Sports with Art Thiel

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.

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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9:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Lynch, Seahawks season could be affected by DUI charge

A poster of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch greets fans entering CenturyLink Field. The poster also includes the Seahawks 2012 schedule, which could be impacted by Lynch's DUI arrest.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's latest brush with the law could keep him from playing in some games next season. He plans to plead not guilty to a DUI charge that resulted from an arrest in his hometown of Oakland, Calif., over the weekend.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a new NFL crackdown on misbehavior could lead to a suspension - even before the matter is resolved in court.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Preview: Fallout from Marshawn Lynch arrest

2012 photo of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
AP Photo

Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch has now officially been charged with driving under the influence, following his arrest over the weekend in his hometown of Oakland, Calif. His lawyer says he will plead not guilty at his arraignment next month.

This is not Lynch's first run in with the law. And he's one of several NFL players arrested this offseason.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his thoughts on the issue tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

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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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9:00 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Sounders hope to break winless streak in Portland rivalry match

Fightin' words: Sounders fans cheer during a match against the Portland Timbers May 14, 2011, in Seattle. The sign shown refers to an Oregon law that requires gas station attendants, rather than motorists, to pump gas.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders limp into Portland Sunday for a big rivalry match against the Timbers. They're experiencing their longest winless streak since their expansion year of 2009.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders need an attitude adjustment if they hope to beat Portland and move one step closer to the coveted Cascadia Cup.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Preview: Sounders slump into Cascadia Cup rivalry with Timbers

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins leaps in the air at right after knocking away a shot by the Seattle Sounders in the second half of a match on May 14, 2011, in Seattle. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Ted S. Warren AP

The Seattle Sounders are winless in their last six Major League Soccer matches, playing to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night against Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

That's not the best record to bring into a heated regional rivalry with the Portland Timbers on Sunday, as both team vie for the coveted Cascadia Cup.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will have more on this 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
9:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Seattle arena PR campaign, opposition intensifying

Supporters of the proposed NBA arena sign up at Thursday's rally in downtown Seattle.
Lindsay Lowe KPLU

The revelation of big local backers. A huge fan rally. A high-profile meeting with the commissioner of the NBA. It all happened this week as supporters of the Seattle arena proposal get ready for key city and county committee hearings next week.

The opposition is heating up as well.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Preview: A hit with fans, Seattle arena deal goes under council scrutiny next week

Investor Chris Hansen, right, shakes hands with Seattle SuperSonics supporters Kris "Sonics Guy" Brannon, center, and David Brown after a memorandum of understanding was signed in an effort to bring the NBA back to Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A planned rally for Sonics fans at 4 p.m. today in Occidental Park is perhaps taking on even more significance, with word this week that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and two members of the Nordstrom family are among the investors behind the plan to bring the Sonics back to Seattle with a proposed new arena.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Wrongly accused of rape, Seahawks give Brian Banks shot at dream

Brian Banks works out at Seahawks headquarters in Renton Thursday. Cleared of rape charges just two weeks ago, Banks, once a high school star in Long Beach, Calif., gets to pursue his NFL dream.
Corky Trewin AP Photo

Brian Banks is not a bitter man. He has a right to be - after serving five years in prison and five on probation for a rape he didn't commit. But he says he wants to focus on his future.

Banks was cleared of the charges just two weeks ago, after his accuser recanted her story. Now, the Seahawks are giving the former high school football standout a shot at his dream. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel was at Seahawks headquarters Thursday, where Banks tried out for the team.

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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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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
9:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Controversy surrounds latest Seahawks pick: Kellen Winslow Jr.

Bob Leverone AP File Photo

"Talented, but arrogant."

That's how KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel describes the player the Seahawks traded for this week.

Kellen Winslow Jr. is an outspoken tight end from Tampa Bay. And Seahawks coach Pete Carroll thinks he can 'fix him.'

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