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Evan White’s Contract Extension is a Brilliant Move by Jerry Dipoto

Evan White’s Contract Extension is a Brilliant Move by Jerry Dipoto

There is actually some real Mariners news to talk about. On Friday, it was reported that the Mariners signed first base prospect Evan White to a six-year, $24 million contract. The contract also includes three team options that can bring the maximum value to $55.5 million. It’s an unprecedented move, making White the first AA player to receive a long-term extension. He is now likely to begin the 2020 season as the Mariners’ starting first baseman. It seems a bit…

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The Mariners Could Set An Undesirable Record This Season

The Mariners Could Set An Undesirable Record This Season

Yesterday the Mariners suffered yet another blowout loss, this time at the hands of the Angels. Yusei Kikuchi was shelled for the third straight start and was pulled in the fourth inning. His replacement was Tayler Scott, making his major league debut. There were a couple notable things about Scott’s appearance. As many reporters noted, Scott became the first South African player to pitch in the major leagues. What went mostly unnoticed was the fact that Scott was the 33rd…

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The Mariners Begin Another Fire Sale as the MLB Draft Kicks Off

The Mariners Begin Another Fire Sale as the MLB Draft Kicks Off

The Mariners entered the 2019 season with an unusual group of players. After an offseason that involved trading most of the team’s top players from 2018 in an effort to rebuild for the future, it would make sense if the Mariners gave playing time to young players this year. But the Mariners didn’t have many prospects ready to play in the major leagues yet. Entering the 2019 season, the Mariners’ roster consisted primarily of veterans who would be trying to…

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The Ship is Sinking

The Ship is Sinking

Well, it was fun while it lasted. On Friday, the Mariners suffered a demoralizing 14-1 loss to the Red Sox in Boston, falling below .500 for the first time this season. The first few weeks were a lot of fun, but we all knew it wasn’t going to last. The offense couldn’t be the best in the majors all season, and a below-average pitching staff wouldn’t cut it. A weak slate of opponents to start the season also made the…

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Mariners 2019 Preview

Mariners 2019 Preview

It’s Game 7 of the 2019 World Series at Safeco Field T-Mobile Park in Seattle. The New York Mets are leading the Mariners 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. “The bases are loaded for Mike Trout,” announces Joe Buck on the TV broadcast. “The Mariners paid a king’s ransom of prospects to acquire him from their division rival Angels at the July 31 trade deadline, and they’re hoping it pays off here.” On the mound…

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Mariners Sign The Best Pitcher To Come From Japan In The Past Few Years

Mariners Sign The Best Pitcher To Come From Japan In The Past Few Years

The Mariners have had a long and successful history of signing players from Japan. First, there was closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, who came to Seattle before the 2000 season. More recently, Hisashi Iwakuma was a second star in the rotation along with Felix Hernandez. And of course, Ichiro was the greatest player to come from Japan, and was an all-star in Seattle from 2001 to 2010. Because of that history, the Mariners are always mentioned as a potential suitor whenever a…

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Jerry Dipoto Keeps Making Moves

Jerry Dipoto Keeps Making Moves

Earlier in the offseason, Jerry Dipoto made a few trades to rebuild the farm system and plan for the future. James Paxton was sent to the Yankees, Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano were traded to the Mets, and Jean Segura was traded to the Phillies. All of the players fetched prospects in return, signaling that Dipoto was looking towards 2021 and beyond. A lot of Mariners fans weren’t too excited about the moves, especially the Segura trade, which I didn’t…

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The Mariners are Rebuilding

The Mariners are Rebuilding

The 2018 season was a lot of things for the Mariners. It was a roller coaster of a year which started off well for the team, and they were exceeding all expectations through the first half. After Robinson Cano’s 80 game suspension for a failed drug test, the Mariners improbably heated up, putting themselves in prime position to snap the franchise’s 16 year playoff drought. It was also a fluke. The Mariners were sporting a solid but unspectacular run differential,…

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Congratulations to the Boston Red Soxs for winning possibly the most bland, uneventful, and uninteresting world series that I have ever watched in my 10 years of being a Mariners fan. It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the Mariners, but with all the distractions of the World Series and the opening week of the NBA aside, I thought it was proper to put my finishing thoughts on the 2018 season and move on to what fans should be…

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NOT GOOD ENOUGH, MARINERS GO 4-5 IN CRUCIAL ROAD TRIP: FIRESIDE CHATS #3

NOT GOOD ENOUGH, MARINERS GO 4-5 IN CRUCIAL ROAD TRIP: FIRESIDE CHATS #3

The Mariners finish 4-5 on their West Coast road trip, putting another dent into our postseason chances and calling for another edition of Fireside Chats. Why is it called “Fireside Chats”? Here’s a link to previous articles in this series: July 17th Edition: http://www.tonbodin.com/2018/07/17/fireside-chats-1/ August 4th Edition:  http://www.tonbodin.com/2018/08/04/fireside-chats-2/ CRISIS BREAKDOWN: The Mariners underperform in a big road trip that included splitting a series against the Athletics and getting swept by the disappointing San Diego Padres. The Mariners, with 25 games…

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