NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second game of the series versus the Baltimore Orioles. The Headline: after 14 long innings an Adam Jones walk off single seals the deal for a Mariner’s loss. The Mariner’s put up 18 hits, but get outscored 5-0 after the seventh inning. Despite the score, Blake Beavan pitched a pretty good game. Eric Wedge was ejected for 2nd time in his M’s career.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the interleague series versus the San Diego Padres. Swept by the Padres the headlines will read. Not good. What is this? Erasmo Ramirez struggled out of the ‘pen, and now the Seattle brass decide he should be starting. Not good. For a split second Munenori Kawasaki was possessed by the spirit of Shaq. Nice catch.
NWSB Insider and part-time Seattle Mariners blogger C-Mac weighs in today with his 2012 analysis of the Mariners Japanese baseball stars. He spent five great years living in Tokyo, and offers his analysis from time to time. He looks at Ichiro, Munenori Kawasaki, and Hisashi Iwakuma in this post. How do the new Mariners 2012 stars compare with past Japanes stars?
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. The M’s are back to their losing ways, but call ups of Mike Carp and Shawn Kelley hope to change that.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. The Mariners started the MLB regular season in Japan, taking on Oakland and fighting to a 1-1 split in the opening days. They started off the US Opening Day much better, winning both games in Oakland. Felix Hernandez struggled, but he had a big enough lead behind Chone Figgins and Michael Saunders offensive production to hold on for his first win.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us to go from 27 down to 25, Carlos Peguero and Shawn Kelley were optioned to Tacoma. John Jaso has not played well but is needed until to cover the catching duties as Monetero will be the primary DH and Adam Moore has yet to make a return from his wrist injury. Franklin Gutierrez, Adam Moore, and Mike Carp start the season on the DL.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us what we’ve learned about the 2012 M’s thru the entire Spring Training schedule. He points out Chone Figgins is still taking up valuable space, taking away at-bats from Alex Liddi, Kyle Seager and even Vinnie Catracala. Munenori Kawasaki is not only ecstatically excited to play for the Mariners, he is actually way better than anyone anticipated.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners baseball blogger Danny Ferguson tells us to go from 30 down to 28, Carlos Peguero and Chance Ruffin were optioned to Tacoma, and Guillermo Quiroz was re-assigned to minor league camp. To get down to 25, the team deactivated Kevin Millwood, Hector Noesi, and Hisashi Iwakuma for the two games in Japan. The M’s front office and Eric Wedge could still change their minds before next week.
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
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in today with his thoughts on 2012 Cactus League M’s spring training surprise performances. He points out three young men having fine March’s. Canadian Michael Saunders from Victoria BC for starters. Hitting over .400 is never a bad thing. Carlos Peguero and Munenori Kawasaki are also doing great.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in today with his take on the 2012 M’s short stop competition between incumbent Brendan Ryan and newcomer Munenori Kawasaki a Japanese M’s spring training invitee. Playing short is physically demanding any many a good man has lost a roster spot because their bodies couldn’t keep up with their aggressive game play. Who wins in 2012?