Seattle Mariners

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.

Mariners
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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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.

Mariners
6:24 am
Tue July 24, 2012

VIDEO: Ichiro says goodbye to Seattle with Yankee hit

Now batting for the Yankees, Ichiro Suzuki.
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."

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Sports
3:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mariners trade Ichiro Suzuki to New York Yankees

Ichiro tips his helmet to fans after setting the record for most career hits by a Japanese player April 16, 2009.
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."

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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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Sports
5:12 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Mariners draft top catching prospect with 3rd overall pick

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.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Mariners savor big win in 'up and down' season

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.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Preview: Young hitters shine for the Mariners, but is it enough?

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.

Sports with Art Thiel
10:42 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Art Thiel: Ichiro hits all the right notes in Japan

Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki, right, celebrates with teammates after beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in their American League season opening MLB baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on Wednesday.
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.

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