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Matthew Roberson

Sporcle Friday: Jerry Dipoto’s Best Acquisitions

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minor league guys don’t count

Have you ever heard of Jerry Dipoto? He’s the guy in charge of picking the Seattle Mariners’ players, and depending on who you ask, he’s either a forward-thinking genius, a snake oil salesman, a Dibozo, or some combination of all three.

Dipoto got his current job as Mariners’ general manager in September 2015, meaning he oversaw the near-playoff year in 2016, the second half collapse in 2018, and now the...

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Kate Preusser

The Mariners 2021 International Free Agency class is (finally) here

Juan Pinto, LHP out of Venezuela

Welcome new Mariners!

Happy International Signing Day to those who celebrate! July 2—or the opening of the “J2” period, when prospects who have turned 16 or are about to are allowed to officially sign with major-league teams—is celebrated as a major holiday in the baseball-crazed communities of the Dominican Republic, among other places. Unfortunately, COVID-19, that plan-wrecker, pushed this year’s signing all the way back until now, half a year...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/15/21: Yusei Kikuchi, DJ LeMahieu, and Danny Hultzen

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Our first major free agent signing of the offseason is approaching.

Good morning everyone and happy Friday! Here’s what you need to know today as things start to heat up.

In Mariners news... Matt Wallach at Pitcher List is optimistic about Yusei Kikuchi’s future. Brendan Gawlowski at Fangraphs talked about the Mariners big, Julio Rodríguez-based marketing push.

Around the league... Early this morning it was reported that the Yankees...

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40 in 40: Shed Long, Jr.

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Our resident bespectacled short king doesn’t have a clear role on the roster in 2021 just yet

Did Shed Long, Jr. get fired on his day off, so to speak?

Unfortunately for him, that may be the case. As the 2020 Mariners roster was already overstuffed with utility-type players like Long, his injury shortened season and poor production due to that injury came at the worst possible time for his young MLB career. The 2021 roster is just as chock-full of utility...

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Kate Preusser

Mariners Minor League Signings Tracker: 2020-2021

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Keeping you up to date on all the minor moves

So far this off-season has moved at...I was going to say a snail’s pace, but that feels insulting to snails. Suffice it to say, things have been slow. We’ve actually been lucky in these parts; the Mariners haven’t exactly been A.J. Preller Supermarket Sweeping through the league adding players like they’re ten-pound hams, or the Mets figuring out One Weird Old Trick To Make The Fanbase Like You Again...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/14/21: Justus Sheffield, Wade LeBlanc, and Mark Shapiro

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Thursday links for the people.

Good morning folks! Oh, you thought the Francisco Lindor trade would catalyze the offseason? Nope! We’re still waiting for stuff to pick up. Here’s what you need to know today.

In Mariners news... The M’s lose some coaching blood to the winter’s most active team.

Hugh Quattlebaum, who had been the Mariners minor league hitting coordinator, has taken a director of hitting role with the Mets.
Quattlebaum helped out the...

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Kate Preusser

40 in 40: Yohan Ramírez

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After a shortened 2020 season, Yohan Ramírez is now safely A Mariner. But can he remain one?

Confession time: I was not totally enthused by the selection of former Astros prospect Yohan Ramírez in the 2019 Rule 5 draft. I wanted the Mariners to take RHP Zack Brown out of Milwaukee, or St. Louis fireballer Connor Jones, or for fun, CLE OF Ka’ai Tom; Ramírez didn’t even make our lengthy list of Rule 5 targets for the Mariners.

This was, to be honest, less...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/13/21: Corey Kluber, Andrew Benintendi, and Carter Capps

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Happy Wednesday!

Gooooooooooooood morning folks! Come check out some links as you get your Wednesday started.

In Mariners news... Ryan Divish answered a number of questions facing the Mariners this winter, including their willingness (or lack thereof) to sign a big name player this year. The Mariners Care Community Tour is going virtual this year. Find out how you can RSVP your spot here. Daniel Kramer at MLB.com checks in on the three M’s players...

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Mariners Hire Hisashi Iwakuma As Special Assignment Coach

Former Mariners right-hander Hisahi Iwakuma is rejoining the franchise in a new position. The Mariners announced Tuesday that they have hired Iwakuma as a special assignment coach.

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Matthew Roberson

Mariners hire Hisashi Iwakuma as Special Assignment Coach

this is gonna fix everything

In the biggest Seattle coaching news of the day, the Mariners have brought in Hisashi Iwakuma as a Special Assignment Coach.

I don’t know what that is. Sounds pretty made up.

According to the club, Iwakuma will start his new gig during Spring Training and report directly to Jerry Dipoto. The most important part seems to be the specifics of this role, which involves working “with Mariners pitchers and pitching instructors at all levels” and the ability to...

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Isabelle Minasian

For baseball fans feeling disenchanted with the game, Vol 1

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Hello? This thing on?

