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Lookout Landing 11 hours ago

Michael Saunders suffers torn meniscus, out until All-Star break

The Mariners made an unpopular decision that has turned out to be the right one, at least for 2015. In terrible and sadly unsurprising news, Michael Saunders is already injured in Toronto, as he tore his meniscus yesterday. This time, it didn't take crashing into a wall or anything that he would normally get injured doing, as Saunders simply stepped on an underground sprinkler. Boom, out until mid-July. Not only is he out for five months, but he'll have to rehab and once again go through the struggles of trying to get his rhythm back after an injury, and a torn meniscus is no joke in that...
Lookout Landing 13 hours ago

Lookout Linkage, 2/26/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! Tyler Carmont at Prospect Insider doesn't have very high expectations for Danny Hultzen in 2015. The Rangers have claimed pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Mariners. Former M's designated hitter Mike Sweeney has been elected to the Royals' Hall of Fame. Angels' outfielder Josh Hamilton is being disciplined by MLB for use of a drug of abuse. Mike Axisa has the story over on CBS Sports. Michael Saunders will miss the first half of the season with the Blue Jays after suffering a torn...
Lookout Landing Feb 25, 2015

Getting to know your M's coaches: Howard Johnson

Just in time for the 2015 season, I'll be writing up a short series that briefly introduces each member of the Mariners coaching staff. Today, our featured coach is Seattle's hitting coach. Howard Johnson is currently the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners. He was given the job after the conclusion of the 2013 season when the Mariners overhauled their entire coaching staff. Johnson is tasked with helping the Mariners hit baseballs better (i.e., further, harder, and not at defenders). It's possible that he's pretty good at his job; the Mariners did win 87 games last year, which was 16...
Northwest Sports Beat Feb 25, 2015

Which Seattle Mariners Breakout With Big Seasons In 2015?

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners writer Brian Scott gives us a look at which M's will breakout in the 2015 season. I always look for guys coming into a contract year to have a big year. There is just something about playing for a big, new contract that tends to motivate players in those situations. Nelson Cruz and his 40 homers last year are a perfect example of just that very thing.
Lookout Landing Feb 24, 2015

How much do the Mariners value analytics?

A recent ESPN ranking says they do a bit, but not a lot. What say you? Earlier today, ESPN released a subjective ranking of how every team in the four major American sports uses analytics. To definitely evaluate and sort how each teams uses statistics and vast objective datasets, the staff got a rough feel for the professionals involved, their work and then stuck their fingers in the air and ordered the franchises based on their reputations. If it sounds kind of dumb, it’s because it is kind of dumb. But I imagine a lot of work went into it, they made it look really sharp and it was...
Lookout Landing Feb 24, 2015

Spring Training news roundup

Or: "Robinson Cano does not report early to camp." While many position players elect to show up to Spring Training early today marked the official Report Day for all the non-pitchers and catchers. As usual Lloyd had a few thoughts:  McClendon said he texted Robinson Cano to remind him to come to Arizona and not Florida, Cano texted back asking what the address was. — Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 24, 2015 Cano was in fact able to remind himself to avoid the festering swamp lands of Florida to report. He looks svelte: .@RobinsonCano in the house. #MarinersST...
Lookout Landing Feb 24, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 2/24/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! Here's the latest from all around baseball: The Mariners have received some good news on the status of Victor Sanchez. James Paxton has yet to throw for the M's this spring due to a minor injury that occurred during agility drills. Jeff Sullivan at U.S.S. Mariner explains why Jesus Montero's story isn't just a standard "best shape of my life" story. Mariners' starter Roenis Elias is excited at the prospect of visiting his family in Cuba with relations with the U.S....

The value of baseball beards

It's that age-old question: to shave or not to shave? As long as there have been baseball players, there have been baseball beards. Some are temporary good luck charms, the annual playoff scruff that sneaks up on a bullpen around late September and October. Others take on personas and slogans of their own, becoming mythically-proportioned entities that nearly subsume their owners. Still others are grown without rhyme or reason, allowed to roam free regardless of circumstance, superstition, or playoff qualification (here's looking at you, Dustin Ackley). It's silly to think that beard...
Lookout Landing Feb 23, 2015

Jesus Montero, Danny Hultzen and good problems to have

For a day, Jesus Montero was the biggest story in baseball. What started initially as rumblings eventually gave way to verified reports, and then there were actual writers delivering the news (and pictures)—and finally it even made its way all the way to Deadspin, with columnists weighing in with commentary in the days thereafter. And this time, it was a good thing. Jesus Montero turned his life around. All across the Pacific Northwest, Jesus Montero—Jesus Montero!—left Mariners fans inspired. Actually, in some cases, they're possibly kind of bummed, and feeling like they themselves...

A brief history of the Riverside Pilots

What’s baseball without a hot dog and beer? The contents of a minor league concession stand can often tell you everything you need to know about the staying power of its franchise. No matter how choice the location or how prime the prospects, the ingredient needed to keep crowds in the stands is often far easier to find: a sudsy plastic cup of beer. Granted, much more goes into building a successful enterprise than alcohol, but it is generally acknowledged that a park without suds holds limited appeal to its visitors. Such was the case for the defunct Riverside Red Wave, one of the first...
Lookout Landing Feb 22, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 2/22/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. With Spring Training now officially underway, the links will be coming in hot. Here's the latest from Spring Training complexes everywhere: Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times breaks down the 5 big story lines of Mariners Spring Training. Ryan Divish also has a nice piece on the story of Jesus Montero's big life changes this offseason. Could there be a player with similar abilities to George Springer who isn't drawing as much hype? August Fagerstrom at Fangraphs believes so. Cole Hamels nearly became...
Lookout Landing Feb 21, 2015

Seattle Mariners: Beard quiz extravaganza!

