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Mariners release 40 prospect roster for Player Development Fall League

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The M’s prospects will face off against Padres, Rangers, and Royals prospects this fall in Arizona.

In lieu of the Arizona Fall League and the traditional minor league season, MLB clubs are scrambling to find ways to get their prospects safe game reps and encourage development beyond the weight room. The result, for the Mariners, is an adjusted version of the Fall League and winter instructional league, and they released their full roster today.

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9/29/20: Open Game(s) Thread, Playoffs Edition

knock ‘em dead, neli | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

YOU get a playoff game, and YOU get a playoff game (Seattle, you do not get a playoff game)

Hot damn, it’s like March Madness for MLB today. Behold, what Manfred hath wrought:

Today is gonna be awesome. #Postseason pic.twitter.com/Ot2OmSsHZq

— MLB (@MLB) September 29, 2020

Houston at Minnesota - 11 AM PT

Today's Lineups George Springer - CF Luis Arraez - 2B Jose Altuve - 2B Byron Buxton -...

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Kate Preusser Tim Cantu Michael Ajeto Matthew Roberson John Trupin sanford_and_son Grant Bronsdon Connor Donovan

LL picks the MLB playoffs: who we want to win, who we think will win

no surprise: we’re all-in on the NL Mariners | Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Go everyone who isn’t the Astros, basically

It’s time for the annual off-season tradition of picking which ponies we’re going to ride through the playoffs, the specific and bittersweet joy of being fans of a team that never makes it to said playoffs. We can hitch our wagons to any star! But we are also Responsible Baseball Journalists, so for each matchup we’re giving you our considered opinions on...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/29/20: Starling Marte, Derek Jeter, and James Pazos

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Day 1 of the 2020 playoffs baybeeee

In Mariners News... ICYMI: The Mariners showed their appreciation for the fans this season by teaming up in a sweet thank you video. Jerry Dipoto is optimistic for a contending team next season and mentions building a strong bullpen as one of the Mariners’ main focuses. Nick Groke and Corey Brock at The Athletic write about what the Mariners’ rebuilding period can teach the Rockies, who had similar goals to those of...

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Mariners' Shed Long has surgery on right tibia

Long has experience in the outfield, logging 130 innings in left field with the Mariners since his debut, and he’s tallied eight innings at third base as well.

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Michael Ajeto

Justus Sheffield Deserves Your AL ROY Consideration

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

You’re probably already considering Kyle Lewis

Over at Pitcher List, I’ve just posted an article stating the case for Shane Bieber as AL MVP. As is pretty well known, pitchers almost never win MVP awards, but something that is slightly more common is pitchers that win Rookie of the Year. The Mariners have themselves an AL ROY candidate in Kyle Lewis, but I’m not convinced that Justus Sheffield should be left out of the conversation. In fact, there’s...

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Joe E. Doyle

2021 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Ryan Cusick

If history is any indication, ya’ll might want to follow Ryan Cusick closely...

The 2020 MLB Draft was chockfull of college arms. It’s a narrative that has been beaten to death. If you were an organization in the market for advanced, projectable, high-floor/ceiling pitching, the 2020 class tickled your fancy.

Enter the 2021 class.

Sure, at the top, Kumar Rocker, Jack Leiter and Jaden Hill are going to grab the headlines. They’ve got the stuff, the track record, and in some cases, the...

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Matthew Roberson

Thank you, 2020 Mariners

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For everything

The 2020 Major League Baseball season did not need to happen. We can argue up and down about whether it should have happened at all. Baseball, after all, is no more than competitive entertainment, completely non-essential from an everyday survival standpoint. But now that the regular season has screeched to a halt, I’m confident in saying that I’m really glad it did happen.

The Seattle Mariners and the rest of MLB’s players put...

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Zach Gottschalk

Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/28/20: Mailbags, Playoffs, and Time Travel

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The first day of the offseason

I’ve got some terrible or wonderful news, depending on how you felt about the 2020 Mariners. It’s the first day without Mariners baseball until (at least) spring of next year. In fact, there’s no baseball at all today as the top 53% of the league gears up for the playoffs. Among those teams: the 29-31 Astros. Even when they’re bad, they’re good enough. Ew.

On the bright side, I’ve got some fun and/or inconsequential...

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Kate Preusser

Everybody’s free (to not watch the Mariners any more this year)

we really just let this man do whatever in the 90s | Photo by CHRISTOPHE D YVOIRE/Sygma via Getty Images

Mariners lose snoozer to Oakland in final game of 2020

Come with me, children, on a journey back in time: to 1997, to be exact. See, in the 90s we teens were a little too ironic, yes I really do think, but also a genuinely earnest heart beat within that nihilistic chest, still whole and unshattered by what would come at the turn of the millennium. And there’s no better way I can...

