Ichiro wore a gray-and-black hat and slipped quickly through the arrival gate at Haneda Airport.
Throughout the offseason, the decisions made about the future of the Seattle Mariners took on different catchphrases.
Yusei Kikuchi’s goal was always to pitch in the major leagues. The dream is now the reality for the newest starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. But in a twist, his debut will come in his native Japan. He will start the second game of the 2019 season against the Oakland Athletics in the Tokyo Dome next week.
Hernandez is beginning the season as the No. 5 starter on a Mariners team Fangraphs is projecting to win 75 games. If I’m Felix, I’m using my (likely) last season in Seattle to be the best teammate possible.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager needs surgery on his left hand and will be out at least through April.
Felix Hernandez doesn’t think he could have changed the mind of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais about opening day, even by pitching well this spring.
Former Gonzaga standout will earn his first start on opening day.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will see a hand specialist after rolling his left wrist during a spring training game. Seager was pulled Friday night after jamming his glove into the ground diving for a hard grounder by the Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez. Seager said postgame he was fine, and the Mariners said Seager did not seek medical treatment Friday night. That changed Saturday, when Seager was sent for X-rays and had the hand heavily wrapped. The X-rays were negative.
The Seattle Mariners are about to experience firsthand what Ichiro Suzuki means to his home country. Suzuki’s return to Japan is one of the big attractions as Seattle and Oakland begin the 2019 season with two games in Tokyo. The most decorated player ever to export his talents from the Far East to the major leagues is returning home for what could be a farewell to his Hall of Fame career on both sides of the Pacific.
The Mariners’ “step back” resulted in several prospects arriving in Peoria, Arizona, who breathed life into a low-ranked minor league system.
The Mariners will take a least 30 players to Japan and will have to cut down to 25 by the time of their first regular-season games back in the U.S. Here’s how the roster could end up.
Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion are still productive major leaguers with the potential for big seasons. They just don’t fit perfectly into the Mariners’ long-term plans to build for the future.