Can you identify some of your favorite Mariners from the past few seasons based solely on their facial hair? Let's find out! Spring Training is here! And the whole of Mariners fandom seems to be rejoicing and revelling in the return of baseball. People are getting so excited about crappy cell phone pictures of green grass, blue sky, red dirt, and some somewhat-less-blobby-than-anticipated pictures of Jesus Montero. It's great! The optimism is palpable. In an attempt to continue this wave of good humor, I've put together a very important quiz. You will find this quiz to be particularly...
Lookout Landing Feb 21, 2015

Tom Wilhelmsen loses arbitration case

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that the Mariners beat Tom Wilhelmsen in Friday's arbitration case. Mariners' reliever Tom Wilhelmsen took one look at the numbers and fancied himself a good candidate for the club's first arbitration hearing since Freddy Garcia in 2003. But unfortunately for The Bartender, the Mariners were the ones victorious after Friday's arbitration deadline, and he will now receive the club's original $1.4 million dollar offer for the 2015 season. Wilhelmsen was seeking $2.2 million from the club, ostensibly pointing to his 24 saves as the M's closer in 2013 to...
Lookout Landing Feb 20, 2015

Pitchers and catchers report

Felix and Kuma are here (check check check) I watched a lot of Ken Burns' "Baseball" as a kid. My family had the box set of VCR tapes, which when arranged properly recreated the cover image of the documentary. I spent hours upon hours watching and re-watching those nine tapes. I was baseball crazy from a very young age but the slowly panning black-and-white images narrated by a panoply of stodgy New Englanders inspired a deep love of the game's history. Unfortunately the documentary does not hold up well. Its obsession with the Northeast is stark and embarrassing, the presence of disgraced...
Lookout Landing Feb 20, 2015

Mariners bring back Joe Saunders after a year away

It doesn't feel good, but the M's are being creative in their attempts to find the final arms for their bullpen. As long as they don't let him start or face right-handed hitters ever, it could work. Maybe. Yesterday a rumor appeared that the Mariners were interested in bringing back Joe Saunders if he was willing to accept a bullpen role, which is simultaneously disgusting but not entirely a terrible thought. Saunders has been a pretty atrocious starting pitcher for a number of years, witnessed first hand by the Mariners in 2013, and to this date he remains one of the least fun pitchers...
Lookout Landing Feb 20, 2015

Sporcle Friday: Mariners third basemen

The quizzes are back at another position. Sporcle Fridays are back, and so is your time wasting. A few weeks ago we asked you to name Mariner shortstops by the most games played, and it seemed to be a popular one. So our buddy Matt at Sporcle has cooked up a whole new set of quizzes in the same vein, resuming with third basemen. No A-Rod this time, just...*shudders*... I'll let you remember the bad ones. Isn't it wonderful to have a stud at third base again? Come to think of it, if you ignore the dark years after Beltre and the current Boss era, the M's have been pretty good at third in...
Lookout Landing Feb 19, 2015

Jesus Montero lost a whole bunch of weight

COMEBACK NARRATIVE ENGAGED THIS IS NOT A DRILL Sometimes you encounter something so shocking that no amount of linguistic acrobatics can do it proper justice outside of simply saying WOAH HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THAT. So without further ado, I present to you WHOA HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THAT: A couple pics of Jesus Montero. pic.twitter.com/04jcdNMyBx — Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 19, 2015 These are photos of Jesus Montero, taken on Ryan Divish's cell phone at the Seattle Mariners' Peoria, Arizona spring training complex. The first thing you may notice is that the groundskeepers have done...
Lookout Landing Feb 19, 2015

Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez still unconscious in Venezuela after accident

Victor Sanchez remains unconscious after a horrific boating accident in Venezuela. As you've surely seen by now, 20-year-old Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez was severely injured in a boating accident in Venezuela this weekend, struck by a boat propeller while he was swimming. News on his injury has been scattered and vague, as we've only know that a) this is really serious and b) he has been between critical and stable condition. It's hard to find more information on this, given that it often comes from Venezuelan news outlets, and relying on translations when dealing with...
Lookout Landing Feb 19, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 2/19/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Happy Thursday morning to you all! With the start of Spring Training on the horizon, here's what you need to know: Victor Sanchez seems to be improving in his recovery from a scary boating accident. Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs has unveiled his top 200 prospect list. Jason Giambi already has a coaching offer on the table from the Cleveland Indians. Anthony Bosch has been sentenced to four years in prison after providing PED's to multiple MLB players. Alex Rodriguez wrote a letter to fans...
Lookout Landing Feb 18, 2015

Six under-the-radar Mariners spring training storylines worth watching

Isn't there at least a little bit of humor in the Mariners opening their second consecutive spring training with a battle for the starting shortstop job? I mean, we just did this. And not only that, but a big reason Brad Miller won last year, and was the favorite going in, was because he was the more natural defender at the shortstop position. Now that's the reason he might lose it. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm excited for Ketel Marte's June call-up and look forward to him eventually battling Chris Taylor for the 2016 starting shortstop gig on the back of his defensive...

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