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  • Ichiro Hugs Teammates as He Walks Off Field for Final Time

    12 Up "One of the most amazing careers in baseball history is came to a close on Thursday. Ichiro Suzuki has officially retired from the sport after a long and highly successful career in both the ?MLB and in Japan. He had a tremendous impact for the ?Seattle..." March 21

  • Source: Ichiro retiring after Thursday's game

    ESPN "Ichiro Suzuki has told the Seattle Mariners he will retire after Thursday's game in Tokyo, sources confirmed to ESPN. Kyodo News was first to report the story. Many expected Ichiro, 45, to retire after the series in Japan or when the Mariners returned home..." March 21

  • This is the goodbye Ichiro deserves

    The Score "On a balmy, overcast Wednesday evening last May, Ichiro Suzuki started in left field and hit ninth for the Seattle Mariners at home against the Oakland Athletics. In four trips to the plate, Ichiro reached base once. He did not hit a ball sharply. He drew a walk in his first..." March 20

  • Ichiro's opener in Tokyo was every emotion in one game

    Sporting News "Domo arigatou, Ichiro. A packed Tokyo Dome crowd on Wednesday was able to show its appreciation for favorite son Ichiro Suzuki, who made an emotional start for the Mariners to open the 2019 MLB season against the Athletics. As Seattle manager Scott Servais..." March 20

  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Ichiro Starting on Opening Day for Mariners

    12 Up "Can anything stop Ichiro? The 45-year-old recently re-signed with the Mariners on a minor league contract this offseason, but despite these expectations for the veteran, he has still managed to make an impact on the franchise. Now, the outfielder is set to start..." March 18

  • Ichiro, 45, doesn't know when it'll be time to quit "If Ichiro Suzuki's career is about to end, he’s not letting on. But as the 45-year-old Japanese legend goes about his business this week with the Mariners, preparing for the Opening Series against the A’s on Wednesday and Thursday in the Tokyo Dome, he does plan on soaking in..." March 16

  • Dipoto: Mariners 3B Kyle Seager needs 8-10 weeks to recover from surgery

    ESPN 710 Seattle "Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager’s first-ever stint on the injured list will be a lengthy one. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Shannon Drayer that Seager will need 8-10 weeks of recovery following Tuesday’s successful surgery to repair..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Mariners Option J.P. Crawford

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced tonight that they’ve optioned shortstop J.P. Crawford to Triple-A Tacoma. While the move isn’t entirely unexpected after Seattle signed Tim Beckham as a stopgap at shortstop this winter, it’s still of some note. Crawford will..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Mariners release Dustin Ackley — plus a rainout, roster moves and relief pitcher updates

    Seattle Times "Dustin Ackley’s reunion with the Mariners has ended before the 2019 season. The Mariners’ former first-round pick of the 2009 draft — No. 2 overall — was given a chance to come back to the organization that drafted him in hopes of getting a chance to compete for a spot..." March 13

  • Kyle Seager To Undergo Surgery For Injured Tendon

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is slated to undergo surgery to repair an injured tendon in his left hand,’s Greg Johns was among those to report (Twitter links). He’s expected to be sidelined for all of April, at least, with a precise timeline as yet..." March 11

  • Mariners' Felix Hernandez Upset by Opening Day Decision, but Not Surprised

    Seattle Times "The outing and its results, as ugly as they were, were unimportant as so many situations in spring-training baseball. The seven runs allowed, including five in the marathon fourth inning where he was unable to record a single out, won’t mean much more than a nagging reminder of what has..." March 11

  • Mariners' Kyle Seager lifted due to injury

    CBS Sports "Seager was removed from Friday's game against the Cubs after suffering an injury to his left thumb on a diving attempt in the field, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. " March 09

  • Kyle Seager sidelined with left wrist injury "Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was scheduled to meet with a hand specialist in Phoenix on Saturday, and will likely be sidelined at least several days after injuring his left wrist while diving for a ball down the line in Friday night’s 9-3 loss to the Cubs. Seager was..." March 09

  • Mariners' Marco Gonzales named Opening Day starter "For the first time since then-manager John McLaren tabbed Erik Bedard for the first game of 2008, the Mariners will have a different Opening Day starter than Felix Hernandez when they kick off their season on March 20 against the A’s in Japan. Left-hander Marco Gonzales, who had..." March 09

  • King Felix won't start Opening Day for Mariners

    ESPN "For the first time since 2008, the Seattle Mariners will have a new pitcher on the mound on Opening Day. On Friday afternoon, manager Scott Servais told Felix Hernandez that he would not be the team's 2019 Opening Day starter. Hernandez, who is in the final season of a seven-year,..." March 09

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Mariners veterans know the deal: Jerry Dipoto could trade them at any time

    Seattle Times "The Mariners clubhouse is teeming with young players who are deemed the future of the organization. That’s what happens when you spend the offseason shipping out one established player after another, intent on gathering prospects designed to blossom in 2020 and..." February 28

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Mariners still looking to add another right-handed hitting catcher

    Seattle Times "Even though they are a week and a half into spring training, the Mariners still are looking to acquire players as they prepare for the 2019 season. This isn’t indicative of things they’ve seen in the first handful of workouts. No, these were areas they felt they needed to..." February 21

  • Kyle Seager showed up to Mariners camp slimmer and healthier. Will that lead to a bounce-back year?

    Seattle Times "Kyle Seager knew he put in the work this offseason. He discarded everything he’d done in the past for a new plan from a new voice to make him feel better in 2019. It was unfamiliar, uncomfortable and, at times, unnerving. And yet, his discipline overcame the doubt. His new..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Mariners Interested In Martin Maldonado

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners are among the clubs that are interested in veteran catcher Martin Maldonado, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). It’s been a quiet offseason for Maldonado, one of the game’s most highly regarded defenders behind the plate. While..." February 20

  • 45-year-old Ichiro posts lowest body fat on Mariners

    Larry Brown Sports "Ichiro Suzuki continues to be a modern marvel, even in his mid-40s. The Seattle Mariners outfielder turned heads over the weekend by clocking in at 7 percent body fat, the lowest figure on the entire team, per USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale. Ichiro, who recently turned..." February 16

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Report: Mariners still intend to trade Edwin Encarnación

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners acquired DH Edwin Encarnación as part of a three-team trade that involved the Indians and Rays back in December. The Indians received Jake Bauers and Carlos Santana, the Rays got Yandy Diaz and minor leaguer Cole Sulser, and the Mariners..." February 11

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • MLB clears the Mariners in connection with the Dr. Lorena Martin allegations

    Hardball Talk "In November, the Seattle Mariners fired Dr. Lorena Martin, who had been their director of high performance. In the wake of her dismissal, Dr. Martin took to Instagram to accuse members of the team’s front office of making racist comments against foreign-born players. The..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06