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U.S.S. Mariner

Seattle Mariners blog and general baseball discussion

Last Build Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:15:36 +0000


The Changing Battle Between Batters and Pitchers

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:15:36 +0000

This is a strange post without real conclusions that was sparked by an unrelated quote from M’s manager Scott Servais. I’ve grabbed a whole bunch of data from Statcast, Pitch Fx and Fangraphs, and it tells the story of how much – and how *fast* – the game has changed over the past 10 years, […]

What’s Past is Prologue…Maybe

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 01:26:14 +0000

In one of the least heralded of his latest flurry of transactions, the M’s picked up right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for some of the international bonus pool spending authority they’d accumulated to try and sign Shohei Otani. Armstrong has never started, and though he bounced around the fringes of […]

Still More Winter Transactions: Welcome Juan Nicasio and Mike Ford

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:55:29 +0000

I don’t think the pixels were dry on my last transactions recap when the M’s made a few more moves, signing RP Juan Nicasio to a two-year, $17 M contract and selecting ex-Yankee farmhand 1B Mike Ford in the Rule 5 draft. Fittingly, the two moves are linked thematically/roster-needs-wise to another of GM Jerry Dipoto’s […]

The Most Important Mariner

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:05:17 +0000

Not content with explaining his process to podcast listeners, Jerry Dipoto made his case that he and his underlings are doing a fantastic job to Larry Stone and the Seattle Times today. Couple a disastrous (and old) 40-man roster, a foundering farm system and an aging core, and Dipoto would argue that the team was […]

Mid-December Back-of-the-Roster Moves

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:16:18 +0000

It’s the middle of December, the Winter Meetings are in full swing, and Shohei Otani – and his slightly dinged-up elbow ligaments – is officially an Angel. What’s a GM to do? Well, depends on the GM, of course, but if there’s one thing we know about Jerry Dipoto, it’s that he believes it’s *always* […]


Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:25:17 +0000

As usual during a Mariner offseason, I can’t get through one post without huge news breaking. The M’s will not be signing Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani just annouced that he’d be signing with the Angels. I’m typing that through gritted teeth, which is not a metaphor that really works, but… seriously, damn it. The Angels had […]

Mariners Acquire Dee Gordon To Play CF. Are You Not Entertained, Shohei Ohtani?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:24:17 +0000

Two days ago, the M’s traded recent draft pick, a high-floor catcher who’d rank around their 10th-best prospect to Minnesota in exchange for international bonus pool money. Yesterday, the M’s acquired Dee Gordon from the Marlins *to play CF* in exchange for two of their very few remaining prospects, along with an intriguing pop-up arm […]

What We (and the M’s) Mean When We Talk About Spin Rates

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 01:05:04 +0000

One of the best things about this off-season – and admittedly there hasn’t been a whole lot to talk about yet – has been the introduction of the Wheelhouse podcast. It’s essentially a conversation between GM Jerry Dipoto and broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith, and covers the M’s, their focus for the offseason, etc., all with an […]

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Competition to Sign Shohei Ohtani Dropping Like Flies

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:18:39 +0000

The clock is running. Teams have made their pitch to Shohei Ohtani’s agent why their organization’s the ideal place for the 23-year old star to develop. Ohtani will soon select a few finalists and have in-person interviews, essentially, that sound like they’ll determine which MLB team gets the ridiculous bargain of Ohtani’s services. Today, we’ve […]

Pre-Thanksgiving Round-Up

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:27:59 +0000

Hope you all enjoy the holiday with family/friends. With the end of the Arizona Fall League and the lack of M’s players in the Australian Baseball League, the opportunities to watch live games involving M’s/M’s prospects are few and far between. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to talk about. 1: I wanted to […]