NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in today with a great post about the long standing suffering us fans have had to endure regarding the backstop in Seattle. After the departure of long time fan fave Dan Wilson, the Mariners haven’t been too lucky with catchers. That time is supposed to be in the past with two “future” catcher on the roster in Mike Zunino and Jesus Montero, but it is still uncertain if either of them will be with the big league club come April of next year.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in today with a great post on the Legend that IS King Felix Hernandez. The all world pitcher for the M’s. Brian begs the question. Imagine David Ortiz in the lineup everyday for Seattle, Randy Johnson as your ace, Jason Varitek catching, Alex Rodriguez at short, and Adam Jones in center… Felix became a legend when he signed a 7 year, 175 million dollar contract to stay in Seattle .
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his Kendrys Morales reasonable expectations checklist today. Brian asks is Jack Zduriencik really going to cough up the 4 or 5 year deal for $15 million a season that Scott Boras is likely seeking for his client? If the M’s do commit that kind of money, Brian says that’s a bad return on your dollars given what Kendrys brings to the table as a player.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us two players who are poised to break out during the 2014 MLB season. The Freak from Goose Creek (Justin Smoak) came to the Mariners in 2010 when the team dealt co-ace Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers. Kyle Cease was once known as “the other guy” alongside Dustin Ackley, but now he has a chance to make a name for himself. Could we see Jacoby Ellsbury in our future?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down which pitchers stood out for the team during 2013. Although Felix Hernandez garners most of the attention, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton caught Scott’s eye. Scott believes that if there were such thing as a team Cy Young award, Hisashi Iwakuma would deserve it. Paxton also performed well despite playing in just three games.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us his top ten “My oh My” moments from the 2013 season. From the hot start in spring, to the promise of the future, the M’s had a roller coaster season for sure, again. And now with the need to fill the captain of the ship once again, the M’s may be staying closer to the bottom of the AL West than the top. Hisashi Iwakuma and his stellar play is focused on, as is Tom Wilhelmsen losing his closer role to Danny Farquhar.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his five pet peeves from the season that was. Howard Lincoln’s blunders are No. 1 — all of his blunders. Also making the list is a lack of bold deadline moves, a lack of steals despite Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, and Abraham Almonte all having speed and Robby Thompson’s brain fade.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck that has become the Mariners ownership folks. Namely Howard Lincoln who granted three interviews this week with Seattle Media’s Greg Johns, Jerry Brewer and Ryan Divish. Is he seriously giving Jack Zduriencik an “A” on his performance of scouting both professional and amateur players? Chone Figgins, Michael Pineda, Jesus Montero, David Pauley, Casper Wells…aye aye aye.
NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in today on the M’s 2013 season with his season rewind post. He says it’s another difficult season for the Mariners faithful was finally put to bed Sunday as the Mariners looked like a team ready to hit the links, losing 9-0 to the AL West Champion Oakland A’s. Michael Saunders hit a whopping .236. Nick Franklin, a mid season call up at 2nd base, finished the year hitting .225. Thank goodness for Felix Hernandez & Hisashi Iwakuma.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck (yes another one) that is the Mariners skipper situation. He throws out some possible names to replace Eric Wedge. Joey Cora, Bryan Price, and Robby Thompson could be in the running. He says when the dust settles, I believe the Mariners are going to go with Robby Thompson as their new manager. An obvious choice, but a smart choice.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck that has become the Mariners. With Manager Eric Wedge announcing last week that he will not return in 2014, it should be clear as crystal that the team is in a state of dysfunction that rivals Lindsay Lohan’s rehab progress. Maybe Paul Allen should add the Mariners to his list of teams alongside the Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the announcement that the Mariners have accepted Eric Wedge’s resignation after three years in the Emerald City. Though he will finish out the season with the club, Wedge will be gone after Seattle’s final series with the Athletics after compiling a less-than-stellar 212-271 record while managing the M’s. A replacement has yet to be named.