NWSB Insider Jonathan Irwin brings us his reasons why the Mariners should bring in the fences at Safeco Field. With the Mariners doing most of their scoring on the road, it seems the fences could be the reason for the Mariners poor numbers at home. Ken Griffey Jr left because of it and it might be the reason Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley can’t seem to get it going permanently.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in his second prospects report. Today he covers hitting, going over how prospect hitters Francisco Martinez, Nick Franklin and newly drafted Mike Zunino should fare coming up through the minor league system.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson gives us his Mariners from A to Z. Not for the weak at heart, this could only be written by a fan such as Danny who has witnessed the few ups, and mostly downs of the past 35 years of Mariners baseball. From the bad moves of Nintendo, to the glorious My Oh My call of the late great Dave Niehaus, Danny gives it all to you, laid out like a fan obsessed.
NWSB Insider Danny Ferguson asks the pressing question do the 2012 Seattle Mariners even have an all-star worthy player? After much deliberation, he chose 3 candidates to represent Seattle in this year’s MLB All Star Game. Players like Ken Griffey Jr, John Olerud and Ichiro Suzuki made it in the past. Now can Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Michael Saunders, and Tom Wilhelmsen make it in 2012?
NWSB Insider and Northwest sports blogger Steve Lee tells us another story in our Moments in time series about the legendary Seattle Mariners radio voice Dave Niehaus. Born February 19, 1935 in Princeton, Indiana. Niehaus was massively popular in Seattle, twice being named Washington Sportscaster of the Year. Despite the M’s struggles to qualify for the post season, neither Niehaus or the fans of his broadcasts waviered.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us what really ticks him off about the Seattle Mariners. The only good thing management has done is not sold the team to some jerk in Oklahoma City. Ichiro Suzuki, and Felix Hernandez may need to be used as trade bait at the deadline. And it’s time to cut our losses with Chone Figgins and Brendan Ryan.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us why he’s a sold out 100% Seattle Mariners fan for life. It is about family. It is about reality. It is about the magic. It is about love for the team. There was a time when the Mariners, with Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez on the team, were the most famous of all baseball clubs. It is about Dave Niehaus.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve brings us a good piece on the M’s today. Center fielder and Victoria BC Canada native Michael Saunders is under the spotlight. When the Mariners did select him in 11th round, the thought was maybe he could develop into a fourth outfielder at best, with a knack for speed and using his glove as his biggest asset. It’s not everyday an 11th round pick ascends to the major leagues.
NWSB insider and social media blogger Carolyn Smith tells us after spending opening weekend in Seattle, she has some lasting impressions of the Mariners fans and the upcoming season. Seattle fans are dedicated. They are still out in full support of their team, even without an appearance in the post-season since 2001.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the opening two games in Tokyo between the M’s and the A’s. He says some things to look foward to include Taking in Ichiro Suzuki Fever. Ichiro is bigger than cheeseburgers are in America, the Mariners are guilty by association, meaning we will see cheering like the 1995 playoffs. That will be a nice change.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us the nine players that make up his all time starting team in the next chapter of our Moments In Time series on Northwest sports teams. Some famous names from the M’s past make the list. Including Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Harold Reynolds, Alvin Davis, Dan Wilson and more.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out the one bright point was the Mariners minor league player of the year in 2011, 23 year old, Vinnie Catricala. Vinnie played in two leagues last year, starting off for A High Dessert before being promoted to AA Jackson Generals. If there is one thing that the Mariners need, it is offense. By the end of 2011 his batting average leveled off to a mere .349.