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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

'Affection' for Mariners Manager Recovering from Minor Stroke

Mariners manager Eric Wedge watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wed., June 12, 2013, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners are going to be without skipper Eric Wedge for at least the next 10 days. He's out of the hospital but not back with the team following a minor stroke this week.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Mariners' Performance Causes Trust Issue with Fans

Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma stands on the mound in Tuesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field. Iwakuma gave up five runs in the inning.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners head into next week’s All-Star break out of the pennant race once again. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team's poor performance has created a trust issue with fans.  

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5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Mariner managers under the gun as painful losses continue

Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen sits in the dugout after blowing 1-0 lead in 9th inning against the Astros Wednesday. Houston won 6-1.
AP Photo

The Mariners are on the road for the next seven games. They're playing the A's in Oakland this weekend.

The team keeps finding more painful ways to lose. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the fans end up hurt the most.


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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Extreme highs, crushing lows in Mariners' history-making game

Kyle Seager, center, is greeted at home following his grand slam against the White Sox in the 14th inning to tie a baseball game on Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners are hosting the Yankees at Safeco Field this weekend. But a lot of fans are still shaking their heads about Wednesday's history-making game —and devastating loss— against the White Sox.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel was there. To the bitter end. In the 16th inning. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

'The bleakest outlook': Mariners' woes could get worse

Catcher Jesus Montero can’t hold on to the ball in a recent game against Cleveland. One of many agonizing plays for Mariners fans. Montero is now being sent down to Tacoma.
Tony Dejak AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator  Art Thiel describes the Mariners' six-game losing streak as "the bleakest outlook they've had all season."And it could get worse this weekend.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Mariners' slump physical and mental

Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders, catcher Kelly Shoppach, right, and third baseman Kyle Seager hang their heads after Saunders gave up a double in Wednesday’s game against the Astros in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP Photo

The Mariners beat the Angels Thursday night 6-0. A bit of good news, after they hit a new low on the road.

The team's problem is both physical and mental, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Sports with Art Thiel
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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Sports with Art Thiel
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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Sports with Art Thiel
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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Sports with Art Thiel
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

"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.

Sports with Art Thiel
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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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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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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