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FanPost Friday: 32 days until pitchers and catchers report

Is that Spring Training I see off in the distance?

Seattle Mariners v San Diego Padres
just two legends vibing
Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images

Hello and welcome back to FanPost Friday! I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s best-of lists for 2023 a couple weeks back. I always love getting some good recommendations since there is so much media out there these days and it’s tough to track everything that might interest me. Here’s a fun song from 2023 that still can’t stop listening to.

Are Mariners fans still capable of love(ing) this team? Hard to say at this point given the pretty disastrous offseason so far and the accompanying well-earned online rancor from the fanbase, both here and other places. Against all odds, we are somehow a mere 32 (give or take) days away from pitcher and catchers reporting to Spring Training. Just typing the word Spring Training made my brain explode with emerald green grass, sunlight, and dopamine. Try it, it’s pretty nice.

Anyways, I’m as down on this team as anyone, but when there is baseball on the radio and TV again, I know they’ll pull me back in. So let’s see how we’re feeling as we near the end of the dreadful time known as the offseason, with the obvious caveat that more moves *could* be made.

Poll

Grade the Mariners offseason as it stands today

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    A
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    A-
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    B+
    (11 votes)
  • 9%
    B
    (41 votes)
  • 16%
    B-
    (69 votes)
  • 18%
    C+
    (80 votes)
  • 16%
    C
    (70 votes)
  • 12%
    C-
    (53 votes)
  • 7%
    D+
    (30 votes)
  • 6%
    D
    (29 votes)
  • 1%
    D-
    (5 votes)
  • 7%
    Big ol’ F
    (31 votes)
428 votes total Vote Now

Poll

How much did the acquisitions of Mitch Garver, Mitch Haniger, and Luke Raley move your previous offseason grade up?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Half a grade
    (64 votes)
  • 41%
    One whole grade
    (164 votes)
  • 20%
    Two whole grades
    (81 votes)
  • 6%
    Three whole grades
    (24 votes)
  • 9%
    Grade is still the same
    (39 votes)
  • 5%
    Moved it down, actually
    (23 votes)
395 votes total Vote Now

Poll

How will Logan Gilbert fare in the 2024 AL Cy Young race?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    He’ll win it
    (36 votes)
  • 10%
    First runner-up
    (38 votes)
  • 15%
    Second runner-up
    (58 votes)
  • 57%
    A few votes, but buried by East Coast bias
    (217 votes)
  • 7%
    No votes
    (28 votes)
377 votes total Vote Now

Bonus Prompt:

Okay, so it’s been quite a while since the Mariners made actual scripted commercials like they did for decades, but in the comments let’s hear some pitches for 2024 fake Mariners ads. I have one idea to get y’all started: THE BROTHERS MITCH. Have at it.

Have a great weekend, stay warm, and go Kraken (they are on an 8-game heater).