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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Larry Stone: Ahead of ‘huge year’ as the Mariners’ starting second baseman, Shed Long is working hard to improve defensively

You can see them together virtually every desert morning, Shed Long and Perry Hill, working on whatever quirky drill the 67-year-old zen master of the infield has devised.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Larry Stone: Even with a bleak Mariners outlook, there’s plenty of joy and intrigue with spring training

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Larry Stone: Jerry Dipoto says Mariners’ 2020 success won’t be measured by wins. You’ll have to wait till next year for those.

The Mariners’ pre-spring training luncheon traditionally is an opportunity to pump up the fan base with optimism and good vibes for the season to come.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

Larry Stone: The worst might be yet to come for Mariners. So when will things turn for the better?

You know it had to have killed Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto to be a benign observer to the most active winter meetings in recent memory.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Larry Stone: Late Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly was a weaver of tales, and here are some favorites

Late Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly was a weaver of tales, and here are some favorites


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Larry Stone: After ‘step-back’ season, Mariners must develop stars to bridge gap with MLB postseason teams

It’s readily evident that the Mariners, as presently constituted, aren’t even in the same ballpark as the 10 teams that qualified for the postseason.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

Assessing the step back: The Mariners’ 2019 season had a little good, but mostly bad and ugly

The Mariners began the 2019 season offering false hope to their fans. What followed that hot start was a step back in almost every facet of the game.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

Larry Stone: Nobody thought the step back would be this painful, but Mariners are better down on the farm

But we’ve reached August, and I’m still waiting for the fun part, outside of the two-week stretch that may well become a legendary example of false omens.


UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019

Larry Stone: An admiration of the magic of Cooperstown ahead of Edgar Martinez’s Hall of Fame induction

Even in the dead of winter, Cooperstown is baseball heaven, its mecca – the “soul of baseball,” as Jeff Idelson, the outgoing president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, …


With the Mariners trending toward 95 losses, how does Scott Servais measure their improvement?

Even for a team that will likely finish last in the American League West Division, there is much to be gained in these final months of the season.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Larry Stone: Mariners slugger Daniel Vogelbach shows he’s not a ‘4A’ player, he’s an All-Star

The All-Star Game selection is a rare bright spot in this gloomy Mariners season, and another milepost on Daniel Vogelbach’s journey toward full-fledged folk-hero status.


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Larry Stone: With the Mariners’ unsurprising fire sale in full swing, the front office must soon open its wallet

If this rebuild is going to meet its timetable, the Mariners are going to need a little outside help.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Matt Calkins: Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez’s injury provides a much-needed break

The Mariners’ most dominant pitcher of this century is going to be out for the next four to six weeks.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

Matt Calkins: Mariners have been swerving all over the place, and lately right into the ditch

The first 15 games of the season were an aberration. The 2019 “step back” was interrupted by a Beamon-esque leap forward that gave you guys MLB’s best record.


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019

Larry Stone: Alex Rodriguez, back with ESPN, reflects on leaving Seattle

As former Mariners star Alex Rodriguez flew into Seattle on Wednesday, he gave his two daughters, who have accompanied him on the trip, a quick tutorial on the city’s entrepreneurial …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019

Larry Stone: Worry about the rebuild later, savor the unbeaten Mariners while you can

We’ll deal with the rebuilding plan later. You can worry about the potential pitfalls and pratfalls another time. For now, the operative words are “blowout” and “unbeaten.”


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Matt Calkins: If you like spring training, you’re in luck – the Mariners’ season will be six months of it

Do you clear a week to head out to Arizona every March? Is spring training your favorite part of the year?


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Larry Stone: After emotional trip to Japan, Mariners need to turn page to realities of regular season

It was swallowed up by the afterglow of Ichiro’s emotional departure, but there was another memorable heartstring-tugging moment in the eighth inning of the Mariners’ Tokyo finale.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

Larry Stone: Hunter Strickland hopes fresh start with Mariners results in positive vibes

When Hunter Strickland talks about his fresh start in 2019, it’s about more than changing teams and leagues.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

Larry Stone: Mariners can’t ‘stop it’ when raving about legendary infield coach Perry Hill

In the rather mundane world of infield instruction, there are two legends in the industry. Ron Washington is one. Perry Hill is the other. He’s got a trademark catchphrase – …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,” …