There’s a good reason he’s called ‘Japan’s Babe Ruth’ – and Mariners are in running to sign him

SEATTLE — The U.S.S. Mariner feels like a sinking ship these days. The Mariners finished 78-84 in 2017, a year the team was expected to vie for the playoffs. The team’s stars – Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, and Felix Hernandez – are aging. A protracted rebuild seems almost inevitable. Almost. Almost, because on the horizon, cutting through the detritus of failed Mariners like Chone Figgins and Dustin Ackley, sits 23-year-old Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani is a star pitcher and batter in […]

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Hisashi Iwakuma agrees to minor league deal with Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will report to major league spring training. The deal announced Monday keeps Iwakuma with the only organization he has pitched for in the majors. Iwakuma, 36, managed just six starts last season due to shoulder problems that caused him to go on the disabled list in May and setbacks during his recovery. He was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA. Iwakuma had right […]

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Gallardo and Iwakuma options declined by Mariners

SEATTLE — The Mariners have declined 2018 options on right-handed pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Yovani Gallardo, making both eligible for free agency. Seattle also claimed utilityman Andrew Romine off waivers from Detroit on Thursday. Romine appeared in 124 games last season for the Tigers. Most of his time was spent in the infield. Gallardo gets a $2 million buyout payable next July 1 rather than a $13 million salary, which would have included $3 million deferred to July 1, 2021. […]

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Commentary: On biggest stage, MLB, Astros dropped the ball

We hear it all the time: An athlete breaks a team rule – misses a meeting, breaks a curfew – and they’re suspended. “Shouldn’t have done that,” the coach says. “You hurt the rest of your team.” In Game 3 of the World Series, cameras caught Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel making a racist gesture and uttering a racial slur. Whether his intent was malicious or not isn’t the issue. It was offensive to many. It was inappropriate. As baseball […]

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Bat broken off, briefly stolen from The Kid’s statue outside Safeco Field

SEATTLE — The statue of Mariners icon Ken Griffey Jr. had only been standing outside Safeco Field for six months — and then someone stole The Kid’s bat. As if the Mariners season hadn’t been tough enough on the team’s fans. Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale said the bat was taken at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. “The man was quickly arrested and is in police custody,” she said, adding, “The Mariners have the broken bat.” Hale said the team has already […]

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Mariners to replace all the grass and dirt at Safeco Field

SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners will replace all the grass and dirt at Safeco Field for the first time since the park opened in 1999. The Mariners announced Wednesday that the removal of the sod and dirt will begin this week. The plan is to have the new grass in place by the end of October. Seattle replaced the grass around the infield and in foul territory before the 2012 season, but the outfield has remained mostly untouched since the […]

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Mariners won’t bring back Bogar, Candaele to coaching staff

SEATTLE — The Mariners will not bring back bench coach Tim Bogar and first base coach Casey Candaele next season. Seattle announced the changes Tuesday for Bogar and Candaele, who had been with the Mariners for two seasons. Manny Acta will take over for Bogar as bench coach and Scott Brosius will move from assistant coach to third base coach. Chris Prieto will move from being a special projects coach in charge of replay to first base coach for next […]

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Safeco Field joins stadiums expanding netting behind home plate

Seattle, WASH. — Several baseball stadiums around the country are promising to expand netting behind home plate by next season. This in lieu of a little girl getting hit by a 105-mile an hour ball at a Yankees game Wednesday. One of the stadiums planning to expand their netting is Safeco field. First you fans at Yankee Stadium heard the crack of the bat. Then they saw the cringe of third baseman Todd Fraizer and his teammates. “It was terrible,” […]

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Mariners will extend protective netting at Safeco Field, team says

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners will extend the protective netting at Safeco Field, after a young girl was hit by a 105 mph foul ball Wednesday at a Yankees game in New York. Mariners Spokesperson Rebecca Hale told Q13 News that the Mariners would examine options to extending the netting that protects fans against foul balls. The length and height of the extension was not immediately known. “There are a couple of proposals on the table,” Hale said in an […]

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