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Archives: Jan. 2011

Jan.
31st

Jamey Wright gets invitation to camp

Seattle invited yet another non-roster player to spring training today – veteran right-handed pitcher Jamey Wright, who finished the 2010 season as a member of the Mariners bullpen.

Wright, 36, appeared in 28 games with the Mariners last season, going 0-1 with a 3.41 ERA after starting the year in Cleveland. He has appeared in 466 games – 246 of those starts – with eight big-league teams: Colorado, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Texas, San Francisco, St. Louis, Cleveland and Seattle.

The Mariners have invited 21 non-roster players to camp, which opens for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 13.

Jan.
31st

Scouting report, 2011: Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez RHP

Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
Age: 24

2010 salary: $6.5 million

2010 stats: 13-12 with a league-leading 2.27 ERA in 249 innings over 34 starts

2010 highlights

Won a Cy Young Award with a dominant season in which he did everything but win games. “He always had that late-breaking curve and mid-’90s fastball,” former Mariners pitching coach Stan Williams said. “I never knew how anybody ever hit him, and last year not many guys did.” Despite the lowest run support (3.07) in the American League,

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Jan.
31st

Mariners a no-show in AL West poll

The Orange County Register in Southern California is conducting an on-line poll to determine which American League West team improved the mos during the off-season and, not surprisingly, the Los Angeles Angels have the early lead with 29 per cent of the vote.

The Texas Rangers, who added Adrian Beltre, Arthur Rhodes and Brandon Webb, among others, is second with 15 per cent, and Oakland third at 13 per cent.

And the Seattle Mariners? Well, they didn’t finish. They didn’t even get started –

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Jan.
28th

Report: A’s interested in Chone Figgins

Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times mentions in this notebook that the A’s are interested in acquiring Chone Figgins from the A’s in the return for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and possibly a pitcher.

Despite the A’s busy offseason, indications are that they might not be done shaping the roster. A source with knowledge of the situation said the A’s are trying to trade for Seattle infielder Chone Figgins, and that current A’s third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and perhaps a pitcher could be shipped to the Mariners in return.

And now, Buster Olney is reporting via Twitter

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Jan.
27th

Eric Wedge: “I demand more of myself than anybody”

AP Photo

Eric Wedge spoke for 31 minutes at today’s pre-spring training media banquet. His opening statement was nine minutes. And nearly every word of that 31 minutes was filled with intensity and passion as Wedge’s eyes pierced and danced as he answered questions.

Here’s some of his comments  …

One thing that Jack and I felt agreed with was that we needed to bring in some tough, experienced major league players in here. It’s what we’ve done. That’s important because you gotta be some kind of tough to be a good major league baseball player and you’ve got be some kind of tough to be a good major league baseball team. That doesn’t happen over night. And when you have examples of that with veteran players, then it helps those younger players get there that much quicker. And that’s something we have to do here.

To understand what it means to be a Seattle Mariner is going to be one of our top priorities this spring – one of our top priorities throughout the course of this year.

More importantly when we get there and we’re in front of each other and they start to look into our eyes, and my eyes and each others’ eyes, they are going to understand that this is real. And it’s, go time. Let’s start to get this heading into the right direction in regards to what we are trying to accomplish.

The intangibles are going to be very important to me and to us this spring. Like I said, establishing that identity, understanding what it means to have that pride in regards to the Seattle Mariners, understanding what it means to go out there and be the best you can be day in and day out. A lot of stuff sounds like cliché, but it’s not. That’s the way are going to operate. Those are the expectations we are going to have.

I don’t assume anything. I do hold people accountable, myself first and foremost, staff probably right here with them and of course the players. But this spring will be a long spring. If you are coming to spring training, you better be prepared to have some long days because we have a lot of work to do.

A big part of what we are trying to do is not just that the understand what it means to be a Seattle Mariner, but part of that how they handle themselves, what their mindset is when they come to the ballpark, what their mindset is when they leave the ballpark.

When Jack mentioned the type of team he was looking for, we want our kids to come to the ballpark and play good, smart, hardnosed baseball. That’s what we want. We want them to be fun to watch because they do go play good, smart, hardnosed baseball. We want you to know that they are going to come the ballpark each and every day and be all in for that three hours or whatever it is. There’s going to be some good days and there’s going to be some bad days. It will most definitely be fun.

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Jan.
27th

Adam Kennedy: “It’s just not acceptable to be driving in that situation.”

Recently signed middle infielder Adam Kennedy was arrested Wednesday evening in Newport Beach, Calif., on suspicion of driving under the influence by the California Highway Patrol.

Kennedy was pulled over in his pickup at 9:11 p.m. on state route 73. He was released early Thursday morning.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik was notified about the arrest during the team’s pre-spring training media luncheon, Thursday at Safeco Field. He said the team has “no comment” until it gathers all the details surrounding the arrest.

However, Kennedy did comment. In face, he got the phone numbers of the local beat writers to

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Jan.
27th

Bonus baseball coming… Marlins series moved to Seattle

Seattle Mariners fans will be treated to three extra games at Safeco Field and they can thank Bono, The Edge and the Florida Marlins.

Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that the interleague series between the Mariners and the Marlins on June 24-26 scheduled to be played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami has been switched to Safeco Field.

“There was a scheduling conflict,” said Mariners vice president of communications Randy Adamack.

The conflict? The band U2 will be performing at Sun Life on June 29. While there isn’t a direct conflict, the bad needs several days to setup its

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Jan.
26th

Former Mariner Gil Meche talks about his retirement to the NYT

What’s your best Gil Meche memory? Ok, “best” might not be the ideal world since Meche could be agonizingly frustrating during his time with the Mariners. There was little question about his talent. But he just could never seem to put it together. He would look fantastic one game, and then he would fall apart in his next start. I remember sitting there watching the game in 2006 where he gave up nine runs in less than two innings of work to the Texas Rangers.

And of course there were the shoulder problems. When I was an intern, I remember

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