Art Thiel

Sports Commentator

Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,”  which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University as well as two dead papers and a live one, the News Tribune of Tacoma, he has become a fan of entrepreneurial online journalism because it allows him to continue a lifelong passion to take the English language to places it rarely visits willingly, and does not involve the cleaning of kennels or stables.

Kirsten Kendrick's Q. & A. with Thiel can be heard every Friday during M.E. at 5:35am and 7:35am and again that same day on ATC at 4:45pm. It also airs Saturday at 6:35am and 9:35am.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Mariners' streak: different star every game

Team effort: Mariners outfielders Trayvon Robinson, Eric Thames and Michael Saunders leap together after the team beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners take their eight-game winning streak to Chicago this weekend for a series with the White Sox.

It's their longest winning streak in five years. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's significant in more ways than one.

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

Preview: Mariners' streak definitely team effort

The dude abides. John Jaso, front right, and Kyle Seager are congratulated in the dugout after they scored against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Jaso has had one of the hottest bats in the eight-game winning streak.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners are on a winning streak the likes of which fans haven't seen since 2007. Eight games and counting.

It's definitely been a team effort. The Mariners' offense has finally come alive to match their stellar pitching and great fielding.

KPLU commentator Art Thiel will talk about the significance of the streak 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
2:15 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

A feeling about Felix: perfect game premonition

Felix Hernandez kisses his right wrist after throwing a perfect game on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 1-0.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel had a feeling that Wednesday's Mariners game was going to be special. And that feeling was confirmed once Felix Hernandez started dominating on the mound.

"I tweeted out in the seventh inning 'If you can get off work and get down here, be here...because history is about to happen.' And it sure did."

The perfect game that followed was a first for Felix and the Mariners.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Preview: Breaking down Felix's perfect game

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 1-0.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Felix Hernandez and Mariners fans are still savoring the perfect game that he pitched yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field.

There are a lot of interesting facts surrounding Felix's perfect game, which was the first in Mariners' history.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will share his thoughts on the milestone 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
11:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Seahawks' signing of Terrell Owens 'low risk,' fills a need

New Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens makes a catch around the defense of cornerback Richard Sherman during training camp Wednesday in Renton.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seahawks open their preseason Saturday night with a home game against former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the Tennessee Titans.

This comes just days after the Hawks named their new starting quarterback - former Green Bay backup Matt Flynn - and signed controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Preview: Is T.O. a changed man?

New Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens talks with quarterback Matt Flynn during training camp Wednesday in Renton.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens had his first official workout with the Seattle Seahawks yesterday, after agreeing to a one-year deal with the team this week.

The often outspoken player who's clashed with players and coaches in the past told the media that he's changed his ways.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will discuss the "T.O. effect" on the team 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 August 2, 2012

Mariners streak leads to 'cautious optimism'

Newly-acquired Mariner Eric Thames hit a game-tying two-run homer against his old team the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Safeco Field. Thames was traded to the M's Monday for reliever Steve Delabar.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

So they CAN hit. That's what a lot fans are saying about the Mariners these days after the team has won seven games in a row - their longest winning streak in five years.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his thoughts on the timing of the streak and what it means.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Preview: A positive streak for the Mariners

The Mariners' John Jaso singles in a run against the Toronto Blue Jays Aug. 1, at Safeco Field. With a 5-3 win, the Mariners now have a seven-game winning streak.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

In a season where fans are used to the opposite trend, the Mariners have now won seven games in a row. That hasn't happened in awhile. The Mariners actually have the second best record in the American League since the All-Star break.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is pleased with the progress. He says the Mariners' young hitters are becoming as consistent as the pitchers.

Find out more of what Art has to say 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 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.

Sports with Art Thiel
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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