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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in on his five good reasons the Ichiro Suzuki trade today with the Yankees is great for the M’s franchise. Ferg says he hates seeing another Mariners superstar end up in pinstripes, but in Seattle we are accustomed to cheering on our favorite players when they are wearing another team’s uniform. It will be fun to see him with Derek Jeter.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the first week of the M’s season had to be Ichiro Suzuki’s first hit in Japan vs the Oakland Athletics. Exactly the type of hit that Ichiro has made a career of, and made many a defense look foolish at the same time. Clinton provides a You Tube Video of the event for all Mariners fans to see.
NWSB insider C-Mac brings us an interesting take on Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Not only has he been a beacon of hope for the Mariners, but he is also representing his home country of Japan in many ways. Through his success in America, he has single handedly paved the way for more international players to take the main stage in America.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. For the first week we’ll only do a top 5 since it was short. On Tuesday, Mariners short stop Brendan Ryan took his girlfriend to the top of the Mori Tower, and proposed to her.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the year in his Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. A 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo Japan. The bullpen gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Shawn Kelley could only pitch 0.1 innings, while George Sherrill couldn’t even get through an inning.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the first M’s game of the year in his Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. A 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo Japan. Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, and Dustin Ackley had a homerun, and hit a single to get home team mate Brendan Ryan in the 11th inning for the win. Closer Brandon League got the save.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in on the M’s trip to Tokyo and tells readers about what a visit to the Ichiro Suzuki museum should really contain. The exhibition opened in November 2002 and charges 900 yen per visitor. Run by his mother and father, the Ichiro Exhibition Room in his hometown of Toyoyama, Japan is a Ichiro fan’s dream day.
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.
NWSB Insider and part-time Seattle Mariners blogger C-Mac weighs in today with his essential 2012 Mariners Tokyo Japan todo list for travelling players and fans of MLB baseball. He spent five great years living in Tokyo, and can offer these suggestions to anyone who wants to find something to do while in the world’s most populated city. Justin Smoak your tour guides are Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, and Hisashi Iwakuma