NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, shares his thoughts and memories on Ken Griffey Jr’s impending HOF election– In addition to his numbers, Junior was THE face of the Seattle Mariners pretty much since the day he arrived on the scene in 1989 following be chosen as the number one overall draft pick in 1987 by the M’s. It can be easily argued that baseball in Seattle or the very name “Seattle Mariners” would not exist if not for Griffey and what he and the Mariners were able to accomplish in 1995.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, shares his analysis of the M’s first trade under new GM Jerry Dipoto– At the plate, Powell is something you don’t typically find in the minor leagues—a patient hitter. One of the things you have to take note of with Jerry Dipoto as your GM is that he’s going to stress metrics, i.e. he wants guys who get on base a lot, and quite honestly, he doesn’t care if it’s a hit or a walk.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, reviews the Seattle Mariners managerial record and comments on their current managerial search– The romantic in me wants this coaching staff in the dugout. These are all guys I grew up emulating as a high school and college player but I just fear it wouldn’t work out. Guess what happens if it doesn’t work out? I get to write and you get to read a headline that says the Seattle Mariners fire Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson and Raul Ibanez. Talk about a gut punch.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, examines the first major decision for new GM Jerry Dipoto– Should Lloyd McClendon stay or go? When you start combining those kind of numbers with the idea that McClendon, like Scioscia, is an old school style manager who will resist the use of modern metrics that dictate how he should play his team, you then really start to cast a shadow of doubt on McClendon and Dipoto working well together.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, examines the possibility of a 1-2 O’Malley-Marte Mariners’ punch– The Mariners have been searching, without end it seems, for some guys that can only be described as table-setters. For Marte, it seems like he’s earned the starting shortstop job for the 2016 season. Lloyd McClendon has enough confidence in the rookie that he’s been writing his name in the leadoff position for some time now.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott touches on the astounding return of Franklin Gutierrez– Meanwhile, at the big league level, the Mariners were starving for guys to get on base. Gutierrez’s numbers could not be ignored and on the evening of June 23, 2015 his phone rang. It was Seattle. They needed him to get himself to the Emerald City. He was playing left field for the M’s against the Kansas City Royals the next day.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, reviews the Seager vs Weaver confrontation and notes what it means for both players– In one of the more colorful moments of his career, Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners third baseman, dared to ask the home plate umpire for time out and time out was granted. For Seager, this was nothing new as he routinely asks for time as he sets his feet in the batter’s box. For Angel’s pitcher, Jared Weaver, apparently this was an affront to him and his routine.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the moves that led to the firing of the Seattle Mariners GM, Jack Zduriencik– Ultimately the failure by Jack and his staff to draft well was their undoing. The Mariners only have Kyle Seager to point to as a successful draft choice during Jack’s run. The rest of the list includes names of injured players, failed players, or those still struggling to find their way through the minor leagues. Danny Hultzen, Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino all come to mind on this list.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the latest rookie to take on the M’s shortstop position… and he likes what he sees– The Mariners might not be the most interesting thing to watch in Seattle sports right now given their season is all but over but it’s worth turning it on to watch this young man play shortstop. Marte could easily wind up being a very special player for the Mariners in 2016.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, says goodbye to M’s closer Fernando Rodney– Rodney’s departure finally signals a response from Jack Zduriencik and ownership that Rodney had failed them in 2015. They had been reluctant for some reason to make that call and stuck with Rodney far longer than they should have.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a peek at who the future stars of the Mariners could be in 2016 and beyond– When you get over the sting of another failed M’s season it’s still hard to get optimistic about the M’s of 2016. Unfortunately, down in the minors, the Mariners look a lot like Old Mother Hubbard– the cupboard is bare when it comes to up and coming hitters but there are few names worth nothing.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the possibility of the M’s hiring Dave Dombrowski as their new GM– It would be a shame if Seattle hired another “up and comer” to be their GM or worse, gave Jack another year to fix things. The M’s are clearly willing to spend more than they have in recent years. Look at the Contracts of Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in recent years. The M’s have committed $584 million to those four guys alone in the last two years