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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Larry Stone: Edgar Martinez brings his trademark cool to Hall of Fame moment

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 …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 7:17 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Mariners are faced with complete rebuild with trade of James Paxton

On Monday, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto signaled to all in baseball that the M’s aren’t competing to end the longest playoff drought in American professional team sports for …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Larry Stone: No matter how it plays out, Lorena Martin’s racism claim against Mariners stains the organization

Lorena Martin made shocking allegations of racist and sexist comments against the Mariners, who strongly denied them. No matter how it’s resolved, it’s a damaging blow to an organization that …

Out of Right Field: Placing the blame on another playoff-less Seattle Mariners season

We come not to praise the Mariners, but to bury them. Again.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Larry Stone: More frustration, and the worst kind of limbo for Mariners

The Mariners’ fall from grace in 2018 has been a slow, steady descent that has wiped out almost all of the good feeling that prevailed for half a season.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after a lack of options

So as the Mariners chase the Astros and A’s for a playoff spot, I ask: Does this team have the starters to contend? Could Dipoto have done more to beef …

Larry Stone: Mariners need more magic to keep playoff hopes alive

No one game is critical, Scott Servais will tell you (and his players will faithfully echo), and yet this one loomed as a gigantic marker for the Mariners. Disaster was …

Larry Stone: Robinson Cano’s return energizes the Mariners, but they’ll also need to adjust

Robinson Cano’s eagerly-anticipated return from his suspension could spark the Mariners to a playoff push. Or it could mess up their chemistry. It also begs many questions: Where will be …

UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Analysis: The Mariners are on pace to make the playoffs. But … how?

The Mariners don’t wow you with statistical dominance. Their offense is about average, which was unexpected. Their pitching has been better than average – also unexpected. So how did they …

UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Larry Stone: Mariners’ Jean Segura sure hit like an All-Star Game MVP, but maybe this was another snub

Mariners players in the 89th All-Star Game, in Washington, D.C., cherished the experience. Jean Segura hit a key three-run homer. “Even though I didn’t win the MVP, I’m really excited,” …

UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Larry Stone: Mariners’ 2016 trade for Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura changed course of franchise

It’s dangerous to come to conclusions about trades too early. But right now it appears to be a win for the Mariners, with Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger on the …

UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Larry Stone: The Mariners need to keep top slugger Nelson Cruz in Seattle

In his first three years in Seattle, Nelson Cruz averaged 42 homers, 105 RBIs and a .925 OPS. And this year, even with a stint on the disabled list, he …

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 11:47 p.m.

Dave Sheinin: Even without Robinson Cano, the Mariners look like baseball’s most fascinating team

There may be better teams in baseball than the Seattle Mariners, including one notable, highly decorated example looming atop their own division. There are sexier teams, including the two American …

UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Larry Stone: Mariners still need Robinson Cano this season

After Monday’s game in Baltimore, the Mariners will be exactly halfway through Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension. They’ve thrived beyond anyone’s wildest expectation without him. But make no mistake: The Mariners …

Matt Calkins: Never-say-die Mariners are living large again in the Northwest

Mike Zunino was around when the Mariners fell one game shy of making the playoffs in 2014. He was around for the second-half surge that briefly placed them second in …

UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 11:51 p.m.

Rob Curley: For one night, Gonzaga fans turned Safeco Field into McCarthey West … and it was perfect

The Mariners have been hosting Gonzaga Nights for years now, but Saturday’s was as perfect as one could be. And one of the most attended as nearly 2,000 Bulldog fans …

Matt Calkins: Major League Baseball should install stiffer penalties for drug cheaters

Eighty-game suspensions. Bans on postseason play. Ruined reputations, tarnished legacies and, of course, lighter wallets.

UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Larry Stone: Greatness has always been in James Paxton – this is his breakthrough moment

With James Paxton, it always seemed to be about unfulfilled potential, fueled by tantalizing glimpses of greatness amid maddening injuries that stymied him.

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: What are the Mariners thinking? Keeping Ichiro is purely illogical

So … are the Mariners going to bring Griffey back again? Maybe sign Randy Johnson to strengthen the rotation? Hell, if the price is right, they can probably lure Russell …

UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

Larry Stone: Baseball’s cruel nature on display in loss of game, Nelson Cruz for Mariners

Scott Servais was in the dugout Saturday, engrossed in the Mariners’ comeback attempt against Cleveland, when the unfathomable news was relayed to him: En route to the batting cage midgame,

UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

Larry Stone: Felix Hernandez shows he can still be an ace for Mariners with opening-day performance

Opening day comes accompanied by its own built-in charms, of course, even when it happens at night.

UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Larry Stone: Seattle Mariners’ record playoff drought could end this season (but probably not)

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away – metaphorically, at least – the Mariners owned this town.

UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Analysis: Poor past decisions could come back to haunt Seattle Mariners this season

As another major-league baseball season draws near, it is past time for Seattle Mariners fans and readers to face some unpleasant facts.

UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Larry Stone: Mariners in for a treat if Mike Zunino delivers on tremendous potential

Last May, the Mariners sent Mike Zunino to the minor leagues in the latest attempt to smooth out a swing that clearly wasn’t working.

Larry Stone: A different side of Ichiro emerges in return to Mariners

In a news conference to discuss his one-year contract with the Mariners, Ichiro was more sentimental. The 44-year-old recognizes that his role in the game has changed irrevocably and appears …