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Gold Glove Candidate – Kyle Seager

Kyle Seager has been the 2nd-best defensive player in the American League in 2014.

Kyle Seager has been the 2nd-best defensive player in the American League in 2014.

We’ve all seen Kyle Seager turn into one of the offensive leaders of this Mariners club, but Manager Lloyd McClendon wants to make sure people do not ignore his glove work at the hot corner.

“He’s been great offensively,” McClendon said, “but I’ve been saying all year he should seriously be considered for a Gold Glove as well. What he does on the other side of the ball is just as important.”

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) has taken notice as well and has been able to quantify his stellar work on the defensive end. The SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.

According to the Index, Seager’s defense ranks not just second amongst American League third basemen, he ranks as the second-best defensive player in the American League.

To read more about the SABR Defensive Index, visit SABR Defensive Index rankings released through September 7, 2014.

Here’s a look at the top defensive players in the American League:

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#TheArrowHasLanded – Save #45

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Fernando’s arrows are taking flight. Follow the Mariners on Twitter after every Rodney save for clues to figure out where each one landed. The fan that finds the arrow will win four tickets to an upcoming home game and an on-field photo before the game. Here’s a roundup of previous scavenger hunts:

Save #39

Save #40

Save #41

Save #42

Save #43

Save #44

Rodney nailed down his MLB-leading 45th save in a big 4-2 win over the Athletics on Friday night, tying the club records for saves in a single season.

Where did the arrow land? The search begins!

ARROW FOUND!

2014 Mariners Award Candidates

With the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season coming to a close, here is some information on Mariners players (and manager) we believe are worthy of consideration for postseason awards:

  • Felix Hernandez – Cy Young Award
  • Robinson Cano – MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, Hank Aaron Award
  • Kyle Seager – Silver Slugger, Gold Glove
  • Fernando Rodney – Delivery Man of the Year
  • Chris Young – Comeback Player of the Year
  • Lloyd McClendon – Manager of the Year

 

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FELIX HERNANDEZ | Cy Young Award

  • The Record – 14-5, 2.12 ERA (50 ER, 212.0 IP) in 30 starts this season (25 quality starts).
  • AL Leaderboard - Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200), ERA (2nd, 2.12), Innings (2nd, 212.0), Starts (T3rd, 30), Strikeouts (4th, 217), Wins (T5th, 13), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (5th, 5.29), Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (7th, 9.21).
  • The Felix Quality Start - Set a Major League record with 16 consecutive starts allowing 2 or fewer runs in at least 7.0 innings May 18-August 11…old record was 13 straight starts by Tom Seaver in 1971.
  • 200 Strikeouts - Is the only pitcher to record 200 strikeouts in each of the last 6 seasons (since 2009).
  • You’ll Get 7.0 – Pitched at least 7.0 innings in 22 of 30 starts.
  • WHIP & OPS - Leads the A.L. in WHIP (0.915) and 2nd in opponent OPS (.548).
  • Team Leader – The Mariners are 20-10 when Felix takes the mound this season.
  • After a Loss - Is 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 17 starts this season following a Mariners team loss.
  • No-Decision – Recorded a 2.00 ERA in 11 no-decisions this season.
  • Since May - Is 11-4 with a 1.92 ERA over his last 22 starts (since May 12).
  • Sabermetrics - Leads the A.L. in WAR among pitchers (5.7) and 2nd in FIP (2.58).
  • All-Star Starter – Was the starting pitcher for the A.L. in the All-Star game in Minneapolis (scoreless inning, 2 K).

 

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ROBINSON CANO | MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, Hank Aaron Award

  • Hitting Machine – Ranks among American League leaders in batting average (4th, .321), hits (2nd, 172), on-base percentage (4th, .387) and OPS (11th, .845).
  • Consistency – Recorded at least one hit in 108 of 140 games played this season (54 multi-hit games).
  • WAR – Ranks 6th among offensive players in the American League in Wins Above Replacement (11th overall in AL)…highest WAR amongst MLB second basemen.
  • Multi-Hit – Ranks 2nd in AL. with 54 multi-hit games…since 2009 leads MLB with 344 multi-hit games.
  • Slash Line – Has a triple-slash (AVG-OBP-SLG) of .321/.387/.458…10th-highest combined slash line in the AL.
  • 30 Doubles, 10 Home Runs – Has recorded at least 30 doubles and 10 home runs in each of his first 10 Major League seasons (2005-2014)…joins Albert Pujols as the only players to accomplish this in MLB history.
  • As Cano Goes, Mariners Go – Batting .349 (101×289) in Mariners wins (played in 77 of 79 wins).
  • Clutch Hitting - Lead the Mariners and 10th in AL. batting .327 (34×104) with runners in scoring position.
  • Homers that Matter – 9 of 12 home runs this season have been hit with runners on base.
  • Gold Glove - Recorded a .992 fielding percentage this season, making only 5 errors in 629 total chances.
  • All-Star – Started 5th consecutive All-Star game at second base (6th All-Star game)…joined Hall of Famers Rod Carew (6 straight, 1970-75) & Roberto Alomar (5 straight, 1996-2000) as only second basemen in AL history with 5 straight fan elections.

