Seattle Mariners 

Mariners dealt Griffey at right time

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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2012 deadline deals in retrospect

Last June, I wrote a piece reflecting on several non-waiver deadline deals made in July 2011. My rationale for looking back so far was simple. Most of these trades involve prospects who are years away from reaching the majors — assuming they ever do. Since I enjoyed picking away at those old trades last year, I thought I’d do it again and put several 2012 deadline deals under the microscope this time. There weren’t many sexy moves that year, but I chose a few that I found interesting. I hope…

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Seattle Mariners 

Free Agents 101: Corner Bats

Kyle Seager makes for a franchise cornerstone at third base, but otherwise the Seattle Mariners have holes at first base, both corner outfield spots, and designated hitter. As it stands Dustin Ackley and Logan Morrison figure to be the club’s starting left fielder and first baseman respectively if the new season were to start today. However both are coming off strong second half performances that may be unsustainable. Seattle also has Michael Saunders penciled in as the everyday right fielder but there are reports that the club will be aggressively shopping…

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2014 Milestone Watch: Hitters

There’s long been a train of thought that if a player were to reach a certain statistical plateau they’d have their spot reserved in Cooperstown, the baseball Hall of Fame. We’ve all heard of the 500 home run and 3,000 hit clubs as things of legend and lore, and for the most part, all players who have reached at least one of the two milestones are currently in the Hall of Fame. The exceptions to the ‘rule’ are players who have found themselves amidst the controversy surrounding the period in…

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