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Lookout Landing 2 hours ago

Happy halloween, Lookout Landing

Some eye candy for your holiday weekend. Happy Halloween, everybody! In an attempt to embrace the holiday spirit, I have put together somewhat of a tribute to Mary Shelley. A Mariners Monster Mashup. A terrible, horrible, beautiful chimera. Behold: (I apologize if this image is a bit large, but... I think it needs to be.) This creature is an awesome amalgam of many different bits and pieces of your Seattle Mariners, thoughtfully selected to create a being that possesses the utmost skill/power. It includes: Felix Hernandez's right arm: This is, of course, the single most powerful...
Lookout Landing 14 hours ago

Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan, a primer

Free agency officially begins on Tuesday. Assuming they're still available, the Mariners will place calls to representatives for Victor Martinez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Michael Cuddyer and every other available player capable of hitting a round leather ball a wooden stick. So, of course, I'm writing tonight about a prospect. To be fair, it is a prospect who's playing right now, and one with a chance to fill a need for the Mariners in 2015—not DJ Peterson, but Patrick Kivlehan. Most of you, I'd imagine, know the story—so I'll add some moving pictures. For those who don't, I'll fill...
Northwest Sports Beat 15 hours ago

Mariners Part Ways With Justin Smoak – Is Saunders Next?

NSWB Writer and Seattle Mariner's Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the first two off-season situations for the Mariners, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak. Is trading 40 points or so in batting average along with half a dozen home runs for substantially weaker defense the right move for the Seattle Mariners?
Lookout Landing 21 hours ago

Offseason plan brainstorming

Chime in here. Hey guys -- this is for internal use only, so don't give anyone this link. Monday was a lot of fun, a lot of voices, and not a lot of productive thoughts -- at this point we need to dial in and research harder. Debate We'll use this thread as a prompt of sorts to debate different players, make conclusions, and move forward. I actually think SBN's format works well for this discussion -- we can rec ideas we love and get big chains going to debate. Let's use this Thursday and Friday and see where we are after that.
Lookout Landing 21 hours ago

Hisashi Iwakuma's 2015 option vests

Hisashi Iwakuma will be a Mariner for at least another year, probably. Hisashi Iwakuma will be under contract for 2015, that much we know. For a mere $7 million, the Mariners have exercised their option of Iwakumka to retain him for one more season before he becomes a free agent. Interestingly enough, Ryan Divish points out that Iwakuma's option vested based on performance, which is a detail of his deal that nobody was aware of before today. It's always interesting when we find out major assumptions we've had about contracts are wrong, though this one falls into a mostly inconsequential...
Lookout Landing 23 hours ago

40-Man Review: Relief Pitchers

The Mariners' bullpen was surprisingly good this year and most of the core should carry over into 2015. Earlier this week, I started a series of posts that will examine the Mariners' 40-man roster, both a recap of 2014 and a look forward to 2015. I'll do my best to try and figure out who might be dropped from the roster before the season starts and who might be added to the roster. I won't speculate on any specific free agents or trade targets -- there will be plenty of time for that later -- I'll only comment about where the Mariners could stand to upgrade for 2015. I'm also using the...
Lookout Landing Oct 30, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 10/30/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. The 2014 MLB season has finally reached its conclusion. Check out these links as you await the beginning of a long and (hopefully) exciting offseason: Major League Baseball mourns the death of 22-year old Cardinals' outfielder Oscar Tavares. He was an extremely talented player and will certainly be missed (click here for the official statements made by the Cardinals organization and MLB. Click here for a great piece on the topic by Viva El Birdos). Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan each give their...
Lookout Landing Oct 29, 2014

The peak of baseball is tonight and nothingness follows tomorrow

Time to get excited for the 37th Game 7 in World Series history. On March 31, 2014, baseball started for the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. Both teams were expected to be good and to be compete, but few people had both teams, let alone one team, making it this far. This was supposed to be the year the Los Angeles Dodgers ran away with the World Series, or the year that the Washington Nationals eternal fountain of youth reached its peak or the year the St. Louis Cardinals made the World Series for the umpteenth time. It wasn't supposed to be the year that the San Francisco...
Lookout Landing Oct 28, 2014

It is almost time to give the Gold Glove award some attention

A lot of people claim the Gold Glove is a dumb award that doesn't mean much, but how right are those people? The battle between traditionalists and SABR nerds is upon us, and not a single soul will survive. Or at least that is how the narrative seems to go sometimes, and it is also why many people dismiss the Gold Glove award faster than the plot line of a Michael Bay film. Theoretically, the Gold Glove award goes to the best defender in each league at each position. As we all know, often times that wasn't the case. It was as deep of an award as being crowned homecoming king or queen, more...
U.S.S. Mariner Oct 28, 2014

Justin Smoak, Bad Good Baseball Player

Looking back, it’s pretty remarkable the Mariners were able to get Justin Smoak in the first place. Cliff Lee had just three months left on his contract, and, granted, he was amazing, but that’s not a lot of time. The Mariners turned him and Mark Lowe into three guys and Smoak, and Smoak at that This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Justin Smoak, Bad Good Baseball Player
Lookout Landing Oct 28, 2014
Justin Smoak claimed on waivers by Blue Jays

