Stories tagged: Vince Grippi
Sun., July 23, 2017, 9:09 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Numbers don’t favor Mariners down the stretch
Don’t let anyone sell you that baloney baseball is a game of inches. All games involve inches – or segments thereof. Baseball is a game of numbers.
UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 9:29 p.m.
Grip on Sports: Mariners need help as trade deadline looms
July is always fun. And this July should finish on a real enjoyable roll. That’s because it’s trade season in major league baseball. And we may finally find out if …
Sun., July 9, 2017
Vince Grippi: Mariners have been on stomach-churning ride
Since scaling the 39-37 peak, Seattle’s thrill ride has been mostly a fast descent. The M’s are 4-10 since. Nothing, not even Silverwood’s Timber Terror, has supplied more highs and …
Sun., July 2, 2017, 7:22 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Mariners could still create some fireworks in second half
Independence Day has always been a line of demarcation in baseball. It’s been that way since the days Babe Ruth was getting people out instead of hitting them out.
UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Figuratively or literally, Mariners’ second-half task is clear
The halfway point in this Mariners season will be reached Friday in Anaheim. From then on it will be downhill, literally if not figuratively.
UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Grippi: So far, Mariners going nowhere in a hurry
For the Mariners right now, it’s almost as if the only view we have is from below. They seem to be paddling feverishly, trying to get somewhere in the American …
Sun., June 11, 2017, 8:24 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Mariners must draft well to turn franchise around
It’s a big week for the Mariners. No, not the games, which began quite poorly Sunday with a 4-0 shutout loss to their new bête noire, Toronto. The week is …
UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Ariel Miranda a complete surprise for Mariners
If you had Ariel Miranda throwing the Mariners’ first complete game of the season in the office pool, it’s time to find a new job.
UPDATED: Sun., May 28, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Last year’s have-nots improving while Mariners decline
May is melting away. It will soon be June, with the dog days of summer quick on its heels. And yet we don’t know what type of Mariner team we …
UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Safeco remains great place to catch a ballgame
This past weekend I decided to become reacquainted with Safeco Field.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Mariners enduring more than their share of injuries, especially on the mound
There are a lot of dangerous occupations out there. Logger. Fisherman. Roofer. Seattle Mariners starting pitcher.
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 9:53 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Of all the Mariners’ woes through the years, the biggest has been at catcher
Over the course of their 40 years, the Seattle Mariners have struggled to fill certain positions.
UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 9:01 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Math daunting, but not impossible, for Mariners
The season is 26 games old. At least it is for the Mariners. So it seems appropriate to ask that age-old question: Where are we now?
UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Mariners’ big win may or may not mean something
The Mariners’ 11-1 win over Oakland on Sunday – their only victory in the four-game series and only their second on the road this season – is a step in …
UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Vince Grippi: Seattle Mariners spend a lot of time in past, maybe understandably
When my kids were young, Easter egg hunts were often done in the snow. They had to shovel the steps and sidewalk even to get where the bunny had dropped …
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
We’ll be here through thick and (maybe a lot of) thin following the M’s
It isn’t easy being a Mariners fan on the east side of the Cascades.
UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 12:35 a.m.
TV Take: Nothing – not even that pesky ‘monkey’ – gets in Gonzaga’s way
“Gonzaga is headed to the Final Four.” And with that Brian Anderson statement seconds after the Bulldogs’ 83-59 Elite Eight victory over Xavier ended, Zags fans around the nation could …
Sun., Oct. 4, 2015
A Grip on Sports: Jeremy Affeldt made way as reliable middleman
Friday: Jeremy Affeldt may not be the most physically talented baseball player to come out of Spokane, but he’s easily the most successful. That is, if you use team success …
Sun., Sept. 27, 2015
Even ‘Yankee haters’ loved Yogi
WEDNESDAY: As Yogi used to say, it ain’t over until it’s over. Sadly, the saying is true of life as well as baseball. Though maybe not in Yogi Berra’s case. …
Sun., Aug. 30, 2015
Grip on Sports: Jack Zduriencik never stuck to one plan
Saturday: Mariners president Kevin Mather sent general manager Jack Zduriencik on his way after seven years. Mather, who has been in his position for about a year, cited a lack …
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Grip on Sports: Face of Vandals not flattering
Friday: What do you want out of a college football coach? Most fans would say wins. Or an entertaining team. Others at a university might cite academics and a commitment …
Sun., Aug. 16, 2015
Grip on Sports: There was a whole lot of interest in Vernon Adams’ math final
Friday: When you were in college, did anyone, other than your parents, care if you passed your math test? Vernon Adams takes one final math test as an undergraduate and …
Sun., Aug. 2, 2015
Grip on Sports: What could have been for Mariners
Friday: Why is it when I heard the news yesterday that the M’s had traded Dustin Ackley to the Yankees, I immediately thought of the “Sound of Music?” You know, …
Sun., July 19, 2015
Grip on Sports: Quick turnaround could save M’s Jack Zduriencik, Lloyd McClendon
Friday: The All-Star break is over. The unofficial second half of the baseball season begins today. What will happen with the Mariners? No one knows for sure, but a lot …
Sun., July 12, 2015
Grip on Sports: EWU takes center stage, for a day at least
FRIDAY: Here we are in the middle of July and we are offering a post chock full of Eastern Washington University news. That’s a bit unusual. Now before all you …
Sun., July 5, 2015
Grip on Sports: When Robinson Cano hits, so do Mariners
Thursday: Want to hear something odd and strange? Robinson Cano had four hits last night. Yes, in one game. No, I haven’t been drinking. For just the third time in …
Sun., June 28, 2015
Grip on Sports: Hisashi Iwakuma’s return could define M’s
Wednesday: In a week or two, Hisashi Iwakuma will come off the disabled list. The M’s will have to find the right-handed pitcher a spot on the roster and in …
Sun., June 21, 2015
Grip on Sports: Sympathy not a word previously used in association with Tiger Woods
Friday: I’m not the biggest Tiger Woods fan. Arrogance turns me off. Woods was as arrogant as one could get – up until that night in Florida about seven years …
Sun., May 24, 2015
A Grip on Sports: Inconsistent umpire hampers Mariners’ chances
Friday: In the Mariners’ game (Thursday), I was a bit shocked to see umpire John Tumpane’s strike zone. According to the pitch-tracker, Tumpane, a Triple-A callup working the series, called …
Sun., May 17, 2015
Management has dropped the ball
Friday: There is a classified ad I expect to see soon, either up on Craigslist or the local Seattle newspapers. Yep, what I’m expecting should read something like this: