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Mariners fire up huge new HD scoreboard
The Mariners huge new HD scoreboard, the biggest in Major League Baseball, puts on a dazzling show in its public debut
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  • soundersteve wrote...
    M's
    At least there will be something to watch while the M's are stinking up the place. biggest news all off season....... WE GOT A BIG TV!!!!!!! to bad they did not spend that on players. Go Sounders!
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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    good thing you pay attention to the team
    Otherwise you may have posted some misguided blabber on mynorthwest.com. phew!
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  • soundersteve wrote...
    Live Chicken
    Well tell me what part of that post is not true or are you chicken
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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    ok, I'll bite

    ...or peck.

    If we are stictly talking financially, the cost of the billboard is at or around 10 million total, or 17.1 million dollars less than the contract extension that will be payed to our franchise player over the next 5 years. We attempted to sign Josh Hamilton to a multi year deal but failed along with every other team in the league, save for one, who succeeded because they went a year extra than anyone else. We assume the remainder of Morse's contract from the Washington Nationals.

    As for trades, we traded an overrated backup catcher for a power hitter, and traded a pitcher for another power hitter, addressing a need that has been absent from the team for several years. When the time comes and if these players develop ,or continue to develop, we will have money available for contract extensions and new contracts for Ackley, Seager, Saunders, Montero, Maurer, Hultzen, Paxton, Walker, Franklin and Smoak, though I doubt all of those players are on the team when that time comes, as Jack Z has already made it know that he is willing to trade his prize prospects to acquire already proven talent.
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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    ....
    that's 17.1 million dollars less annually over the next 5 years.
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  • soundersteve wrote...
    Live Chicken
    Ok you got me there, just seems like this big screen all they talk about. thanks for the m's lesson. I did follow the M's at one point but you can only as maybe next year so many times.
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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    I get it
    Being a fan of a losing team is tough, and I am an apologist who thinks there is always better times on the horizon for the Ms. I admit it will be extremely disappointing if the pieces dont start to come together this season.
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  • soo purletiv wrote...
    @ The Live Chicken
    I appreciate your blind enthusiasm.

    And I think it is fair to say math is not your strong point. Even after your "correction".

    Keep trying though. You'll get it right sooner or later, even if by accident... ;-)

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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    soo purletiv
    Ah, dammit! And I almost got a math minor in college, too. Somewhere along the lines of squiggly lines and letter replacing numbers I lost sight of basic arithmetic!...17.1 less than the annual amount paid to felix over the next 5 years. Funny you mention blind enthusiasm, too. I am starting an Ms blog (my own hobby) and the first entry I am working on is about exactly that.
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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    and I messed it up again
    It would have helped if I had ascertained the actual average value of the contract. The point is that the number is much higher than 10mil. I fast googled because i could not remember, and the first number was 5/135.5mil.
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  • Lessmith50 wrote...
    soudersteve
    They did spend on players. They dumped Fort Knox on a pitcher that plays only once a week and has only won on average about 14 games a year. Yea that was worth at least 250 million instead of 175.

    Then they picked up all those blue light veteran specials at K-mart. Raul I love! He will be a huge asset in the clubhouse. He will hit too. I just hope Morse is off the juice and Morales i hope ankle holds out. Regardless none of them will be on the team next year. So how good were those signings/

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  • sfk360 wrote...
    Lewssmith
    Are you really using wins to determine that they shouldn't be spending on Felix? You clearly know nothing about this team.
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  • Ontos wrote...
    Panasonic HD video screen
    At least something to keep you awake, if you're gullible enough to "remain true to the blue", or whatever other nonsense they're peddling this year.
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  • dmanjam wrote...
    Sounders LOL
    They should call them the Floppers. What a messed up sport when acting is more important than athletics.
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  • soundersteve wrote...
    dmanjam
    WOW you really know your soccer, If thats what you get out of the game don't watch.
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  • MellowClay wrote...
    Dont Be Such a Downer, Soundersteve
    I like what the Mariners have done in the offseason. I am still a little disappointed the UPTON deal didn't go though. But overall their additions of Morales, Morse, and Bay (crossing fingers) were great additions to the young & ready ball club we have.
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  • Rangerhawk wrote...
    Safeco is an absolute cathedral for baseball
    I just hope with this new screen that players won't require "makeup" as part of pre-game. Go M's!
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  • soundersteve wrote...
    Owners
    Have the owners of the m's ever been to seattle? I read they have never been here is this true?
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  • soo purletiv wrote...
    @ soundersteve
    Yes and no.

    The team, as many are, is owned by a group of investors. Some live state side and have been to many Mariners games. The majority owner however is Hiroshi Yamauchi. He has not been to a mariner game. Not only does he not go to Mariners games in Seattle, when they were in Japan, just last year, where he resides he failed to go to the games played there.

    Instead, he chooses to be represented by a few non baseball bozos that he calls executives.

    BTW: I am also a soccer fan. And sometimes those 0-0 games are quite tense and as a result exciting. A well defended game and near goals are almost as exciting as the actual goal. But, soccer is an acquired taste. Don't let the ignorance toward the game irritate you.

    Oh, and also:

    Scarves up....

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  • Newton wrote...
    Don't tell me the tax payers paid for this.?
    Because some how this safeco field needed, ahhhh what? an up keep. To bring more fish into safeco field. Here fishy fishy fishy look big TV ohhh Good. Drink beer watch big TV ohhh Good. Big TV move fences in, Ohhh Good. Thats what baseball is all about "right" hitting a ball over a fence. Running around bases with no one forcing a player to to move faster. Ohh Good!.
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  • Ontos wrote...
    It won't matter...
    Still the worst team around. Remember when they "promised" to maintain a competitive team if only the public would buy them a stadium?
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  • Lessmith50 wrote...
    Ontos
    I have been beating that drum since the day those liars stood in front of the media and looked us all straight in the eyes and said "WE PROMISE IF YOU BUILD THIS STADIUM WE WILL HAVE THE RESOURCES TO FIELD A COMPETATIVE TEAM EVERY YEAR". How has that worked out?

    They are either big time liars, or they are totally inept at running a major league franchise. I believe they are both.

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  • CamraMaan wrote...
    Really?
    1) They have the resources to field a competitive team (they can afford $100+/yr when the team is winning and drawing a crowd). So that part of the equation is there. 2) Just because you have the money, it doesn't mean it will equate to wins. That's where a good GM can make a difference... unfortunately Bavasi was horrible, and handed Zduriencik a pile of crap both in the major league team/roster, as well as a depleted farm with no talent upside. 3) After only three years, GMZ had taken our farm from second worst to about 7th. And after last year, GMZ's 4th, our farm is ranked #2-4, depending on who you ask. Even after the closest top prospects leave the farm, we will have the growing talent to maintain a top 5 farm ranking in the majors. This is, and will maintain being, one of the top farm systems in the majors, even though we will be taking the top talent away from it in either promotions or trades. That's a reason to believe in this team, and a reason to believe they are not totally inept at running a franchise. Its amazing how shallow some of the M's fans really are, not knowing very much about how this franchise is being run, yet these same shallow fans are also some of the loudest. This team is moving up, and in a sustainable manner.
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  • SeahawkInKorea wrote...
    Mariners should...
    donate it to the Seahawks and maybe some of the 'hawks fans will go watch a baseball game.
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  • Dan1 wrote...
    We should finish better than the Astros
    At least I hope so. Not counting on much from Smoak, Guti or Ackley. Hoping for some thunder Morales and Morse, Bay too! I'll keep saying it, I wish we had someone at the helm other that Wedge though.
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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    Dan1

    Curious question: Why say that you are not counting on anything from Ackley, who is effectively entering his 2nd full season, but you are hoping for something from Bay, who is probably not slated to be an everyday player, and is an aging, injury prone veteran with 3 straight less than replacement level seasons under his belt? What would be a satisfactory level of production for Ackley, Guti, and Smoak?

    I'll say it: I'm counting on alot from Ackley. I don't want him to try and blossom into a 20 homerun hitter, but the kid did have double digit homers and double digit steals last season. His counting numbers weren't all that bad. I want people to count on him. I think he can score anywhere from 70 to 90 runs (depending on where he hits in the lineup), and it is reasonable to expect a line of .270, 80, 15, 50, 20 (runs, homeruns, rbis, steals) from him with an OBP over .300. Last year his numbers were 84, 12, 50, 13 with a significantly lower average. Bring his average and OBP up and he has all the makings of a good leadoff hitter.
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  • sfk360 wrote...
    Newton
    I'm glad that others are finally calling this idiot out. For a wile I wanted him to be banned but it is funny watching everyone poke holes in his "arguments" and him never responding.
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  • Forrest wrote...
    Soccer is a game
    for kids that can't hit a baseball.
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