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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 15 hours ago

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...
Lookout Landing Oct 23, 2014
The Giants, not Royals, are the World Series team the Mariners should strive to be

The Giants, not Royals, are the World Series team the Mariners should strive to be

We'll never be Royals, but they might be Giants. (Sorry). I don't want the Royals to win the World Series. I've tried multiple times to get behind this supposed team of destiny, sometimes for as long as five minutes at a time, but I can't do it. It isn't them. There's nothing wrong with the team. There's more than a little bit to love. But every time they do something good—and if they're at home, The K roars to life—I can't stand it. Yes, I'm still bitter. I don't know if the Mariners actually are as good as the Royals. There are some numbers saying they are, and just as many saying...
Tigers report card: Austin Jackson was missed after he was traded to the Mariners

Tigers report card: Austin Jackson was missed after he was traded to the Mariners

Would he have turned the tide of the ALDS? I doubt it, but Austin Jackson was fun to watch for the Tigers. We may look back at the best moments of the Tigers' 2014 season in due time, but the most surreal moment of the season was when Austin Jackson was lifted from a game against the Chicago White Sox in the middle of an inning on July 31st. Jackson would soon learn that he had been traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of the deal that brought David Price to Detroit. As he jogged off the field, Jackson received a well-deserved standing ovation from the Comerica Park...
Lookout Landing Oct 23, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 10/23/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning! Here are your links for the day: Greg Johns takes a look at what some Mariners' prospects are doing in winter ball. Sporting News honored Felix Hernandez with "best pitcher" award for the AL. Shannon Drayer argues that a wild card World Series is perfectly fine. Carson Cistulli at Fangraphs has a statistical report on the Arizona Fall League participants. Over The Monster considers a Yoenis Cespedes trade from a Red Sox standpoint. Mike Petriello at Fangraphs wonders why James Shields...
Lookout Landing Oct 21, 2014
Let's not convert Tom WIlhelmsen into a starter

Let's not convert Tom WIlhelmsen into a starter

Not many people think about it, but some have thought turning Tom Wilhelmsen into a starter might be a good idea. It really isn't. As it stands right now, the Mariners have four of the five spots in the pitching rotation locked up. It goes like this: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker and a player to be named later. Unfortunately, the Mariners probably won't switch to a four man rotation to give us King Felix even more often, so the question of who will be the fifth starter remains. Most likely, that fifth starter will be someone the Mariners pick up in a trade....
Lookout Landing Oct 21, 2014
The Seattle Mariners and their utter offensive ineptitude in losses

The Seattle Mariners and their utter offensive ineptitude in losses

It's not surprising that the M's were a much better offensive team during victories than they were in losses. It is, however, a little surprsing how big the difference was. After a lot of extensive research this morning, I have determined that, on average, teams in Major League Baseball play much better offensively when they win compared to when they lose. This is shocking stuff. In fact, it might just be the hottest take on the internet since Trent Dilfer privileged us with his wisdom a few weeks ago. You're welcome. Anyway, of course this is true. Teams that win score runs! And you...
Lookout Landing Oct 21, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 10/21/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Happy World Series day! Here's the latest from around baseball: Michael Saunders has been honored with a top community service award. Beyond the Box Score tells the unlikely story of Lorenzo Cain and his rise to greatness. Rumor has it the Red Sox might listen to offers on recently-acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Additionally, Cespedes has switched agents. Some Giants fans are taking the World Series a little too seriously. Fangraphs takes a look at some players who have had more success...
Lookout Landing Oct 20, 2014

World Series Preview: Giants (88-74) and Royals (89-73)

The Royals and the Giants face off in the 2014 World Series. This is going to be fun. At a Glance: Date First Pitch Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher Tuesday, October 21 5:00pm Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner Royals RHP James Shields Wednesday, October 22 5:00pm Giants RHP Jake Peavy Royals RHP Yordano Ventura Friday, October 24 5:00pm Royals RHP Jeremy Guthrie Giants RHP Tim Hudson Saturday, October 25 5:00pm Royals LHP Jason Vargas Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong Sunday, October...
Lookout Landing Oct 20, 2014

Sporting News names Chris Young AL Comeback Player of the Year

Chris Young gets the unofficial honor along with Casey McGeehe of the Miami Marlins in the NL. It's not the real deal, but Chris Young is one step closer to the official MLB Comeback Player of the Year award after being named for the same honor by Sporting News this morning. Young shares the award with the Miami Marlins' Casey McGeehe, and the two remain the most likely candidates for the actual, MLB-recognized Comeback Player of the Year award voted on by beat reporters at the end of the season. The Sporting News award has been given each season since 1965, and it was essentially the...
Lookout Landing Oct 20, 2014
Taijuan Walker heads home from Arizona Fall League

Taijuan Walker heads home from Arizona Fall League

Until last night, the fact that Taijuan Walker was scratched from his Arizona Fall League on Friday start went almost completely unnoticed by Mariners fans. You'd think there would have been a bit more of a freakout after Walker's injury history, but as the news came down late Friday afternoon, and we all headed off into the weekend, most of us completely missed it. Well, the news came late last night on why Walker missed that start. He decided to go home. Here's a statement on it from General Manager Jack Zduriencik: "Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two...

