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5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Young Mariner veterans need to step up this season

Justin Smoak, right, is congratulated by Jesus Montero after a home run last season.
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.

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5:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Lovefest for Felix; M's pitcher now highest paid hurler in baseball

An emotional Felix Hernandez is greeted by Mariners employees wearing yellow "Kings Court" T-shirts at Safeco Field. Hernandez this week signed a seven-year, $175 million contract that makes him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
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. 

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5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Mariners' Montero bewildered by link to drug scandal, victim of 'Lance Armstrong effect'

Jesus Montero
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.

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5:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Mariners' new scoreboard: hit or miss?

In this computer rendering provided by the Seattle Mariners, a new high definition video display screen is seen where it will replace the current center field scoreboard at Safeco Field.
Ben VanHouten Seattle Mariners

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"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.

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1:54 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Former Mariner players continue to haunt Seattle fans

Former Mariner Raul Ibanez celebrates after hitting the game-winning home run during the 12th inning of Game 3 of the American League division baseball series on Wednesday. Ibanez played for, and left the Mariners on two separate occasions.
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.

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5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Will Mariners fence changes make big difference next year?

A sign put up by Mariners fans behind left field indicates a concern for their seats. The Mariners this week announced plans to move in the outfield fences at Safeco Field for the 2013 season to make it easier on hitters.
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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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9:19 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

27 up, 27 down: Mariners' Felix Hernandez throws perfect game

Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners was dowsed with water after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:15 pm

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:

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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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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.

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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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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.

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