This Month’s Issue
ShipwreckedBuy the new book Shipwrecked:
A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners, by The Grand Salami's own Jon Wells.
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. …
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.
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
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.
There appears to be an undercurrent of dissent within the Seattle Mariners fan base about the team’s star right fielder this year.
22-year-old pitcher Michael Pineda took the American League by storm in April, his first month in the Major Leagues.
Fans sometimes need a decoder ring to figure out what they pay for M’s tickets!
The 2010 Mariners implored their fans to Believe Big, but after a miserable season management finally seems ready to admit that it’s time to rebuild.