PEORIA, Ariz. – The grunts from Emerson Hancock as he fired pitches to Cal Raleigh didn’t carry the echoing volume familiar from the days of Robbie Ray, whose primal exhortations are now heard in Giants camp over in nearby Scottsdale.
PEORIA, Ariz. – As the third day of workouts for Mariners pitchers and catchers ended Saturday afternoon with a cloudless sky and the temperature reaching 76 degrees, this spring training has been, well, normal.
So ... is it possible they got better? Football season is behind us, spring training is here, and the state of the Mariners is at the forefront of Seattle fans' minds. This is a team that has been competitive in each of the past three seasons (89.3 wins per year) and broke a playoff drought in 2022 — but has drawn ire and prompted skepticism from fans this offseason.
Feb. 14—When Nelson Cruz played his last game as a member of the Mariners in 2018, the organization decided to shift away from having a full-time designated hitter. It's a philosophy they were adamant to embrace for reasons based on need or availability or some combination of both. Instead of finding another slugger that could be a daily presence in the lineup, a hitter that they likely ...
Feb. 13—Julio Rodriguez, it appeared, had some pretty sweet seats inside Allegiant Stadium to watch the Super Bowl in Las Vegas on Sunday. Soon after the Kansas City Chiefs closed out a dramatic victory over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, Rodriguez posted a picture on social media of the Chiefs' celebration on the field. Along with the picture, he wrote: "I want to know what that feels ...
SEATTLE – In the days after the 2018 season ended with the Seattle Mariners failing to make the postseason again, Mariners ownership approved the plan of then-general manager Jerry Dipoto to start a rebuilding process, eventually labeled a “step back.”
SEATTLE – Each offseason, the Seattle Mariners have introduced fans to phrases used often in their current leadership group to describe the thinking and justification for their actions, including acquisitions or lack thereof.
Like an obscure trivia category played by patrons watching a Seattle Mariners game at a sports bar, or perhaps a frustrating exercise to prove the level of a person’s fandom, listing off the players that failed to fill the role and success of stalwart catcher Dan Wilson in the seasons that followed his retirement in 2005 is not easy or enjoyable.
If the Mariners are going to contend in the American League West in 2024, they'll do so on the strength of their starting pitching. Through all the upheaval and uncertainty this winter, the Mariners approach the start of spring training next week having accomplished one of their primary objectives of the offseason: They made five notable trades to reshape their lineup.
SEATTLE – The Mariners’ annual, but largely unfruitful search for consistent production from the second base position over the last five seasons continued with yet another new candidate for the upcoming season.
SEATTLE – As gray skies cover Puget Sound and raindrops feel commonplace, it’s difficult to comprehend how quickly the Major League Baseball season is approaching. Pitchers and catchers are required to report to spring training on Feb. 14 – the unofficial start of spring training and the 2024 season.
In offseasons past, where the climate surrounding the organization was more than withering skepticism, the trio of moves made by the Mariners over the last two weeks, including two trades Friday, might have been met with optimism.