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The Rime of the Traded Mariner

In Baseball, Long form on July 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

After 10 years as the face of the Seattle Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki became the latest “Mr. Mariner” to leave King County before the end of his career. The Yankees sent to minor league pitchers to Seattle to acquire the right fielder July 23.

Few ballplayers have been able to call themselves “Mariners for Life.” In fact, Seattle has had more baseball talent pass through its clubhouse than it has had players who have stayed for a career. Ken Griffey, Jr. bolted the franchise for a six-figure contract with his hometown Cincinnati Reds. Randy Johnson departed in a trade with the Houston Astros. Alex Rodriguez spurned Seattle to sign the then-largest contract in baseball history. Of the players in the Mariners Hall of Fame, only Edgar Martínez started and ended his career in Seattle. The list of great ex-Mariners gained another name July 23 when Ichiro Suzuki was sent to the New York Yankees for two minor league pitchers. Seattle has had its share of baseball talent — it just doesn’t stick around for long. Read the rest of this entry »


The Curious Case of Jamie Moyer

In Baseball, Long form on April 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

He left it up. Damn. He thought he could sneak another changeup past Martinez, but he had left it up, and Martinez had knocked it out into left field. The scoreboard flickered: 3-0 Astros. You’re welcome, cheap seats. Enjoy your souvenir.

He’d gotten careless. He’d fooled the rookie Martinez into biting on the 1-0 change. Rookies ate that kind of stuff up. You’re just up from the minors. You need to impress someone — this might be your only chance. So, you wait for that fat 1-0 pitch, and you’re going to knock the hell out of it. But instead of cowhide, all you hit is air — not a crack, just a whoosh. Rookies were a lot of things, but smart wasn’t one of them. Rookies didn’t know 1-0 was the perfect count for a changeup. Read the rest of this entry »

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