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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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Not for nuthin’: Big Papi isn’t clutch

Not for nuthin’: A phrase uttered by New Yorkers to soften the blow prior to saying something that could be construed as offensive or too strong. Late last year, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz announced that he’d retire as a player at the conclusion of this season. As you’d expect, the outpouring of appreciation and affection for “Big Papi” has morphed his last season into a farewell tour. The revelry is understandable. After all, Ortiz is an iconic player who embodies the rise of the Red Sox during…

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Checking Leonys Martin

The Leonys Martin most thought (I did) the Seattle Mariners would be acquiring is the one we’ve seen in the past with the Texas Rangers. A decent batting average, fringe-average (league) on-base percentages and maybe 8-10 home runs to go with very good defense in center field. The M’s are getting all of that. Already. Including the season-long power. In just seven weeks of the schedule. Martin’s 4-for-5 Sunday in Cincinnati brought his season line to .252/.331/.467, which, if held through the season, makes Martin a star, probably worth 5.5-6…

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Fearful, foolish 2016 predictions

Prospect Insider founder Jason A. Churchill fearlessly shared his forecast for 2016 yesterday. So, I figured that I should I join the fray and add my projections for the new season, although mine are more likely to end up in either the “fearful” or “foolish” categories. Since Jason skillfully covered the standard stuff — playoff teams and awards winners — I decided to do something a little different. Perhaps, offbeat or quirky in the eyes of some. I’m going to avoid projecting the winners of awards and pennants. Instead, I’ll make…

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Could M’s endure a Cruz swoon?

During his first season with the Seattle Mariners, slugger Nelson Cruz lived up to or exceeded the expectations of pundits and fans alike. Despite the fact that 2015 Mariners turned out to be a huge disappointment as they extended their postseason drought to 14 seasons, “Boomstick” was a bright spot in the team’s otherwise pedestrian offense. Last year, Cruz’s home run and hit totals — plus his .302/.369/.566 slash — were well above his career averages. Moreover, he delivered the highest wins above replacement (WAR) of his career. Considering his…

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Preview Capsules: Field Staff

Scott Servais: Manager Servais has served in many aspects after his career as a big-league, part-time catcher ended after the 2001 season. Among those include player development director and pro scout via the special assistant to the GM role. Whether or not he’ll be a good field skipper remains to be seen, but we know he sees eye-to-eye, for the most part, with GM Jerry Dipoto in terms of what kind of skills play in today’s Major League Baseball. Servais is very detail-oriented, believes in advanced metrics and doesn’t appear…

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Did Edgar fix Mariners offense?

  I’m not a native of Seattle and I only moved to Washington in early 2009. So, the most vivid highs and lows in the history of the Seattle Mariners aren’t embedded into my psyche like they are for so many Pacific Northwesters. The team’s trade of Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez’s departure via free agency, and the infamous late inning melt downs of Bobby Ayala don’t make my blood boil just like the Mariners’ historic 116-win season isn’t the first thing that I recall about the 2001 baseball season. Perhaps,…

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