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Tsuyoshi Nishioka trying to become the next Ichiro

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Tsuyoshi NishiokaEverybody knows the legend that is Ichiro Suzuki. As a 27-year-old in 2001, he made his debut for the Seattle Mariners and proceeded to define what it meant to be a Japanese-born athlete being successful in MLB. His career accolades already suggest he’s Hall of Fame material and this past weekend he became the career leader in hits for the Mariners. The search to find the next great Japanese player is on, yet less than a dozen position players have cracked the big leagues.

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Chad Cordero working towards MLB return

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Injuries, MLB,

Chad CorderoA lot has been made of the Toronto Blue Jays’ closer situation this offseason, from losing Kevin Gregg, potential ninth-inning man Scott Downs and one-time 30-save guy Jeremy Accardo to reaching a deal with Toronto main-stay Jason Frasor to the acquisitions of Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel and Jon Rauch. That’s a lot of star power both leaving and entering Toronto’s bullpen. But what few have been talking about is another pick up in former Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero.

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King Felix Hernandez finally gets his win with AL Cy Young

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Felix HernandezIt seems like the baseball writers may finally be coming around. They selected Felix Hernandez as the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, and for the second year in a row, they’ve opted to overlook win-loss record and give the top pitcher’s award to a pitcher who truly deserves it. With a 13-12 record, Hernandez looks like one of the most average pitchers in the game, but when you look deeper, you’ll find that his record is a gross misrepresentation of what he did.

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Chone Figgins falls flat with Seattle Mariners

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Chone FigginsWhat the heck happened to Chone Figgins this year? After leaving the Angels last season and becoming one of the most sought after free agents and opted to sign with the then-hopeful Seattle Mariners, Figgins ended up playing second base for the worst team in baseball. After winning a World Series in 2002 and being an All-Star in 2009, things have really turned around for the 32-year-old Georgian. Now he’s mulling around a struggling team and playing some of the worst baseball in his career.

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Cliff Lee traded to the Texas Rangers

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Trades,

Cliff LeeCliff Lee should just stop unpacking. With yesterday’s trade to Texas, Lee will now pitch for his fourth team in the last two seasons. The Mariners are clearly waving the white flag, which is obvious by the fact that they traded Lee before the break and even more so because they traded their best pitcher to a team in their own division. When it’s all said and done, 2010 will only be a disappointing season for the Mariners and their fans.

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AL West besting the rest

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Josh HamiltonThere is no division is baseball quite as hot as the American League West is right now. While the three-and-a-half game margin between the first-place Texas Rangers and second-place LA Angels is the widest gap of any playoff race, the Rangers themselves are 8-2 in their last ten games, the Halos and last-place Mariners are 7-3. While the final team is only 5-5 over their last 10, the Athletics are riding a four-game win streak which is the longest current wining streak in the majors.

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Lee’s loss won’t impact a thing

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Cliff LeeThe Seattle Mariners’ fans are going to have to wait an extra few days before they can meet their newest star in Cliff Lee. In case you hadn’t heard, Lee has been suspended for the first five games on the upcoming season for an incident that occurred last Monday in a Spring Training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. An errant pitch from Lee soared above D’Backs catcher Chris Snyder’s head, and a bench-clearing scuffle followed before the dust settled.

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Angels land Pineiro for just $16 million

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, Front Office, MLB,

Joel PineiroThe Los Angeles Angels have landed a potential superstar. Reports that had Joel Pineiro going to the New York Mets or Los Angeles Dodgers were wrong, as Pineiro has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal to see him join the rotation with other stars Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir, Joe Saunders, and Ervin Santana. Does this mean that the Angels now have the best overall starting rotation in baseball? It just might.

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Lee was part of the trade, too

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, MLB, Trades,

Cliff LeeCliff Lee has been traded. Everybody knows it, but nobody is talking about it. Cliff Lee is arguably one of the 10 best pitchers in baseball, but was just a pawn in the Philadelphia Phillies’ attempts to secure Roy Halladay as a long-term piece of the pie. In 2008, Lee finished ahead of Halladay in voting and won the Cy Young Award, largely because the voters weren’t paying attention, but since then, Halladay has shown that he is in fact the “one” to Lee’s “one-A”.

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Griffey to return to Seattle in 2010

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Ken Griffey Jr.Ken Griffy Jr. and the Seattle Mariners reached another deal together on Wednesday, as the M’s signed Griffey to a one-year contract, likely similar to the $2 million base with $3 million incentive-laden deal he inked a year ago. Griffey is a legendary power hitter in Seattle, and spent the majority of his 2009 season in a DH role for the club. The beloved Pennsylvania-born slugger was invited to return by fans during the Mariners’ final homestand, with sentiments echoed by the club with a contract offer. While his playing time in 2010 remains to be determined, Griffey’s presence alone will be enough to ignite a rising Mariners franchise.

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