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2013 Season Is A Lock: Jason Bay Edition

Never underestimate the inexplicable allure to Mariners management of signing an athlete with local roots.  How else to explain their signing of Jason Bay, who spends the offseason in the Seattle area and went to Gonzaga in eastern Washington State?

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Bay has not been impressive as a Met. His batting average dropped in every year since his first with the New York team, when he managed just .259 and 6 home runs. He was also injury-prone: sustaining concussions and rib injuries.

To be fair, at $1 million for a year with the Mariners, with only $500,000 in guaranteed money, it appears the deal is not overly expensive and could be a bargain if the 34-year-old can turn things around.

And the Mariners are still wooing Josh Hamilton to Washington State [insert marijuana joke here]. Would be nice for once to have a household name on the field that’s not playing for the other team.


Bring On Houston!

Mariners fans had precious little to cheer these past few years, save for King Felix’s perfect game and these snazzy throwback unis:

The team finished last in the AL West for the third straight year in 2012 and seventh time since 2004. But there’s good news on the horizon…the NL Central doormat Houston Astros are joining the division next year. With a meager .340 winning percentage, they were the worst team in all of baseball this year, for the second time in as many years.

One more candidate for the AL West cellar sounds like good news to me.


Mariners Face New Disgrace

With the Nationals backing into the NL East division title tonight, following a Braves loss, they are on a much clearer path to the World Series. Along with the Reds, they own the best record in baseball and spent much of the season atop the standings. Should Washington find a way to win at least seven postseason games, they’ll leave the Seattle Mariners as the last remaining Major League Baseball team never to have been to the World Series.

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Yet, back in 2001, when the Mariners appeared to be on the fast track to the big show, they had plenty of company among the World Series deficient: Houston, Colorado, Arizona, Anaheim, Washington, Tampa Bay and division-rival Texas. But as the Mariners sputtered in the playoffs against the Yankees, the Diamondbacks were on their way towards a Series win. Anaheim treated their fans to their first World Series (and World Series win) the next season, after a long 42-year wait. The Astros, 43 years overdue, found their way to the World Series in 2005. Colorado and Tampa Bay followed in 2007 and 2008, respectively, in their 15th and 11th seasons. Fans of the Rangers suffered longer, dating to their days as the second incarnation of the Washington Senators: 49-years. But Texas has been to the last two World Series.

Washington, combined with its time as the Montreal Expos, has been waiting a long time for such an opportunity, much longer than the Mariners who joined the league in a 1977 expansion. The 1981 Expos represent their only postseason entrant and the franchise has been around since 1969.  Meanwhile, Mariners’ expansion classmate Toronto is a two-time World Series winner.

And while it’s been longer than most Cubs fans have been alive (1945) since Wrigley Field saw a World Series, the favorite Chicago franchise has at least been.

Whether the Nationals deliver Seattle one more black eye, remains to be seen. But the 2012 Mariners are definitely coming up small.


Clear As Day

 

Reporter: Are you 100% convinced it was a clean touchdown, no controversy?

Russell Wilson: Of course


Dez Bryant to Cleveland, At Best

A Seahawks victory can spell only one thing for opponents’ fans: shame.  Here, Dallas Cowboys superfan John Shango, dismayed by a 27-7 loss to Seattle on Sunday, drags the Browns and Dez Bryant through the mud (01:31).

 


King Felix, Perfect

Not small.

 


“It’s Really Unfair”

Jerry Rice, Patrick Ewing, Rickey Henderson, Rich Gossage, Horace Grant, Chuck Person.  Seattle has a long and proud history of signing aging stars late in their careers.  The results have been anything but stellar. Ewing delivered his lowest career shooting and free throw percentage in a Sonics uniform, a 42-year-old Rice reeled in just 3 TDs in 11 games for the otherwise efficient 2004 Seahawks.

Today we extend that pround heritage by bringing on Terrell Owens, 38.  Only time will tell where he ranks in the pantheon of Seattle greats, but Paul Allen has given him only a one-year vote of confidence.  

One meaningful stat comes via ESPN, which notes that only one receiver over 35 last year had at least 20 catches. Owens is also known to be cancerous to locker rooms and couldn’t even hold on to his arena league post last season.  Nonetheless, we Seattleites haven’t seen in a long time passion like he exhibited in Dallas when defending QB Tony Romo.

Here’s hoping the naysayers are being really unfair to Owens.


We’ll Always Have the Memories…and Danny Farquhar

Ichiro Suzuki, the last remaining link to the Mariners’ magical 2001 season, has moved on.  And with him to the Yankees goes the apparently dreadful stench of success, anathema to the Mariners’ front office wizards.

Left behind are a patchwork of also-rans, never-rans and coulda-rans.  Soft-hitting Dustin Ackley, Carlos Peguero and Michael Saunders aren’t likely to pack the Safeco stands.  And what’s to bring fans to the Mariners store once the marked down Ichiro jerseys are sold out other than Felix Hernandez memorabilia.  He’ll undoubtedly start pressing for a trade of his own soon.

J.P. Patches Was 84

“I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,” Ichiro said, “so I am not able to contain my excitement in that regard.”

Not that Ichiro was pulling $90 million worth of weight anymore. Batting a mere .261, he is off-pace to crack 200 hits again and is responsible for just 28 runs batted in.

We’ll have DJ Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to look forward to, hardly household names and hardly intimidating pitchers. Mitchell has a dominating 5.04 ERA in Scranton/Wilkes Barre, while hot potato Farquhar has eked out 2 wins in 5 decisions for Toronto, Oakland and New York this season for a respectable 3.33 ERA.

Adding in the untimely death of J.P. Patches this week, Seattle just can’t seem to get a break.


Good With the Bad for Seattleites

First the good news.  With a mini win streak going against the Royals — read: two games — the Mariners have ascended to merely second worst in the American League. The M’s also aren’t dead last in the Major Leagues in batting average (29th) or slugging percentage (28th).

The bad news, they are still a dreadful team that IS dead last in on-base percentage. Our best everyday hitter is batting .259 and our star of the future Justin Smoak is a mere point above the Mendoza line.

Marshawn Lynch poses for a familiar camera

Oh, and Seahags running back Marshawn Lynch was just arrested for driving under the influence, after nearly plowing his Ford Econoline van into two other cars in Oakland. He’s scheduled for trial August 14, just days after the Hawks’ first preseason game. Not a good thing for Seattle football fans and definitely not a good thing for Lynch.

Way to come up small Beast Mode.


Mariners Descend to AL Depths

All season I’ve been singing the praises of the Twins whose futility has kept the Mariners out of the American League cellar. No more.

With a loss yesterday to the A’s, the Mariners (.413) are officially the worst team in the AL. They couldn’t muster a single run behind a stellar performance from Erasmo Ramirez who fanned 10 and allowed just three hits over eight innings.

“We’ve just got to get to the point where every area of our club is clicking at the same time,” Manager Eric Wedge said. “We couldn’t put an inning together. We had some good swings on the ball tonight, but we didn’t put an inning together.”

Make that 23, Eric. That’s how many innings it’s been since the Mariners scored their last run. Let me repeat that, not one run in 23 innings. They’ve also lost 5 of 6 to the Padres (.365), the second worst team in all of baseball.

Well, at least the Astros are worse (.411) and they’ll be joining the AL West next year.

Hooray Astros!