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A brief history of the Port City Roosters

Can you name the Mariners' starter for Game 1 of the 1995 ALCS? For the first time in four years, the Mariners were left without a Double-A affiliate. Their previous three seasons with the Jacksonville Suns had returned three losing records, and almost as soon as the Suns capped the last game of the 1994 season, the Detroit Tigers picked up their affiliation with a two-year agreement. Two hundred miles away in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Port City Roosters were taking shape -- one of the only teams that would begin and end its time in the minor leagues with the Mariners. Their legacy...
Lookout Landing 15 hours ago

The Padres insanity and what it means for the Mariners

The Padres are selling the farm for a run in 2016, while the Mariners sit on their biggest assets. What's the right philosophy? Justin Upton is now a member of the San Diego Padres. So is Matt Kemp. And Wil Myers. And still, Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Seth Smith, and Will Venable. It's a bonanza of outfielders in San Diego after the Padres revamped their entire starting outfield, trying to go all-in a year after they finished 77-85. Is it brilliant, or is it full-blown Bavasi? The Padres beat a bunch of apparent offers for Justin Upton, though we may never find out what the Mariners...
Lookout Landing Dec 18, 2014

Platooning Justin Ruggiano

Now that the Mariners have acquired one half of a potential platoon, what could the other half look like? Yesterday, the Mariners addressed their outfield deficiency by acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs. As Scott pointed out in his overview, he's a low-cost outfielder who fills a need, balances the lineup, and could be used as one half of a right field platoon. He also leaves room for the Mariners to be flexible if needed. He's probably not going to play every day but he could split time in both right field and left field. It's this very situation I want to examine in a little...
Lookout Landing Dec 18, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 12/18/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! Here are your links for the day: Jeff Sullivan at U.S.S. Mariner gives his own analysis of the Justin Ruggiano trade and wonders what it means for Brad Miller and Chris Taylor. Bob Dutton of The News Tribune thinks the Mariners could get back into the game for Justin Upton. Shannon Drayer reports that the M's might still be on the look-out for a platoon-mate for Ruggiano (link includes interview with Jack Z after the trade). Grant Brisbee discusses the five win-now teams this...
Northwest Sports Beat Dec 18, 2014

Mariners Quest For A Full Time Right Fielder May Come Up Empty

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott gives us the latest on the M's search for a right fielder. I really think that filling this role from within is exactly where this right field situation is headed for the Mariners. The good news is that they do have options, options that I prefer to signing a guy who is finished, or over paying for a guy who is not, via trade.
Lookout Landing Dec 17, 2014

Safeco Field and the Yelp experience

The Mariners have made strides in improving the on-field experience, but what about the overall experience at Safeco? The Seattle Mariners have made the hard push the past couple of years to improve the on-field experience and to try and grind away memories of 100-seasons and send them into the abyss of the Bertha tunnel. So far, it is working. Robinson Cano is ours until his legs fall off. Felix Hernandez loves Seattle more than any sane human being in his position should. Kyle Seager blossomed into a legitimate All-Star. The good tidings continued this offseason (to a degree) as the front...
U.S.S. Mariner Dec 17, 2014

Justin Ruggiano For Basically Free

The Cubs are trying to contend right now. I think that’s become pretty clear, with the moves that they’ve already made. If you examine the Cubs’ current roster, I think it’s fairly evident they could use some help in the outfield. Okay, so, file that away. Have you ever heard of Matt Brazis? Had you 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 Ruggiano For Basically Free
Lookout Landing Dec 17, 2014

Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Cubs in exchange for Matt Brazis

The Mariners have shored up their outfield depth and acquired a quality platoon bat, all for a reasonable cost. What's not to like? Yesterday afternoon was a whole lot of fun for nothing happening. Shortly after rumors about Wil Myers being sent to the Padres starting flying around, there was a tweet that sent Mariners Twittersphere into a giant frenzy. The afternoon came and went, Wil Myers remained a Ray for the time being, and the rumor was later squashed by Ryan Divish, and later on Churchill recanted. The idea of nabbing Wil Myers in exchange for Taijuan Walker is a crazy one that I...
Lookout Landing Dec 16, 2014

Free Agent Profile: Nori Aoki

A popular target of Mariner fans, Nori Aoki would certainly fit a need for the team. Will he be worth the investment? There goes another one. Yesterday, Alex Rios signed a one-year deal worth $11 million with the Kansas City Royals. The external options to fill the Mariners' right field hole continue to dwindle. Yesterday, I took a broad look at some of these options. Today, I'll examine one of these options in a little bit more depth, Nori Aoki. As the dominoes have fallen this offseason, Nori Aoki's name has risen out of the milieu as one that many of us would be pleased with as the...
Lookout Landing Dec 16, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 12/16/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning folks! Here's the latest from around baseball: Progressive Field is currently going under some renovations. David Waldstein of The New York Times talks about the rise of Curacao as a major producer of MLB players. Mike Petriello of Fangraphs wonders what Justin Upton could be worth in a trade. Eno Sarris of Fangraphs wonders when the market for Cuban-imported players will normalize. Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs thinks the White Sox are still a ways from competing. The Marlins might...
Lookout Landing Dec 15, 2014

