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Tag: Nick Franklin

June
6th

Franklin back to work in Tacoma

It didn’t appear as if Tacoma Rainiers manager Roy Howell has had a chance to sit down with Nick Franklin yet and discuss why he struggled with the Mariners in 17 appearances.

But Howell was direct on the difference between .376-hitting (30 games) Triple-A Franklin and .128-hitting (17 games) Mariners Franklin.

“It’s called the big leagues,” Howell said. “This is the little leagues.”

I didn’t get to talk to Nick Franklin before the Rainiers’ doubleheader today against Albuquerque. I’ll try to get him afterward.

This is Franklin’s first game since his second demotion of the season from the Mariners, and

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April
18th

Rainiers transaction madhouse

Tacoma Rainiers manager Roy Howell has been a popular guy lately.

His phone has been ringing almost off the hook the past five days. It’s his clubhouse phone, but all the same – he’s got what the Seattle Mariners want.

The Rainiers have undergone 22 official transactions since the start of the season (15 days ago). Fourteen have occurred the past five days.

“That’s why we’ve talked about how it’s very important for me and this staff to have these guys ready when the phone rings,” Howell said. “And lately it’s been ringing a lot.”

The Mariners have snagged away

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Aug.
17th

Satuday’s line-ups, pregame notes, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Texas Rangers

Nick Franklin is out of the line-up today. He’s been struggling mightily at the plate and in the field. Since July 9, there are his numbers …

To quote former Mariners beat writer Larry LaRue: Yikes!

“Nick has a day off today,” acting manager Robby Thompson said pregame. “We’ll give Nick a little rest and a little work day. He’s been struggling lately, but he’s struggling even more so from the right side.”

So Franklin gets a work day today, which isn’t a bad thing. He put in quite a bit of fielding work

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Aug.
16th

Friday’s line-ups, pregame notes, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Texas Rangers

Big thanks to Don Ruiz for covering the Tampa series. I watched the games on my laptop and can’t say I was disappointed in not having to cover them.

Brad Miller and Nick Franklin are at the top of the line-up per usual. Yes, they both had their moments in the field in Tampa. It’s been a rough month for the two rookies in that regard. But really, it was expected. It’s something that was written about often before they were ever called up. They are rookies and had fielding issues in the minor leagues. Those aren’t

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July
19th

Mariners 10, Astros 6: Brad Miller has himself a night

So this Brad Miller kid, he’s kind of good.

The Mariners rookie shortstop, who has looked like a rookie only in his baby-faced appearance, came out of the all-star break much like he went into it – playing like he belongs at the big league level.

Miller blasted the first two home runs of his career, driving in five runs and collecting another hit to help the Mariners outlast the Houston Astros, 10-7, on Friday at MinuteMaidPark.

Since he was called up on June 28, the bright lights of the big league have never seemed too

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May
18th

Mariners minor league report, May 18, 2013: Two out bunt sparks Memphis past Tacoma

Memphis scored four runs in the top of the ninth thanks to a two strike bunt from Adron Chambers against the Rainiers to pick up a 7-4 win.  Carlos Peguero went 2-for-4 with a homer.

Double A Jackson picked up a 2-1 win as Steven Proscia broke an 0-for-23 skid with a big two run double.

Class A High Desert lost 5-3 to first place Inland Empire. Chris Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double.

Class A Clinton lost to Peoria 5-1. The one run came from Patrick Kivelhan’s home run. He later was ejected in the

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May
5th

Mariners minor league report, May 5, 2013: More opinions on Nick Franklin

I forgot to link to this the other day. But Dave Cameron of USS Mariner offers some thoughts on when to call up Nick Franklin. I agree with pretty much all of it.

I get tweets about it every day. Every day. And I just don’t think it’s a priority for the Mariners. They want to see if Franklin, and or Triunfel can play with a level of consistency that they haven’t shown in Tacoma in the past. When it comes to Franklin or Triunfel, the Mariners have to know that either of them are physically, mentally and emotionally

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