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Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first player to be inducted as a Mariner into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Griffey had a huge impact on and off the field in Seattle.

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The Mariners dropped below .500 this week. They are now 36-37, after suffering their sixth loss in a row Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. This is happening after a very strong April and May.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains what’s going wrong, and why it’s not a surprise.

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The Mariners host the Twins this weekend at Safeco Field. After two big wins this week and a highly successful road trip, the team has one of the best records in Major League Baseball.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about why the team and its fans are in some unfamiliar territory.

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The Mariners remain in first place in the American League West as they host the Angels this weekend at Safeco Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a lot of factors have come together this season to give even the most skeptical fans some hope.

'Baseball First' Is The Mantra Of New Mariners CEO

Apr 28, 2016
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From “business first” to “baseball first” — that’s how many are describing the transition that will take place in the Mariners’ front office over the next few months, as current CEO Howard Lincoln retires and new CEO John Stanton takes over.

The big change, announced this week, is being welcomed by many fans, and by KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Nintendo of America is selling its majority stake in the Seattle Mariners. The current minority owners of the team will take over majority stake, led by wireless pioneer John Stanton. Stanton will also become the new chairman and CEO of the team, taking over from longtime CEO Howard Lincoln.

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The Mariners are hosting the Oakland Athletics this weekend in their first home series of 2016. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team’s first three games in Texas had some surprising highs and lows.

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Much like King Felix's new "do," newness is a big theme for the Mariners this season as they get ready to begin exhibition play next week in Arizona.

The team has a new general manager, a new manager, and a bunch of new players. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that could mean the end of some old problems.

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The Mariners begin spring training two weeks from now in Arizona. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says fans can expect a lot of changes this season.

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With Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. garnering the most votes ever for selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame this week, there’s been a lot of talk about his athletic achievements: 630 home runs, 10 Gold Gloves and 13 All-Star appearances, just to name a few.

But sports commentator Art Thiel told KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick there’s a very complex personality behind the powerful swing and graceful outfield leaps.

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Seattle sports fans have a lot to look forward to in the new year. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel spoke with Kirsten Kendrick about some of the big stories to watch.

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2015 was filled with a lot of highs and lows for Seattle sports fans. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel breaks them down.

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The Mariners are the busiest team in Major League Baseball this offseason as they remake their roster. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about the changes, including some made this week.

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The Mariners have been the busiest team in Major League Baseball this offseason, remaking their roster in a big way. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel likes what he sees.

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The Seattle Mariners play their final games of the season at home this weekend against the Oakland A’s. It’s the Mariners 14th year missing the playoffs - the longest drought in the majors.

Seattle’s front office is hoping newly-announced general manager Jerry Dipoto will help turn things around. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says "major changes" are in order.

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The Seattle Mariners have had plenty of gold nuggets this season -- a no hitter, a player leading the league in home runs, a star pitcher on another great season -- but the team's overall fortunes have not reflected individual accomplishments, said KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. 

"The Mariners have had moments of individual stellar play but it hasn't worked as a group at all," Thiel said. "This is a pretty good baseball team but they haven't been consistent in the key elements of the game."

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SEATTLE (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma became the second Japanese-born pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

The right-hander struck out seven and walked three in the fourth no-hitter this season and first by an American League pitcher in nearly three years. Hideo Nomo threw big league two no-nos after starting his career in his home country of Japan.

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Join the fun as KPLU celebrates the great American past time at Safeco Field when the Seattle Mariners take on the Texas Rangers on Sunday, August 9 at 1:10 p.m.  We're offering specially-priced tickets for KPLU listeners--$10 off regularly priced seats--in the exclusive Terrace Club on the second level. 

The event is a benefit for KPLU.  Evening Jazz host (and sports fan) Abe Beeson will be hanging out in the Terrace Club Lounge before the game.  Stop by and say hi, and enter to win cool prizes from KPLU and the Mariners.  Get your tickets now!

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The Mariners are playing their final series before the All-Star break this weekend, hosting the Angels at Safeco Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Mariners need to get hot to get into the playoff hunt.

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The Mariners are in Anaheim this weekend to play the Angels after a 4-4 homestand that included the hiring of Mariners legend Edgar Martinez as the team’s new hitting coach.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel isn’t expecting anything magical.

Is Love Enough?

"Everybody loves Edgar," Thiel said. "That's, really, I guess, all the m

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As the Mariners host the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend at Safeco Field, there are two new faces in the dugout. This week, the Mariners traded four players to the Arizona Diamondbacks for power hitter Mark Trumbo and left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuño.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel said he's not impressed.

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The Mariners are in Oakland this weekend for their first road trip of the season. They got off to a bumpy start at home, much to the dismay of many fans.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the city seems to be suffering from the “Seahawks effect.”

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The Mariners start the 2015 season at home Monday afternoon. They host the Los Angeles Angles at Safeco Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's a different vibe surrounding the team this year, and it's got him a bit out of sorts.

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The Mariners begin spring training play next week in Arizona with a pretty bold prediction from one of their star players.

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For nearly 20 years, Edgar Martinez's double in the 1995 American League Division Series has been considered the greatest moment in Seattle sports history.

But then, last Sunday's NFC Championship happened. The Seahawks' comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 18 is sending Seattle to the Super Bowl for a second year in a row.

Does it trump Edgar?

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The year 2014 started with a Super Bowl victory by the Seattle Seahawks, and ended with them in the playoffs once again. In between those events, a lot happened with the Mariners, Sounders and two separate University of Washington teams.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel counts down his top five sports moments of 2014.

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After just barely missing the playoffs this season, the Mariners are going all in to try to make it to the postseason next year.

They made some big moves this week to improve their odds, namely signing veteran free agent slugger Nelson Cruz.

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The Seahawks' schedule is about to get tougher, and the timing couldn’t be worse. They learned this week that they’ll be without two key players for the rest of the season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel said it’s bad news as the team heads to Kansas City to face the Chiefs on Sunday.

Art also says Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez narrowly losing his bid for a second Cy Young Award was "a little bit unfair."

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The Mariners may not have made the playoffs, but they made a lot of fans proud by sweeping the best team in baseball over the weekend. They did it with a stellar showing from Felix Hernandez in the final game of the season. It was a performance that could earn The King another pitching crown.

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The Mariners have made some solid choices and taken some big chances this year. It all appears to be paying off as they continue to be in the wild card playoff hunt.

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