PEORIA, Ariz. – Maybe it’s because he knows it’s unlikely to happen again. Perhaps it’s because he can’t forget seasons past when they tried to piece together an excessive number of bullpen starts or relied upon too many “Quad A” pitchers who needed everything to work right to just be serviceable.
SEATTLE – This year, spring training wasn’t a time to soak in the sunshine. It was easily the coldest stretch of weather in three-plus decades in the desert – although I understand the temperatures started rising practically the moment I got through security at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.
Evan White likes to look at the hidden blessings of the two-year ordeal that brought his promising Mariners’ career to a screeching halt. Like being able to be there for the birth of his son, Kade, last August. It’s a healthy way to process a miserable stretch of health issues.
If Teoscar Hernandez was bitter about what transpired, he's done an outstanding job of hiding it. There was no lashing out at the Mariners or the system used by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. That has never been part of his personality.
PEORIA, Ariz. – While any drama about last year’s opening-day starter seemed a bit manufactured, this year there’s no reason to even ask which Mariners pitcher will jog to the T-Mobile Park mound March 30 to open the 2023 season.