NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Ben Lypka tells us why western Canada roots for the Blue Jays instead of the Mariners. He says in BC we only have all 162 games on TV, Jays Central, Jays 24/7, recaps and replays of every game and postgame shows. What’s a desperate fan to do with such a lack of Blue Jays material to absorb? He says we cheer for the Jays because we can all relate to Toronto due to the fact that we share this great land of Canada.
NWSB inside and Mariner blogger Jon Irwin is recapping the Seattle Mariners attempted trade for rightfielder Justin Upton. The proposed trade would have sent Upton to Seattle, and in return the D-Backs would receive Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor and prospects Nick Franklin and Taijuan Walker. While the deal looked like a done deal, Upton invoked his no-trade clause and will stay in Arizona—for now.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Q brings us the video today from last nights Mariners vs. Rays game where Eric Thames delivered his first walk-off hit in his career. M’s catcher John Jaso gave him the shaving cream pie during our live interview. “MY Mouth was OPEN!” Will go down as one of the best Mariners quotes ever.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us during 2012 MLB spring training that the M’s are likely trying to play a different type of ball where players have more versatility and therefore more value within the organization. He asks do we really know where Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp, Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager, Chone Figgins, Carlos Guillen, Alex Liddi and Francesco Martinez should be playing come opening day?
NWSB insider Danny Ferguson tells us Seattle Mariners outfielder Trayvon Robinson has worn contact lenses at times over the past two years, has opted for a new approach this winter and plans to wear his new glasses while playing. Remember the moment from that iconic baseball movie Major League where Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn’s control issues were solved when he was given a pair of glasses?
NWSB insider Danny Ferguson tells us If the Mariners ever need to dip into the PAST to grab an all-star team, he would choose these 5 guys. Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Alvin Davis, and Jay Buhner. He wishes some of them were still a part of the team, in their prime – ready to play. So to do the Seattle Mariners of 2012.
Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson today reports that Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle announced the M’s have signed relief pitcher Shawn Camp and Hong-Chih Kuo. To make room for them the Mariners have designated Chris Gimenez and Mike Wilson for assignment. These moves probably indicated that Chone Figgins is likely to be used as a utility player.
Danny Ferguson weighs in with his thoughts on the 2012 Starting Pitchers, Bullpen, and Closers for the Seattle Mariners. The M’s have a major overhaul coming to their starting rotation, and their bullpen has a strong core, but needs a few pieces to round it off. Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Blake Bevan, and Brandon League are in for sure.
Danny Ferguson provides some offeason comedic relief in this witty Celebrity Death Matchup between The Machine and The King. The A.L. West is primed to be a battle field and in the third week of May the Mariners will call upon their champion, Felix Hernandez to face Albert Pujols. Strike three. Felix Wins. If only he would pitch again the next night.
Our Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson likes the M’s bringing in Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. He points out his origin and experience in Japan will give him an edge for the first half of the season as the opposing team scouts and players will have little information to go off of. Iwakuma signed a 1.5 Million dollar contract with the Mariners. It could be worse.
Clayton McCullough takes the reigns after John Schneider took an extended leave of absence in August, and will lead the Candians at the park in 2011.
Our Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us an offseason update on Seattle Mariners Adam Moore who started last season as Miguel Olivo’s backup for the Mariners but injury derailed his very bright future. Looking to stay with the Mariners, Moore will have to show the fans and the organization why he’s more valuable to the club than Jon Jaso and Chris Gimenez.