Congrats to Kuma and The King ~ 2013 All-Stars

CONGRATULATIONS to the M’s collective 1-2 punch!!!

Felix named to his 4th ASG | Marinerds, etc. blog

Felix named to his 4th ASG | Marinerds, etc. blog

Kuma gets first ASG selection | NewsTribune

Kuma gets first ASG selection | NewsTribune

Felix earned his fourth All Star selection and Hisashi his first. If the rotation stays as is – Kuma would be scheduled to pitch the Sunday before the ASG which, in recent years, would deem him ineligible to actually pitch in the game. But, some changes in the CBA have changed that . . . Larry’s run down of the new rules

Iwakuma, however, is scheduled to start for the Mariners next Sunday, the last day before the All-Star break. If that happens, MLB rules dictate he may opt to be replaced on the American League roster, or be limited to one inning.  Iwakuma would still attend the game at New York’s Citi Field and go through all the festivities and be introduced with the team.

Iwakuma has the lowest ERA in the American League (2.60), followed by Hernandez at No. 2 (2.69). Iwakuma also has the lowest WHIP in the AL (0.88) to go with a 7-4 record. Hernandez is 8-4 and ranks fourth in the AL with 130 strikeouts. Iwakuma’s chances seemed to have dimmed with a stretch of four starts in which he went 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA to raise his ERA from 1.79, but his body of work over 18 starts prevailed.

Unfortunately, no Rauuuuuuul . . .

 

Alex Liddi traded to the O’s and International Draft picks swapped . . .

The Mariners have traded third baseman/first baseman Alex Liddi and their international signing slot No. 3 for the Orioles’ international signing slot No. 2.

Liddi is reportedly headed for the Orioles’ Triple A affiliate in Norfolk.

Liddi, 24, has appeared in 8 games with the Mariners this season (.059/1×17), spending most of the season with AAA Tacoma. With the Rainiers he is batting .263 (63×240) with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. Liddi was originally signed by the Mariners as an international free agent on Sept. 9, 2005. The native of Sanremo, Italy is the first Italian-born and developed player to appear in a Major League game.

This basically gives the Mariners more money to spend on the international free agent market.

Liddi was designated for assignment when the Mariners called up Brad Miller. The team had 10 days to either release, trade or outright Liddi. With the Orioles likely to claim him off of waivers, the Mariners picked up some more money on the international market instead.

 

Good news on the bullpen front . . .

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Taijuan’s Tacoma debut and other news and notes

Taijuan Walker made his AAA debut for the Rainiers last night in Tacoma ~ the youngest Rainier (20) since Felix (19) in 2005. By all accounts, things went well . . .

SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO runs ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

  • totals: 87 pitches / 57 strikes
  • by inning: 18, 11, 14, 13, 14, 17
  • speeds: fastball 92-97, cutter 89-92, curve 69-72 mph, change-up: 85-85

 

 

 

oh yeah ~ and the Rainiers won the game! 1-0 (on a home run by Abraham Almonte)

 

 

 

 

 

Now, the bad news . . .

Franklin Gutierrez is back on the DL after coming up w/ a hamstring strain in his second game back from the DL

 

But, Dustin Ackley is back and, presumably, ready to play the outfield

 

Mariners WBC participants…

from the Corner of Edgar and Dave

Seems that all the teams the M’s represented in the World Baseball Classic did better than expected and they all represented well!

Michael Saunders | Team Canada

Alex Liddi | Team Italy

Oliver Perez | Team Mexico

Michael Saunders performed exceptionally well, so much a standout participant for his native Canada that he earned the Pool D MVP honors.

Congratulations, Michael!

October Ins and Outs, surgeries and awards…

g137 | great start, bad finish

Mariners 3 | Red Sox 4

‘t was looking great early…
M’s scoring in the first on an RBI single from Jesus Montero and then, back-to-back jacks (both to centerfield) by Guti and Seager and Blake was holding them pretty well.

but then came the SIXTH…
when the Sox woud also homer twice – unfortunately, one of there’s came with TWO runners on

the bullpen would keep it close…
going 3.2 scoreless – unfortunately, the Sox bullpen was just as impressive

As disappointing as Smoak has been with the bat – we’ve got no complaints re: his DEE

NEWS AND NOTES

Welcome, to the show ~ Mariners add SEVEN to the roster

Congrats to The King ~  monthly honors for August

How cute is THIS?!?

from Felix’s twitter…

This, that and the other on an off-day…

Congratulations to Jason Vargas….

Pitcher of the Month for July!!!

M*A*S*H update…
~ Charlie Furbush is making progress coming back from a strained tri-cep muscle. He should be making a AAA appearance or two soon and hopefully be back in the M’s bullpen shortly after.
~ Guti continues to have issues since his was hit by the wild pick-off throw back in late June (I remember it because while Felix was throwing an absolute GEM at Safeco Field vs. the Red Sox, I was at Cheney Stadium watching Danny Hultzen’s AAA Tacoma debut vs. Jamie Moyer and the Las Vegas 51’s). Anyway, apparently Guti has been experiencing headaches but they seem unrelated to the concussion and may stem from an inner ear issue. No timetable has been set for his return.

Streaking M’s???
SEVEN in-a-row and 14-6 since the All Star Break – gotta start sometime, somewhere…

and lookie here…
Felix + Vargas + Beavan = 11-0 in July
first time since 2001 that three Mariners starters combined for at least ten wins with no losses in one month. Can you say right track?!?

Up, down, injuries and more hardware for Zunino

Recent movement

  • Good luck, Hector. Hope you find your focus in AAA
  • Welcome back, Piggy!
  • Best Wishes, Adam Moore ~ claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals
  • Mike Carp’s been rehabbing in Tacoma since the 7/4 at DH/1B to keep that shoulder healthy
M*A*S*H report
* Guti will be eligible to come back about July 13th but will have a couple game rehab stint first.
* Montero took BP for the first time since his injury and will not catch tomorrow but, may DH
* Pryor to be sent on a rehab stint
* Erasmo won’t be ready for awhile so, M’s will need another starter after the ASB
Congratulations to Mike Zunino!

The award, sponsored by Major League Baseball, is annually bestowed to the amateur player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship. Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the 2010 Golden Spikes recipient, made the announcement live on MLB Network. 

A former University of Florida catcher who was selected by the Mariners in the Draft, Zunino won the 35th edition of the award over fellow finalists Mark Appel, a right-handed pitcher from Stanford, and Carlos Rodon, a left-handed pitcher from North Carolina State.

Zunino, who also won this year’s Dick Howser Trophy as the premier college player and the Johnny Bench Award as the best collegiate catcher, batted .322 with 19 home runs and 67 RBIs as a junior for the Gators in 2012.

As the Mariners tweeted … he’s going to need a bigger mantel 🙂