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Mariners Set Record With Home Run In 15th Straight Game

Apr 11, 2019 4:20 PM

Dee Gordon hit a home run in the sixth inning on Thursday, putting the Seattle Mariners in the record books.

The Mariners have homered in 15 straight games to open the season, breaking the mark set by the 2002 Cleveland Indians.

Seattle has 35 homers in 15 games.

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Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Stats

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Ichiro To Retire After Thursday's Game In Tokyo

Mar 21, 2019 7:56 AM

Ichiro Suzuki has told the Seattle Mariners that he will retire after Thursday's game in Tokyo, sources have confirmed.

It was rumored that Ichiro, 45, would retire after the series in Japan or when the Mariners returned home for two spring training games with the San Diego Padres before the regular season resumes.

Ichiro was in the starting lineup for the Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in Thursday's game.

ESPN

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Ichiro Doesn't Know When It'll Be Time To Retire

Mar 17, 2019 7:57 AM

Ichiro Suzuki, 45, knows his playing career could end at any moment, but he doesn't have a plan for retirement.

He'll certainly play for the Seattle Mariners when they face the Oakland Athletics in two games to begin the season at the Tokyo Dome.

"This is a great gift for me," he said. "I will treasure every moment here on the field. One week after this event, I will be reflecting back on these days, so I will make sure I remember every moment here in Japan."

At least one reporter asked him the question directly. "How will you know when it's time to stop playing? How will you know when it's time to step aside?"

"I have no idea when I will know that," he said. "I'm not used to questions like that."

Associated Press

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Felix Hernandez Upset He Won't Start Opening Day

Mar 11, 2019 7:56 AM

Felix Hernandez hasn't pitched well this spring, but he's still upset that he isn't starting for the Seattle Mariners on Opening Day.

Hernandez has a 15.95 ERA this month.

Scott Servais announced that Marco Gonzales will start Seattle's opener March 20 against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo.

Hernandez has started 10 consecutive Opening Days for the Mariners.

Asked if he was upset, Hernandez said simply, "Yeah," but declined to elaborate on his emotions.

"I knew it was going to happen," he added.

Associated Press

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Ichiro Suzuki Back In M's Camp

Feb 16, 2019 8:55 PM

Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills.

At 45 and in spring training again, Suzuki is working toward the chance to play for his original major league team in his home country.

ESPN.com

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Mariners In No Rush To Trade Edwin Encarnacion

Feb 14, 2019 9:02 AM

The Seattle Mariners have been expected to trade Edwin Encarnacion ever since they acquired him in a three-team deal back in December.

The Mariners are unlikely to trade Encarnacion before the start of full-squad workouts Saturday, but a trade will likely be discussed as needs arise for other clubs this spring.

Encarnacion is 36 and carries a $20 million salary for 2019 plus a $5 million buyout if his team doesn't pick up his option for '20.

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MLB Finds 'No Credible Evidence' Of Discrimination By Mariners

Feb 7, 2019 8:11 AM

The Seattle Mariners were accused of racism by former director of high performance, Dr. Lorena Martin, in November.

Major League Baseball has investigated those claims and revealed that it found "credible evidence" to support Dr. Martin's claims, per a league-issued press release:

The firm did not uncover credible evidence that the Mariners, or any of its employees, violated Major League Baseball's Workplace Code of Conduct, or applicable anti-discrimination law, in the treatment of Dr. Martin or the termination of her employment.  The investigation also concluded that there is no credible evidence to support Dr. Martin's claim that Mariners' employees, including Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais, or Andy McKay, made any of the comments attributed to them in her public statement or subsequent lawsuit.

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Mariners Sign Hunter Strickland To One-Year, $1.3M Deal

Jan 28, 2019 8:15 AM

The Seattle Mariners have finalized a one-year, $1.3 million deal with Hunter Strickland.

Strickland can earn $450,000 in performance bonuses for games as part of the deal announced Sunday: $75,000 for 25, $100,000 for 34, $125,000 for 45 and $150,000 for 50.

He can make an additional $875,000 for games finished: $50,000 for 20, $175,000 for 30, $250,000 for 40 and $400,000 for 50.

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Ichiro Signs Minor League Deal With Mariners

Jan 24, 2019 7:49 AM

The Seattle Mariners have signed Ichiro Suzuki to a Minor League contract.

The deal will give the Mariners the ability to activate him for the team's season-opening series in Japan as a likely send-off to his career.

The 45-year-old unofficially retired last May and took a front-office job with the Mariners.

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Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mussina Voted Into HOF
Mariano Rivera becomes the first player ever voted in unanimously.

RealGM Staff Report

Dustin Ackley Returning To Mariners On Minor League Deal
Dustin Ackley is a former No. 2 overall pick.

Associated Press

Japanese Pitcher Yusei Kikuchi Agrees To Deal With M's
In eight seasons with Seibu, Yusei Kikuchi posted a 2.77 ERA and struck out 903 in 1,010⅔ innings pitched.

ESPN.com

Nelson Cruz Signs One-Year, $14.3M Deal With Twins
Nelson Cruz's deal also features a $12 million team option for 2020.

ESPN

M's Acquire Domingo Santana From Brewers
The Brewers receive Ben Gamel and prospect Noah Zavalos from the Mariners in the deal.

ESPN.com

Mariners Sign Naming Rights Deal With T-Mobile
The Mariners' ballpark has been known as Safeco Field since it opened in 1999 as part of a 20-year agreement.

Associated Press

Mariners, Indians Complete Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana Swap
Carlos Santana is going back to the Indians as part of the three-team deal, which also includes the Rays.

ESPN

Jerry Dipoto Released From Las Vegas Hospital
Jerry Dipoto was released from a hospital Thursday, hours after completing a trade from his bed during the baseball winter meetings.

Associated Press

Mariners Express Interest In Japanese Lefty Yusei Kikuchi
The Mariners, who have made a number of trades this offseason, are interested in Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi.

Greg Johns/MLB

Rockies Expected To Be Interested If Mariners Trade Carlos Santana
If the Mariners decide to trade Carlos Santana, the Rockies are expected to be in the mix.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Mets Wanted To 'Block' Edwin Diaz From Phillies
The Mets aggressively pursued Edwin Diaz in part to "block" the Phillies from trading for the closer, says Jeff Wilpon.

ESPN

Phillies, Mariners Nearing Deal Centered Around Jean Segura
The Phillies are nearing a trade with the Mariners that will send Jean Segura to the National League, according to multiple reports.

ESPN

Reports: Mariners, Mets Complete Seven-Player Deal
The M's have agreed to trade Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets in exchange for Jay Bruce and several prospects.

ESPN.com

M's Trade Alex Coleme To White Sox For Omar Narvaez
Omar Narvaez hit .275 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 97 games for the White Sox last season.

ESPN.com

Mets Close To Deal With Mariners For Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz
Robinson Cano is owed $120 million and the Mariners could send additional money in the deal.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Mariners 'Actively Trying' To Trade Robinson Cano
The Mariners have reportedly engaged with the Mets and Yankees about a deal.

MLB

Adrian Beltre Retires After 21 Seasons
He retires with a career 286/.339/.480 line.

RealGM Staff Report

Safeco Field Will Be Renamed In 2019
The Mariners will play in a ballpark under a new name next season.

Maury Brown/Forbes

MLB Probing Racism Claim Against Mariners
Major League Baseball is investigating claims of racial discrimination in the Mariners organization made by a former employee.

ESPN

Astros Among Clubs Talking To Mariners About James Paxton
James Paxton is signed through 2020 and is projected to earn $9 million in 2019.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic