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Archives: Oct. 2012


More roster moves: Mariners outright DH Luis Jimenez

The Mariners made yet another predictable roster move today with the announcement that designated hitter and sometime first baseman Luis Jimenez has been outrighted to Triple A Tacoma, taking him off the 40-man roster.

That leaves Seattle with two open spots on the 40-man.

Because he will be a sixth-year minor league player, Jimenez can accept the outrighted assignment to Tacoma or choose to become a minor league free agent.

Jimenez, 30, made his big league debut appearing in 7 games with the Mariners in 2012, going 1-for-17 (.059) at the plate. He spent a bulk of the season with

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Mariners decline option on Miguel Olivo, release Munenori Kawasaki

The Mariners made a pair of roster moves today, both of which were not completely unexpected.

The organization decided to part ways with both Miguel Olivo and Munenori Kawasaki.

The Mariners declined to pick up $3 million club option on Olivo for the 2013 season making him a free agent.

Olivo, 34, appeared in 87 games in 2012, starting a team-high 68 games at catcher. He hit .222 (70×315) with 12 home runs and 29 RBI, his seventh consecutive season with double-digits in home runs. Behind the plate he ranked tied for 4th in the American League with 19 caught

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A few morning Mariners notes

A few quick notes today …

The World Series is starting tonight!

On a Mariners note, Greg Johns of reported that Michael Saunders missed Super 2 status by one day.  What is Super 2?

From the MLB collective bargaining agreement …

A player with three or more years of service, but less than six years, may file for salary arbitration. In addition, a player can be

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Mariners hire Dave Hansen as hitting coach

The Seattle Mariners announced this afternoon that Dave Hansen has been hired to fill the vacant hitting coach position for the 2013 season.

“I’m really excited to be back,” Hansen said via conference call. “I loved it (Seattle) as a player. Safeco Field is first class, as well as the organization.”

Hansen, who had a brief stints with the Mariners in 2004 and 2005 as a third baseman/bench player, replaces Chris Chambliss, who was let go after the 2012 season after two years at the position.

“I think Dave will be a good addition to our big league staff,”

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Ten random thoughts on the Mariners payroll

Rk Year Tm Lg W L Finish Playoffs Stadium Attendance Attend/G Rank Est. Payroll PPF BPF
1 2012 Seattle Mariners AL West 75 87 4   Safeco Field 1,721,920 21,258 11th of 14 $78,235,600 91 90
2 2011 Seattle Mariners AL West 67 95 4   Safeco Field 1,896,321 23,411 8th of 14 $86,110,600 92 90
3 2010 Seattle Mariners AL West 61 101 4   Safeco Field 2,085,630 25,749 8th of 14 $86,510,000 95 93
4 2009 Seattle Mariners AL West 85 77 3   Safeco Field 2,195,533 27,105 7th of 14 $98,904,166 95 94
5 2008 Seattle Mariners AL West 61 101 4   Safeco Field 2,329,702 28,762 7th of 14 $117,666,482 97 96
6 2007 Seattle Mariners AL West 88 74 2   Safeco Field 2,672,223 32,588 6th of 14 $106,460,833 97 96
7 2006 Seattle Mariners AL West 78 84 4   Safeco Field 2,481,165 30,632 6th of 14 $87,959,833 97 97
8 2005 Seattle Mariners AL West 69 93 4   Safeco Field 2,725,459 33,648 4th of 14 $87,754,334 96 95
9 2004 Seattle Mariners AL West 63 99 4   Safeco Field 2,940,731 35,863 3rd of 14 $81,515,834 97 97
10 2003 Seattle Mariners AL West 93 69 2   Safeco Field 3,268,509 40,352 2nd of 14 $86,959,167 95 95
11 2002 Seattle Mariners AL

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A few Tuesday afternoon winter league notes and links

Thought I’d throw out a few links and notes this afternoon. The plan is start doing 2012 reviews in the coming days as well.

From ESPN’s Jim Caple ….  here’s a look at all the former Mariners in the playoffs. With the success of Ichiro, Raul Ibanez and Doug Fister, Caple writes about the good and bad (see A-Rod) of the former Seattle players.

From the story …

With so many former Mariners in the ALCS, Seattle broadcaster Ken Levine says, “I’m rooting for Doug Fister, Ichiro, Raul Ibanez — they’re all great guys. And it’s not like

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Radiopalooza: talking Mariners, Howard Lincoln and playoff baseball

Over the weekend I did a little radio. On Friday, I did my weekly radio appearance with KJR’s Ian Furness and Jason Puckett on Friday. We talked a lot about Howard Lincoln’s interview with Sportspress NW and the perception of the team’s owner.

After the jump, I talked playoff baseball and Mariners with ESPN 710’s John Clayton.

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Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln talks on the record to SportsPress NW

Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln has remained steadfastly quiet this season. Rarely will he speak to the media on the bigger issues surrounding the organization. He usually leaves that up to team president Chuck Armstrong.

Occasionally though, Lincoln will grant interviews. And he did so this week talking with Art Thiel, the founder, editor and main copy producer of Sportpress NW.

The main subject of this interview was the perception of the team after publicly speaking out against and working to stop the approval of an all-purpose arena in the SODO district. Let’s be honest, the Mariners took some heavy criticism

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