Seattle Mariners

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

After Ichiro trade, more disappointment for Mariners fans?

Mariner-turned-Yankee Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he leaves the field following Wednesday's game against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

For many Mariners fans, the surprising news of Ichiro Suzuki's trade to the Yankees is still sinking in. Now comes word that another big name could be leaving the team next week.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about why it wasn't too hard to say goodbye to Ichiro...and who might be next.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Preview: Moving on without Ichiro

Former Mariner Ichiro Suzuki doffs his batting helmet and bows to fans as he steps up to bat for the first time as a Yankee against the M’s in Seattle Monday. It was just hours after the announcement that Ichiro had been traded to New York.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A lot of people are wondering what's next for the Mariners, now that the face of the franchise - Ichiro Suzuki - has been traded to the Yankees.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his thoughts on why it wasn't too difficult to say goodbye to Ichiro, and why next week might bring even more heartbreak for fans.

That's tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 FM KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Mariners
6:24 am
Tue July 24, 2012

VIDEO: Ichiro says goodbye to Seattle with Yankee hit

Now batting for the Yankees, Ichiro Suzuki.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Baseball fans love perfect moments.

-- Babe Ruth hitting his "called shot."

-- Ted Williams homering in his last at-bat (and not tipping his cap).

-- Willie Mays and "the catch."

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Sports
3:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mariners trade Ichiro Suzuki to New York Yankees

Ichiro tips his helmet to fans after setting the record for most career hits by a Japanese player April 16, 2009.
Elaine Thompson AP

Ichiro Suzuki is going to the Yankees, confirms KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. 

“The Mariners have been spared huge ugliness,” Thiel said. "He wanted out of Seattle and Seattle fans wanted him gone, I think, largely because he was not productive for the salary he was making and was in the way of younger players."

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Mariners don't learn from past mistakes; young players pay price

Jesus Montero reacts to a pitch in a game against the Detroit Tigers May 8, 2012, at Safeco Field. The Tigers beat the Mariners, 6-4.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners are heading into next week's All-Star break as the worst team in the American League. And they're farther behind first place than any other team in baseball.

One bright spot: Mariners star pitcher Felix Hernandez is pitching in the All-Star game on July 10 in Kansas City. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's not much else for fans to look forward to this season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Preview: Mariners fans shouldn't expect much of a second half

Mariners' second baseman Dustin Ackley, left, is called out in a game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1. Art Thiel blames poor management for young players like Ackley not living up to expectations.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Heading into next week's All-Star break, the Mariners have the worst record in the American League and are farther behind first place than any other team.

Will the July 31 trade deadline offer any relief? Can the younger players on the team deliver in the second half of the season?

Find out what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel thinks tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

SPORTS WITH ART THIEL
5:24 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Mariners aren't living up to already low expectations

Seattle's Casper Wells slides into home to score the winning run last night against Boston. The Mariners won 1-0.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The Seattle Mariners reach the halfway point of their season this weekend, and find themselves in last place. As KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains, the Mariners had low expectations at the beginning of the season, and have yet to live up to them.

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Sports
5:12 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Mariners draft top catching prospect with 3rd overall pick

The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year player draft got underway today, and the Seattle Mariners were afforded the luxury of the 3rd overall pick as a result of their poor finish last season.

With that pick, the Mariners chose catcher Mike Zunino, a junior from the University of Florida. The 21 year old was ranked as the top catcher in the draft, and has been touted as a strong, athletic catcher with excellent power as a hitter. In 62 games with Florida this season, Zunino had a batting average of .312, hitting 18 home runs and 60 runs batted in.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Mariners savor big win in 'up and down' season

Tony Gutierrez AP Photo

The Mariners 21-8 victory over the Rangers this week is something to be celebrated. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's also an example of the extremes the team has experienced this season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Preview: Young hitters shine for the Mariners, but is it enough?

Tony Gutierrez AP Photo

The Mariners routed the Texas Rangers last night 21-8. Justin Smoak hit two three-run homers against his former team and the Mariners had two eight-run innings. Jesus Montero homered among his three hits and drove in four runs. And Kyle Seager had four hits and two RBIs.

It was their second win in a row against the AL West-leading Rangers. And you can certainly say the Mariners have been "streaky" lately.

Sports with Art Thiel
10:42 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Art Thiel: Ichiro hits all the right notes in Japan

Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki, right, celebrates with teammates after beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in their American League season opening MLB baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

TOKYO — Now he shows us.

In a game postponed from nine years ago, played 4,800 miles from where he’s hit leadoff for the last 11 years, following up an idea started eight years ago, Ichiro revealed himself to be baseball’s greatest No. 3 hitter.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:40 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Mariners in Japan: '3/11' will long be an open wound

The tsunami that struck Kadanowaki Elementary School also slammed cars into the building. The explosions ignited fires throughout, claiming uncounted lives.
Ben VanHouten Mariners

ISHINOMAKI, Japan – Busing swiftly through the detritus of devastation is hardly a good way to get a feeling for the loss, in the space of a few hours, of about 20,000 people from a town of 160,000.

But then, what is a good way to comprehend  the unimaginable?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

New Seahawks QB scores with bosses, fans; Mariners hope to score big in Japan

Matt Flynn scores a touchdown against Minnesota Nov. 14, 2011, in one of the two games he played for the Packers.
Matt Ludtke AP

Seahawks fans like what they're hearing about new quarterback Matt Flynn. Team leaders touted his skills and leadership ability this week.

While the Seahawks welcome an important new player, a veteran player for the Mariners is preparing for a huge homecoming in Japan. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Preview: Excitement builds for new Seahawks QB

Matt Flynn in action for the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 1, 2012
Matt Ludtke AP

Fan excitement is building for the Seahawks new quarterback Matt Flynn. Will he really have to compete for the job of starter?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Gutierrez injury hurts Mariners in many ways

Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez bunts during spring training in Arizona last month.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

"A strange episode of normalcy."

That's how KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel describes what caused the injury to Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. It happened during a routine throw at spring training.

Gutierrez is out for at least a month - maybe longer - with a partially torn pectoral muscle. Art says it's just the latest piece of negative news for the Mariners, as the team begins its 2012 exhibition season Friday.

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