A closer look at Danny Hultzen's return to MLB

Is it reasonable to expect the southpaw's major league debut by 2015? On September 30, 2014, Danny Hultzen pitched his third and final outing of the year in front of select members of the Mariners' staff. It was the culmination of 12 months of recovery following surgery for a torn labrum, rotator cuff, and anterior capsule -- all injuries that pose significant setbacks to those who require them. Both Jack Zduriencik and Lloyd McClendon were pleased by reports of the southpaw's progress and, in equal measure, both were a little hesitant about the timetable for his return. "He showed an...
Lookout Landing Oct 19, 2014

Offseason round table: Yasmani Tomas edition

It's the second Lookout Landing offseason round table! This time around, Logan, Colin, and Scott discuss Cuban free agent and oft-dreamt-of Mariners target Yasmani Tomas. LD: Here we go! Welcome back, Colin, welcome, Scott - let's get down to business in our second round table. This time up the subject is Yasmani Tomas, a young Cuban defector with big power and even bigger contract expectations. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez pegs the Mariners as one of six or so teams with "strong interest" in Tomas, and not unreasonably so, as he's said to have a pretty impressive package of skills. What are...
Lookout Landing Oct 19, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 10/19/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! Mariners' prospect Patrick Kivlehan has seen some early success in the Arizona Fall League. MiLB.com has named the Mariners' organizational all-stars. Bless You Boys wonders what it would take for the Tigers to be able to retain Victor Martinez. The Rangers have decided on a new manager. Mike Petriello of Fangraphs tries to figure out how to beat the Royals' bullpen. Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch has plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone. David Ortiz has been added to...
Lookout Landing Oct 18, 2014

In defense of mediocrity

Or: an elegy for the era of 90 wins. On Thursday night, Travis Ishikawa hit a walk off homer to send the Giants to the World Series off last year's postseason darling, Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha. Before the Giants had time to put on their brand new World Series hats and t-shirts, Fox Sports analyst Tom Verducci was already recounting Ishikawa's unbelievable story on air over replays of his trip around the bases: toiling in the minors since 2011, DFA'd by the Pirates in April, tearfully debating retirement over the phone with a friend. And it was really something, matching the...
A brief history of the Salt Lake City Gulls

A brief history of the Salt Lake City Gulls

One of the best-known Mariners only lasted seven innings here. After three years and three losing seasons, the Mariners parted amicably with the Spokane Indians. "Both sides agreed it would be best to end the relationship this year," spokesman Randy Adamack told the Eugene Register-Guard at the culmination of the Indians’ season in 1981. In the same week, the Mariners found a new Triple-A club to hitch their affiliation to: the Salt Lake City Gulls, who were just wriggling out of an 11-year contract with the California Angels. The Gulls played out of John C. Derks Field, a stadium named...
Lookout Landing Oct 17, 2014

The 2014 Seattle Mariners and their baseball-reference sponsorship costs

A super-serious investigation into something that really matters. Howdy, gang. I'm going to start trying something a little different for my Friday posts... something I'll refer to as "Just-For-Fun Fridays", where I'll write about the Mariners but it won't be a particularly serious or SABR-related article. Maybe you can think of this as a way to gear up for a fun-filled weekend? Or a way obtain a bit of levity as you grind through the last few hours of the work week? Or maybe it can be a way to recover from a particularly difficult Mariners-related Sporcle quiz (assuming we start having...
Lookout Landing Oct 17, 2014

Sporcle Friday: Mariners with 25+ homers

There's been a lot of 25+ homer seasons in Mariner history. Can you name them all? This looks like a lot of blank spaces, but stick in a few obvious names and you're already at 50%. Today's Sporcle quiz asks you to name all of the players who have hit 25 or more home runs in a season, and it's in reverse chronological order, starting with this year's newest addition to the club. The real difference maker in this quiz is once again naming  sluggers from the 70s. Good luck! As always, discuss your results and suggest future topics in the comments.
Lookout Landing Oct 17, 2014

Offseason round table: Yasmani Tomas edition

LD: Here we go! Welcome back, Colin, welcome, Scott - let's get down to business in our second round table. This time up the subject is Yasmani Tomas, a young Cuban defector with big power and even bigger contract expectations. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez pegs the Mariners as one of six or so teams with "strong interest" in Tomas, and not unreasonably so, as he's said to have a pretty impressive package of skills. What are your thoughts on Tomas? Do his impressive raw power and youth entice you, or are you concerned about his reportedly questionable speed and hit tools? Is this guy a fit for...

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