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Mariners 2013 season

The Mariners, a relatively young club that hasn’t made it to the playoffs in more than 10 years, needs to prove its mettle in the 2013 season.

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From NY Daily News

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240-million contract, ESPN reported Friday.

According to ESPNdeportes.com, the Mariners made Cano, 31, an offer “he couldn’t refuse.” The contract is the third largest in baseball history, tied with Albert Pujols’ deal of the Anaheim Angels.

The Seattle Mariners would not confirm the deal Friday.

The source said Cano will return to Seattle Sunday to undergo a physical. Cano is represented by popular entertainer Jay-Z.

According to the Tacoma News Tribune, Jay-Z asked the Mariners for a 10-year, $252 million deal; something the Mariners were not willing to give. Mariners majority owner Howard Lincoln even reportedly stormed out of negotiations at one point.

However, the two sides reportedly came to an agreement sometime late Thursday night.

“The prevailing view throughout the industry is the deal, considered in isolation, is an outrageous over-payment,” Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune wrote.

However, some are speculating Cano coming to Seattle could set off a chain reaction among free agents, driving them to come to Seattle when before it seemed like a distant possibility.

Cano is a five time All-star who hit 27 homeruns with 107 runs driven in last season.

SEATTLE — Seattle Mariners President and CEO Chuck Armstrong announced he is retiring, effective Jan. 31.

Armstrong, 71, has served in the position for 28 of the last 30 years, joining the franchise shortly after the 1983 baseball season under then-owner George Argyros. After an absence in 1990-1991 when Jeff Smulyan owned the team, he returned in July 1992, when the current ownership group purchased the Mariners.

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Chuck Armstrong (Photo: depts.washington.edu)

“Thirty years ago my family and I were given a wonderful opportunity to move to the Seattle area and become associated with the Seattle Mariners,” Armstrong said in a news release on the Mariners website. “We quickly grew to love this community and this team. Through all the good times and the not-so-good times on the field since 1984, the goal always has been to win the World Series. My only regret is that the entire region wasn’t able to enjoy a parade through the city to celebrate a World Championship together.

“After much thought and reflection, it is now time for me to retire and enjoy as much time as possible with my wife Susan and our family. The recent deaths of several good friends have really had an impact on me and helped crystallize my decision. This was a very difficult, very personal decision, but I know in my heart that it’s time to turn the page and move to the next chapter of my life.

“Thanks to our outstanding ownership, the franchise is stable and will remain the Northwest’s team, playing in Safeco Field, a great ballpark and great example of a successful public-private partnership. The team is in good hands and positioned for future success. I am thankful for this important part in my life and I will always bleed Mariners Blue. Susan and I plan to continue to live here and remain involved in many community events and causes.”

Mariners Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln added, “When the Baseball Club of Seattle purchased the franchise in 1992, it was clear that Chuck Armstrong was uniquely qualified to lead the organization. Since Day One, he has given his heart and soul to Mariners baseball. He sincerely cares about the game of baseball, this organization, this city and this region. On behalf of ownership and everyone who has worked here for the past 30 years, I thank Chuck for his tremendous contributions. We wish him all the best in retirement with Susan and his family.”

The Mariners said the club will now begin the process of finding a successor and determining a transition plan.

By Greg Johns

MLB.com

SEATTLE – Lloyd McClendon, who spent the past seven years as the Tigers’ hitting coach, was named the next manager of the Mariners on Tuesday night.

The club made the hire official not long after a Major League source confirmed a report initially tweeted by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Cleveland Indians v Detroit TigersGeneral manager Jack Zduriencik just concluded talks with five finalists to replace Eric Wedge, with McClendon among the group brought to Seattle for a second interview.

McClendon, 54, was the only candidate with previous Major League managing experience, having led the Pirates from 2001-05.

McClendon had a 336-446 record when Pittsburgh was in the middle of a 20-year run of losing seasons, then was immediately hired by Jim Leyland in Detroit and was regarded as a big part of the Tigers’ success as they reached the American League Championship Series four times and the World Series twice during his eight years.

McClendon interviewed with the Mariners in 2010, when they hired Wedge, and he was under consideration to replace Leyland this past week for the Tigers, who instead named former catcher Brad Ausmus as their new skipper on Sunday.

The other Mariners finalists were A’s bench coach Chip Hale, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, former Mariners second baseman and longtime White Sox bench coach Joey Cora and Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach.

McClendon becomes the 19th manager in Mariners history, including three interim skippers, since the franchise was formed in 1977. Since Lou Piniella resigned following the 2002 season, the club has had seven managers — Bob Melvin, Mike Hargrove, John McLaren, Jim Riggleman, Don Wakamatsu, interim skipper Daren Brown and Wedge — and none posted a winning record during his tenure.

Wedge stepped down after going 71-91 in his third season at the helm, citing differences of opinion with club management.

McClendon is a veteran of 33 years in professional baseball, including 16 years as a player after being selected in the eighth round of the 1980 Draft by the Mets as a catcher out of Valparaiso University. He converted to an outfielder/first baseman in the Majors and spent eight seasons with the Reds, Cubs and Pirates from 1987-94 while batting .244 in 570 games.

