High Heat Stats: Taking pitchers’ WAR to the next level

“When assessing a pitcher’s value, it’s important to consider the skill set he brings to the mound. Pitchers can be effective in a variety of ways, from striking out a high percentage of batters to limiting walks, controlling balls in play and stranding runners on base.”

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Ump Show Finale 2013

“We love to rag on umpires. They’re blind, their strike zones are simultaneously too wide and too narrow, and their ability to incorrectly interpret video replay is unparalleled.”

A Totally Serious Q&A with Mariners Blogger Ashley Varela

“I’ve always been a writer. Writing about my hobbies is a way for me to process and understand them. When I began West Coast Fan[girl], I’d watched about 20 San Francisco Giants games. A hundred days of writing and one World Series championship later, and I was hooked.”

Futures Game: Mariners History

“Before Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma take the mound this Tuesday in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Seattle Mariners will display two of their up-and-coming talents during Sunday’s annual precursor to the All-Star Game.”

USA Today Sports: Cabrera’s wRAA Proves Worth

“In 2012, Miguel Cabrera topped the charts in home runs, batting average and RBI. While this distinction earned him the American League Triple Crown, it doesn’t begin to cover the extent of his prowess at the plate.”

Talkin’ Bout the Bartender

“The Seattle Mariners have given us plenty of reasons to watch them lately, from the resurrection of Raul Ibañez’s slugging percentage to Brad Miller’s major league debut, resplendent with two doubles, two walks, and two stolen bases in his first three games.”

Walker’s Tuesday Task

“Last season, the Big Four broke hearts in the Southern League. The top-rated pitching prospects in the Seattle Mariners organization — Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Danny Hultzen, and Brandon Maurer — combined for a 2.03 earned run average, striking out 424 batters and quashing opposing power with just 23 home runs allowed in 83 appearances.”

M’s Going All Out for Zunino

“Last week, the Seattle Mariners fanbase was an over-anxious parent unwilling to send their child to kindergarten. ‘He’s not ready,’ many said, as catcher Mike Zunino packed his bags for Seattle. ‘He can’t handle playing with the big kids yet.'”

My Dad the Almost-Baseball Fan

“A good father listens to you prattle on about your hobbies, no matter how far removed they are from his own interests. My Little Pony? That’s cute, honey. Actual ponies? Great, you’re just not getting one for your birthday.”

This Day in Mariners History: June 12

“The beauty of memory is that you can afford to be selective. For instance, when I look back through the 32 preceding June 12ths in Mariners history, I am able to embrace the games that brought Mariners fans even a modicum of delight, completely disregarding the losses, the failed rallies, and the blowouts.”