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 Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott looks at the Seahawks struggling offensive line and the possibility of Evan Mathis joining the team– Can the O-line of the Seahawks survive without Mathis? Yes, provided they continue to improve at the rate we saw between weeks 1 and 2 of the pre-season. Signing Mathis would give the young line an on the field mentor and certainly provide them depth that they don’t have right now too.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, spotlights the amazing performance of rookie Tyler Lockett– The thing I liked about that play is it was a simple seam route but Lockett managed to get a couple of steps on the defender almost immediately. That’s the kind of speed Lockett possess and the kind of speed that the Seahawks best receivers haven’t had since a guy named Harvin played at least part of the time.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the Chancellor holdout. Will Kam really hold out for the entirety of 2015? The Seahawks, and Kam’s agent both refer to him being a leader for the Seahawks. I have a news flash for you. Leaders don’t act this way. Sure, you can point to the fact that Kam has been on the phone with some of the younger players helping them. You can look at the fact that he’s reviewing practices on his Ipad too but nothing replaces the chemistry that is created by practicing together as a team.
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
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, weighs in on the Chancellor and Bennett contract disputes– With Chancellor staying home for camp and the Seahawks appearing unwilling to budge on their policy of not renegotiating contracts until they have a year or less left on them this could easily turn into a prolonged dispute. Despite whichever side you might find yourself on in this contract battle you have to applaud the job that GM, John Schneider, and Pete Carroll have done to keep most of this team together.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the potential trading pieces the Seattle Mariners have to replenish their farm system now that their 2015 season is doomed– With the M’s still around 10 games back and with three teams to run down, it just makes sense to throw in the towel. The core of Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez is certainly something that will still be there and can be built upon in 2016.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Seahawks Insider, Brian Scott, breaks down the 2015 battle for Seahawks Wide Receiver Positions– I don’t want to debate the play call or whether or not Lockette should have come up with the catch or not here but that play is relevant to this discussion in that I have to wonder where Lockette is mentally now. Plays like that can do one of two things to a player. They can either define their career or they can be used as motivation.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at possible managerial replacements for Jack and Lloyd once they are bounced out of Seattle– The thing nice about Cora is he’s a Seattle hero. Few longtime M’s fans will have forgotten Joey Cora weeping when the M’s were finally eliminated in the ALCS of 1995. If Cora could be convinced to come on and retain his pal Edgar Martinez as hitting coach you’d really have quite the cast of former M’s stars down in that dugout. Heck, maybe his little brother Alex could coach third too.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, discusses whether the M’s will be buying or selling at the July trade deadline this year– If this season tanks, Jack Z is likely done as the Mariners GM. He is also smart enough to know that so why would he sell? He might just have the attitude that if he’s going to go down, he’s going to go down swinging.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the M’s offensive numbers jumps since the M’s hired Edgar Martinez as hitting coach– Let’s go beyond raw stats and look at the ABs and what we actually are seeing when we watch these games. The Mariners are seeing more pitches under Edgar. They appear to be hitting the ball the other way far more often than before Edgar. The team is scoring more runs with Edgar in the dugout too and these are things we saw Edgar do consistently and well for so long in Seattle.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us his grades and thoughts on the first half of the Mariners 2015 season– The Mariners are going to need a phenomenal run in the second half of this season if they are going to do what most people expect them to do– go to the playoffs. It’s the kind of run the M’s have not made since 1995.