The plan seems to be in place for Ichiro Suzuki to be on the Seattle Mariners expanded roster when they open the regular season with two games in his native Japan. After that? Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto isn’t promising anything to the 45-year-old, especially if it gets in the way of developing some of the younger players who are part of the club’s rebuild plans.
Sources confirm the Mariners’ deal they have often said they were going to make with the iconic outfielder. He will go with the team on its trip to Japan.
Not even 10 long years of waiting for his Cooperstown call could crack the Mariners DH’s stoic facade, but two disparate places – Seattle and Puerto Rico – are doing all the whooping and hollering for him.
Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see Edgar Martinez again.
Martinez spent his entire 18 seasons with the M’s, a rarity in the free-agent era of the game. He shares that distinction with another Hall of Famer with area ties – George Brett.
After nine years appearing on the ballot, and falling just 20 votes short last year, Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez became the first player who played the majority of his career as a designated hitter to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday.
Mariano Rivera was picked by all 228 voters totaled through midafternoon Tuesday afternoon by Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame vote tracker, about half the expected ballots. Roy Halladay also appeared headed to election in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, while Edgar Martinez seemed likely to join them in his 10th and final appearance.
The battle between teeth-gnashing anxiety and dreamy hope inside the minds of Mariners’ fans will either explode into more bitter disappointment … or into long-awaited joy for Edgar Martinez in his quest for baseball’s highest honor.
The Seattle Mariners have acquired infield prospect Shed Long from the Yankees in exchange for outfield prospect Josh Stowers.
Dozens of children, most donning Mariners gear but a few representing Gonzaga, sat rapt in front of Marco Gonzales, taking turns asking questions.
Right-hander Cory Gearrin and infielder Tim Beckham have agreed to one-year contracts with the Seattle Mariners. The 32-year-old Gearrin was 2-1 with one save and a 3.77 ERA last year in 62 games for San Francisco, Texas and Oakland. He struck out 53 and walked 21 in 57 1/3 innings, holding batters to a .255 average. Beckham, who turns 29 this month, hit .230 with 17 doubles, 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 96 games for Baltimore last year.
If you thought we had heard the last of Ichiro as a major league ballplayer when he stepped into his murky role as “Special Assistant to the Chairman” last May 3, you weren’t paying attention.