Hey there,

Welcome! If you clicked on this, I’m guessing you and I are feeling similarly discombobulated about our relationship with baseball. Either that, or you’re here to yell about how I’m wrong. If that’s the case, please proceed to the comments below. We both know it makes no difference if you read this or not.

Now that we got that out of the way...Phew. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but I’d be lying...

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Connor Donovan

40 in 40: Sam Haggerty

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The speedy utility man has the inside track to a bench spot after a solid 2020 showing - and also has the inside track to my heart

When Sam Haggerty arrived via a waiver claim from the Mets last January, little fanfare followed. While his minor league track record has shown strong plate discipline (13.2% career Minors walk rate) and base stealing skills (81.2% SB%, including a 2017 in which he swiped 49 bags in High-A), he’s cracked just fifteen minor...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/12/21: Liam Hendriks, Dave Sims, and Maybelle Blair

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At last, a free agent signing!

In Mariners News... Congratulations to Bob Condotta for winning NSMA Washington Sportswriter of the year and Dave Sims for his hat trick in the Washington Sportscaster of the Year category!

2020 @NSMA Awards cont'd.

Washington Sportscaster of the Year - @TheDaveSimsShow

Washington Sportswriter of the Year - @bcondotta

— NSMA Sports Media (@NSMASportsMedia) January 11, 2021 Oh how we miss you, Ichiro.

Ichiro could do whatever...

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Kate Preusser

40 in 40: Justus Sheffield

You’re beautiful just the way you were made, Justus

Justus Sheffield is learning to be himself, and that, to me, is beautiful

One of the most beautiful things about baseball is there are many ways to be a big-leaguer. Mike Trout and his five-tool brethren might gobble up the majority of the highlight reels, but every year during the playoffs there is seemingly a landmark moment from a lesser contributor—Brett “Maverick” Phillips’s clutch single this fall, Howie Kendrick’s go-ahead...

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Joe E. Doyle

2021 MLB Draft Scouting Report - Benny Montgomery

A diamond hiding in plain sight?

“Good is not good when better is expected.” -Vin Scully

These are the words scouting directors need live by when approaching every draft. You don’t take the floor, you reach for the sky.

You always draft the best player available. Stars win championships. You don’t draft players in the first round for safety, you draft a guy in the first round for their ceiling.

Lewisberry, Pennsylvania outfielder Benny Montgomery might quietly have the highest...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/11/21: DJ LeMahieu, Rusney Castillo, and NFL on Nickelodeon

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Some light links to start off your week!

In Mariners News... Shannon Drayer takes a look at the Mariners’ current 26-man roster and where each player fits into the rotation, bullpen, and lineup. Around The League... Multiple All-Star and Cy-Young Award winning pitchers including Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Corey Cluber, are being accused of doctoring baseballs for multiple years. DJ LeMahieu is reportedly losing faith in the Yankees as they fail to...

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Kate Preusser

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/10/21: Taylor Trammell, Fernando Tatís Jr., Kyle Schwarber

I freely admit 90% of my Ty France Suspicion is that he did not warmly embrace Tatís back here. What are you even doing, Ty France? | Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Some Sunday links to close out your weekend right

Happy Sunday! Just a reminder that we are through the first week of the 40 in 40s. Whee! Five down, 35 to go, and remember every one you read is another day closer to Spring Training games starting. Catch up on the first week’s installment here.

On to today’s links!

In...

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John Trupin

Mariners 2021 Free Agent Target: Sung Bum Na

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A better-late-than-never look at one of South Korea’s best sluggers.

At 2 PM PST today, this article’s relevance will likely expire. That’s when the posting period for Korean Baseball Organization star Sung Bum Na will end, and with a glut of similarly profiled players, the 31 year old slugger may be destined to return to the NC Dinos. The market for clobberin’ corner outfielders is crowded, the track record for KBO sluggers coming to MLB is shaky,...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/9/21: Levi Stoudt, Tommy Lasorda, and Mookie Betts

Weekend links!

Hello folks! Here’s what you need to know as you get your weekend started.

In Mariners news... One of the M’s less heralded prospects is making some major improvements this offseason.

MLB Pipeline named Levi Stoudt (@Lvstoudty) as the Mariners’ standout under-the-radar prospect for 2021. A potential back-of-the-bullpen power reliever, here he is hitting 102 with a 5 oz pulldown in his off-season work. pic.twitter.com/fg6jPEW4Xu

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FanPost Friday: Best FanPosts of 2020!

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You wrote ‘em, I re-posted them. Check out these community gems!

It’s that time again where I share links to my very subjective list of best FanPosts of the year! There were some really good ones in 2020, perhaps due to the extra time some of us found ourselves with while we were waiting for baseball to start and/or stuck at home forever due to the ongoing pandemic. LLers are nothing if not resourceful and creative and these posts are a...

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