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U.S.S. Mariner

Seattle Mariners blog and general baseball discussion

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:17:26 +0000


The M’s Versus the Projections – Oh, and uh, the White Sox

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:17:26 +0000

It’s a game! There’s baseball on today! Mike Leake vs. Hector Santiago, 12:10pm The M’s embark on the 2018 season sounding supremely confident. Free agent pitching? No need – there’s already plenty of talent on board, they say. Go for a big-time position player like Lorenzo Cain? Ehhh, we like to roll our own over […]

The Siren’s Song of Competitive Balance

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:30:43 +0000

This off-season’s will be remembered for years as the winter in which analysts/writers/commentators discussed labor law and bargaining at least as much as we discussed players moving teams. To some, that’s a good sign that owners have colluded to depress the free agent market. To others, it’s a sign that the Moneyballization of the fanbase […]

On Edgar’s Near Miss

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 03:20:18 +0000

It was always going to be close. In his 9th time on the ballot, Edgar Martinez had 77% of the ballots that had been made public, just barely ahead of the 75% needed for induction into the Hall of Fame. Once you include the ballots made public *after* MLB’s announcement, Edgar was included on about […]

BA Locates Names of Ten Mariners Prospects

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:07:17 +0000

Just before the holidays, fans of prospecting in general were gifted a tweet by Baseball America’s JJ Cooper which said what many had been thinking for a while: Reading the back of the Mariners Top 30 for the Prospect Handbook. The back of this list is…..fascinating in a “Wow, we’re ranking this guy, and this […]

Rene Rivera is an Angel

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:05:01 +0000

In 2001, the Mariners won 116 games, as you may have heard. Their future looked bright as well, as the great Sam Miller reminded us yesterday. A great roster, the 2nd best farm system in the game, and a wonderful new stadium. Their draft that year – June of 2001 – looked…odd, but a system […]

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* […]