M’s betting on Storen to bounce back

Saying the bullpen has been revamped over the past week may not be entirely accurate, but the Seattle Mariners continued to shuffle the deck Tuesday night. Mike Montgomery and now Joaquin Benoit are out and former All-Star closer Drew Storen is coming in after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays along with cash considerations in exchange for Benoit. The cash included is reported to be the difference between the two reliever’s salaries. Both relievers are free agents at the end of the year. Benoit was an offseason addition to the bullpen and expected to...
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Reconsidering Edgar’s legacy

Seattle Mariners' Edgar Martinez waves his cap as fireworks go off, while he is introduced at a post-game ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Seattle. They sure love Martinez in Seattle. On the eve of his final game in the majors, the Mariners' retiring designated hitter was honored with a lengthy postgame tribute Saturday night after Seattle's 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ORG XMIT: SEA109
I’m not a native of the Pacific Northwest. Heck, I didn’t even move to the Puget Sound area until 2009. So, I’m not a “lifelong” Seattle Mariners fan like my beautiful bride or her father. Nope, the many failures and very few successes of Seattle’s professional baseball team aren’t etched into my memories — or nightmares for that matter. Perhaps, that’s why I’m not upset that Edgar Martinez isn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the 52-year-old should have been enshrined by now. I...
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Junior makes amends

Seattle loves Ken Griffey, Jr. and it’s no secret why. He was a tremendous baseball talent, the once-in-a-generation type. He made incredible plays and ran off the field grinning ear to ear. He hit majestic home runs and owned the New York Yankees. He hit homers in eight straight games and raced home on Edgar’s Double. He had the swagger. He had the swing. He was The Kid. He was The Natural. He was Junior. Not everyone kept loving Griffey, however. He bulldozed his way out of town after the...
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Wade Miley, trade target?

What seemed impossible just a month ago could now be reality. Contending teams reportedly have expressed interest in Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade Miley. According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, scouts from several clubs are likely to attend Miley’s start against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow. Essentially, the left-hander’s start sets up as a showcase for potential buyers. Why was trade interest in the 29-year-old so improbable just a month ago? Results, or lack thereof. Just four weeks ago, Miley was coming off the disabled list (DL)...
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Mariners dealt Griffey at right time

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Last week, history was made for both the Seattle Mariners and their weary fans. First, the best player to ever don a Mariners uniform – Ken Griffey Jr. – was selected for induction into the baseball’s Hall of Fame with the highest vote percentage ever recorded during the Hall’s 80-year history. Then, the club unexpectedly announced that “Junior” would be the first Mariner to have his uniform number retired. From this point forward, no one will ever wear the number 24 at any level within the organization. Although I didn’t...
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My 2001 Cooperstown moment

Yesterday was an emotional day in my house. My wonderful wife – a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan – was so ecstatic over the selection of Ken Griffey Jr. into the baseball Hall of Fame. I was so happy for her, my father-in-law, and all of my Seattle friends who’ve rooted for the Mariners and “Junior” throughout the good and mostly bad years of the club’s existence. Living with a passionate Mariners fan for the last five years has given me a deeper appreciation for “Junior” and his impact on the...
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Building a roster for Safeco

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From the moment Jerry Dipoto became general manager of the Seattle Mariners, he’s emphasized the need to build a roster capable of taking advantage of the expansive Safeco Field dimensions. As I see it, the 48-year-old executive envisions a foundation of athletic and accomplished players, who are adept at reaching base and wreaking havoc through productive aggressiveness on the bases. Equally important are outfield defenders who can run down balls in Safeco’s spacious outfield. In Dipoto’s world, a run save is as valuable as a run scored. To be honest,...
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Three moves for the Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are a .500 club. Since starting 31-22 they’ve lost 25 of 39 and sit 8/5 games back of Texas and 3.5 behind Houston in the American League West. In the Wild Card hunt, the Mariners now are five full games back, a half-game behind Kansas City, two behind Detroit and that same 35 games behind the Astros. Now what? While the decision GM Jerry Dipoto and his staff have to make this summer is not yet at hand — it’s close, but they don’t have to decide...
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