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M’s extend Jack Z to multi-year deal

After receiving a one-year extension for the 2014 season and plenty of speculation that it would be his last with the organization, the Seattle Mariners announced that they have extended executive vice president and general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension. Specifics about the contract beyond it being for multiple years were not released, the usual procedure for the club. Zduriencik took over as general manager following the 2008 season and the M’s have a 430-510 record under his tenure, including a 101-loss 2010 campaign. Seattle currently holds a…

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Making Team History: M’s sweep Red Sox in Boston

For the first time in team history, the Seattle Mariners left Fenway Park after a sweep of the hometown Boston Red Sox. The Mariner offense continued to roll with another 20-run output in the series — a good sign after the team slumped through Philadelphia and managed to score just nine runs in total. But this series sweep of the Red Sox can and should be about more than just a relatively meaningless factoid; it was a showing of what good teams do. They find ways to win games. There’s no…

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Pitching On Zero Days Rest: A History

On Monday, the Mets found themselves in a jam after scheduled starter Bartolo Colon was placed on the bereavement list. With a taxed bullpen and a Triple-A affiliate 2,000 miles away, manager Terry Collins was forced to call upon journeyman Carlos Torres to start, even though the right-hander had just pitched out of the bullpen the previous night. (Is there anything more Mets than needing to start a reliever on zero days rest because they can’t fly a minor league pitcher to the stadium in time for first pitch?) Despite…

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M’s call-up candidates

September call-ups are right around the corner and the question already is being asked. Which players may be summoned by the Seattle Mariners once rosters expand September 1? Some of the answers are obvious, including James Jones who has multiple stints with the big club this season. Others may be dictated by what occurs between today and the activation of Michael Saunders. Saunders’ 20-day rehab assignment is up next week but as Ryan Divish wrote in the Seattle Times over the weekend, M’s skipper Lloyd McClendon wants to make sure…

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Wild Card race update — August 18

When we checked in last week, the Los Angeles Angels had a firm hold on the top American League Wild Card spot while the red-hot Kansas City Royals had surged themselves into the second spot. Since then the Royals have knocked the Detroit Tigers out of the top spot in the AL Central division while the Angels have added a game to their lead. The Seattle Mariners have propelled themselves back up into the second Wild Card slot after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers who now sit…

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The emergence of Chris Taylor

After a Spring Training “battle”, Brad Miller beat out the now departed Nick Franklin for the Seattle Mariners everyday shortstop job. Miller was coming off a strong 2013 campaign and had an impressive Spring, but struggled out of the gate and put up a pedestrian 49 wRC+ in April and 27 wRC+ in May before finally showing some signs of life in June. Meanwhile, Chris Taylor was tearing up Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .774 OPS at the time Willie Bloomquist hit the disabled list in late July. Opportunity…

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Tyler Skaggs’ Mechanical Changes

Kyle Boddy is the founder of Driveline Baseball where talents such as Trevor Bauer have received advanced training and player development services. Kyle has penned pieces for numerous publications including Hardball Times. His blog can be found here. Some time ago, I told a few people that I’d take a look at Tyler Skaggs’ mechanical changes that led to increased velocity in 2014, as noted by many sites like the LA Times and Fangraphs. However, I didn’t get around to doing this before Skaggs’ ended up needing Tommy John surgery. On…

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