Your 2013 Cactus League Mariners currently lead the league with a 10-1 record, 24 home runs, and a 10-game winning streak. While winning spring ball games may be meaningless in the grand scheme of things, it sure feels a lot better than losing them.
A model student, Zunino absorbs all aspects of game — Tracy Ringolsby looks at the curiosity that propelled Mike Zunino’s career, from tee ball to the minor leagues, and the unique, challenging relationship he shares with his father and pro scout, Greg Zunino.
Cactus League Game 9, Dodgers at Mariners — Don’t be fooled by the title. This is really a story of the heartfelt legacy future sabermetricians will be able to hand down to their grandchildren one day.
Great numbers in spring don’t always translate (but sometimes they do) — Larry Stone examines the patterns of Cactus League performances over the past decade or so. Some, like Ichiro and Edgar, could carry their hot starts in Arizona to the considerably chillier Northwest terrain. Others, usually those who weren’t great to begin with, couldn’t.
Your Not Obligatory Mariners Spring Training Reminder — Jeff Sullivan is back to pull us down to earth again. Despite his optimistic, half-mocking game recap titles like “Mariners Beat Crap Out Of Idiot Rangers” and “Knock Knock. Who’s There? A Mariners Victory,” Jeff reminds us that this club is still mired in spring training baseball. This is the fun of spring training baseball. You just can’t get too carried away and expect 24 home runs in a week and a half to translate to a stunning regular season run.
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