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Archives: Sep. 2011

Sep.
22nd

Wells lost for the season, still undiagnosed

An outfielder who showed right-handed power in Safeco Field, Casper Wells has been battling an equilibrium problem for weeks and will not play again this season for the Seattle Mariners.

“I didn’t go with the team and I’ve seen a couple of doctors this week and found out what it isn’t, we just haven’t figured out yet what it is,” Wells said. “I don’t want the perception to be I’m taking it easy – the last few weeks, I couldn’t pick up the fastball.

“ At first I thought it was my eyes, then I thought maybe some kind of sinus

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Sep.
20th

Mariners re-up with 710 ESPN, add McIlvaine

The Seattle Mariners and their rado partner 710 ESPN agreed on a ‘multi-year’ extension today, one that will keep the Mariners and their fans on familiar airwaves.

And yesterday, while my eyes were dilated for any number of annual tests, general manager Jack Zduriencik was adding another special assistant to his front office staff – Joe McIlvane. If you recognize the name, you should – McIlvane has been in the game for decades as a general manager, scouting director and scout.

 McIlvaine, 64, has worked with the Minnesota Twins since 1998, holding a Special Assistant to the GM title since

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Sep.
18th

Forget wins/losses – think strikeouts now

By virtue of their 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners are now 63-89 with 10 games to play, have been shutout 14 times – and are on the threshold of American League history.

After striking out 14 times today, the Mariners now have 1,201 strikeouts in 2011. That’s only 91 short of the recor Tampa set a year ago for the most strikeouts in a single season.

“The left-handers were waving at some breaking balls out of the zone. We weren’t on the fastball like we needed to be on the fastball. When we were in hitters’

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Sep.
18th

Figgins is done, other Mariners ailing

Eric Wedge made what most of us suspected official this morning – Chone Figgins will not play for the Seattle Mariners again this season.

In fact, Figgins won’t travel with the team on its final trip, staying behind and undergoing more tests on his ailing right hip. Figgins will end his second season in Seattle with a .188 batting average, and whether he is with the team next spring depends entirely on whether Jack Zduriencik can unload the $17 million remaining on his contract.

Z will try.

As Wedge was going through a small list of hurting Mariners – Brendan

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Sep.
17th

Cortes done for season with off-field injury

Dan Cortes, whose right arm has shown promise – but whose spotty control has caused problems – is through pitching for the Seattle Mariners this season after breaking a bone in his right hand in an ‘off-field incident.’

Cortes apparently hurt himself Thursday, was x-rayed Friday and diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal in his pitching hand. That will gake aproximaely three weeks to heal, after which Cortes will be free to pitch winter ball.

Just how Cortes hurt himself is a matter of intrigue. A teams spokesman could say only that Cortes was hurt during a

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Sep.
17th

A big rookie crop – now, pick the cream

Four rookies in the starting lineup today, a fifth on the mound and seemingly hundreds of them brought through the Seattle Mariners roster in 2011.

How many will be back in 2012?

“You’re going to see quite a few,” manager Eric Wedge said today.

That, of course, depends on what general manager Jack Zduriencik does this winter – some of which may revolve around packaging rookies and dealing them to fill a particular need. No one, however, can fail to have seen a wide talent range as Seattle has developed, acquired and auditioned players this season.

So, who do you

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Sep.
16th

Mariners add another baseball mind to the mix

For years, one of the criticisms of the Seattle Mariners front office was the lack of anyone who’d ever played the game at the major league level, a hole general manager Jack Zduriencik has tried to patch.

Today, Zduriencik hired one-time  Cy Young  Award winnng pitcher Pete Vuckovich, who has worked as a coach, player personnel executive, television analyst and special scout in his post-playing career.

Vuckovichk, 58, is now a special advisor to Zduriencik, joining Ted Simmons – an eight-time All-Star during a long playng career – in the front office.

“Pete is one of the brightest baseball minds

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Sep.
14th

A walk-off HR from L-Rod beats Yankees

The Seattle Mariners held the New York Yankees to four hits in 12 innings, then got a walk off home run from infielder Luis Rodriguez to win their 62nd game of the season, 2-1.

Jason Vargas went 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run, and his bullpen – Jamey Wright, Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen and Steve Delabar – shut the Yankees out the rest of the night.

Wilhelmsen and Delabar, rookies who tended bar and taught school, respectively, showed off in their new chosen professions, with Delabar picking up his first major league win in his second big-league appearance.

The

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