The native of Gary, Ind., began his coaching career as the Pirates’ roving Minor League hitting instructor in 1996, then was promoted to the Pirates’ Major League hitting coach job from 1997-2000 before becoming manager in 2001.

After his five years as the Pirates’ skipper, McClendon joined Leyland’s staff in Detroit as bullpen coach for one year, then hitting instructor the past seven years.

PiniellaSEATTLE — The very mention of his name conjures memories Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., the Kingdome, and –God forbid — a winning baseball team.

According to Fox Sports, Mariners management approached former Mariners Manager Lou Piniella about managing the team next year. The 70-year-old Piniella reportedly declined the teams’ “full-court press,” saying he was happy retaining only a minor roll in baseball as the Yankees announcer for 15 games or so a year.

“I’m happy doing what I’m doing, which is watching a little baseball, doing a little bit of television for the Yankees,” Piniella told Fox Sports.

Piniella’s winning record was 1,835-1,713 in 23 years as a manager in baseball teams such as the Ms, the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs and others.

The Mariners are one of four teams looking for a manager this offseason after Eric Wedge told the team he would not be coming back.

Fox Sports reported that former Mariners infielder Joey Cora is also being considered.

eric wedgeSEATTLE — Mariners manager Eric Wedge notified the team Friday that he has chosen not to return to manage the club in 2014. He and the club agreed that he will manage the team for the final three games of this season and will fulfill the remainder of his contract (which expires October 31, 2013). The 2013 season was his third in the position.

Executive Vice President and General Manager Jack Zduriencik said, “I accept Eric’s decision not to return and thank him for his hard work here the past three years. I want to wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

The final three games of the season will be played at Safeco Field in Seattle against the Oakland Athletics. The series begins tonight at 7:10 pm PT and continues with 1:10 pm PT games Saturday and Sunday.

Wedge was named manager of the Mariners on October 18, 2010. He managed the Cleveland Indians for seven seasons (2003-2009).

jack zSEATTLE — The season is not over yet for the Mariners, but postseason hopes dimmed long ago. Even so, the Mariners’ top brass will stay in position for some time to come.

The Seattle Times recently reported that the team will bring back embattled General Manager Jack Zduriencik for at least one more year.

According to the Times, it was recently rumored that Zduriencik’s contract was extended to 2014 — not 2013 as originally reported. The rumor was confirmed Tuesday as President Chuck Armsrtong told the Times Zduriencik would indeed be back.

The Seattle Times reported that the deal is not an extension, but the remainder of the current contract he is under.

Fans, players and coaches alike had looked to improve to a .500 winning percentage this season with the the help of young bats and some large off-season acquisitions . But the  team is 69-80 and slated to fall way below that .500, making it the team’s fourth consecutive losing season. .

ANAHEIM — Finally, some buzz behind the Mariners.

A large swarm of bees delayed Sunday’s Mariners-Angles game for 23 minutes, causing many players to run for cover.

“I’ve never seen bees like that,” Mariners Manager Eric Wedge told MLB.com. “I didn’t know what was going on out there for a while, but I’m glad nobody got stung.”

Umpires pulled Mariners players off the field as a swarm of bees settled in the outfield in the bottom of the third inning. A fan and local apiarist from a beehive removal company volunteered his services and pursued the swarm with a Gatorade bucket and a kind of repellent, helping chase away the bees so play could resume. The bees vacated the stadium shortly, but later returned in smaller numbers.

beesAngels’ player C.J. Wilson said the whole scene was quite bizarre.

“It was like a Seinfeld episode,” Wilson told MLB.com.

The Mariners won the game, 3-2.

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09/17/13

Could it get much worse? Mariners’ blues continue

Eric+Wedge+Tampa+Bay+Rays+v+Seattle+Mariners+3-I1OgjemlAlSEATTLE — It was a promising off-season. Unfortunately, it’s been downhill since opening day.

The Seattle Mariners were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 15 following a 12-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

2013 is the 12th straight year the boys in blue have failed to make the playoffs, and the fourth straight year the team will finish with a losing record.

But it’s not just losing that has the Mariners’ down. Ace pitcher Felix Hernandez has been out with a strained oblique. The team has lost seven out of their last 10, has a below-100 OPS+, and has struggled recently — and the whole season, really — in both pitching and hitting. Though the team increased its home run production since last season, big off-season acquisitions like Michael Morse have failed to do much behind the plate. And heralded up-and-comers, such as Dustin Ackley and Jesus Montero showed down years again.

There were a few bright spots, such as the continued dominance of Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the rebirth of Justin Smoak and the steady persistence of Kendrys Morales.

All-in-all, it was just another season for the Mariners to forget about.

But there’s always next year, right? Right?

 

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SEATTLE–

It’s not often the Seattle Mariners rally against a team in playoff contention, but that’s what they did on Sunday.  Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead double in the top of the ninth to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Tied at 3-3 entering the ninth and with Joe Nathan (3-2) pitching for Texas, Endy Chavez singled to center to start the inning. Humberto Quintero bunted to advance the runner, and Nick Franklin drew a two-out walk.  Seager then ripped an RBI double to right to give his team the lead.

Danny Farquhar pitched a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.  Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez gave one earned run over 7 innings and remains unbeaten in six starts this season.  Yoervis Medina picked up the win for Seattle.

 

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