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One Of Those Days

Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore is helped off the field as Miguel Olivo, right, comes in to replace Moore during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, this afternoon. Moore left the game after hurting his right leg when retrieving a bounced pitched that he blocked and had just retrieved. The Rangers won 7-3. Story here. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Remembering Dave

Groundskeepers mow past a new outfield sign honoring long-time Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus at the team's ballpark Wednesday in Seattle. Niehaus died last November. The team opens their home season against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

P.S. M’s Open Season In Oakland

In this 2010 file photo, Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez is kicked in the head by catcher Rob Johnson after the two chased a bunt from Baltimore’s Cesar Izturis in the fifth inning. Hernandez finished the game. Johnson is no longer with the club. But King Felix, the reigning American League Cy Young winner, will be on the mound tonight in Oakland as the M's open their 2011 season against the Athletics. Here's hoping that the Mariners don't suffer another pratfall this season as they did last year.

M’s Finalize Roster For Opening Day

In the waning days of spring, any summons into the manager's office is a heart-stopper. Hanging in the balance in the next few moments, depending on the words uttered, are exhilaration or agony. “My heart kind of dropped, but (Eric) Wedge had a big smile on his face,” said reliever Josh Lueke of his office call earlier this week. “I was like, 'Sweet.' ” Lueke was one of those Mariners bubble-dwellers who got the welcome news he had made the team. Wedge has been thrilled to deliver those messages to the likes of Lueke, Tom Wilhelmsen and Jamey Wright — but he dreads the flip-side/Larry Stone, Seattle Times. More here. (AP 2010 file photo, of Ichiro Suzuki sliding into home)

Question: Does anyone out there expect the Mariners to finish in any place other than the American League West basement this year?

King Felix Wins AL Cy Young Award

In this May 18 file photo shows Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez in action against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game, in Oakland, Calif. Hernandez was chosen AL Cy Young Award winner today by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Seattle P-I story here. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Question: Is it right for a Cy Young winner to come from a last place team like the Seattle Mariners? Shouldn’t the award be given to someone who helped his team to the postseason?

SR: Niehaus Called Helluva Game

Before he began narrating our summer nights, Dave Niehaus was third fiddle to Dick Enberg and Don Drysdale in the broadcast booth of the California Angels, owned by the Singing Cowboy himself, Gene Autry. “David, you call a hell of a game,” Autry once told Niehaus. “Not the game I’m watching, but a hell of a game.” Niehaus told that story on himself upon his election to the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame two years ago. The occasion called for stories, for humor and humility to leaven the treacly reverence in which the game loves to wallow – but without sacrificing the appreciation and respect due the moment. And this was Dave Niehaus’ specialty/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (AP file photo: Dave Niehaus interviewing Ken Griffey Jr & Griffey Sr. in 1999)

Question: What did you appreciate most about Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus?

P.S. M’s Announcer Niehaus, 75, RIP

Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus reacts to the applause of the pre-game crowd as he is inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on May 7, 2000, in Seattle. Niehaus has been broadcasting for the Mariners since their inaugural season in 1977. The Seattle Times has just announced that Niehaus died today at age 75 of a heart attack. Seattle Mariners statement here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Question: My best memory of Dave Niehaus was his call on the double that Edgar Martinez hit to drive in Ken Griffey Jr. with the winning run to beat the Yankees in the playoffs? What’s yours?

Player In M’s Trade Faced Rape Count

The Mariners knew all about Josh Lueke’s 96-mph fastball when they acquired him from the Texas Rangers in the Cliff Lee deal. But Mariners executives insisted they knew nothing before the July 9 trade about the 25-year-old minor-leaguer facing felony charges in a rape and sodomy case in which he later pleaded no contest to a lesser charge. However, new information appears to contradict the Mariners’ original version of events. Former Mariners pitching coach Rick Adair said he told general manager Jack Zduriencik about Lueke’s troubles well before the deal/Geoff Baker, Seattle Times. More here.

Question: Should the Mariners have traded for a pitcher that they knew had faced felony charges in a rape and sodomy case in California?

