Sports with Art Thiel

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Mariners trip to Japan a hit in more ways than one

Coming Home. Japanese journalists focus their cameras on Mariner and native son Ichiro Suzuki before practice this week at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
Itsuo Inouye AP Photo

The Mariners return from Japan Friday with one win and one loss under their belt, following the two-game series with the A's in Tokyo that kicked off their 2012 season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, overall, the trip was a success. He spent the week with the team in Japan.

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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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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 15, 2012

Seahawks still quarterback shopping as free agency heats up

Green Bay Packers backup quarterback-turned free agent Matt Flynn in action on Jan. 1, 2012. Art Thiel says he may be the next Dave Krieg for the Seahawks.
Matt Ludtke AP Photo

It's up in the air who will be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks next season. The Hawks are said to still be searching for their next star. Will they find him in the free agent pool?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel breaks down the moves the Seahawks have made so far, and what might be in their future.

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12:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Preview: With key players signed to new deals, what's next for the Seahawks?

Seattle defensive end Red Bryant tries to block a field goal during a game against the Cardinals on Jan. 1, 2012. He signed a new contract with the Hawks this week, making him the team's highest-paid defender.
Matt York AP Photo

With the signing of defensive end Red Bryant to a new, five-year contract this week, the Seahawks now have their two best free agent players locked up. Bryant's deal comes on the heels of star running back Marshawn Lynch signing a new contract with the team. 

So, what's next for the Seahawks in the offseason, now that it appears they're out of the running for quarterback Peyton Manning?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Making the case for Peyton Manning in Seattle

AP file photo
Goodbye Indianapolis, hello Seattle? The Seahawks confirm they're among the teams vying for Peyton Manning. Nam Y. Huh

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel likes the idea of Peyton Manning coming to Seattle. He says the team and the city have a lot to offer him. And it goes without saying what he can offer the team - as long as he stays healthy.

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11:19 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Hansen makes a compelling NBA arena case, KPLU's Art Thiel says

Screen shot of would-be arena builder Chris Hansen.

For 45 minutes at City Hall Wednesday night, would-be arena mogul Chris Hansen calmly answered questions from politicians, bureaucrats and agency heads who reflected Seattle’s pain from repeatedly getting kicked in the bicuspids by pro sports owners, starting with the loss of the Seattle Pilots in 1970.

In the sometimes lame give-and-take, he made a point lightly understood but significant for grasping why his idea is different than those of his sporting predecessors more practiced in the art of shoe-leather dentistry.

“Our equity in this project is larger than the city (and county combined),” he said. “Are we going to risk a $600 million investment over a $2 million annual shortfall?”

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9:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Update: Seahawks will go after Peyton Manning

Quarterback Peyton Manning collects his thoughts during a news conference Wednesday, annoucing the end of his record-breaking career with the Indianapolis Colts.
Michael Conroy AP Photo

Seattle will be one of the teams trying to land Peyton Manning, a team source confirmed to the Seattle Times on Wednesday.

The Seahawks interest had been reported earlier by Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and the NFL Network said the Seahawks were preparing to reach out to Manning as soon as he was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, the Times wrote.

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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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12:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Preview: Gutierrez injury a 'big blow' for Mariners

Franklin Gutierrez in action in 2011.
Ben Margot AP Photo

The Mariners start exhibition play Friday. But they'll do it without starting center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. He's out for at least a month with a partial tear of his pectoral muscle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about what this means for the start of the Mariners season, coming up 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 February 23, 2012

Ichiro lineup move necessary...but Chone Figgins leading off?

Ichiro Suzuki at batting practice during Mariners spring training in Peoria, Arizona, last weekend.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called for it last season. And now the Mariners have made it official. They announced this week that long-time leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki has been moved to No. 3 in the lineup.

But the player the Mariners chose to replace Ichiro in the top spot has left a lot of fans scratching their heads.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Preview: Change in status, style for Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki waits his turn at batting practice during spring training this year in Peoria, Arizona.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

When the Mariners regular season opens in late March, Ichiro Suzuki will not be in the top spot in the batting order. And that's not the only change we're hearing about for Ichiro this week.

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9:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Proposed arena deal good news for city, Sonics fans

Sonics fans pack a news conference to hear the announcement of a proposed arena deal that would bring the NBA back to Seattle and give the city a hockey team as well.
Monica Spain KPLU

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel likes what he's hearing about a proposed arena deal in Seattle.

The goal is to return the NBA to Seattle and bring the city a professional hockey team with a new arena to be built in the city's SoDo district. The project would be self-funded and not rely on new taxes.

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