New NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jared Galde tells us a little bit about the MLB center field position today. He asks the million dollar question. Has Michael Saunders earned the starting center field spot in Franklin Gutierrez’s absence? After a slow start, Saunders batting average is .330. What Gutierrez provides defensively in center field is undeniable.
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.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us his insight into the Mariners outfield. With Casper Wells, Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Carp, Franklin Gutierrez, Carlos Pegueroand Michael Saunders all battling for roster spots, Danny brings his thought process into the mix. Can Carlos Peguero set a Mariners record?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out over the offseason, the Mariners repeatedly indicated the team wish list to improve and compete in the AL West. A left handed reliever, a catcher, and a veteran presence. Danny now questions why the Mariners would NOT want to pursue Johnny Damon. Is it money? His value in that case alone could make him worth picking up.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out the one bright point was the Mariners minor league player of the year in 2011, 23 year old, Vinnie Catricala. Vinnie played in two leagues last year, starting off for A High Dessert before being promoted to AA Jackson Generals. If there is one thing that the Mariners need, it is offense. By the end of 2011 his batting average leveled off to a mere .349.
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 thoughts on M’s young pitching arms. He says the M’s are doing the right thing in waiting for the future to arrive instead of trying to time travel there immediately.
Time travel always ends up resulting in mind blowing problems anyway. James Paxton, Danny Hultzen, and Taijuan Walker your time will come.
NWSB Managing Editor and Seattle Mariners blogger “Q” tells us today that the Mariners released their 2012 commercials. Not only did they bring back Larry Bernandez which is a classic, but manager Eric Wedge shows off his comedic timing to perfection. Dustin Ackley reluctantly takes on a new trainer. “A Seattle Welcome.” to Jesus Montero. “Impressions.” with Brendan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki and more.
NWSB insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us his prediction for the 5th starter in the Seattle Mariners rotation. With Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma and Kevin Millwood seemingly punching their tickets to be the top 5, there is one spot left. Blake Beavan and Hector Noesi are fighting for that spot.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us with Franklin Gutierrez out of the lineup for a few weeks there’s a nice roster battle happening at M’s spring training. Michael Saunders, Trayvon Robinson and Casper Wells are all fighting it out for the center fielder position. He says Saunders is never the same player in the majors as he is in the spring or at AAA.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us what we’ve learned about the 2012 M’s thru the first 7 days of Spring Training in his Version 1.0 notebook. Danny points out Jason Vargas and Hector Noesi have each started with stellar appearances in their first starts of the spring, and Jesus Montero shows strong confidence in the batter’s box.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us M’s center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will not require surgery for his injury but it looks as though he will be out of commission for at least a month. This is the second straight year he will start the campaign on the shelf. There are numerous backup options for 2012 in the middle. Trayvon Robinson, Casper Wells, Canadian Michael Saunders, and Chone Figgins?