MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Off-day Stuff: Leonys, Pitcher Value, Segura’s Return

No M’s game today, as the club travels to Detroit and a series with the Tigers, but there’s still things to talk about. 1: The biggest news of the day yesterday wasn’t the recall of Dan Vogelbach, another El Motterdor homer, or even Nelson Cruz getting his first HR of the year. Instead, it was the unexpected jettisoning of their starting CF, Leonys Martin. Martin’s season...
Via USS Mariner
55 minutes ago

Mariners option Freeman; Aro suspended

Mariners utility infielder Mike Freeman, who started the past two games in place of the injured Kyle Seager, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.
Via Mariners.com
55 minutes ago

Mariners Minors righty Aro suspended

Former MLB All-Star Steve Delabar and Mariners reliever Jonathan Aro were among three Minor Leaguers suspended Monday, the Commissioner's Office announced.
Via Mariners.com
4 hours ago

Is Baseball’s Most Improved Hitter…Taylor Motter?

Statcast! Who doesn’t love playing with Statcast? Baseball Savant makes it all possible, so let’s take a quick look at a 2017 vs. 2016 comparison. I looked at every hitter with at least 30 batted balls in each of the last two seasons. Here’s a plot of all of their changes in average exit velocity and average launch angle. One data point is highlighted. The point I highlighted...
Via Fangraphs
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

3 positives from Mariners' first 3 weeks

Seattle has work to do, but there are 142 games left to make that happen. Here are three positives that have emerged over the first three weeks.
Via Mariners.com
5 hours ago

Huard: Mariners may face even tougher roster decisions soon

The Mariners’ uninspiring start to the 2017 season has had consequences, and dropping three games to the A’s before Sunday’s blowout win didn’t help. As 710 ESPN Seattle’s Shannon Drayer wrote, center fielder Leonys Martin was the first casualty of Seattle’s slow start to a season with lofty postseason expectations. Martin was designated for assignment Sunday morning...
Via MyNorthwest.com
6 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Designate Leonys Martin For Assignment

Via FOX Sports
12 hours ago

Scott Servais celebrates Mariners’ win by wearing chains in clubhouse

Apparently, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais has quite the hipster side.After the Mariners defeated the AL West rival Oakland Athletics on Sunday by the final of 11-1, designated hitter Nelson Cruz posted a priceless picture to Instagram of Servais celebrating the win by wearing chains in the clubhouse. Jen Mueller of Root Sports reports that the outfit was part of a deal Servais...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Martin the first casualty of the Mariners disappointing start

OAKLAND–When a team that is expected to contend for the post season gets off to a 7-12 start there are consequences. Those consequences came down Sunday morning as Leonys Martin, who was hitting .111 and showing few signs of being able to break out of his slump, was designated for assignment. “We had to make a decision with Leonys Martin, which is not easy,” said Scott Servais...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Mariners DFA outfielder Leonys Martin; recall 1B Dan Vogelbach

The Mariners shook up their roster Sunday, designating outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment and recalling first baseman Dan Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma. Martin, 29, was Seattle’s starting centerfielder all season before being benched the past two games. He’s struggled mightily at the plate, posting a .111/.172/.130 slash-line, with no home runs or RBIs and 14 strikeouts...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Seattle Mariners: Series Preview at Oakland A’s, April 20th-23rd

Things kept on the up and up for the Seattle Mariners to start this week, as they finished their home stand by taking two of three games from the Miami Marlins.  Seattle inched closer to .500 after their 2-8 start, and they now stand at 7-9 for the season.  They passed the Angels the standings in the A.L. West, and they are a half game behind their next opponent, the Oakland A’s...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mitch Haniger’s Six Great Comps and One Boring One

So far, Mitch Haniger has been one of the best hitters in baseball. He’s not alone — Freddie Freeman has also been one of the best hitters in baseball. Eric Thames and Francisco Lindor and Khris Davis have been some of the best hitters in baseball. By definition, we’re talking in pluralities, but Haniger is one of a small group, and I would like to write about him. This is...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Marlins’ Christian Yelich makes amazing catch, crashes face-first into center-field wall

Christian Yelich is on his way to winning another Gold Glove award with plays like these.The Miami Marlins outfielder made a ridiculous over-the-shoulder catch in Wednesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, robbing outfielder Jarrod Dyson of an extra-base hit in the bottom of the first inning. Yelich caught the ball on the heel of his glove before crashing face-first into the...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sweep of Rangers exactly what Mariners needed

