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Rebuilds are the supreme test of a baseball fan’s soul.
You want to love the Seattle Mariners, you really do. Right? But for so many years, the love affair has been unrequited, leading to little else but heartache and despair. You give, but they don’t give back.
When general manager Jerry Dipoto convinced Kevin Mather and chairman John Stanton to start a rebuild after the 2018 season, most of the more recognizable Mariners names were traded (Robinson Cano, James Paxton and Mike Zunino) — or not re-signed (Nelson Cruz).
This was supposed to be a quiet offseason for Seattle.
It was about the most spirited spring one could imagine for the Mariners. This is what happens when (now former) team president Kevin Mather insults a good chunk of the team on camera in front of a Rotary club.
About four minutes before the first pitch of Friday night’s Cactus League showdown between the hated “natural” rivals that are the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, with bragging rights for the metaphorical ownership of the Peoria Sports Complex on the line, the much-anticipated and hotly debated decision of Jarred Kelenic making the opening-day roster was announced with an email and a tweet of multiple roster moves.
It took all of three games into their Cactus League schedule to find a single moment to perfectly encapsulate what’s going on with Seattle.
This was not the day that was expected or desired, but it’s the day manager Scott Servais and general manager Jerry Dipoto were given to endure by their former boss and his calamitous comments that have rocked the organization.
Before the first Seattle Mariners’ workout of the spring Thursday in Peoria, Arizona, manager Scott Servais began his Zoom news conference by exclaiming, “I love this team! I really do.”
While the Puget Sound recovers from Snowmageddon 2021, the sun will be shining and temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s as Mariners pitchers and catchers report to the team’s facility in Peoria, Arizona, on Wednesday for mandatory physicals.
With three weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Peoria for 2021 Major League Baseball spring training in Arizona, Scott Servais is on the verge of beginning his sixth season as Seattle Mariners manager.
Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais held his first media session since the season finale Sept. 27, but there wasn’t much news to talk about, and the most notable thing might have been that the session was on a Zoom call from T-Mobile Park instead of from the winter meetings in Texas.
SEATTLE – Sometime around the midpoint of the truncated 60-game season, Scott Servais noticed an obvious shift in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse.
Whether it's in the field, at the plate or on the bases, Julio Rodriguez knows one way to play baseball in games and practice – with maximum effort. The combination of that relentless attitude, tireless work ethic and a bundle of raw talent, strength and athleticism has made him into one of the top prospects in the Mariners' organization and all of baseball.
SEATTLE – At first, it seemed like it would be a quick and easy analysis. The plan, which most baseball writers will do in the next few days, was to project the group of 60 players that the Mariners expect to invite to participate in spring training 2.0, or perhaps if you prefer “summer camp” … hat tip to Steve Bonaci on Twitter for that moniker.
Even with Major League Baseball shut down and spring-training sites devoid of players or activity, teams can still make roster moves, cutting players from spring training and re-assigning them or optioning them to minor-league teams.
Yes, robo-umps are coming fast, and when they get here nothing will be quite the same.
In past years, the first day of full-squad workouts has often been greeted by cooler temperatures, cloudy skies and even rain. Tuesday, though, as the Mariners held their first full-squad workout of 2020, the Phoenix area offered the perfect cliché of what spring training weather is supposed to be: blue skies, warm-to-hot sun and temps nearing 80 degrees.
The last time Taijuan Walker had set foot in the Mariners’ spring training clubhouse was April 2016. But on Wednesday morning, as Mariners pitchers and catchers reported for their physicals, Walker was back in the place where he appeared in his first major league camp.
The mere phrase “pitchers and catchers report” is always enough to thrill the senses – even if you know going in that those pitchers and catchers are not nearly good enough to compete for a title.