Archive: August, 2021
Doolittle, do late
The trade deadline may have come and gone, but the Mariners nevertheless acquired a new reliever today. Former Oakland A and Washington National southpaw Sean Doolittle joins the M's on a waiver claim after being designated for assignment by the Cincinnati Reds. To make room, reliever Keynan Middleton has been placed on waivers by the Mariners and may now be claimed by another team.A two-time All-Star, Doolittle has had a rough go of it the last couple of years. Having missed most of the abbreviated 2020 campaign with injuries (knee and oblique issues), "Obi-Sean Kenobi" signed a one-year free-agent contract...
Let's enjoy the illusion for a little longer
When Your Seattle Mariners ventured out on their current road trip, they were hanging in there on the fringes of contention after taking two of three from the Toronto Blue Jays, an objectively better team. Then they went to Dallas-Ft. Worth and swept the Rangers in a three-game set to move to ten games over .500, a season-best, and some in greater Mariner fandom were back to feeling hopeful—they're gelling! They're going to make a run! Our long national nightmare is over!
The most Mariners ninth inning ever
If ever there was a single inning that encapsulized what it feels like to be a fan of Your Seattle Mariners in long standing, it was last night's bottom of the ninth.
Benchless in New York
The Mariners are off today, getting a breather before starting a homestand tomorrow against the Rangers and Blue Jays. They seem to need the break—their just-completed 4-6 road trip was exhausting just from the fan's point of view, one wonders what the players themselves feel like after:
My dad forwarded me a Washington Post column by George Will yesterday. Politically, George Will and I don't see eye to eye and I rarely find myself in agreement with him . . . unless he's talking about baseball. On that topic, George Will and I would probably get along famously, it's a subject upon which his conservatism is a virtue.
Toro! Toro! Toro!
Toro. It means "bull" in Spanish. In Japanese, it's a fatty cut of tuna sashimi (or, doubled torotoro, an adjective meaning drowsy or syrupy). In the Pacific Northwest, it's the name of the shockingly productive and exciting new switch-hitting infielder for Your Seattle Mariners.
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Contenders or pretenders?
The trade deadline has come and gone and the stretch run is upon us. Aside from the Central divisions, there are close races for division titles and Wild Card berths and there's a lot of meaningful baseball to come in these final two months of the campaign—for some. The question is, will Your Seattle Mariners be among those playing for more than pride as the season winds down?