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.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Edgar Martinez, his favorite player in Seattle sport’s history. Over the course of his career, Edgar was a statistical monster. He played in a total of 2,055 games, collecting 2,247 hits in 7,213 at-bats while crushing 309 home runs and accounting for 514 doubles. Edgar also drove home 1,261 runs and even collected 15 triples and 49 stolen bases during his younger days.
NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee not only shows his age with his latest post, but brings back the nostalgia to all of us “older” sports fans to the time when sports cards were our world. As a blog that brings you the news of the North West’s biggest teams, Steve brings us the rookie cards from the area’s biggest stars. Ken Griffey Jr, Pavel Bure, Spencer Haywood, Clyde Drexler, and Steve Largent can all be seen here in their most glorious cardboard glory.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with his top 5 moments in Mariners history, Ken Griffey Jr. edition. With the Mariners announcement this winter that they will add Junior to the Mariners Hall of Fame in August, this is the perfect time to take a look back on some of the memories that made that journey a reality for Ken Griffey Jr. From his daredevil style catches, to the back to back home runs with his dad, Junior did it all for the Mariners in a time when the franchise needed a savior the most.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson gives us his real reasons that high prices MLB free agents don’t sign with the M’s. Danny says it all boils down to Seattle being such a beautiful city, yet it is shrouded in the clouds of rain and doubt. The local weather is a challenge and so is the ownership group. It was encouraging early in offseason thinking the M’s could land Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher and Justin Upton. Now what? Raul Ibanez
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke brings us the newest installment to the NWSB page, the hypothetical What If questions, Mariners Version. Of course Jeff touches on the what if Junior, Randy, and Alex Rodriguez could have stayed together, but he get’s down to the real business at hand, like what if we never had to put up with the Bill Bavasi years. Or, what would Mariners life been like without the one and only Ichiro Suzuki?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on what he believes are prudent questions following the trade between the Angels and the M’s for Jason Vargas & Kendrys Morales. Danny wonders whats up with Justin Smoak now. The reason that Kendrys Morales was an available trade option was due the fact that the Angels had too many first base options. Do the M’s now too?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB rumors that the M’s are a suitor for Josh Hamilton. Hamilton is arguably the best hitter on the free agent market. And while the move wouldn’t make Seattle instant contenders, it gets them a lot closer. It’s speculated that he’s seeking a seven-year deal worth $175 million.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports today’s Mariners press release, in which it was announced that the dimensions of Safeco Field are being altered. Long renowned for it’s big outfield and tough home run fences, The Safe is one of the best pitching spots in the Major Leagues. A move like this will be great for the hitters, but will it be great for the team?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson is back today to tell the many reasons we should love outfielder Trayvon Robinson. He says Robinson has some real potential to be a difference maker with his speed, much in the same way Rickey Henderson was for years with the Oakland Athletics. Robinson can hit the ball for average and for power, but his real power comes from not trying to be Ken Griffey Jr.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with his reasons why the Mariners are playing good ball. With every player on the team contributing, Eric Wedge has taken more of a team first approach to this club now that Ichiro is gone. The one two punch of Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas has been unstoppable, and the can do attitude that has been instilled is wearing off on these guys.