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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. 

Commuting
3:04 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Reminder: Traffic nightmares in Seattle this weekend

With several major events in Seattle this weekend, traffic is going to be tough. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises you just don't drive downtown.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Starting tonight, it will be a busy next few days for sports enthusiasts – with Sounders’ soccer matches, Mariners’ baseball games, and the huge Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on Saturday, reports the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Have Mariner fans lost hope?

Mariner fans have left the building. Some never even arrived. Safeco Field attendance hit a record low this week. This photo is from a game from last year's 101-loss season, in which the M's lost to the Cubs in extra innings.
Ted S. Warren AP

The Mariners have said that 2011 is a rebuilding year. But, judging by recent attendance at Safeco Field, they're going to have to rebuild more than just the team. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the bond between the Mariners and their fans has been broken.

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Sports with Art Thiel
4:01 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Mariners start 2011 season with a major shuffle

Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki stretches before a spring training game in Arizona last month. Art Thiel says Ichiro is the only player to be starting in the same position he played last year, as the Mariners shuffle things around.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

The Mariners are making some changes to their starting lineup as the 2011 season gets underway. Will it bring them better luck than last year's losing season?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is skeptical, but he says there are some bright spots coming out of spring training.

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Sports with Art Thiel
8:15 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Hard to embrace idea of Griffey as Mariners' consultant

Ken Griffey Jr. puts his arm around Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong before a baseball workout in 2009 at Safeco Field. Their close relationship came under scrutiny last year, following Griffey’s abrupt retirement from baseball.
Elaine Thompson AP

There are a lot of unanswered questions and unresolved issues with Ken Griffey Jr.'s new job as special consultant with the Seattle Mariners. This follows his abrupt retirement in the middle of the season last year.

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12:31 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Ken Griffey, Jr. back with Mariners again as special consultant

Ken Griffey Jr. talks to the media during a news conference at spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 in Peoria, Ariz.
Charlie Riedel AP

Junior is back.

Ken Griffey, Jr. is returning to the Seattle Mariners as a special consultant less than a year after abruptly retiring from baseball.

The Mariners made the announcement Tuesday morning.

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Online Auction
12:34 am
Thu February 10, 2011

The Western States Public Radio Online Auction is open for bidding!

Attention Mariners Fans! Start bidding today to four lower-box seats for a game in the 2011 season!
Wikimedia.org

KPLU is taking part in the second annual Western States Public Radio Online Auction. This 10-day regional event brings public radio listeners, stations, and regional businesses together for a great cause…Supporting Public Broadcasting!

The bidding begins today, so register and bid now! You can browse through a wide variety of popular items, including today's featured item: Four (lower box) tickets to a 2011 Mariners game

You can register and start bidding now!

Sports with Art Thiel
1:06 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

After Niehaus: How do you replace a legend?

Dave Niehaus was the legendary voice of the Seattle Mariner broadcasts for more than 30 years. His death last fall has left a void. How will the M's fill it?
AP

The sudden death of Mariners' Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus last November left a huge void in the team's radio booth. It's a void that will be evident this weekend as fans flock to Safeco Field for Mariners FanFest - the annual meet-and-greet with players and team personnel.

Since there is no one voice that can replace Niehaus, the Mariners have decided to use five this season. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:52 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Should the Mariners trade Felix in rebuilding year?

Felix Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award, despite having the fewest wins There are rumors the Yankees may want to trade for him. Art Thiel says if the Yankees make a serious offer, the Mariners should listen.
AP Images

The Mariners have signed three veteran free agents in the past week.  But the news is not generating much excitement.  Sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick that’s because the Mariners are embarking on a rebuilding year, which could have them entertaining offers for star pitcher Felix Hernandez. 

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Seattle Mariners
11:45 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Dave Niehaus 'life celebration' Saturday at Safeco Field

Famed Mariner broadcaster Dave Niehaus waves to fans at Safeco Field, May 7, 2000, upon the announcement of his induction to Baseball's Hall of Fame. A public memorial for Niehaus, who died last month, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11th.
AP

The Seattle Mariners will hold a “Public Celebration of Life” for late broadcaster Dave Niehaus tomorrow.  Scheduled start is just after 1 p.m. Saturday at Safeco Field. 

Family, players and close associates will pay tribute to Niehaus, the only play-by-play announcer the team has ever had.  He died of a heart attack last month at the age of 75. 

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Sports
7:33 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Former Mariner GM Gillick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Pat Gillick, former Seattle Mariners general manager, was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday. Gillick led the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies during World Series championship years. He was also GM at Baltimore.
AP

Former Seattle Mariner general manager Pat Gillick has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Gillick won three World Series titles during his 27 years as general manager of Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:46 am
Thu November 18, 2010

M's pitcher Felix Hernandez named American League's best

Felix Hernandez, seen here with teammate Chone Figgins in September, has been named the American League's Cy Young Award winner for 2010.
Ted S. Warren AP

The Mariners' Felix Hernandez has won his first Cy Young Award.  He was recognized Thursday as the American League’s best pitcher for the 2010 season.  Sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick about Felix’s honor in this week’s installment of Sports with Art Thiel. 

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