Seattle Mariners

Orlin Wagner / AP Photo

The Mariners begin spring training play this weekend in Arizona. 

KPLU sports commentator shares his thoughts on the new additions to the team and his concerns about some young returning players.


Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

First came the American League Cy Young Award in 2010. Then, last year’s perfect game. 

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says nothing compares to the outpouring of emotion he witnessed this week at Safeco Field as the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez signed a contract that makes him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. 


Elaine Thompson / AP

Mariner catcher Jesus Montero has been linked to a clinic in Florida that’s under investigation for distributing performance-enhancing drugs. His name was found on a list. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s nothing more than that right now.


Ben VanHouten / Seattle Mariners

"It's more of a hood ornament when no one is really buying the car."

That's what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has to say about the Mariners' plans for a new scoreboard at Safeco Field - at an estimated cost of $10 million.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

There has been a lot of excitement so far in the early rounds of the Major League Baseball playoffs, and much of that has been provided by former Seattle Mariner players. As sports commentator Art Thiel explains to KPLU’s Kevin Kniestedt, the sight of players leaving Seattle to flourish on other teams has become far too common for fans over the years. To hear the discussion, click the "Listen" button above.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

Despite modest improvement this year, the Mariners end the season last in the American League West for the third year in a row.

And that's not the end of the frustration for Mariners fans, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This is the face of perfection:

The Seattle Mariner's Felix Hernandez is now a part of baseball lore, joining 22 others when he threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, this afternoon.

That means Hernandez retired 27 batters in a row, throwing 113 pitches, 77 of them strikes. No one got on base.

What's incredible is that this is the third perfect game this season. USA Today reports:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images

Baseball fans love perfect moments.

-- Babe Ruth hitting his "called shot."

-- Ted Williams homering in his last at-bat (and not tipping his cap).

-- Willie Mays and "the catch."

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."

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.

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.

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.

The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year player draft got underway today, and the Seattle Mariners were afforded the luxury of the 3rd overall pick as a result of their poor finish last season.

With that pick, the Mariners chose catcher Mike Zunino, a junior from the University of Florida. The 21 year old was ranked as the top catcher in the draft, and has been touted as a strong, athletic catcher with excellent power as a hitter. In 62 games with Florida this season, Zunino had a batting average of .312, hitting 18 home runs and 60 runs batted in.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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. 

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?

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.

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.

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

We get a bat, but not much else. That's what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has to say about the Mariners trading starting pitcher Michael Pineda to the Yankees in exchange for hot young hitter Jesus Montero.

Pages