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Jamie Moyer going strong at 47

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Jamie Moyer and this 1963 Chevrolet Impala (about the same age as the pitcher, Moyer was born Nov. 18, 1962) have some parallels. Through 1995 Moyer was roughly a .500 pitcher with a career record of 57-56. He was 7-1 in Boston at the time of his 1996 trade to the Seattle Mariners. Moyer finished the year at 13-3. The Mariners had found a diamond in the rough.

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Read Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports finish the story here.

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Larry LaRue Facebook page Update

Up to 45 fans! Join here and contact the Tacoma News Tribune management and let them know that LaRue’s column was done in poor taste. Keep it up and flood LaRue’s e-mail. Contact info for the Tacoma News Tribune is … Continue reading

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Milton Bradley-Flippin’ the bird (pic here)

Milton Bradley of the Seattle Mariners is already in mid-season form. In one week Bradley has shattered a bat after striking out and flipped off fans in Texas. Bradley’s love affair with the city of Seattle ended before it officially … Continue reading

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Remembering the Tuba Man

Edward McMichael a.k.a. the Tuba Man was a Seattle icon who played outside of Seattle sporting events for many years. Many of my memories as a child revolve around the Tuba Man outside the Kingdome playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” or “Louie Louie” as I was walking by. The Kingdome was kind of a second home to me in the summers of my teenage years. My friends and I went to about 20 games a year or so.

No one seems to mind the demise of the Kingdome, which was seen as a blister on the Seattle skyline. However, many a Seattle sports fan still mourn the loss of the Tuba Man after nearly a year.

To make matters worse, the 16-year-old who was responsible for McMichael’s death plead guilty and served only a three month sentence. The teen, who has not been named by the media because of his age, has not had his photo released by the Seattle Police Department either. The teen is now wanted for second-degree robbery of a 17-year-old outside of the Garfield Teen Life Center on 23rd Avenue in Seattle.

The teen was 15-years-old when the McMichael attack took place. McMichael died about a month later in Nov. 2008 from brain injuries suffered in the attack.

Washington’s laws are flawed and too lenient. How does a teenage suspect (or anyone convicted of violent crime) brutally attack a man, serve only three months and then have the opportunity to attack again?

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New additions key in Mariners wild opening day win

Oakland– The Mariners offense strung together a run in each of the first three innings tonight in Oakland. New additions Chone Figgins and Casey Kotchman were key pieces in the Seattle offense. Figgins scored on an RBI double by Kotchman in the first inning. Kotchman added RBI’s in the third with a sacrifice fly and the two winning RBI’s in the top of the ninth.

The M’s were cruising along for the first six innings of the game before Rajai Davis stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball. Ryan Sweeney picked up an RBI single to make it 3-1. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez then ran into some trouble in the seventh, walking two batters before being pulled. Sean White came in pitch in relief of Hernandez and allowed two hits. Two runs were credited to Hernandez, who went 6 2/3 innings, giving up only three hits.

The story of the game though was Hernandez control issues. He walked six batters and two of them came around to score.

The Seattle offense got some help from the Oakland defense, which commited four costly errors. Base on balls also killed Oakland, as four of the five Mariner runs got on board due to Oakland walks.

The Mariners came out of the gate running, moving runners into scoring position and capitalizing on Oakland mistakes. Without much pop in the Mariner lineup, moving runners up and playing small ball will be the key to the offense. Figgins and Kotchman did exactly what they were brought in to do tonight.

However, don’t be surprised to see manager Don Wakamatsu tweak with the lineup some in the early days of the season. Wakamatsu has been catching some slack from fans for not hitting Figgins in the leadoff spot and moving Ichiro to the number two hole. The logic behind that is that Ichiro does not walk very often and Figgins will work the count to draw a walk. Ichiro of course is known for his string of 200 hit seasons, but it will do little moving Ichiro up 90 feet with a walk, when Figgins could score from first on a double.

If tonight was any indication of how the Mariner offense will operate when it’s firing on all cylinders it indicates they have the ability to put up some runs without having to knock the ball out of the park.
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Mauer, Twins no deal yet; Jacque Jones returns; Branyan getting a look from Cleveland?

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Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins still have not reached a deal.

Orlando Hudson and Jacque Jones have however. Jones signed a minor league contract in hopes of making a major league comeback. His last major league action was back in June 2008 with the Florida Marlins. He spent the 2009 season with the Newark Bears in the unaffiliated Atlantic League. Jones told the Twins that resurrecting his career was important, even it meant going back to Triple-A to reprove himself.
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Update: Erik Bedard

Jon Paul Morosi’s latest Twitter post: http://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/8568669128

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This brings up a question that begs to be answered, is Erik Bedard done? Only time will tell. But he is a lefty who when healthy has some electric stuff, a low WHIP, and allows few BB’s. He would be a low risk/high reward type of player. Continue reading

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