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The Case for Moving in the fences at Safeco

“I crushed both of them,” Justin Smoak said after a game earlier this year. “The first one, I hit well. The second one—that’s all I’ve got.”

Given a choice,very few fans would choose to have an owner or owners like the Seattle Mariners have, a dysfunctional group that has run the franchise into the ground for the last decade. While you were probably aware that the M’s have finished in last place in six of the last eight seasons,you probably didn’t know that the team now ranks 28th out of30 teams in attendance in Major League Baseball. In 2002 the M’s topped the list at #1.

The time has come to sell the Mariners

Given a choice,very few fans would choose to have an owner or owners like the Seattle Mariners have, a dysfunctional group that has run the franchise into the ground for the last decade. While you were probably aware that the M’s have finished in last place in six of the last eight seasons,you probably didn’t know that the team now ranks 28th out of30 teams in attendance in Major League Baseball. In 2002 the M’s topped the list at #1.

The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics kicked off the 2012 baseball season a week before the rest of MLB, with games on March 28th and 29th in Tokyo, Japan. The M’s took the first game 3-1 in eleven innings behind two RBI from Dustin Ackley, while Oakland captured the second game 4-1, hitting late home runs against three different Mariners relief pitchers after Eric Wedge pulled Jason Vargas—who was working on a two-hit shutout in the seventh inning—after a mere 85 pitches.

M’s Finally Play in Japan, but Team Owner a No-Show

The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics kicked off the 2012 baseball season a week before the rest of MLB, with games on March 28th and 29th in Tokyo, Japan. The M’s took the first game 3-1 in eleven innings behind two RBI from Dustin Ackley, while Oakland captured the second game 4-1, hitting late home runs against three different Mariners relief pitchers after Eric Wedge pulled Jason Vargas—who was working on a two-hit shutout in the seventh inning—after a mere 85 pitches.

After a disappointing 2011 season during which the Mariners’ record improved just six games from their 61-101 season of 2010, it was expected that the team would spend some dollars to bring in reinforcements for 2012. Seattle General Manager Jack Zduriencik seemed to imply as much when he told the New York Times in May of 2011, “We’re going to have a lot of money coming off the books this year.”

M’s 2012: Can the Kids Carry the Load?

After a disappointing 2011 season during which the Mariners’ record improved just six games from their 61-101 season of 2010, it was expected that the team would spend some dollars to bring in reinforcements for 2012. Seattle General Manager Jack Zduriencik seemed to imply as much when he told the New York Times in May of 2011, “We’re going to have a lot of money coming off the books this year.”

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. ...

Brendan Ryan: Leading from the middle

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. ...

King Felix: Humble and Proud

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. …

I know many of you reading this have lost a loved one, a close family member. Well, when my dad, Dave Niehaus, passed away late last year, it was my first, and I have found all of the tired old clichés to be true.

Remembering Dave: Andy Niehaus shares thoughts of his dad

I know many of you reading this have lost a loved one, a close family member. Well, when my dad, Dave Niehaus, passed away late last year, it was my first, and I have found all of the tired old clichés to be true.

Rick “The Peanut Man” Kaminski wrote about Ken Griffey, Jr., in the October 1997 issue of The Grand Salami.

In a Nutshell, by Rick Kaminski

Rick “The Peanut Man” Kaminski wrote about Ken Griffey, Jr., in the October 1997 issue of The Grand Salami.

Dustin Ackley has made it look so easy that he’s almost made everyone forget how hard the game of baseball
really is.

Living the Dream: Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley has made it look so easy that he’s almost made everyone forget how hard the game of baseball
really is.

Despite the arrival of rising stars like Michael Pineda and Justin Smoak and a team that’s hung tough in the AL West, average attendance at Mariner games through the first 2½ months of the 2011 season has been the team’s lowest since 1992, when the M’s averaged just 20,387 fans a game at the Kingdome.

Mariners Need to Do More to Bring Fans Back to Safeco

Despite the arrival of rising stars like Michael Pineda and Justin Smoak and a team that’s hung tough in the AL West, average attendance at Mariner games through the first 2½ months of the 2011 season has been the team’s lowest since 1992, when the M’s averaged just 20,387 fans a game at the Kingdome.

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.

Mariners First-Round Draft Pick Danny Hultzen

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.

There appears to be an undercurrent of dissent within the Seattle Mariners fan base about the team’s star right fielder this year.

Is There a Different Set of Rules for Ichiro?

There appears to be an undercurrent of dissent within the Seattle Mariners fan base about the team’s star right fielder this year.