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Mariners release catcher Kelly Shoppach

The  Mariners have placed catcher Kelly Shoppach on waivers for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.

Shoppach, 33, was designated for assignment on June 14 when the Mariners signed free agent catcher Henry Blanco. He hit .196 (21×107) in 35 games with the Mariners this season with 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI with 12 walks and 45 strikeouts.

Even if Shoppach had cleared waivers, he could and likely would refuse a minor league assignment if the Mariners tried to outright him. Realistically, the Mariners were ready to part ways with the veteran catcher.




Monday’s line-ups, game notes and updated stats vs. the Indians

It’s early! It’s 6:42 a.m. in the Puget Sound, which is normally about two hours after I go to bed. It’s the last game of the series here in Cleveland and thus far it hasn’t gone too well. Hisashi Iwakuma will try and put a band aid on the bleeding for the Mariners. Manager Eric Wedge has rolled out a right-handed heavy line-up vs. lefty Scott Kazmir.

From the Mariners’ baseball guru Jeff Evans …

  • Jason Bay is batting .295 (13×44) vs. LHP, compared to .175 (7×40) vs. RHP.
  • Jason Bay and Kelly Shoppach have both

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Radio: Talking Mariners on KJR, plus podcasts of Brendan Ryan, Kelly Shoppach

Lots of Mariners talk on the radio today. So let’s start with the most important interview – me. I was on my normal Friday spot  on KJR with Jason Puckett and Ian Furness. We talked about Brandon Maurer, Michael Morse, hitting, the cold weather, me forgetting a coat, I complained a little …. normal stuff.

After the jump are podcasts of Kelly Shoppach on with Furness and Puckett and Brendan Ryan on with Bob and Groz.

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Position preview: Jesus Montero is your starting catcher, but …

The Seattle Mariners had it all planned out.

Youngster Jesus Montero would assume the catching duties this season after spending 56 games behind the plate in 2012. Sure, it would be a lot of responsibility for a 23-year-old with just 153 games of big league experience. But the Mariners figured it was time to see whether Montero would live up to his expectations as a slugger and progress as a defensive catcher.

To help, the Mariners acquired a veteran backup, Kelly Shoppach, to serve as a defensive replacement, a sometime starter and a mentor.

But on Tuesday, those best laid

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Report: Kelly Shoppach is headed to the Mariners

While Mr. Heyman is not fond of action verbs … he does seem to get more than his fair share of things right. And he is right on this.

Kelly Shoppach is in town. He is supposedly taking his physical on Wednesday. He will be signing with the Mariners.

He made

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A few notes and links on Shoppach, Bourn

Obviously, the major news coming out of baseball today is this very, very lengthy story in the Miami New Times about several baseball players – Melky Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez,Gio Gonzalez Nelson Cruz and others – receiving performance enhancing drugs.

I’m not going to sit here and pontificate about this. Players cheat. They always have. They always will. If a player believes he can gain any sort of advantage, he will take it. Why? The dollars involved are just too great. It doesn’t make it right. But it’s just a fact. I doubt my opinion of Alex Rodriguez will be

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