Art Thiel

Sports Commentator

Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,”  which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University as well as two dead papers and a live one, the News Tribune of Tacoma, he has become a fan of entrepreneurial online journalism because it allows him to continue a lifelong passion to take the English language to places it rarely visits willingly, and does not involve the cleaning of kennels or stables.

Kirsten Kendrick's Q. & A. with Thiel can be heard every Friday during M.E. at 5:35am and 7:35am and again that same day on ATC at 4:45pm. It also airs Saturday at 6:35am and 9:35am.

Pages

Sports with Art Thiel
7:50 am
Fri July 15, 2011

U.S. Women go for World Cup title, former UW star at goalie

United States and former UW goalkeeper Hope Solo during the dramatic quarterfinal match between Brazil and the U.S. at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Dresden, Germany, Sunday. The American women won the game 5-3 on penalty kicks.
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press

She's dealt with a lot of drama on and off the soccer field. But former University of Washington star Hope Solo is at the top of her game as the United States Women's soccer team prepares to take on Japan for the World Cup title this Sunday.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
12:40 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Preview: Former UW goalie helps U.S. Women reach World Cup final

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo holds a fan's sign after the US won 3-1 the semifinal match between France and the U.S at the Women’s Soccer World Cup on Wednesday.
Martin Meissner AP Photo

She was a star at the University of Washington, and now goalie Hope Solo has been instrumental in getting the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to the World Cup final. After a dramatic shootout win over Brazil last weekend, the U.S. beat France Wednesday 3-1. Solo and the rest of her teammates will face Japan in the final on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel met Hope Solo at the Beijing Olympics and will share some of his insights about her drive and determination tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow for a blog of our conversation.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Mariner presence won't be felt All-Star Game

Ichiro heads back to the dugout after striking out during a game against the Braves last month. He's struggled at the plate and in the field this season and it's the first time in 10 years he wasn't elected to the All-Star team.
Elaine Thompson AP

Two Mariner pitchers have been elected to the American League All-Star team. However, KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, neither is expected to play in the game on Tuesday in Phoenix.

Adding insult to injury: One Mariner who's an All-Star veteran was left off the roster this year Ichiro Suzuki.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
12:31 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Preview: M's Ichiro not chosen for All-Star game, what gives?

Mariner right fielder Ichiro Suzuki didn't make the All-Star team this year - for the first time in a decade. Ichiro has had trouble at the plate this season.
AP photo

For the first time in 10 years, the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki has not been selected for Major League Baseball's All-Star game, which takes place Tuesday, July 12, in Phoenix.

Mariner pitchers Felix Hernandez and Brandon League will represent the team (and rookie pitcher Michael Pineda may be a late add). But what does it mean that Ichiro won't be there? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will talk about that Friday morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow for the story of our conversation. 

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Seattle Storm star sidelined; chance for back-to-back titles slim

Storm star Lauren Jackson attempts to drive past a Minnesota Lynx player in a game last month. She's now out for up to three months to recover from hip surgery. Art Thiel says it's a real blow to the playoff chances for the 2010 WNBA champions.
Elaine Thompson AP

"Your star player will be out for the rest of the season, and maybe the playoffs. Now ... SMILE!"

That was pretty much the scenario for members of the Seattle Storm this week when the 2010 WNBA champions were honored by President Obama at the White House.

As they were taking photos in the White House Rose Garden, most of the team learned that three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson – "the heart and soul of the Storm," according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel – was to have hip surgery. She's expected to be out up to three months.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
11:53 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Preview: Jackson's surgery will be a blow to Seattle Storm

President Barack Obama holds up a Seattle Storm jersey as he welcomed the WNBA champions to White House Rose Garden Wednesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

On the same day the members of the Seattle Storm were honored by President Obama at the White House, the ladies learned that teammate and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson is having hip surgery today and will be out up to 12 weeks.

It's a blow to the team whose season has not gotten off to a great start. They were WNBA champions just a year ago. Can the Storm claim the title again this year – without a lot of help from Lauren Jackson?

Hear KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel's take on that tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on KPLU. And you'll find a blog of our conversation right here tomorrow morning as well. 

