Joe Wieland, a 25-year-old right-hander who has started nine Major League games over the past three seasons, was acquired by the Mariners from the Dodgers on Tuesday in a trade for Minor League infielder Erick Mejia.
Spring Training is still five weeks away, but Mariners outfielder Boog Powell and some of Seattle’s other young prospects have already begun their introductions into the club’s new way of going about its business.
The first workout of Mariners pitchers and catchers under new manager Scott Servais will be Feb. 20 at the club’s complex in Peoria, Ariz., as Major League Baseball announced the Spring Training workout schedule for all 30 teams on Monday.
Ken Griffey Jr. knew he was going to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, but the hits kept coming when Junior got a call from Mariners president Kevin Mather the following day letting him know his number 24 is going to be retired at Safeco Field on Aug. 6.
For Ken Griffey Jr., being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame has come with some new challenges.
Right-handed reliever Ryan Cook, a 2012 American League All-Star who endured a rough season last year with the A’s and Red Sox, became the latest “bounce-back” candidate signed by the Mariners.
Ken Griffey Jr. wasn’t afraid of unfair comparisons to Willie Mays when he chose to wear the Say Hey Kid’s No. 24 as a 19-year-old Mariners rookie in 1989, and an examination of his Hall of Fame career shows he lived up to the Giants’ legend.
Tom Mooney was the Seattle Mariners’ area scout in 1987, and he put in the first and the strongest recommendations for the franchise on a high school prospect named Ken Griffey Jr.
The Mariners have requested unconditional release waivers on right-handed reliever Anthony Bass in order to allow him to pitch in Japan next season, the club announced Thursday.
Mariners fans remember the gorgeous Ken Griffey Jr. swing, the effortless catches, the monster home runs and megawatt smile. Now comes the capper, a Hall of Fame induction everyone knew was just a matter of waiting the requisite five years. Now it’s time.
Will the Mariners add a second lefty reliever? Can Nathan Karns crack the rotation? These are just a couple of questions addressed by beat reporter Greg Johns in the latest Inbox.