Mitch Haniger After 162 Games

Major league baseball is teeming with young stars. We’ve seen Mike Trout and Bryce Harper earn hardware by age-20. Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, and Manny Machado were superstars before turning 24. Then there’s 27-year-old Mitch Haniger of the Seattle Mariners, a “late bloomer.” Haniger’s journey to the heart of Seattle’s lineup required perseverance and good fortune. Initially a 2012 first round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers, he was moved to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a July 2014 deal for veteran Gerardo Parra. At the time, Haniger was playing at…

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Seattle Mariners Top 40 Prospects Update

The Seattle Mariners’ farm system is shallow, lacks impact, lacks arms and is among the worst collections of talent in all of baseball. But there are some good things happening below the minors, suggesting a peak into an improving immediate future. Right-hander Rob Whalen gets back on track after a lost 2017, showing low-90s stuff with a plus curveball. Tommy Romero debuts with advanded feel and improving secondaries. Joe DeCarlo is taking to catching but his bat has shown up early and often in Double-A Arkansas. Middle infielder Donnie Walton…

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Who Are The All-Time Mariner Killers?

Last weekend, Khris Davis of the Oakland Athletics hit three home runs against the Seattle Mariners. Naturally, Mariners Twitter began referring to Davis as a “Mariner Killer.” That’s understandable considering Davis has 17 homers against Seattle since joining Oakland in 2016. Believe it or not, other active players have more bombs than Davis against Seattle. One of them hit home run number-19 against them last night— George Springer of the Houston Astros. Once again, the term “Mariner Killer” began showing up in the Twitter-verse and left me wondering. Who are the…

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Comparing Edgar And Robbie

Three games into the 2018 season, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano hit the five-hundred and fourteenth double of his illustrious career, tying him with Mariners icon Edgar Martinez. Cano has since passed Martinez on the all-time MLB list, although Edgar’s 514 doubles remain a Mariners franchise record that’s likely to stand for quite some time. The active player with the most doubles as a Mariner is 44-year-old Ichiro Suzuki with 295. Behind him is Kyle Seager at 214. Seeing the attention hoisted upon Cano for equaling a mark held…

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Arkins: My 2018 Mariners Predictions

It’s that time of the year again when baseball writers feel compelled to take a stab at preseason predictions. Last year, my Seattle Mariners picks were either booming successes or complete duds. How will I fare this year? As always, I do my best to avoid numerical projections. I simply make forecasts based on historical data, current events, and my gut feel. Perhaps that explains my previous big misses. Okay, let’s get going. Corey’s Brother Bounces Back It’s not as if Kyle Seager was awful last season, although some Mariners…

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What To Expect From The Mariners’ Bullpen

As the Seattle Mariners prepare for the regular season, the club’s bullpen is viewed as a strength. Having said that, what exactly should Seattle fans expect from their favorite club’s relievers his year? In the third week of March, it’s tough forecasting with any certainty how anything will go for a team. At this point last year, the Mariners’ projected rotation was Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Hisashi Iwakuma, Drew Smyly, and Yovani Gallardo. By May, only Gallardo remained uninjured. Putting aside the potential for injuries — yes, that’s hard to…

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Arkins: 10 Big Men Who Were Fun To Watch

The New York Yankees have a formidable pair of big men — Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge — anchoring the middle of their lineup this year. The thought of the these two behemoths wreaking havoc across baseball made me wonder. Who were the most interesting big and tall players I’ve seen through the years? That burning question inspired me to put together a list. As you peruse the individuals selected, please remember these are the players I enjoyed most. More than likely, you’d probably have come up with different names.…

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Arkins: Payroll Structure Defines AL West

Most fans understand that payroll is paramount when a major league general manager is building a team. That said; it’s not just total dollars obligated that comes into play. Two clubs can spend approximately the same amount on players, yet be on completely different trajectories. An organization’s payroll structure — how it distributes the money across the roster and contract lengths — matters too. To validate this point, I performed a salary review for each AL West team. As you’ll see, I listed their projected 2018 payroll based on salary…

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