MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Aoki making impact despite struggles at plate

The Mariners need leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki to get on base and they don't care how he does it, as long as he's out there running and bothering opposing pitchers and putting himself in position to score.
Via Mariners.com
4 hours ago

Game 26, Mariners at Athletics

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Sonny Gray, 7:05pm Before we get to today’s game, I’ve got a random observation about the still-young 2016 season. For the past 5 seasons or so, the rate at which batters make contact when they swing has been trending down. Contact % dipped under 80% first in 2012, and it’s lived in the 70s ever since. The explanations for that were many: teams signing...
Via USS Mariner
4 hours ago

Mariners place RHP Tony Zych on 15-day DL, recall RHP Steve Johnson

According to a statement released by the club Tuesday evening, the Seattle Mariners have placed right-handed pitcher Tony Zych on the team’s 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 2.  Sidelined due to rotator cuff tendinitis, Zych will be replaced on the Mariners’ 40-man roster by fellow right-handed hurler Steve Johnson. The Mariners also announced that Johnson would be recalled...
Via Today's Knuckleball
6 hours ago

Zych's arm zigs, rotator cuff zags, pitcher goes on DL

The right-hander becomes the fifth Mariner relief pitcher on the DL. Hi. How are you? I imagine you're feeling pretty good these days. The Mariners are 14-11, and a mere fraction of a game behind the first place Rangers. Last night's 4-3 win was a nailbiter, but also another victory that felt like a game Mariner teams of the past have so often lost. The team has the second best run...
Via Lookout Landing
6 hours ago

Mariners place Zych on DL, add Johnson to 'pen

The Mariners placed rookie reliever Tony Zych on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right rotator cuff before Tuesday night's game against the A's and selected the contract of right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Zych in the bullpen.
Via Mariners.com
6 hours ago

Into the Shift: Pull Hitters and the Defensive Shift

Mariners batters face a lot of defensive shifts. Let's try to figure out if its been detrimental to their offensive output. Last week, I took a look at how the Mariners are employing the defensive shift much more often in the field. They’re now using a shift on almost a quarter of the balls put in play against them. While the Mariners have been slow to adopt this defensive strategy...
Via Lookout Landing
12 hours ago

Marte's 'outstanding' D helps Karns get W

Right-hander Nathan Karns has benefitted from strong run support in his early going with the Mariners, but Monday it was several defensive gems by young shortstop Ketel Marte that helped Karns notch his third straight victory as Seattle topped the A's, 4-3.
Via Mariners.com
22 hours ago

Mariners back Karns with enough offense in 4-3 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Robinson Cano had three hits and scored twice, Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Monday night. Nelson Cruz added three hits, and Chris Iannetta and Adam Lind drove in runs for the Mariners, who have won five straight at the Oakland Coliseum. Nathan Karns (3-1) gave up three runs...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mariners vs A’s: M’s Head to Oaktown to Take Arms of the East Bay

Jul 3, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports The Seattle Mariners (13-11) are fresh off of winning 5 series in a row. The question is will they be able to keep it up against the Oakland Athletics (13-13)? Oakland...
Via Seattle Side Up!
1 day ago

Joe Wieland Outrighted Off 40-Man Roster

Mariners clear space on the 40 man by outrighting Joe Wieland's contract to Tacoma The Mariners cleared space on their 40-man roster today by outrighting Joe Wieland's contract to Triple-A Tacoma; he has already passed through waivers. If the last two clauses are confusing, don't worry, only the first part is important. The Mariners now have 39 players on the roster, which gives...
Via Lookout Landing
1 day ago

Miley, Seager lead Mariners past Royals 6-0

SEATTLE (AP) Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning off an ineffective Yordano Venture and pace the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 victory over Kansas City on Saturday night, the Royals' fifth consecutive loss on their current road trip. Miley (2-2) struck out four and walked none for his second...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals one-hit the Mariners -- and lose 1-0

