Ichiro Suzuki http://www.kplu.org en Thanks for the Mariners memories: Ben Gibbard's 'Ichiro's Theme' http://www.kplu.org/post/thanks-mariners-memories-ben-gibbards-ichiros-theme Ben Gibbard, the man behind indie rock darlings <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15163859/death-cab-for-cutie">Death Cab for Cutie</a>, has been <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRDDHs168ZA">a Seattle Mariners fan since he was five-years-old</a>, and is such an Ichiro Suzuki devotee he wrote a song about the outfielder. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:13:17 +0000 Sarah Handel 5748 at http://www.kplu.org Thanks for the Mariners memories: Ben Gibbard's 'Ichiro's Theme' Preview: Moving on without Ichiro http://www.kplu.org/post/preview-moving-without-ichiro <p>A lot of people are wondering what&#39;s next for the Mariners, now that the face of the franchise - Ichiro Suzuki - has been traded to the Yankees.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his thoughts on why it wasn&#39;t too difficult to say goodbye to Ichiro, and why next week might bring even more heartbreak for fans.</p><p>That&#39;s tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 FM KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 5728 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: Moving on without Ichiro VIDEO: Ichiro says goodbye to Seattle with Yankee hit http://www.kplu.org/post/video-ichiro-says-goodbye-seattle-yankee-hit <p></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">Baseball fans love perfect moments.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:24:22 +0000 Mark Memmott 5689 at http://www.kplu.org VIDEO: Ichiro says goodbye to Seattle with Yankee hit Mariners trade Ichiro Suzuki to New York Yankees http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-trade-ichiro-suzuki-new-york-yankees <p>Ichiro Suzuki is going to the Yankees, confirms KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The Mariners have been spared huge ugliness,&rdquo; Thiel said. &quot;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.&quot;</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:21:22 +0000 Jake Ellison 5681 at http://www.kplu.org Mariners trade Ichiro Suzuki to New York Yankees Mariners trip to Japan a hit in more ways than one http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-trip-japan-hit-more-ways-one <p>The Mariners return from Japan Friday with one win and one loss under their belt, following the two-game series with the A&#39;s in Tokyo that kicked off their 2012 season.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, overall, the trip was a success. He spent the week with the team in Japan. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 4603 at http://www.kplu.org Mariners trip to Japan a hit in more ways than one Preview: Excitement builds for new Seahawks QB http://www.kplu.org/post/preview-excitement-builds-new-seahawks-qb <p>Fan excitement is&nbsp;building for the Seahawks new quarterback Matt Flynn.&nbsp;Will he really have to compete for the job of starter? Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 4515 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: Excitement builds for new Seahawks QB Ichiro lineup move necessary...but Chone Figgins leading off? http://www.kplu.org/post/ichiro-lineup-move-necessarybut-chone-figgins-leading <p>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.</p><p>But the player the Mariners chose to replace Ichiro in the top spot has left a lot of fans scratching their heads. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 4232 at http://www.kplu.org Ichiro lineup move necessary...but Chone Figgins leading off? Preview: Change in status, style for Ichiro http://www.kplu.org/post/preview-change-status-style-ichiro <p>When the Mariners regular season opens in late March, Ichiro Suzuki will not be in the top spot in the batting order. And that&#39;s not the only change we&#39;re hearing about for Ichiro this week. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 4228 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: Change in status, style for Ichiro Mariners in 2012: Newbies show promise, veterans pose problems http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-2012-newbies-show-promise-veterans-pose-problems <p>The Mariners had a dismal 2011 season. They lost more than 90 games for the third time in four years. Attendance hit a new low at Safeco Field.</p><p>Now that the season is over, fans are looking ahead to 2012 with a little more optimism. The team has made a lot of young acquisitions who look promising. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says some old problems remain. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2767 at http://www.kplu.org Mariners in 2012: Newbies show promise, veterans pose problems Mariners finally 'growing their own' talent http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-finally-growing-their-own-talent <p>It&#39;s about time. That&#39;s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about all the young players the Mariners have acquired recently.</p><p>Art has said for years that the Mariners need to grow their own talent, rather than waste millions of dollars on veteran free agents who are often on the decline. And he says the fresh young faces are giving fans some excitement in an otherwise dismal season.</p><p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2360 at http://www.kplu.org Mariners finally 'growing their own' talent Trade Ichiro or Felix? Yes – Time for drastic action http://www.kplu.org/post/trade-ichiro-or-felix-yes-%E2%80%93-time-drastic-action <p>They Mariners have now lost 12 straight games, plummeting out of playoff contention for another season.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says desperate times call for desperate measures. That includes thinking seriously about trading Ichiro Suzuki or Felix Hernandez. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2147 at http://www.kplu.org Trade Ichiro or Felix? Yes – Time for drastic action Preview: Ichiro or Felix could go? Say it isn't so! http://www.kplu.org/post/preview-ichiro-or-felix-could-go-say-it-isnt-so <p>With Major League Baseball&#39;s trade deadline looming at the end of the month, and given the Mariners recent plummet from contention, KPLU sports commentator says the M&#39;s need to make some big moves.</p><p>That means getting rid of some veterans like Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez ... and their big salaries.</p><p>Adding urgency to this move, <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2015684891_mari22.html">the Mariners got swept today</a> by the Blue Jays in Toronto, losing 7-to-5. They&#39;re losing streak now stands at 12.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:55:41 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2145 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: Ichiro or Felix could go? Say it isn't so! Mariner presence won't be felt All-Star Game http://www.kplu.org/post/mariner-presence-wont-be-felt-all-star-game <p>Two Mariner pitchers have been elected to the American League All-Star team. However, KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, neither is expected to play in the game on Tuesday in Phoenix.</p><p>Adding insult to injury: One Mariner who&#39;s an All-Star veteran was left off the roster this year <strong>&ndash;</strong> Ichiro Suzuki. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2035 at http://www.kplu.org Mariner presence won't be felt All-Star Game Preview: M's Ichiro not chosen for All-Star game, what gives? http://www.kplu.org/post/preview-ms-ichiro-not-chosen-all-star-game-what-gives <p>For the first time in 10 years, the Mariners&#39; Ichiro Suzuki has not been selected for Major League Baseball&#39;s All-Star game, which takes place Tuesday, July 12, in Phoenix.</p><p>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&#39;t be there? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will talk about that <strong>Friday morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU</strong>. Check back here tomorrow for the story of our conversation.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 19:31:48 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2032 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: M's Ichiro not chosen for All-Star game, what gives? Mariners start 2011 season with a major shuffle http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-start-2011-season-major-shuffle <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960822.mp3</p><p>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&#39;s losing season?</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is skeptical, but he says there are some bright spots coming out of spring training. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 23:01:40 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 1117 at http://www.kplu.org Mariners start 2011 season with a major shuffle