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Archives: Jan. 2011

Jan.
26th

Mariners Fanfest is this weekend

Baseball is rapidly approaching. Pitchers and catchers report on February 14. And the first spring training game is on March 1.

If you are looking for an early baseball fix, the always popular Mariners Fanfest is this weekend at Safeco Field. For people who have never been to the event, it’s an excellent chance for kids to see the field up close, see the players and just get the entire baseball experience.

Like in past years, kids will be able to run around the bases. They will be able to catch pop flies and and even try and hit

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Jan.
25th

Zduriencik on KJR: “Milton’s going to get a chance to come in and compete for a job.”

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik went on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show today talking about the team.

“I’ve been in the game for 28 years, and this group was the most under-achieving group of players I’d ever been around,”  Zduriencik said about last season.

Perhaps the most pressing issue is Milton Bradley, who didn’t seem to fit into the Mariners plans for next season, and with his recent arrest really seems to have pushed himself out.

When asked if Bradley was going to be on the team come spring training, Zduriencik said:

“Milton’s going to get a chance to come

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Jan.
25th

A few random notes and thoughts …

I’m back after a prolonged hiatus on the blog. Where was I? Well for a good portion of the time I was covering football – college, professional and recruiting. There are stretches in the baseball offseason where I do that – out of need and by choice. We just don’t have as large of staff as we used to, and well, I like covering the other sports too. It’s kind of a nice reprieve and it at times makes me appreciate covering baseball that much more.

Besides Larry was doing a pretty solid job with the scouting reports and such.

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Jan.
24th

An update on the Cheney Stadium renovation from Mike Curto

Longtime Tacoma Rainiers radio play-by-play man Mike Curto is a friend of mine and this blog. He should be the next radio announcer for the Seattle Mariners – but that is another long blog post for another time.

But Curto, who also writes a minor league notebook for us on Sundays and covers some road Rainiers games for us, also has his own blog called Mike … of Mic.

And he offered us some photos and commentary of the renovation as he did a walking tour of the place the other day.

Check out the full blog HERE

Jan.
20th

Mariners sign OF Gerut, P Robertson

The Mariners signed two veterans to minor league free agent contracts – outfielder Jody Gerut and left-handed pitcher Nate Robertson.

Both were invited to spring training. That brings the number of non-roster invitees to 19. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13.

Gerut, 33, has appeared in 574 career games with the Indians (2003-05), Cubs (2005), Pirates (2005), Padres (2008-09) and Brewers (2009-10). He appeared in 32 games with the Brewers last season (.197, 2 HR, 8 RBI) before being sidelined for over two months with a bruised left heel. He finished the season at Portland (AAA) in the Padres

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Jan.
18th

Bradley arrested, released

Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley was arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles for allegedly threatening a woman.

Officer Karen Rayner told the Los Angeles Times Bradley was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats. He was released from the Van Nuys jail this afternoon after posting $50,000 bail.  The identity of the woman or details of the alleged threats were not released, according to The Times.

The Mariners released a statement by general manager Jack Zduriencik. The statement:

“After reaching Milton Bradley’s representatives tonight I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles. While

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Jan.
14th

Ex-Mariners populate baseball’s recycling list

Spring is baseball’s eternal season of hope – and recycling – with players on the fringe of the game looking for jobs and every team in the majors hoping to find a gem among the 15-20 non-roster names invited to camp.

The Seattle Mariners have plenty of non-roster invitees this spring, from veteran catcher Josh Bard to pitchers like Charlie Haeger, Denny Bautisa, Yusmeiro Petit and Royce Ring. Will any of them make the team? They’re all longshots, more likely to earn minor league jobs, which would make them insurance policies for the opening day 25-man roster.

A year

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Jan.
13th

Mariners scouting report 2011: Doug Fister

Doug Fister, RHP

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6-8
Weight: 190
Age: 26

2010 salary: $401,000

2010 stats: 28 starts, 171 innings, 6-11 with a 4.11 ERA.

2010 highlights

The feel-good story of the first eight weeks of the season, Fister allowed three runs or less in each of his first nine starts. In 10 no-decisions, he left the game with the lead seven times. “At his size, the downward plane of his pitches, some nights hitters don’t seem to pick him up and the ball is on them,” Tacoma manager Daren

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