Good morning and welcome to the final day of Mariners baseball this year. It feels not so long ago that we were discussing the Spring Training results of Guillermo Heredia and Ben Gamel and following the World Baseball Classic. This offseason looks to be a fascinating one and we will have everything you need right here, but for now, enjoy these: your final links of the 2017 regular season.
In Mariners news...
- With his 5-for-5 night on Saturday, Mitch Haniger now has a 131 wRC+, 3rd-best ever among Mariners rookies (minimum 200 PAs). A good final game at the plate would see Haniger surpass Ivan Calderon’s 132 wRC+ from 1985, but it’ll take a mammoth performance to surpass Alvin Davis’ Rookie of the Year campaign in 1984 where he earned a cool 140 wRC+.
- Hisashi Iwakuma officially has had “right shoulder debridement surgery” and will resume throwing in five months. With the Mariners expected to buy out Kuma’s team option for next season (at the cost of $1 million instead of the full $10 million), Seattle may extend a Spring Training invite to the 36-year-old starter, but first he’ll have to get healthy. It appears the surgery went alright:
I underwent shoulder cleaning surgery. The surgery was operated successfully so I’m relieved! I’ll do my best to rehabilitate for the return of new season. The surgery was done in one day so my family came to support me and my wife became a private nurse! (^_^) At the time of surgery, I’m truly thankful to the Seattle Mariners, its team of trainers, Tony of the Mariners’ interpreter, and my agents for the great support. I would like to give back to everyone by pitching on the mound next season. Thank you very much for your continuous support to all the fans! I’ll do my best to come back! (*^^*) . 肩のクリーニング手術をしました。 無事に終わり、安心しました！ 来シーズンの復帰に向けてリハビリしっかり頑張ります。 アメリカは日帰り手術なので、家族もサポートしに同行してくれて、嫁さんが専属看護師になってくれています(^_^) 手術に際して、マリナーズやマリナーズのトレーナー陣はじめ、マリナーズの通訳のトニーさん、エージェントにもお世話になり、感謝しています！ 来シーズン、メジャーのマウンドに立つ事で皆さんに恩返ししたいと思います。 ファンの皆さんもいつも激励をありがとうございます！ 頑張ります(*^^*)
- Mike Marjama is the current frontrunner for the backup catcher position next year. In high school he missed an entire season of baseball due to an eating disorder. Now, the longtime minor leaguer, who is a substitute teacher in the offseason, is working to educate teens who may face similar struggles as those he did.
- Daren Willman of Baseball Savant made a neat infographic tracking the travel of every team this season. The Mariners, as always, lead the pack in distance traveled.
Around the league...
- Giancarlo Stanton speaks on his pursuit of 60 home runs (he’s at 59 right now, in case you’ve been out of the loop).
- The Phillies have fired their head coach Pete Mackanin. Clearly his role in their rebuild was understood, however, as he will remain in the organization as a special assistant to the GM.
- Remaining in the AL East, controversial Mets’ pitching coach Dan Warthen will be let go as well. Eno Sarris wrote about Warthen and the unique hard slider he teaches, wondering if there was a correlation between it and the Mets’ injury woes.
- Long-time Minnesota Twins reliever Glen Perkins had an emotional finale in what is likely his last appearance.
- Claire Smith, the first woman to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as an extraordinary baseball writer, which includes an induction into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, spoke about the award and her experience here.
- Rick Ankiel, once a cant-miss pitching prospect, is infamous for his disastrous meltdown at the hands of the treacherous Yips. Though he salvaged his career, going on to be a decent outfielder, Ankiel’s name remains a cautionary tale. In his own words, he lends advice to his younger self.
- Speaking of the Player’s Tribune, former Sounders’ star (and current Vancouver Whitecaps forward) Fredy Montero speaks on the transition from his native Colombia to the Pacific Northwest.
- My alma mater, Lewis & Clark College, is not known for athletic excellence in most sports, but yesterday they emerged victorious in the annual battle for the Wagon Wheel Trophy (a real wheel from an old covered Ticonderoga wagon) with Willamette University.
#RollPios and Go M’s.