Former Mariners pitcher and current ROOT Sports Northwest analyst Ryan Rowland-Smith is making some waves by becoming the first pro baseball player, let alone pitcher, to participate on the NBC show American Ninja Warrior. If you’re unfamiliar, watch this! It’s an insanely difficult obstacle course show. It’s a bold move for RRS, but the opportunity was presented to him by his bosses at ROOT and he decided to do some training and go for it. You can read all about it here on SB Nation’s own American Ninja Warrior, featuring a fun interview with RRS himself.
So, you can see where this prompt is going...
Which current Mariner would fare best on American Ninja Warrior?
Agility, upper body strength, and quickness are some of the main areas that lead to success for participants. How would players like Dee Gordon and Braden Bishop fare? Or maybe Mitch Haniger? Domingo Santana’s height might come in handy. I mean clearly the correct answer is Ichiro, but I’m not sure if he counts. Convince me!
Submit who you think would do well on the course and why in a FanPost and we’ll front page the best submissions over the weekend. Bonus points for wacky graphics and/or poorly done photoshops. Have some fun with it!
I asked RRS on Twitter when his episode might air, and he said early July, so keep an eye out for that! Best of luck, Ryan!
Hey Eric, it will air in early July. Will keep you updated!!— Ryan Rowland-Smith (@hyphen18) May 9, 2019