Another Day, Another Mariner Loss

Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki strikes out against Boston Red Sox starter Josh Beckett during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Wednesday. Boston won 5-3. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Question: Are you still following the Seattle Mariners this year?

Hi-Noon: Piniella Plans To Retire

Lou Piniella is retiring as manager of the Chicago Cubs effective at the end of the season, the Daily News has learned. The 67-year-old Piniella, who led the Cubs to NL Central division titles in 2007 and 2008, is in the last year of his contract and has endured a particularly stressful last two seasons in which so many of his high-paid players, including outfielder Alfonso Soriano, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and pitcher Carlos Zambrano have underperformed to their salaries. This year, the Cubs are mired in fourth place, 10 1/2 games back and Piniella, who is in the last year of his contract, wanted to end to the speculation about his future for the good of the organization/New York Daily News. More here. (AP file photo of Lou Piniella and Mark McLamore arguing w/ump during Mariner years, in 2002)

Question: Which baseball manager is your all-time favorite?

Gone With The Griffey

The M’s started out spiffy
With Ichiro and Ken Griffey (jr.)
But this season’s dragged on
And now Griffey’s gone
And the rest of the batters are ’whiffy’.

Escapee

Seattle Mariners’ Greatest Moment?

In this Oct. 8, 1995, file photo, Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. smiles from beneath a pile of teammates who mobbed him after he scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Seattle. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu says Griffey Jr. is retiring. Wakamatsu made the announcement before Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Griffey’s retirement is effective immediately. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Question: Can you think of a greater moment in Seattle Mariners’ history than Ken Griffey Jr’s dash from first on Edgar Martinez’s double that won the 1995 playoffs with the New York Yankees?

Parting Shot: Ken Griffey Jr. Retires

Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr., left, and Milton Bradley share a laugh in the dugout as the team takes a lead against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning during a baseball game Tuesday in Seattle. Manager Don Wakamatsu told reporters at 4 p.m. that he had been informed that Griffey would be calling it quits. He was not at Safeco Field and was not expected to attend Wednesday’s game. Story here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Question: Which memory do you have of Ken Griffey Jr. is your favorite?

Blog: M’s Dis Griffey-Sleep Reporter

Twenty-two years into the Mariners beat, things have gotten a little difficult for News Tribune reporter Larry LaRue. It was LaRue who reported on Monday that Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. was snoozing during Saturday’s game against the Angels, spawning nationwide coverage and local disappointment in one of the team’s most promising players. And a case of the cold shoulder. After a players-only meeting Tuesday, Mariners players refused to talk to LaRue, with pitcher Cliff Lee going as far as to interrupt a news conference until LaRue left the room, ESPN and other media have reported/Monica Guzman, Seattle P-I Blogs. More here. And LaRue’s story today here.

Question: Do you think more or less of the Mariners for giving the cold shoulder to the Tacoma News-Tribune reporter who reported that Ken Griffey Jr. was recently sleeping in the clubhouse while the team needed a pinchhitter?

Punchless Mariners Blanked in 12 Innings

Subdued Seattle Mariners fans look on from outfield seats after the Texas Rangers scored the first run of the game in the 12th inning during a baseball game Friday in Seattle. The Rangers won 2-0. Story here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Question: Are you still optimistic that the punchless Mariners will turn things around and begin hitting? And/Or: Is it time that Ken Griffey Jr. retires? And/Or: How many games do you watch a year at Safeco Field?

Griffey Wants To Be A Mariner Again

Item: Griffey rumors dominate first day: Star could rejoin M’s next week/Seattle PI

More Info: On the Mariners’ first day of spring training, most of the discussion swirled around someone who wasn’t at spring training and isn’t a Mariner. That would be Ken Griffey Jr., who wasn’t on hand Friday as pitchers and catchers reported to the Peoria Sports Complex for their annual physical exams. By this time next week Griffey is expected to be a Mariner, but for the moment, he’s just another unemployed baseball player trying to find a job. There are other jobs out there that he could get — teams have told him he might be a fallback for them — but returning to the Mariners is what Griffey wants/Seattle PI. More here.

Question: Would you follow the Mariners more closely this year if Ken Griffey Jr. returned to the ballclub?

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