 

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KYLE SEAGER | Silver Slugger, Gold Glove

  • The Totals – Appeared in 142 of 145 Mariners games…batting .275 (145×527) with 27 doubles, 23 home runs and 88 RBI.
  • AL Rankings – Among American League leaders ranks 12th in RBI (88), 13th in slugging percentage (.472), 14th in OPS (.817), T14th in home runs (23) and T15th in extra-base hits (54).
  • Clutch Hitting – Leads the team and T7th in the AL. with 32 2-out RBI…batting .303 (40×132) with RISP.
  • 20 Homers (again) - Recorded his third consecutive season with 20 or more home runs (20 in ’12, 22 in ’13, 23 in ’14)…one of 14 third baseman in MLB history with at least 3 seasons with 20+ HR in first 4 MLB seasons.
  • Team Leader – Leads the team in games played (142), home runs (23), RBI (88) extra-base hits (54) and slugging (.472).
  • Safeco Production – Hit 16 of 23 home runs at Safeco Field… ranks T3rd in AL in HR at home and 2nd in RBI (53).
  • The Hot Corner – Among AL third basemen, ranks 2nd in home runs, RBI and OPS.
  • HR Data - Of his 23 home runs, 6 have given the Mariners the lead and 4 were game-tying…T4th in AL with 10 home runs in the 7th inning or later.
  • Web Gems – Ranks 2nd among AL third baseman with 8 defensive runs saved (Donaldson – 21)…leads AL 3B in fielding percentage (.979), making only 8 errors in 385 total chances (4 errors in last 124 games).
  • All-Star – Selected to his first All-Star team…became first Mariners third baseman to be named to the All-Star team since Edgar Martinez in 1992.
  • WAR – Ranks 8th in the American League with a 5.5 WAR, 5th among position players…2nd-highest WAR in MLB amongst 3B.
  • Slow Start, Strong Finish - After a slow start in his first 19 games (.156/10×64, 0 HR), has combined to bat .292 (135×463) with 23 home runs, 23 doubles, 4 triples and 86 RBI (.861 OPS) since April 23…during this stretch has the 5th-most RBI and 9th-most extra-base hits (50) in the American League.

 

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FERNANDO RODNEY | Delivery Man of the Year

  • Saves Leader – Leads the American League with 44 saves (44-for-47, .936).
  • Mariners Saves - Currently 2nd in Mariners history in single-season saves, one shy of Kazuhiro Sasaki’s club-record 45 saves during the record-setting 116-win 2001 season.
  • K/9.0 IP – Averaging 9.85 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (66 K, 60.1 IP)…recorded at least one strikeout in 47 of 63 appearances.
  • All-Star – Named an All-Star for the second time in his career (also: 2012).
  • Saves since 2012 - Recorded 129 saves over the last three seasons (since 2012), trailing only Craig Kimbrel (135).

 

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CHRIS YOUNG | Comeback Player of the Year

  • The Numbers – 12-7, 3.35 ERA in 28 G/27 starts this season.
  • Back in the Big Leagues - Prior to this season last saw action in the Majors in 2012 with the Mets…pitched 235.0 combined innings from 2009-2012 with the Padres and Mets.
  • Opponent Batting Average - Ranks 4th in the American League with a .228 opponent batting average (131×575).
  • 2 Hits Allowed - Tied for the MLB lead with 4 starts where he allowed 2 or fewer hits in at least 6.0 innings pitched.
  • Career-High Wins – Has tied his career high with 12 wins (also: 2005 with Texas).
  • Lots of Innings - 156.0 innings and 28 starts are the most since his All-Star season in 2007 with San Diego.
  • The Injuries – Missed most of the 2013 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder (thoracic outlet decompression)…made just 8 starts between 2010-11 seasons after undergoing right shoulder surgery.
  • 495 DL Days – Spent 495 days on the Major League Disabled list from 2009-2012…also spent 112 days on the minor league disabled list in 2013.

