s strong mental approach to the game, he and Felix Hernandez form a formidable 1-2 M’s pitching punch.

Felix Hernandez is a Cy Young candidate

I think the best is yet to come in 2014.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonas Hyde breaks down the three top contenders in MLB’s American League Cy Young award race. The Mariners own Felix Hernandez has had a stellar season, and as such, has to be in the national conversation. By using statistical measurements such as Wins and Losses, WHIP, Innings Pitched, ERA, and Strikeouts, Jonas shows why King Felix may be well on his way to winning the Cy Young in 2013.

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