Seattle Mariners young guns prove the future is brighter than it seems

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down why the future of the Seattle Mariners is brighter than it seems. It’s all about the prospects. Nick Franklin, Taijuan Walker, Brad Miller and Mike Zunino have a chance to turn this team around for the better. The 2012-13 season isn’t lost yet, but even if the year comes to an end with disappointment, there are far better things to look forward to.

Seahawks vs. Mariners: Who really holds our heart?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a special piece about the difference between the Mariners and the Seahawks. History shows us that teams get more fan support when they win, but even if defeat, the Seahawks fan base has been much more supportive than the Mariners. I give the ownership’s of these two teams credit for that. The Seahawks ownership is always moving forward, while the Mariners ownership seems content on being a lousy team.

Great game! Five awesome things to love about the Mariners 2013 home opener

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Erin Acacio was at the M’s opening night game versus the Houston Astros. Kendrys Morales had no problem adjusting to his new home in Seattle. Morales capped out his home debut by going 2-for-3 with two RBI’s. With the rate that he’s going, he will be a huge factor for the Mariners and will become a fan favorite, fast. Five things I loved about this year’s home opener…

A Prediction. The M’s Hisashi Iwakuma will be worth every penny!

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the new two year $14 million dollar extension the Mariners gave to Hisashi Iwakuma. As a pitcher who started out in the pen last year, Iwakuma was later added to the rotation, starting 16 games while having an 8-4 record with an ERA south of 3.00. The extension proves that the M’s are serious about locking up talent in the rotation while awaiting the emergence of the “big 3.” This is great news for fans of the M’s.

Mariners facing make-or-break seasons in 2013

NWSB inside and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin gives us his look at the upcoming 2013 MLB season, with four Mariners facing make-or-break seasons. Among the names are second baseman Dustin Ackley, outfielder Michael Saunders and closer Tom Wilhelmsen. He says in 2012, the Mariners saw breakout seasons from guys like Kyle Seager, Hisashi Iwakuma and Tom Wilhelmsen. It also saw the departure of guys like Brandon League and Jason Vargas.

*My* favorite Northwest athlete of all time: Ken Griffey Jr.

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.

Will the colder weather in Seattle cool off M’s bats?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with a Mariners Spring Training update. The Bats are on fire! The M’s keep rolling off wins! But, can this continue when the team is trimmed to 25, and the position battles are no longer? This new power minded team was built by the one and only Jack Z for the new and improved Safeco Field. The walls have been moved in, prompting the GM to go out and find some power to restore the M’s to the glory days.

2013 Cactus League: Five things I’m watching for in Peoria

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with 5 things he is watching out for this year at Mariners spring training. Cactus League play is under a month away, and pitchers and catchers report in less than a week, and this year the M’s have a lot of question marks heading in. The outfield, first base, and the handling of Mike Zunino top the things to watch for in 2013 Mariners camp.

*My* top 5 Ken Griffey Jr. moments in a Mariners jersey

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.

Raul Ibanez: Reviewing Seattle Mariners free agent signing

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the signing of Raul Ibanez. Returning for his third stint with the M’s, Ibanez brings much needed power to the lineup—just like the majority of Seattle’s signings this offseason. A big question is what does this mean for Justin Smoak?

What can Jason Bay bring to the M’s in 2013?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on 5 things to expect from Jason Bay in the upcoming baseball season. The M’s signed the left fielder hoping for a big rebound season. Can the inconsistencies and injury history be overcome? Or will Bay be just another failed Mariner experiment?

Mariners offseason: Possible free agents M’s could land

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on three potential free agents signees for the M’s. Among the list are Anibal Sanchez, Mike Napoli and B.J. Upton. All three could have a significant impact on the Mariners, and would be great moves for the offseason. The Seattle Mariners are on the fringe of becoming relevant in the American League once more.

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