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Seattle Mariners 2014 Team Preview

Robinson Cano looks on while the reigning king of the Mariners let’s the creepy camera man take a picture.

The 2014 previews continue onward, with today’s team being the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners preview is written by a Reds fan living in Seattle, Taylor Wolfe. Taylor has written for the site for a good long while. You can follow him on twitter here, or see some of his past work on MLB Beef or Diamond Hoggers.

The sun is just beginning to break through the gray of winter in the Pacific NW.  The sun is a rare sight in the winter unless you are skiing in the cascades or up high enough in the mountains.  But when the sun comes, it comes gloriously, bringing 70 degree days and baseball.  The quality of the summer days cannot be debated.  The quality of the team that trots out onto SafeCo field is another matter.

The Mariners made (maybe) the biggest splash in the offseason after several years of mediocrity – signing Robinson Cano as a free agent from the Yankees.  The signing has come with surprisingly little fan far in Seattle.  The biggest reason is likely that no one has been thinking about baseball while the Seahawks were winning the Super Bowl.  With two highly paid veterans and most of the young talent on the club or quickly approaching, it seems the Mariners might be poised to contend.  The biggest problem are 3 other teams in their division.  The Rangers, Angels, and A’s all have real sights on the postseason.

So we know the Mariners dropped a pot of gold in Cano’s lap, but what else did they do anything else to help out a team that finished 71-91 last year. Continue reading

A Date that will life in Baseball Infamy: The Biogenesis Suspenions Hit

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And ‘that’; as they say, is ‘that’. Isn’t that what was said when Tommy got whacked in Goodfellas?

Today we learned who got pinched in the PED Biogenesis case.

Those unexpected players, as reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, are the Mets’ Jordany Valdespin, the Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo, and the Astros’ Sergio Escalona.

Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal reports that those three, as well as Texas’s Nelson Cruz, San Diego’s Everth Cabrera, and Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta will be accepting 50-game suspensions, the same as a failed test under the Joint Drug Agreement.

Additional players facing punishment include Seattle’s Jesus Montero, the Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli, and minor leaguers Cesar Puello (Mets), Fautino De Los Santos (free agent), Fernando Martinez (Yankees), and Jordan Norberto (free agent). All are expected to receive 50-game suspensions.

Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, and Yasmani Grandal will not face further punishment, as they have already served 50-game suspensions for failing drug tests. Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month. Cesar Carrillo, a minor leaguer whose name appeared in Biogenesis documents, was handed a 100-game suspension and was subsequently released by the Tigers.

Washington’s Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore’s Danny Valencia, despite being mentioned in early Biogenesis reports, have been cleared of wrongdoing by MLB’s investigation.

I’ll be the saddest to see Everth Cabrera go for my own selfish reasons. It’s too bad the thefty little son of a bitch couldn’t outrun this problem.

If baseball had a history textbook (Ken Burns’ documentary doesn’t quite count), this would be a very important historical chapter. At any minute now we could learn that Alex Rodriguez is done forever.

2013 Seattle Mariners Team Preview

Our team previews start in the northwest of the US where the weather says baseball is still months away, but I believe the calendar.  The Seattle Mariners represent a bit of what I love about baseball.  Perpetual hope.  They might not be the best now, but they have plenty of young talent that make the future look brighter.

Let’s do a run down of the Mariners.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Acquired Kendrys Morales to bolster beleaguered lineup.
  • Acquired Michael Morse for the same reason.
  • Inked their ace, Felix Hernandez, to a 7 year $175m deal.
  • Moved the outfield walls in at SafeCo field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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The Baseball Show: If You Could Have a Beer With ________ Edition

Last night on another thrilling edition in the saga of The Baseball Show, Mike Rosenbaum of The Golden Sombrero and M.J. Lloyd of Halo Hangout and Off Base Percentage and I discuss the following topics:

-The Yu Darvish signing
-M.J.’s ProGUESTus Debut at Baseball Prospectus
-The Pineda for Montero trade
-Fausto Carmona is Roberto Heredia. If you had a faux name, who would you be?
-The best prospect haul for a pitcher this off-season
-ASK M.J.

As always we had some laughs and got a good idea for next week’s show; memorabilia talk and Mickey Mantle stories. If you have some time to listen to this week’s show on a Friday in the office or over the weekend we will hopefully make you laugh or enlighten your day by talking baseball and a lot of other topics.