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A brief history of the Lynn Sailors

The most memorable player on the Sailors was also their manager. It was a first for both cities. Seattle, still in the throes of its first few seasons, was hunting for a place to settle their Double-A prospects after securing venues at the Triple-A, Single-A, and Short Season-A levels. On the opposite coast, the city of Lynn, Massachusetts was eager to host another ballclub after turning out subpar attendance for 21 seasons of Class B baseball. An MLB team had not set foot in Lynn for over 30 years, let alone entrusted them with prospects so close to the major league level. At the outset,...
Lookout Landing 16 hours ago

The average player age of the Seattle Mariners

The Mariners appear to be getting older in 2015. How should we feel about this? In 2014, the Mariners were the seventh youngest team in MLB, with an average player age right around 28 years old. However, with the signings of Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, and J.A. Happ, each of whom is on the wrong side of 32 and will likely see substantial playing time next year, the average age of the Mariners seems to trending upward as we head into 2015. Is this good? Bad? Largely meaningless? The Mariners do still have a not-old "core" and supplementing these younger players with "established veterans" seems...
Lookout Landing Jan 23, 2015

Mariners trivia - 1/23/15

A quick little M's quiz for your Friday afternoon. Good luck! Howdy, folks. Since there isn't a Sporcle Friday today, I took the liberty of putting together a different quiz for you instead. Ashley did something kinda similar awhile back. I really enjoyed her questions, so I was inspired to put together a quiz of my own. Below are 20 questions. You have a 50% chance of getting the first 10 correct by simply guessing. The last 10 are a bit harder, but if you've been an attentive Mariners over the years you'll probably get quite a few of them right. A #2 pencil may come in handy. You may also...
Lookout Landing Jan 23, 2015

Mariners formally introduce new Sunday alternate uniforms

The Mariners mix old school with new school for their 2015 alternate uniforms, and they look sharp. A little bit of throwback, a little bit of revision, and a whole lot of royal blue and gold. The Mariners held an event today to introduce the new jersey and hat pairing the team will be wearing on Sundays throughout the year, for a total of thirteen games. Here's the official release from the Mariners. Even though it's presented as a cream jersey, it appears to be a lighter shade of cream than what some other teams have. The compass rose is still firmly a part of the uniform design,...
Lookout Landing Jan 23, 2015

The Bad Baseball Card Tournament Championship

It's time to choose, once and for all, the ugliest baseball card of modern times. It's time to end this. We've made it. Twelve days, nine articles, fourteen jokes, and 29 ballots have successfully killed two weeks of offseason and now we stand, panting and achy, at the precipice of history. History that you will make, that can never be unmade. Today we choose a champion. The favorite: 1999 Skybox Thunder Dial "1". The underdog: 1992 Topps Kids. Both teams overcame tough contests to arrive here. The prize: glory, if not the good kind. Briefly, a rundown of how we got here: Monday,...
Lookout Landing Jan 22, 2015

Picking a musical guest for opening day

Baseball and music is a natural pairing. Even amongst all of those bad years, there were a few things the Seattle Mariners franchise was doing right, and one of those was fully embracing the rich musical history of the area and giving those excited baseball fans suffering through most likely a bone-chilling cold and wet April afternoon the perk of seeing a free concert before hand. Granted, the sound is never the best, but it is the thought that counts. Unlike the Seattle Seahawks (Soundgarden - makes sense, Pharrell does not) and MLS (sorry, Third Eye Blind in 2009 doesn't count as an...
Lookout Landing Jan 22, 2015

A Closer Look at the Mariners’ Bullpen, Collectively

The Mariners' bullpen was a huge asset last year. What can we expect from the 'pen in 2015? Lost amid all the offensive acquisitions and talk of having one of the best starting rotations in the league is the quiet strength of the Mariners, the bullpen. This group has stayed the most consistent between last year and this coming year and should continue to be one of the best bullpens in the league. Instead of looking at individual relievers, who are susceptible to wild swings in performance, I'd like to take a look at the Mariners bullpen as a group. What were they able to accomplish together...
Lookout Landing Jan 22, 2015

The Bad Baseball Card Tournament: Final Four

The four worst baseball card designs face off, for the right to be unfairly compared to the fallen Metal Universe. Where once were 32 (actually, 64, but I saved you guys a week's worth of reading), there are now only four. Battle-hardened, grizzled, these four cards have actually grown stronger as the tournament went on, building momentum toward the last rounds. By now these cards should feel like old friends. So instead of providing more information about the cards themselves, I'm supplying a little backstory on what would happen if you were to hypothetically give these cards to our...
Lookout Landing Jan 22, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 1/22/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Happy Thursday everyone! Here's what's going on around baseball: Alex Skillin discusses the tug-of-war between the Blue Jays and Orioles over O's General Manager Dan Duquette. Some unsuccessful baseball players are attempting to make a name for themselves in professional cricket. Pinstripe Alley wonders if Max Scherzer's deferred contract will become the new norm in baseball. Major League Baseball is considering additional avenues to shorten baseball games, such as tightening breaks between...
Lookout Landing Jan 21, 2015

Fernando Rodney revealed to not be Fernando Rodney

Nothing that is known is actually known. Fernando Rodney continues his travels through South Korea and Colin has been doing an excellent job following his journey. Today he brought us this: Seriously. Documentary, please. pic.twitter.com/UgdGdcW5MZ — Colin O'Keefe (@colinokeefe) January 21, 2015 Wait what was that? ENHANCE! Fernando Rodney is traveling in a country in which the native language does not conform to our Western structure so it's possible, perhaps even probably that something is getting lost in translation here. But what if it's not? I remember the...
Lookout Landing Jan 21, 2015