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Why the Mariners need to bench Chone Figgins

Mariners' third baseman Chone Figgins watches from the dugout in a game against Detroit on June 12, 2011. Art Thiel says the dugout is where Figgins belongs right now, given the team's lack of options regarding his poor playing.
Duane Burleson AP

He's not hitting or fielding well. His manager is losing patience. Fans are booing him. Yet, there's not much the Mariners can do about third baseman Chone Figgins. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the best thing to do is bench him.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Riots mar end to spectacular season for Vancouver Canucks

Parked cars were set on fire, others were tipped over, and looters shattered storefronts and ransacked businesses following the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Photo by Craig McCulloch KPLU

It started out as remarkable, but ended in riots. The 2010-11 season for the Vancouver Canucks was one for the record books - in more ways than one.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the violence that occurred on the streets of downtown Vancouver after Game 7 was a bizarre end to the "strange" championship series between the Canucks and the Boston Bruins.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
11:13 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Preview: Bizarre end to 'strange' Stanley Cup series

Art Thiel discusses the "strangest" Stanley Cup series ever and the posts-game rioting.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

"This was one of the strangest seven-game series I've ever witnessed in any sport," said KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, regarding the Boston Bruins defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0, in Vancouver, to win the Stanley Cup.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Sounders FC, Vancouver renew soccer rivalry

Seattle Sounders FC fans cheer during a MLS match against the Portland Timbers, May 14, 2011 in Seattle. Saturday's match against Vancouver at Qwest Field isn't expected to generate as much animosity but will still renew a longstanding regional rivalry.
Ted S. Warren AP

Think of them as the nice cousins who live up North. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says of the Vancouver Whitecaps. They’re coming to Qwest Field in Seattle Saturday night to play the Sounders FC in the first Major League Soccer match-up between the two teams.

While the match will renew a longstanding regional soccer rivalry, Art says it’s hardly the same as the fierce rivalry Seattle has with its neighbors to the South – the Portland Timbers.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
11:45 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Preview: Sounders FC to host Vancouver

Saturday's match against Vancouver at Qwest Field isn't expected to generate as much animosity as with the Portland Timbers, but it will still renew a longstanding regional rivalry.
Associated Press

Another Major League Soccer regional rivalry match takes place Saturday at Qwest Field in Seattle, when the Sounders FC host the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

There's room on the Canucks' bandwagon for Washington fans

The Vancouver Canucks celebrate after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins late in the third period to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Vancouver.
Julie Jacobson AP

Whether you've been following the team for years or are just now jumping on the Vancouver Canucks' bandwagon, it's worth the ride. Those are the words of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel as the Canucks vie for their first-ever Stanley Cup title.

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
11:01 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Mariners' streak gives fans 'hope for the future'

Felix Hernandez pitches the Mariners to a 6-1 victory over the Padres on Sunday, May 22. The Mariners swept the three-game series, and their strong starting pitchers were a big reason why.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

The Mariners are firing on all cylinders these days, with great starting pitching, clutch hitting and good fielding. They enter this weekend's big series with the Yankees on a hot streak. But how long can it last?

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

NBA executive's revelation he's gay a 'positive step in a slow evolution'

Rick Welts is the current president of the Phoenix Suns, whose career as an NBA executive started in Seattle with the Sonics. He's revealed he is gay - the first person in men's team sports to do so.
David Wallace AP

He started his NBA career in Seattle as an assistant public relations director for the SuperSonics. Now, Rick Welts is the president of the Phoenix Suns. And he recently revealed he's gay. He's the first person in men's team sports - executive or active player - to make such an admission.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has known Rick Welts for more than 30 years, from his time in Seattle. He shared some insight on Welts' struggle to reveal his sexual orientation in an industry that Art says has "a narrow definition of manliness that does not include being gay."

Read more
Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

No winners after Mariners cut Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley watches from the dugout during a game at Safeco Field in April 2011. Note the earplugs. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Bradley started wearing them even during home games to try to drown out fan criticism.
Elaine Thompson AP

"He's done." The words of KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel when asked about the professional future of Milton Bradley. The Mariners cut ties with the controversial outfielder this week.

Known for his hot temper on and off the field, as well as other personal problems, Bradley has played for eight teams in his Major League career - five in five years. While you would think the Mariners are relieved to be rid of him, Art says there are no winners here.

Read more

Pages