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez tied Jamie Moyer's franchise record for career victories at 145 in the Seattle Mariners' 1-0 victory over Kansas City on Friday night, the Royals' fourth straight loss.Seth Smith provided the only run -- and the only hit -- for the Mariners, leading off the sixth inning with a home run to right off Royals starter Kris Medlen (1-2).Hernandez (2-2), in his...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Here Comes Taijuan Walker

You’ve read articles like this before. That’s because Taijuan Walker has been a somebody for years, and we’ve all been waiting for him to kick it up. When you know a player is already hyped, you’re predisposed to think the most of any encouraging performances. It’s a bias, is what it is, leading observers to get ahead of themselves. I think, in the past, it’s been easy...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals will try to snap road losing streak in Seattle

Felix Hernandez broke a franchise record in his latest start but didn't get enough support to match a second.The Seattle Mariners' ace tries again to tie Jamie Moyer's wins mark as the Mariners welcome the Kansas City Royals to Safeco Field on Friday night.Hernandez surpassed Randy Johnson's team strikeout record Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, finishing with 2,166, but...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ketel Marte Starting To Find His Niche For Seattle

The Seattle Mariners have been on a hot streak as of late, and with hot streaks come players starting to click. That label sums up Ketel Marte perfectly. The Mariners’ shortstop is currently riding a six-game hitting streak which includes three hits in each of the last two games. To add to that, Marte has seen his batting average rise 100 points up to .288 in just a matter of...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Majority stake of Seattle Mariners sold to John Stanton Group

The Seattle Mariners on Wednesday announced that a 90 percent stake in the team has been sold by Nintendo of America, the team’s majority ownership group, to a group led by current minority owner John Stanton.   Nintendo of America plans to sell a majority of its interest in the #Mariners to other members of the current ownership group. — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

With new gaming console coming, Nintendo bows out of Seattle Mariners’ ownership

Hours after announcing its plans to release a new console in 2017, Nintendo is stepping away from its majority ownership of the Seattle Mariners after 24 years, the team announced Wednesday. The Mariners announced the decision on their Twitter account hours before Seattle takes on the Houston Astros. According to the team, Nintendo will retain 10 percent of the franchise while...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nintendo is selling its majority ownership of the Mariners

It's been a busy day for Nintendo. The video game company announced earlier Wednesday that its new NX console will debut in 2017 and then dropped a real bombshell: Nintendo of America is selling a majority of its ownership in the Seattle Mariners.The company plans to retain a 10 percent stake in the team while the rest will be sold to other members of the current ownership group...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln To Step Down

According to multiple reports out of Seattle, Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln will be stepping down. The news was first reported by Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle. Major breaking news. Sources say major shakeup at Mariners ownership with Howard Lincoln retiring. Not confirmed by team. — Mike Salk, 710 ESPN (@TheMikeSalk) April 27, 2016 Lincoln has been in his position since...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Felix Hernandez Makes Record Comeback After Illness

The weekend has been a mixed ride for starting pitcher Felix Hernandez; having initially missed out on the game against the Angels Friday night due to a suspected flu bug, the 30 year old then came back Saturday and smashed a Mariners club record. When the news hit Friday that Hisashi Iwakuma would replace the pitcher that evening, all speculation was focused to whether the seasoned...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Place RHP Joaquin Benoit On DL

The Seattle Mariners have placed right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the team announced Monday afternoon. With a spot open on the 25-man roster, right-handed reliever Mayckol Guaipe was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. The move is retroactive to April 22. Benoit was first diagnosed with shoulder problems about two weeks...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners crush it on the road to claw back to .500

For the Seattle Mariners, it’s been a strange three weeks.  The Mariners dropped their first five home games, and they stand at 1-5 at home.  Not the best of starts to be sure, so with a nine game cross country road trip on the horizon, it looked like a slow start was going to take place for the Seattle Mariners.  However, the Mariners won all three road series against the Yankees...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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