Mariners miss out on Melky: coming to grips with it, and whatever might be next

Signing Melky Cabrera would have been the easy thing to do. It obviously wasn't easy to actually sign him, as we see now, but it seemed like the path of least resistance to a successful off-season. Just plunk down enough money and Jack Zduriencik walks out of what seemed like quite the gauntlet of a winter with his biggest needs appropriately filled and the entirety of the young talent cache still with the organization. So when news came down the Mariners were not the team Cabrera would be playing for next season, many individuals' thoughts and opinions came back to that "just plunk down...
Lookout Landing Dec 15, 2014

Let's Get Creative: The Right Field Hole

Jack Zduriencik says the Mariners need to get creative to fill their right field hole. Let's take a look at the options left on the market. Another one bites the dust. Over the weekend, Melky Cabrera agreed to a three-year contract worth $42 million with the White Sox. After being heavily connected to the Mariners, Cabrera ended up signing with another team reducing the options to fill the Mariners' right field hole. The outfield free agent market is much thinner without Cabrera making the trade market seem like a decent bet. On Friday, Jack Zduriencik said on ESPN 710 that the club needed...
Lookout Landing Dec 15, 2014

As outfield options dwindle, an Ichiro reunion remains a bad idea

It's only a matter of time before talking heads start suggesting the Mariners bring back Ichiro. Here's why you (and the Mariners) should be inclined to ignore them. There's a pragmatic part of our brains that tends to shut off intermittently during the offseason. Even though we inherently know the sequence of moves doesn't matter, watching other teams make moves at their own, similar pace feels like getting lapped. Sitting in the right lane while car after car creeps by. Logic and reason exits when 29 teams turn into one, a flurry of moves can irrationally become player after player the...
Lookout Landing Dec 14, 2014

The Mariners and attempting to advance to first base after an uncaught strike three

Sometimes players try to run to first after striking out on a pitch in the dirt. Sometimes they don't bother. Does it really matter? One of my biggest baseball-related pet peeves is when a player swings at a lousy pitch in the dirt for strike three and then doesn't even bother to run down to first to force the catcher to make a throw to complete the play. Maybe this isn't something that a lot of folks care about (the success rate of reaching base on a dropped/uncaught third strike is very low), but it just feels like when you make a mistake by swinging at a bad pitch the least you can do is...
U.S.S. Mariner Dec 14, 2014

A Quick And Unoriginal Thought

Girlfriend and I are finally getting through House Of Cards. I won’t spoil anything, and I’ll expect that you won’t spoil anything, but at one point there’s a reference to the “deep internet”, where like 96% of the internet exists, in private. I don’t know if that’s a real thing, because I don’t actually know 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.A Quick And Unoriginal Thought
Lookout Landing Dec 14, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 12/14/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! The Angels have acquired second baseman Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in order to fill the hole left by Howie Kendrick's departure. The Matt Kemp trade rumors saga has finally come to an end, as the outfielder has been dealt to the Padres. Yoenis Cespedes has been dealt to the Tigers after a long series of trade rumors. Starting pitcher Matt Latos has been traded to the Marlins. Latos' wife was a little rattled by trade rumors revolving around her husband as the media was tweeting about...
Lookout Landing Dec 13, 2014

We could see DJ Peterson next year, and it could be fine, or not

As it stands today, the M's could have a lack of depth at first base. Time to play the guessing game. There is a fine line between inference and informed analysis when it comes to baseball, and this is complicated by the simple fact that for the most part, websites such as this are not operating on a need-to-know basis. As a result, and especially when writing about this notoriously tight-lipped front office, we can often be driven to two subcategories of inference: Reasonable Projections, and Making Shit Up. However, I'm going to try for a third today, which can be described simply as...
Lookout Landing Dec 13, 2014

Trade Target Profile: Ben Zobrist

The Mariners are in hot pursuit of Melky Cabrera, a switch-hitting outfielder with a #2 batter's profile and a history of strong performances in the AL East. If that's really what they want, perhaps they should also be in hot pursuit of Ben Zobrist. In the wake of a relatively unproductive trip to baseball's annual Winter Meetings, Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik has been remarkably coy about his plans to fill Seattle's right field openings. Most of the high-profile targets (like Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp) appear to be off the board, and while the team continues to pursue Melky...

A brief history of the Memphis Chicks

In which Craig Griffey ended his pro ball career for good. It was an unusual, if unintentional, trend: in back-to-back seasons, the Mariners signed on with two Double-A franchises in their final year of operation. The Port City Roosters were the first to go. After two full seasons in Wilmington, North Carolina, dismal attendance numbers and a dilapidated college baseball stadium made it impossible for the club to profit off of their fanbase. In 1996, the Roosters averaged less than 500 fans a game -- a hard pill to swallow even for a ballpark that seated just 3,000 on a good day. The...
Lookout Landing Dec 12, 2014

Mariners rumors: Mariners offer Melky Cabrera three year contract

The Mariners and Melky Cabrera are one year apart in free agent negotiations, according to Enrique Rojas. Here's a quick update on the Melky Cabrera situation, which had seemingly cooled off after the beginning of the winter meetings. While all indications were that the Mariners were ready to jump on Melky for something near Nelson Cruz money -- presumably four years -- that doesn't seem the be the case. Enrique Rojas, who's been the definitive source for all of Robinson Cano news and his friends Nelson Cruz and Cabrera, says the Mariners have offered Cabrera three years, while Cabrera...

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