Seattle Mariners http://kplu.org en 'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited http://kplu.org/post/its-about-be-greatest-time-4-reasons-seattle-fans-should-get-excited <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159161637&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>From Seattle Sounders players shining at the World Cup to four Mariners in the All-Star game, to the Seahawks winning best team in sports at the ESPY Awards, Seattle sports fans have lots of reasons to smile lately.</p><p>And come September, says&nbsp;KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, those smiles may turn into tears of joy. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17793 at http://kplu.org 'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers http://kplu.org/post/mariners-need-more-kyle-seagers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158160492&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Major League Baseball’s All-Star game is Tuesday in Minneapolis, with the winning league gaining home-field advantage in the World Series. Three Mariners will play for the American League: All-Star veterans Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez and first-time All-Star Kyle Seager.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Mariners could use more players like Seager&nbsp;— homegrown and hitting the ball. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:25:04 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17683 at http://kplu.org The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers ‘Superstar’ Cano Shows Leadership In Mariners' Strong Start http://kplu.org/post/superstar-cano-shows-leadership-mariners-strong-start <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144095043&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called the Mariners' $240 million, 10-year contract with Robinson Cano&nbsp;is "stupid, but necessary." He also said the Mariners were "not ready" for the regular season, plagued by injury and subpar performances in spring training.</p><p>But the Mariners have started the season with a bang, and that has Art — and many jaded fans — "letting a little hope in." Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 15895 at http://kplu.org ‘Superstar’ Cano Shows Leadership In Mariners' Strong Start Mariners 'Not Ready' For Regular Season http://kplu.org/post/mariners-not-ready-regular-season <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141868752&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p>The Mariners begin their regular season Monday against the Angels in California. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says they're not ready. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 15401 at http://kplu.org Mariners 'Not Ready' For Regular Season Already A Cano Controversy? New Mariner Stirs The Pot http://kplu.org/post/already-cano-controversy-new-mariner-stirs-pot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mariners are wrapping up their first week of spring training in Peoria, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arizona.</span></p><p>There was a lot of fanfare surrounding the arrival of newly-acquired slugger Robinson Cano. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there was some drama as well. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 13879 at http://kplu.org Already A Cano Controversy? New Mariner Stirs The Pot Top 5 Seattle Sports Stories Of 2013 http://kplu.org/post/top-5-seattle-sports-stories-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From a blockbuster baseball signing to talk of the Super Bowl, there was a lot for Seattle sports fans to smile about this year. </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sports commentator Art </span>Thiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> names his top five sports stories of the year.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 12008 at http://kplu.org Top 5 Seattle Sports Stories Of 2013 Mariners Say 'Hello, Cano,' But Thiel Says Deal With Slugger 'Stupid' http://kplu.org/post/mariners-say-hello-cano-thiel-says-deal-slugger-stupid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mariners have officially welcomed All-Star slugger and second baseman Robinson </span>Cano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to Seattle with one of the biggest contracts in Major League Baseball history and some other new players to help support him.</span></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called the deal "stupid" but said it had to be done. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 11650 at http://kplu.org Mariners Say 'Hello, Cano,' But Thiel Says Deal With Slugger 'Stupid' Mariners Mum So Far on Possible Cano Deal http://kplu.org/post/mariners-mum-so-far-possible-cano-deal <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The Seattle Mariners say that cannot confirm any details of a potential deal with free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The team said Friday morning they will announce if an agreement is "completed and finalized" with the Yankees star. The statement came in response to an ESPN report Friday morning that Cano and the Mariners had reached agreement on a $240 million, 10-year contract pending a physical.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:33:56 +0000 The Associated Press 11474 at http://kplu.org Mariners Mum So Far on Possible Cano Deal No World Series 'Unfortunate Legacy' for Retiring Mariners Pres. http://kplu.org/post/no-world-series-unfortunate-legacy-retiring-mariners-pres <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Retiring Mariners president Chuck Armstrong did a lot for the team in his nearly three decades in the front office. But it’s what he wasn’t able to accomplish that will be his lasting legacy: get the Mariners to the World Series.</span></p><p>Armstrong’s retirement announcement this week comes at a time of major discontent among fans. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says even more change is needed at the top.</p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 11310 at http://kplu.org No World Series 'Unfortunate Legacy' for Retiring Mariners Pres. Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Mystery Man Who Saved Baseball in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/hiroshi-yamauchi-mystery-man-who-saved-baseball-seattle <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The death of Mariners' majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi has raised a lot of questions about the future ownership of the team. And just as many questions about the man himself.</span></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel gives us a history lesson on how Yamauchi saved professional baseball in Seattle but in recent years caused anger and mistrust among fans.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 10072 at http://kplu.org Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Mystery Man Who Saved Baseball in Seattle Former Owner of Mariners, Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies http://kplu.org/post/former-owner-mariners-nintendo-president-yamauchi-dies <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Hiroshi</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Yamauchi</font>, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Kyoto-based Nintendo said&nbsp;<font color="red">Yamauchi</font>, who owned the Seattle Mariners major league baseball club before selling it to Nintendo's U.S. unit in 2004, died Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:31:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10065 at http://kplu.org Former Owner of Mariners, Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies 'Affection' for Mariners Manager Recovering from Minor Stroke http://kplu.org/post/affection-mariners-manager-recovering-minor-stroke <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mariners are going to be without skipper Eric Wedge for at least the next 10 days. He's out of the hospital but not back with the team following a minor stroke this week.</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 9431 at http://kplu.org 'Affection' for Mariners Manager Recovering from Minor Stroke Mariners' Performance Causes Trust Issue with Fans http://kplu.org/post/mariners-performance-causes-trust-issue-fans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mariners head into next week’s All-Star break out of the pennant race once again.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thiel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the team's poor performance has created a trust issue with fans.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 9312 at http://kplu.org Mariners' Performance Causes Trust Issue with Fans Mariner managers under the gun as painful losses continue http://kplu.org/post/mariner-managers-under-gun-painful-losses-continue <p>The Mariners are on the road for the next seven games. They're playing the A's in Oakland this weekend.</p><p>The team keeps finding more painful ways to lose. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the fans end up hurt the most.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 9066 at http://kplu.org Mariner managers under the gun as painful losses continue Extreme highs, crushing lows in Mariners' history-making game http://kplu.org/post/extreme-highs-crushing-lows-mariners-history-making-game <p></p><p>The Mariners are hosting the Yankees at Safeco Field this weekend. But a lot of fans are still shaking their heads about Wednesday's history-making game —and devastating loss— against the White Sox.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel was there. To the bitter end. In the 16th inning.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 9007 at http://kplu.org Extreme highs, crushing lows in Mariners' history-making game