This Month’s Issue
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A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners, by The Grand Salami's own Jon Wells.
The Mariners designated Willie Bloomquist for assignment July 2nd, effectively cutting ties with the 37-year-old utility player to make room for shortstop Chris Taylor.
Kyle Seager took things to a new level in the first half of 2014, batting .279 and leading the M’s in home runs (15) and RBI (63).
Andy Van Slyke is in his first season on the Mariners’ coaching staff, having been brought in by his former teammate of several seasons, manager Lloyd McClendon.
Lou Piniella became the eighth member of the Mariners Hall of Fame when he was inducted on August 9th before a crowd of 40,122 at Safeco Field.
The Mariners acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan from the St. Louis Cardinals in an off-season trade last December. The 29-year-old has been a great addition, solidifying the team’s defense up the middle while contributing important hits on a regular basis. …
Felix Hernández became one of the top pitchers in baseball during the 2009 season, when he went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA and finished second to Kansas City’s Zack Greinke for the American League Cy Young Award. …
On June 6th, the Mariners selected 6’3” left-hander Danny Hultzen, a junior from the University of Virginia, with the second overall pick in this year’s amateur draft. Hultzen, 21, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year in each of the last two years and held opposing hitters to a .189 average this year.
23-year-old first baseman Justin Smoak was the key player the Mariners received when they traded Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe to the Texas Rangers on July 9th.
Dave Niehaus is a Seattle institution and we’re excited that he’s finally getting the national recognition he so richly deserves.
Believe it or not, Felix Hernandez, the ace of the Mariners pitching staff, just turned 23 early last month.