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Kate Preusser

27-33: Chart

Yusei is funny, apparently | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Closing Time

Well. That was a game. And a season, I guess.

The journey: Yoshihisa Hirano, -.374 WPA

The friends we made along the way: J.P. Crawford, .116 WPA

Until next year, everyone.

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Kate Preusser

9/27/20: Final 2020 Open Game Thread

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it’s the end of the season as we know it

Here it is, the end of the 2020 season, the end of another season of Mariners baseball. I admit, I did not foresee them making it through all 60 games, and they did so with only a modicum of interruption—and that from the deadly wildfires choking the West Coast more than direct effects of the virus, which I definitely didn’t see coming but should have, now that “fire season” is part of our Seattle Weather...

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Kate Preusser

Mariners pay tribute to Bay Area’s Smash Mouth, show Athletics finger and thumb in the shape of an L on their forehead

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Well the hits start coming and they don’t stop coming

Some baseball analysts who love to tweet about the Mariners’ historic playoff drought—not naming names here, of course—aren’t technically wrong about the team, but in a laser-sharp focus on the playoffs or lack thereof they do miss the day-in-day-out wackiness of what makes this team fun, even when they’re frustrating. The Oakland Athletics are objectively a better team than the 2020...

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Kate Preusser

27-32: Chart

Congrats to this guy on 500 extra base hits! | Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

so you like runs, eh? Well have all the runs in the world!

Today as they were packing up the summer rental house the Mariners found a whole bag of offense somebody (J.P.? I bet it was J.P.) forgot to unpack, so they had to use it all up in one day:

The travel companion who remembers to pack everyone’s favorite snack, extra sunscreen, and fresh linens for the beds: Joseph Odom, .148 WPA

The travel...

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Zach Gottschalk

26-32: Chart

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

You’re welcome, Rays

55 °F and sunny: J.P. Crawford (0.286 WPA)

80 °F and cloudy/hazy: I don’t know, Fangraphs isn’t working. I’ll nominate Kyle Lewis, who went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts. Sorry Kyle.

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Kate Preusser

9/26/20: Game 2 Open Game Thread

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The sand is running out of the hourglass on the Mariners’ 2020 season

After a satisfying win in Game 1 that knocked the A’s out of securing the top seed in the AL, the Mariners will run it back in Game 2:

Game 2 Lineups: A's vs. Mariners - Sept. 26, 2020 at Oakland Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/zmp0RkcJyg

— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) September 26, 2020

Well, not running it back, exactly; Seager moves to DH, France to third base, and Dee Strange-Gordon...

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Zach Gottschalk

Five Mariners stuff rest of Mariners into backpack, lug them to summit of Mt. Win

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The fact that five players can win a baseball game alone makes the Angels’ wasting Mike Trout’s prime even funnier

Most of us have been there at some point in school. The teacher or professor announces a group project. If you have friends, you immediately glance at each other meaningfully. If you don’t have friends, you instantly shrivel up inside.

Then the teacher announces that they’re assigning the groups. Now it’s the friends’ turn to...

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Zach Gottschalk

9/26/20 Open Game Thread (Game 1)

What do you mean you’re out of cheese curds? | Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

In which the Mariners play “for pride”

Believe it or not, there are just three games left in the Mariners season. It’s been a surreal ride, fraught with subpar play and the presence of Phil Ervin. Don’t get me wrong, though. The highs have been great (thanks, Kyle Lewis), and maybe, just maybe, enough to convince the team to try to get into win-soon mode instead of win-in-a-while mode.

Today’s game...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 9/26/20: Shed Long, Thom Brennaman, and Giancarlo Stanton

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

In which an unexpected team officially makes the playoffs.

Good morning folks! Let’s get your Saturday started with some links.

In Mariners news... Shed is already getting back to work, which is great to see.

Day 3 post surgery! We Working! #RoadTo110% pic.twitter.com/Hf9eS6Fn3l

— Shed Long Jr. (@SLONG895) September 25, 2020

Around the league... The Reds released a statement regarding their former broadcaster Thom...

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Matthew Roberson

Mariners take fat L from Oakland Athletics, Mark Canha, 2020, the universe, etc.

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blow all my friendships to sit in hell with you

The pervasive thought rattling around all of our heads this year, no matter how egregiously terrible or just slightly inconvenienced your life became, was some version of “I can’t wait for this to be over”. Fittingly, that is exactly how the Mariners and A’s played the first part of Friday night’s game. Seattle and Oakland soared through the first seven innings at warp speed as if they...

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