 

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LLOYD MCCLENDON | Manager of the Year

  • The Turnaround – Has led the Mariners to a 79-66 (.545) record in his first year as the Mariners manager, already an 8-win improvement from the 2013 season (71-91).
  • Working his Magic – Has the Mariners in playoff contention with 17 games remaining in the season…looking for a return to the postseason for the first time since 2001.
  • Playing the Tough Guys Tough – Mariners are 38-25 record (.603) vs. teams with a .500 or better record.
  • Road Warriors - The team with the most travel miles in baseball (nearly 52,000 miles) has the best road record in the American League, 2nd-best in baseball (42-28/.600).
  • Balancing Act - Mixed and matched players using 128 different batting orders in 145 games this season.
  • Starts with the Pitching - Despite losing two top starting pitching prospects early in the season, has guided the top pitching staff in the Majors with a team ERA of 3.00.
  • Using the ‘Pen - The Mariners have tied a Major League record and set an American League record with 7 relief pitchers with 50 or more appearances…bullpen has the lowest ERA in the Majors at 2.41, currently the since the 1990 Oakland A’s (2.35).
  • Back in Action - Managing in the Majors for the first time since 2005 with Pittsburgh.

2014 MLB Postseason Schedule

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Today, MLB announced the 2014 postseason schedule. Here is the release with a detailed schedule that was sent out today.

 

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Visits Safeco Field Today

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will visit Safeco Field today.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will visit Safeco Field today.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will be in Seattle today, likely one of his last visits to the Emerald City as the head of Major League Baseball. Allan H. Selig was named the ninth Commissioner of Baseball on July 9, 1998. Selig will visit with members of the Mariners front office, chat with manager Lloyd McClendon and meet with the Seattle media this afternoon. He will also join the Mariners radio and TV broadcasts during the early innings of tonight’s 7:10 pm game vs. the Houston Astros.

Commissioner Selig has been a great ambassador for baseball during his tenure, that started as the lead figure of MLB in September 1992. He has announced he will be retiring in January 2015. Rob Manfred, the current Chief Operating Officer of MLB, will succeed Selig as the next commissioner.

Here is a bio outlining the contributions Mr. Selig has made to Major League Baseball during his career. We’ll follow up with some additional information on Selig’s visit to Seattle this afternoon.

#TheArrowHasLanded – Find the Arrow and Win

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Fernando’s arrows are taking flight. Follow the Mariners on Twitter after every Rodney save for clues to figure out where each one landed. The fan that finds the arrow will win four tickets to an upcoming home game and an on-field photo before the game. Here’s a roundup of previous scavenger hunts:

Save #39

Save #40

Save #41

Save #42

Save #43

The Mariners kicked off the homestand with an exciting 4-1 win over the Astros. Fernando picked up his 44th save of the season in the process.

So, where’d the arrow land? The search is on.

WINNER!

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Homestand Events – Astros & Athletics

The Mariners have just 9 remaining home games, and kick off a 6-game homestand tonight vs. the Houston Astros. Here is a look at some of the exciting promotions and events for the games vs. the Astros and A’s:

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#TheArrowHasLanded – Scavenger Hunt

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Fernando’s arrows are taking flight. Follow the Mariners on Twitter after every Rodney save for clues to figure out where each one landed. The fan that finds the arrow will win four tickets to an upcoming home game and an on-field photo before the game.

The Mariners extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-2 win over the Rangers after a 3+ hour rain delay last night. Rodney pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 43rd save of the season, tied for the MLB lead.

But what about that arrow? The search is on!

ARROW FOUND!

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#TheArrowHasLanded – First clue at 10 a.m.

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Fernando’s arrows are taking flight. Follow the Mariners on Twitter after every Rodney save for clues to figure out where each one landed. The fan that finds each arrow will win four tickets to an upcoming home game and an on-field photo before the game.

Check out details from previous scavenger hunts:

Save #39

Save #40

Save #41

Fernando shot off an arrow after securing a 7-5 win for the Mariners vs. the Rangers in Arlington. This was his 42nd save of the season, tying him for the MLB lead. But where did the arrow land?

WE HAVE A WINNER!

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#TheArrowHasLanded – Can you find it?

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Fernando’s arrows are taking flight. Follow the Mariners on Twitter (or check this blog post for updates) after each Rodney save for clues to figure out where it lands. The fan that finds each arrow will win four tickets to an upcoming home game, plus an on-field photo opportunity. To see how the scavenger hunt works, check out our blog posts from save #39 and save #40.

Fernando fired off another arrow after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure today’s 2-1 win over the Athletics.

And now we wait to see where it lands. Check back at 4:15 p.m. for your first clue. Good luck!

[4:15 UPDATE: It's go time!]

WE HAVE OUR WINNER!

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