M’s Q3 Report: Roster Analysis

“When the unexpected becomes the expected, strange becomes familiar.” — Jason A. Churchill | May 20, 2016 At the halfway point of the 2016 season, the rotation of the Seattle Mariners was in disarray and their bullpen ineffective. It looked as if their season was quickly slipping away, especially after going 10-18 during the month of June. Then, the calendar turned to July and the Mariners slowly regained their footing and crawled back into the contention with just over 40 games remaining. The first two parts of our Third Quarter…

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Dipoto and the draft

One of the biggest complaints that Seattle Mariners fans had with the Jack Zduriencik era — other than the multiple losing seasons — was the inability of the organization to produce top-notch prospects despite owning a top-three selection in three of the first four Major League Baseball (MLB) amateur drafts of Zduriencik’s tenure. Whether draftees Dustin Ackley, Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, Danny Hultzen, Nick Franklin, and Chris Taylor and acquired prospects Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero were bad choices or improperly developed is a debate that still rages on in Seattle. In the…

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Opening Day just beginning of M’s odyssey

There’s just over a week remaining before the Seattle Mariners start their 2016 season and, as usual, fans have concerns about the team’s Opening Day roster. This year, speculation centers around who’ll fill out the club’s bullpen, and hold down the backup first baseman and utility infielder spots.

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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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Mariners must shake the insanity

Albert Einstein was originally credited with saying the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The Seattle Mariners 25-man roster wasn’t good enough in 2015 — like every year prior to that, going back 14 years now — and the club’s new GM and V.P. of baseball operations will have significant work to do if the club is to catch up to the better teams in the American League. The biggest gap the organization needs to narrow, however, may be in…

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Thoughts on Mariners leadership

Friday’s dismissal of Seattle Mariners general manager (GM) Jack Zduriencik provides the organization with an opportunity to change their trajectory after over a decade of mediocrity and substandard performance. Only the Toronto Blue Jays have a longer postseason drought than Seattle does and, barring a September collapse, Toronto will end their era of ineffectiveness this year. The continuous drumbeat of Mariner miscues has left many fans wondering if playoff baseball will ever return to Safeco Field. Alex Carson eloquently expressed the hopes, fears, and frustrations felt by thousands of lifelong…

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The Mariners and the draft

  Not long ago, I realized that Ken Griffey Jr. will likely be the first number-one overall draft pick to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The fact that a draft that’s been around for fifty years hasn’t produced a Hall of Famer with its number-one overall pick underscores the difficulty in reaching “the Hall” and the complexity of selecting and developing talent during the draft process. Sure, selecting players like Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez can transform a General Manager (GM) into an instant genius. However,…

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The Mariners’ worse-case scenario

When pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in preparation for the 2015 Major League Baseball season, there was buzz. There was hope. There were expectations for the first time in years. The Seattle Mariners were supposed to be legitimate contenders from Day 1. And you know what? If the roster performed the way it should have, they would be, at least enough to stay in the race for the No. 2 Wild Card spot, which at present doesn’t take much more than being a .500 club. When the regular…

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