After what looked like the start of a waste of a season, the Seattle Mariners fought back from the edge of desperation and captured three important wins against division rivals Texas this last weekend. The Mariners came alive this weekend at home, playing up to their potential for the first time this season. The M’s held an explosive Texas team to one run in the first two games...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners set order limit on popular toasted grasshoppers

The Seattle Mariners announced this week there will now be an order limit imposed on the wildly popular toasted grasshoppers, a new concession item introduced this season at Safeco Field.The toasted grasshoppers, called chapulines in Mexico, come from Poquitos, a Seattle restaurant which was called upon by concessionaire Centerplate to provide the edible insects.The first three home...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ken Griffey Jr. statue unveiled outside Safeco Field

It’s been a pretty good year for Ken Griffey Jr.The greatest player in the history of the Seattle Mariners franchise was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last year, and now he’s been immortalized outside of Safeco Field. As you can see, the statue is a prominent location, and sits on the corner of Edgar Martinez Drive and Dave Niehaus Way. The reason the statue was unveiled...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at the Seattle Mariners’ most impressive players thus far in 2017

Though the Seattle Mariners have started the season slowly, and currently carry a 2-7 record, it is not yet time to give up on their chances of winning the American League West Division, or making the playoffs as a wild card. There are several players on the current 25-man roster who have enjoyed solid to excellent starts to 2017, and can hopefully lead a revival. Here’s a look...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Harvey leaves start with tight left hamstring

Matt Harvey’s night ended early on Tuesday, with a leg ailment being the culprit.The Mets pitcher was working in the sixth inning when he needed to be checked out by the team’s trainer. It was later announced Harvey was dealing with a tight left hamstring. If there is a silver lining, it’s that Harvey did not exit due to discomfort in the shoulder he had surgery on last year...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 16 Prospects: Seattle Mariners

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Seattle Mariners farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Fans Ate So Many Grasshoppers During Their Home Opener

There's nothing quite like watching your favorite baseball team from the stands while munching a hot dog and Cracker Jacks—that is, unless you're a fan of the Seattle Mariners. That team purveys a different type of snack for its fans– toasted grasshoppers. RELATED: 7 Ridiculously Unhealthy Foods at College and NFL Stadiums  Last week, the Mariners announced that toasted grasshoppers...
Via Stack
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners sold out of toasted grasshoppers at Safeco Field

The Mariners have introduced a new item to snack on while watching a game at Safeco Field and (for at least one day) they couldn’t have too many of them. When it comes to ballpark foods, teams appear to be trying to outdo each other at this point. There’s almost no limit to what you can find a stadiums across the country with some choices more extreme than others. At Safeco Field...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners feature toasted grasshoppers at concession stands … and sell out

Have you ever wondered what toasted grasshoppers taste like? Apparently a ton of people in the Pacific Northwest were curious about that because the concession stands at Safeco Field sold out of the new product Monday at the Seattle Mariners’ home opener — a new treat that was well publicized before the game.Seriously. Some of the folks at the park tweeted out they had tried...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners serving up fried grasshoppers and fried oysters this season

With the start of a new baseball season comes another year of baseball teams pushing the envelope when it comes to menu items at the ballpark. Today, we put our attention on the latest menu options available to baseball fans attending a Seattle Mariners home game this season. Those willing to dabble in a couple of regional delicacies may be tempted to try some fried oysters or...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners selling toasted grasshoppers at Safeco Field this season (pic)

The Seattle Mariners are turning the norms of traditional ballpark fare on its head with a new concession item surely to “bug” some fans coming to games.That’s right, a new stand at Safeco Field will be selling fried grasshoppers — known in Mexico, where they’re a tremendously popular snack, as “Chapulines” — will be selling cups of the critters at $4 a pop. Centerplate...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners will serve toasted grasshoppers at games this season

We’ve seen some really crazy food being served at both minor league and major league games over the past several seasons. In fact, teams take some pride in providing their fans with the best possible concessions. Why not? Fans are paying a pretty penny to attend games. They should be privy to the best possible concoctions out there. Unfortunately for fans in the Pacific Northwest...
Via Sportsnaut
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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