I am an adult and I can't wait for Mariners FanFest

Sometime over the past few years, I discovered how fun singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" can be. There’s something about being a kid—or, really, being teenager—that doesn't lend itself to belting out in song in public, and more-so to being obsessed with never looking not-cool. Then, more recently, a realization: when else, in what other venue, can I sing a goofy song about how great baseball is in unison with thousands of people around me? To those who haven’t, I can’t encourage it enough: take those 45 seconds and just give in to the pure ridiculousness. There aren’t enough...
Lookout Landing Jan 21, 2015

Mariners will annouce new Sunday alternate uniforms this Friday

Is it finally time for those cream uniforms we've heard about for two years? This Friday, the Mariners are set to announce that they are introducing a new alternate jersey this year to be worn on Sundays at home. This comes in addition to the other standard four jerseys the Mariners currently wear, including the teal tops, which will stick around for another season. The M's posted this teaser image across social media yesterday. The Mariners have thirteen home games on Sunday this year, including the last game of the year against Oakland. The Mariners have played around with alternates...
Lookout Landing Jan 21, 2015

The Bad Baseball Card Tournament: Elite 8

Voting is hard. You have to read words, and look at pictures, and click radio boxes. We know how tough you have it. But if you don't vote now, you can't complain when your children or your children's children have to look at baseball cards through a lead-coated protective visor. We're left with eight. There were few surprises yesterday, except perhaps the ease by which all four victors advanced: no loser cracked 30%, even the ghoulish Topps 3-D. Now there are only ogres, except perhaps in the shocking Boring Division, where an underdog is guaranteed to advance to the Final Four. Our...
Lookout Landing Jan 20, 2015

Who's Afraid of Endy Chavez?

Jon Heyman and others have linked Endy to the Mariners in recent days, but take a deep breath before doing anything dangerous. January is really a wonderful time to be a baseball fan. Although there are usually a few odd impact moves left to be finalized (what the hell, Astros?), most days leave us with radio silence as reporters move from agent leaks to guesses punctured by "could" "option" and "possible." This was on display just last week, when CBS' Jon Heyman tweeted this quick little shot in the middle of an otherwise slow news day: #mariners an option for endy chavez. the .270 career...
Lookout Landing Jan 20, 2015

The Bad Baseball Card Tournament: Sweeter 16

The favorite of the tourney has been knocked out. Will ProVisions, historically shamed, share the fate of the other one-seeds? This is why we watch. Upheaval continued in the first half of the Sweet 16 of the BBCT yesterday, as a one-seed fell and an eight-seed advanced, while 1995 Fleer held serve. Below you'll find a scarcely legible bracket that you can click to download a slightly more readable bracket: Here's what's ahead, or, if you DVRed the tournament and want to catch up on prior matchups first, what was behind: Sweet 16 - Base Cards Monday, January 19 Sweet 16 -...
Lookout Landing Jan 20, 2015

Mariners install LED lights at Safeco Field, first MLB park to have them

The Mariners' ever-expanding list of off-field upgrades adds another item. A year ago around this time, I had the privilege of attending the Seattle Mariners' annual media luncheon. While the opportunity to ask questions of players and front office staff was great, so too was sitting down and talking with some of the people behind the scenes—and that included, for me, a man who'd been with the Mariners for decades. One of the more interesting things he told me was the Mariners planned for Safeco Field to be Seattle's Wrigley, that it'd be there for a century, still standing long after he...
Lookout Landing Jan 20, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 1/20/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! Here's the latest from around the league: Robinson Cano has reportedly wrapped up his stint with his hometown team in the Dominican Republic. The Dodgers have inked pitcher Erik Bedard (Mariner in 2008-2011). Max Scherzer has officially signed a seven-year deal with the Nationals. Scherzer's contract has an interesting clause in it. Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs takes a look at the Nats' rotation now that it includes Scherzer. Bless You Boys comes to terms with losing their...
Lookout Landing Jan 19, 2015

Seattle Sports History

This is our city. These are our teams. It seems silly to be thinking or talking about the Mariners when one of the most historic comeback wins happened just yesterday. That finish was beyond belief. The resilience and the fortitude to keep fighting to the bitter end has defined this team since Pete Carroll became coach. We saw the culmination of his mantra, Win Forever, in those final three minutes of regulation and the overtime win. The Mariners had their own version of The Comeback in 1995. The Double is forever ingrained in our collective fan memory. Refuse to Lose. "I don't believe it,...
Lookout Landing Jan 19, 2015

The Bad Baseball Card Tournament: Sweet 16

Sixteen remain. Take a break from football or from people who care about football and vote for some ugly baseball cards. Last week, we all learned a little something about baseball cards and ourselves, as we whiled way a dead week in January debating the aesthetic merits of forgotten, worthless baseball cards. This week, we'll go from 16 down to 1. You can play along, and wager your children's college funds, with this handy printable bracket (click to download as .pdf): As always, you're voting for the card (not the player) you find least attractive. The winning card will be framed and...
Lookout Landing Jan 18, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 1/18/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good afternoon folks! Here's the latest from around baseball: Johan Santana wishes to pitch again soon in the MLB. The Blue Jays have re-signed infielder Munenori Kawasaki (Mariner in 2012). Randy Johnson will officially be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame as a Diamondback. The White Sox will retire Paul Konerko's jersey number (#14) this season. If you'd like to track the arbitration filing figures for the players who have yet to settle with their teams, click here. Here are some things you...

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