Mariners Trading Deadline Moves Indicate Strong Push for 2018

It's no secret that the last time the Mariners made the post-season was 2001. And so with the team within striking distance of the playoffs this year, an impatient management team could go all-in with a pair of 6's and hope for the best. Thankfully, this team held onto its chips and is preparing for the next hand. Bad luck happens. Who knows whe…

Totally Unfounded Speculation About Alex Rodriguez

There is almost zero percent chance that this hypothesis is accurate. But suppose... Rather than release him outright, the Yankees offered Alex Rodriguez the role of "Special Advisor" because they could make sure the contract he signed and the $20+ million they still owe him would be contingent on him actually being a Yankee Special Advisor. …

The Problem With Expectations

Today is a day for long-time Mariners fans to do some reflecting. Yesterday seemed like a re-run of something we have seen before. A game against the Yankees, that we should have been won, and yet somehow turned into a loss. Let's look at the Mariners record since 1977 and then this year: + Going into 2015, the team was 2,822-3,209. That's a wi…

How Marketing is Like Little League

Every spring, tens of thousands of dads, friends, uncles and even moms embark on the gratifying, frustrating and always surprising journey of coaching a Little League baseball team. Other than Crossfit and Fantasy Football, there may not be an activity that is so mind-absorbing to you - and that absolutely no one around you wants to hear about. …

Friday Fun – What It Would Take to Make the Mariners the Top Hitting Team in Baseball

I'll preface this by saying that this will not be the most complex baseball analysis you've ever read. I understand that to make this worth anything, I'd need to factor in stadium anomalies, opposing pitcher records and fielding statistics. If you want an exotic smorgasboard of premium baseball analysis, I suggest heading over to the U.S.S. Mariner…

I Went To A Mariners Game… And It Was Fun

We are 4.32% of the way through the MLB season. And your Seattle Mariners are in 1st place. Sure, we still have about 1,395 innings to play. And a lot of things can go wrong during those innings. But for 9 innings yesterday on a rainy April evening, it was FUN to be in Safeco Field. I can't remember the last time I said that. I've "enjoyed m…

Biggio vs Jeter

Imagine if Craig Biggio played for the Yankees his whole career: Craig Biggio: 2850 G, 3060 H, 1844 R, 668 2B, 291 HR, 414 SB, .281 BA, .791 OPS, Played C, 2B and OF Derek Jeter: 2602 G, 3316 H, 1876 R, 525 2B, 256 HR, 348 SB, .312 BA, .828 OPS, Played SS Biggio always had to be one of the best hitters on his team. Jeter always had $15…

A Cynical Realization About How I Read News

It's coffee break time. So I head over to Deadspin.com to do a quick scroll to see if there's anything im-sport-ant for me to follow up on.  (Yes I created that term to describe important sports news, and I will allow you to use it...) The latest story on the A-Rod mess attracts my attention. I read the story. I see both sides to the issue. I …

If the Mariners Had Kept Everyone They Drafted…

Hat tip to the Snohomish bureau of AndyBoyer.com for digging up this little article from Dominic Lanza at http://itsaboutthemoney.net. The premise  is simple, even though the work was grueling and tedious. Lanza answers the question, "What would every MLB team look like if it was only made up of players it drafted?" Of course, what you hope is…

September 7 Will Be Chaos Downtown

I'm not sure how this is even possible, but my Google Calendar says it's true, so it must be right. Saturday Sept 7... The Mariners are at home for a game that starts at 6:10 (See proof here.) The Sounders play across the street at 7:05 (See proof here.) Mariners games usually take 2:45 - 3:00 hours. Sounders games by definition take 1:…