Robinson Cano

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Keeping Martinez by far Dipoto’s smartest move When Jerry Dipoto took over as the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners prior to the season he made more than a few changes. He flipped over 40% of the Mariners roster between mid-September and mid-December. Dipoto kept a handful of the front office staff in assistant GM Jeff Kingston and two scouting directors in Tom McNamara and Tom Allison. He brought in his former assistant general manager with the Los Angeles Angels Scott Servais, a man with no managerial experience, to manage the team in place of an experienced skipper in […]

Keeping Martinez as hitting coach was Dipoto’s best move for ...

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Will the return of Ketel Marte provide the spark the Mariners need? Although you may not of heard of Ketel Marte due to the influx of amazing rookies in 2015 and the fact that he was a prospect in the Seattle Mariners’ underwhelming farm system, he’s made an impact on the team both on the field and in the clubhouse. So it’s no wonder that despite their 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Monday, the Mariners were very happy to have Marte back in the lineup. He’d been out with a thumb injury he incurred while attempting to steal […]

Return of Marte could be the spark Mariners need

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Seven takeaways from week 4 So, this is NEW! – well it’s the third time I’ve done this so I’m leaving the introduction for the first couple of weeks. For the first edition of this weekly column you can click here. Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’m going to give you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 4

Eric Surkamp
Could Surkamp become a permanent part of the A’s starting rotation? Twenty-eight-year-old left-hander Eric Surkamp secured himself a regular season start, perhaps even a place in the Oakland Athletics rotation, while pitching in the A’s 4-1 exhibition game win over the San Francisco Giants at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on Saturday. Surkamp is now scheduled to start Friday at Safeco Field, against the Seattle Mariners and 23-year-old right-hander Taijuan Walker, thanks to his Saturday performance. He came into the game in the second inning to relieve injured starter Felix Doubront and pitched seven scoreless innings allowing the Giants potent offense […]

Surkamp may have earned opportunity to alter MLB career path

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Has GM Jerry Dipoto turned the Mariners into AL West contenders? Jerry Dipoto, who was named the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners in late September, has been the busiest GM in all of baseball during his short tenure. Once the offseason hit, Dipoto did not hesitate to hit the ground running. He’s made nine trades and signed five free agents, which is more than any other team’s GM has been able to make happen. He’s also had to reconfigure the front office staff and the managerial and coaching staffs. He allowed legendary Mariner Edgar Martinez to stay on as […]

Jerry Dipoto has almost rebuilt the Mariners with few resources

Edgar Martinez
Martinez is Seattle’s best choice for new skipper With the firing of Seattle Mariners’ manager Lloyd McClendon, even in the midst of the playoffs the question is beginning to be asked. Who will be the next manager of the Seattle Mariners? Whoever it is will have to take on a win-now mentality with so much money invested in players like Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez. The new manager will have to have to believe in using analytics and sabermetrics, and be willing to take this more “new school” approach and run with it. The new manager […]

Dipoto needs to hire Edgar Martinez for Seattle’s new skipper

Jerry DiPoto
Jerry DiPoto, former general manager of the Los Angeles Angels and, briefly, advisor for the Red Sox, has officially been named the new GM of the Seattle Mariners.  Mariner’s president Kevin Mather was hoping to find someone with experience, but someone who also had the “new school” aptitude for statistical analysis and sabermetrics, something former Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik sorely lacked. At age 47, former-pitcher DiPoto fits the bill. DiPoto is walking into what could be called, in technical terms, “a giant mess,” with most of the Mariners payroll devoted to just four players and the team’s farm system in […]

DiPoto needs to make a splash in Seattle

After the 2013 season, Robinson Cano, arguably the best second baseman in baseball, surprised everyone by electing to explore free agency instead of immediately re-signing with the New York Yankees – the only team he had played with during his nine-year career. Still, it was widely assumed that he would become the next in a line of Yankees to play his entire career wearing pinstripes (Jeter, Rivera, Posada, etc.). In December of that year, he further shocked the baseball community when he signed with the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million. The Yankees’ highest offer reportedly came in […]

Is Cano’s contract the worst in baseball today?

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As things currently stand in the American League West, the Seattle Mariners are more than likely out of postseason contention. They sit in fourth place, just one game above the last-place Oakland Athletics and 12 games behind the first-place Houston Astros. The Athletics were sellers at this years’ trade deadline, getting a good mix of top prospects who have already started to prove their value to their new club. The question is, why didn’t the Mariners become sellers as well? Or was the problem that they put themselves in a position where becoming big sellers wasn’t really a possibility? To […]

Seattle Mariners didn’t sell because they couldn’t

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The Seattle Mariners were considered the team to beat heading into the 2015 season but they have not lived up to their potential. Robinson Cano has struggled, due to what we recently learned are stomach issues that have been bothering him since last August. In September of last year his numbers began to drop and he is currently having the worst season of his entire career. Kyle Seager, who the Mariners signed for the next seven years, has under performed as have quite a few other players. Fernando Rodney who led the league in saves last season with 45, has […]

Trade Deadline Preview: Seattle Mariners

On Wednesday Rickie Weeks finally found a home with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners signed Weeks to a one-year deal worth $2 million that includes up to another $2 million in incentives. He’ll play back-up to superstar second baseman Robinson Cano and is also expected to compete for time at the corner outfield positions. According to a club source the #Mariners have agreed to terms with Rickie Weeks on 1yr Major League deal at approx $2m w/ $2m inc..LF/RF/2B — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) February 12, 2015 While he isn’t the same player he was in 2010 and 2011, the 32-year-old […]

Seattle Mariners sign Rickie Weeks to one-year deal

It is already worldwide news that the MLB All-Stars were dominated by Samurai Japan in the 2014 Japan Series. Over a total of seven games played in Japan this past week, two of which were exhibition games and not a part of the series, Japan won four of the seven. The MLB All-Stars were essentially swept in the five game series with Japan winning the first three games of the contest; but, since this isn’t playoff baseball, the MLB All-Stars were able to play games four and five, thus being able to save a little face. Samurai Japan’s combined batting average […]

2014 Japan Series: Winners & Losers