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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

No Playoffs, But Mariners End Season On High Note

Felix Hernandez waves to fans after leaving the game against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning of the final game of the 2014 season Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Safeco Field. He’s said to be the front runner to win his second Cy Young Award.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners may not have made the playoffs, but they made a lot of fans proud by sweeping the best team in baseball over the weekend. They did it with a stellar showing from Felix Hernandez in the final game of the season. It was a performance that could earn The King another pitching crown.

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5:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Solid Choices, Big Chances 'Justify' Mariners GM Contract Extension

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik visits on the field prior to a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Seattle.
AP Photo

The Mariners have made some solid choices and taken some big chances this year. It all appears to be paying off as they continue to be in the wild card playoff hunt.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Mariners In The Thick Of Playoff Hunt

Dustin Ackley and Robinson Cano celebrate after the Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners are in a battle with the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card playoff spot in the American League. The two teams play each other in a big weekend series in Detroit.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Mariners Make Down-To-The-Wire Deals For Two Starting Players

Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson leaves the game against the Chicago White Sox in the 7th inning Thursday, after he was traded to the Mariners.
Paul Sancya AP Photo

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited

Russell Wilson and Seattle Seahawks accepts the award for best team at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles.
John Shearer Invision/AP Photo

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.

And come September, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, those smiles may turn into tears of joy.

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:25 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers

Kyle Seager, left, is congratulated by Robinson Cano on his home run against the Boston Red Sox last month in Seattle. Some say Seager’s performance in that series helped him get selected to this year’s All-Star game.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Mariners could use more players like Seager — homegrown and hitting the ball.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

‘Superstar’ Cano Shows Leadership In Mariners' Strong Start

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano looks up as he prepares to run onto the field for player introductions before the Mariners' baseball home-opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called the Mariners' $240 million, 10-year contract with Robinson Cano 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.

But the Mariners have started the season with a bang, and that has Art — and many jaded fans — "letting a little hope in."

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mariners 'Not Ready' For Regular Season

Tony Gutierrez AP Photo

The Mariners begin their regular season Monday against the Angels in California. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says they're not ready.

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5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Already A Cano Controversy? New Mariner Stirs The Pot

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, front, stretches with his teammates before baseball spring training, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz.
Rick Scuteri AP Photo

The Mariners are wrapping up their first week of spring training in Peoria, Arizona.

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.

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5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Top 5 Seattle Sports Stories Of 2013

Seahawks fans celebrate after Seahawks' Michael Bennett recovered a New Orleans Saints fumble and scored a touchdown on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle.
John Froschauer AP Photo

From a blockbuster baseball signing to talk of the Super Bowl, there was a lot for Seattle sports fans to smile about this year. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel names his top five sports stories of the year.

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5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Mariners Say 'Hello, Cano,' But Thiel Says Deal With Slugger 'Stupid'

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The Mariners have officially welcomed All-Star slugger and second baseman Robinson Cano to Seattle with one of the biggest contracts in Major League Baseball history and some other new players to help support him.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called the deal "stupid" but said it had to be done.

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11:33 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mariners Mum So Far on Possible Cano Deal

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John Froschauer Associated Press

The Seattle Mariners say that cannot confirm any details of a potential deal with free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.

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.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

No World Series 'Unfortunate Legacy' for Retiring Mariners Pres.

Retired Hall-of-Fame Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. puts his arm around team president Chuck Armstrong before a baseball workout in April 2009.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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.

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.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Mystery Man Who Saved Baseball in Seattle

File photo: Hiroshi Yamauchi, then-president of Japan's Nintendo Co., answers questions during a news conference after he won the final approval to buy the Mariners in 1992.
Katsumi Kasahara AP File Photo

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.

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.

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7:31 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Former Owner of Mariners, Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 1992 file photo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, then-president of Japan's Nintendo Co., answers questions during a news conference after he won the final approval to buy the Seattle Mariners at the company's head office in Kyoto.
Katsumi Kasahara AP Photo/The Seattle Times

Hiroshi Yamauchi, 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.

Kyoto-based Nintendo said Yamauchi, 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.

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