Justin Smoak claimed on waivers by Blue Jays

At last, he's gone and the Mariners save some money. Justin Smoak's long, arduous tenure with the Mariners has finally come to a close, as he's now the property of the Toronto Blue Jays after being claimed on waivers. Smoak ends his Mariner career as one of the worst first basemen in baseball over the past 25 years, relative to the massive amount of rope he was given. The centerpiece of the Cliff Lee trade often teased and rarely delivered with any consistency, making him one of the most disappointing Mariners of the past decade. The writing was on the wall. Earlier this month, it came...
Lookout Landing Oct 27, 2014

A quick look at Mariners base running

James Jones was quite proficient at stealing bases last year, but how did the M's perform as a whole on the bases? During the 2012 offseason, the Mariners added several aging/broken/sluggish sluggers (i.e., Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez, and Kendrys Morales) to their roster in an effort to put together a team that would be able to hit lots and lots of dingers. Unfortunately, the relatively blobby physiques and not-so-fleet feet of these men enabled them to do little else. As a result, the Mariners ended up with a franchise low 49 stolen bases in 2013. (I guess they did have just 48 SB in 1994,...
Lookout Landing Oct 27, 2014

The King and the Golden Glove

This is a story about a king and the rare golden glove. Once upon a time, there was a King who reigned over Seattle. He was a mighty king and ruled his loyal court with a benevolent hand. His power was so great he could ascend into the heavens and slay fallen angels, tame wild elephants, blast astronauts from space, and out duel cowboys from the desert. His exploits were known across the land and all were amazed. One day, he was interrupted in his court with news of a beautiful and rare golden glove and a competition to win it. The King had to have this extraordinary treasure and so he set...

Mariners trivia: The early years

How many of these franchise firsts can you identify? In lieu of this week's Sporcle Friday, we're going back to the first few pages from the Mariners' history book. If you've been following along with Scott and Patrick's weekly quizzes, you should have an edge on some of the questions below, but you likely won't get far just by name-dropping Seattle's best-known players. Remember, it's not who hit the best or supplied the club with the most value -- it's who got there first that counts. Which team did not consider moving to Seattle before the Mariners became their permanent...
Lookout Landing Oct 26, 2014

A winter guide to proposing reasonable fake trades

Ever wanted to propose a fake baseball trade on the internet - without everyone making fun of you? Here's how! Lookout Landing has a complicated relationship with fake trades. On the one hand, every offseason we conduct multiple exercises in pseudo-GMing, suggesting an entire suite of deals in an Offseason Plan and making hypothetical swaps with other SBN writers in the Royals Review Winter Meetings sim. On the other hand, there's a site rule against so-called "rosterbation", and we have a long history of making fun of other teams' fans' wishful thinking. Admittedly there's some...
Lookout Landing Oct 26, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 10/26/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! MLB Trade Rumors previews the offseason for the Mariners. To check out all of the Gold Glove finalists from around baseball, look here. Rob Manfred expects that baseball will have a new domestic violence policy by 2015. John Hart is officially the new President of Baseball Operations for the Braves. Miguel Cabrera has had ankle surgery. Royals' reliever Brandon Finnegan has broken a pretty cool record. Pat Gillick has humble expectations for the Phillies' near future. Joe Maddon has...
Lookout Landing Oct 25, 2014

Coming to terms with Robinson Cano as a Seattle Mariner: Gold Glove edition

Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez joined Kyle Seager with Gold Glove nominations. This is going to be a thing we do now, apparently. On Thursday, Rawlings announced the 2014 MLB Gold Glove finalists, and as expected, Kyle Seager has been honored with a nomination for his stellar defense at the hot corner this season. Joining Seager with nominations on the Mariners this year are both Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez, which kind of makes sense when you think about it, but is also, in a way, kind of surprising. It's surprising because it always feels strange to see national recognition as a...

A brief history of the Spokane Indians

The Mariners won just 184 of 427 games in Spokane, but hey, at least one of them had a really killer suntan. The Mariners had only spent a year in San Jose when general manager Joe Gagliardi sent them packing. By September of 1978, the M's had signed a two-year player development contract with the Spokane Indians, who were in the process of dropping a two-year affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers. No team had stuck with the Indians for more than three seasons since the Los Angeles Dodgers showed up in Washington for a 15-year stay, and the Mariners wouldn't be the next club to break...
Lookout Landing Oct 24, 2014

Answering the Internet's most pressing questions about Felix Hernandez

Google auto-complete asks the questions and I provide the answers. Happy Friday, everyone. Today, I'm going to answer 10 of the most commonly asked questions about Felix Hernandez as filled in by Google's auto-complete feature. (For those of you who are new to the Internet, Google is a magic box where you type in a question and receive an answer.) To do this, I simply entered the beginnings of a few phrases (e.g., "Is Felix Hernandez" or "What is Felix Hernandez's") and let auto-complete finish the questions for me. Here we go! 1. Is Felix Hernandez... married? Yes. He is! He also has two...
Lookout Landing Oct 23, 2014

40-Man Review: Outfielders

Earlier this week, I started a series of posts that will examine the Mariners' 40-man roster, both a recap of 2014 and a look forward to 2015. I'll do my best to try and figure out who might be dropped from the roster before the season starts and who might be added to the roster. I won't speculate on any specific free agents or trade targets -- there will be plenty of time for that later -- I'll only comment about where the Mariners could stand to upgrade for 2015. I'm also using the recently released Steamer projections via FanGraphs to estimate 2015 production. These projections are...

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