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Ichiro Suzuki Traded From Seattle Mariners to New York Yankees

Are you surprised? Seriously?

I knew this was going to happen years ago.  Everyone told me I was nuts; that Ichiro would finish out his career in Seattle. But was I nuts? No…just level-headed and practical.  Why on earth would a player of Ichiro’s caliber and now age, stay with such a sucky team if he didn’t have to? Honestly. The only other player I can name on the Mariners is Felix Hernandez.


via sbnation:

Since 2001, Ichiro Suzuki has been synonymous with the Seattle Mariners. The first significant position player signed from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Japanese major leagues, he made an instant impact in MLB; he was named American League Rookie of the Year and MVP in that first season and the Mariners won an American League record 116 games.

 Now, at 37, Ichiro has slowed down for the last season and a half, but not so much that he wasn’t desired by another team. Monday afternoon, Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees.

Career-wise, Ichiro has hit .322/.366/.418 with 2,533 hits and 438 stolen bases, along with 10 straight 200-hit seasons, although since the beginning of the 2011 season he’s hit a significantly-lower .268/.302/.342, and appears to be reaching the end of his illustrious major-league career. Two years ago, you’d never have seen Ichiro traded for pitchers like Danny Farquhar (who’s been waived twice this season) and D.J. Mitchell, a former 10th-round draft pick with an undistinguished minor-league career.

So yeah.  It could be said that not only is Seattle without an NBA team, we are basically without a MLB team as well.

Dave Niehaus has died; Seattle Mariners Long-Time Broadcaster – 1935-2010

The Legend, Dave Niehaus being inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Terribly sad news in the Northwest today.  Long-time MLB Hall of Fame Seattle Mariners broadcaster has passed away in his home at the age of 75.

via hardballtalk.nbcsports.com:

“Niehaus was awarded the job of play-by-play announcer before Seattle’s inaugural season in 1977 and remained in that role through the 2010 season.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as 2008′s Ford C. Frick Award recipient and hearts are undoubtedly saddened this evening across the state of Washington.

Niehaus began his broadcasting career in 1957 on the Armed Forces Network.  He was serving in the military and had just graduated from Indiana University.

He broke into baseball in 1969 as Dick Enberg’s partner on the California Angels’ broadcast and eventually began contributing on calls for the Los Angeles Rams and UCLA Bruins.  In 1977, the Mariners wisely recruited Niehaus and made him the voice of the new franchise.  He became the epitome of a fixture, calling nearly every Mariners game that has ever been played.”

My boys and I were at this amazing game. You will be missed, Dave. You were the VOICE of the Seattle Mariners.

Rest Peacefully, Dave...

Mariner games will never be the same…