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11th Inning Podcast Episode 10: Mariners Game Show

Thank you all for listening to our ridiculous and informative game show.

This is the brainchild of my offseason restlessness and my love for a franchise that has been dreadful for far too many seasons. But that makes the show more fun, both as a reminder that the 2017 season has the potential to exorcise demons and as a reminder that Jeremy freakin’ Reed was at the center of two of the biggest trades in Mariners history. With Jeremy Reed in mind, here are the Game Show questions and potential point totals for each answers. REED it and weep.

KING FELIX CATEGORY

  1. Which pitcher did Felix hit a grand slam off of on June 23, 2008? (24 seconds) (5 points)

Answer: Johan Santana (5 points)

  1. This will be the 11th straight Opening Day start for Felix Hernandez. Who was the last Mariners Opening Day Starter before Felix took the reins? (24 seconds)

Answer: Jamie Moyer, 2006 (10 points)

  1. Who was catching for Felix Hernandez during his perfect game on August 15, 2012? (24 seconds)

Answer: John Jaso (10 points)

  1. What is Felix’s middle name? (24 seconds)

Answer: Abraham (10 points)

  1. Felix won the Cy Young Award in 2010. He has finished second in the Cy Young voting twice, in 2009 and 2014. Who are the two guys he lost to in those years? (24 seconds)

Answers: Zack Greinke (2009) and Corey Kluber (2014) (5 points each)

  1. Felix Hernandez threw a 1-hit shutout at Fenway Park on April 11, 2007 against a very hyped starting pitcher. Who was this hyped Red Sox counterpart that day? (24 seconds)

Answer: Daisuke Matsuzaka (10 points)

LEADERS CATEGORY

HR leaders 2007-2016 (24 seconds each)

2016: Nelson Cruz (43) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2015: Nelson Cruz (44) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2014: Kyle Seager (25) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2013: Raul Ibañez (29) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2012: Kyle Seager (20) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2011: Miguel Olivo (19) 10 points by year, -5 points by name

2010: Russell Branyan (15) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2009: Russell Branyan (31) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2008: Adrian Beltre (25) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2007: Adrian Beltre (26) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2007-16 Saves leaders 2007-2016 (24 seconds each)

2016: Steve Cishek (25) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2015: Fernando Rodney (16) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2014: Fernando Rodney (48) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2013: Tom Wilhelmsen (24) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2012: Tom Wilhelmsen (29) 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2011: Brandon League (37) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2010: David Aardsma (31) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2009: David Aardsma (38) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2008: JJ Putz (15) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2007: JJ Putz (40) 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2007-16 steals leaders (24 seconds each) *This category has less points for the older seasons, unlike the rest of these category questions.

2016: Leonys Martín (24) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2015: Austin Jackson (15) — 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2014: James Jones (27) — 10 points by year, 1 points by name

2013: Michael Saunders (13) — 10 points by year, 5 points by name

2012: Michael Saunders (21) — 10 points by year, 5 points by name

2011: Ichiro (40) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2010: Ichiro (42) 5 points and Chone Figgins (42) -7 points by name

2009: Ichiro (26) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2008: Ichiro (43) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2007: Ichiro (37) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2007-2016 fWAR leaders (second place to Felix for six of these seasons) (24 seconds each)

2016: Robinson Cano (6.0) – 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2015: Nelson Cruz (4.8) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2014: Felix Hernandez (6.1), Kyle Seager (5.4) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2013: Felix Hernandez (5.7), Kyle Seager (4.0) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2012: Felix Hernandez (6.1), Kyle Seager (3.6) — 5 points by year, 1 point by name

2011: Felix Hernandez (4.8), Michael Pineda (3.2) — 10 points by year, 5 points by name

2010: Felix Hernandez (5.9), Ichiro (4.7) — 10 points by year, 1 point by name

2009: Felix Hernandez (6.2), Franklin Gutierrez (6.0) — 10 points by year, 5 points by name

2008: Ichiro (4.2) — 9 points by year, 1 point by name

2007: Ichiro (6.1) — 10 points by year, 1 point by name

VIDEO GAME CATEGORY

  1. Who was the leadoff hitter for the Mariners on Ken Griffey, JR. baseball for N64? (24 seconds)

Answer: Joey Cora (5 points)

  1. Name 3 of the first 5 pitchers listed in the Mariners bullpen on Ken Griffey, JR. baseball (24 seconds)

Answers:

Bobby Ayala (7.29 ERA, 63 ERA+, in 62 games)

Tony Fossas (8.74 ERA, 55 ERA+, in 23 games)

Paul Spoljaric (6.48 ERA, 71 ERA+, in 53 games)

Mike Timlin (2.95 ERA, 155 ERA+, in 70 games)

Heathcliff Slocumb (5.32 ERA, 86 ERA+, 57 games)

(15 points for 3 guys, 20 points for 4 guys, 25 points for 5 guys)

  1. Which esteemed Mariners Minor League manager was on the bench for the Mariners in Ken Griffey Baseball for N64? (24 seconds)

Answer: Pat Listach (10 points)

  1. Who was the Mariners starting shortstop on MVP Baseball 2005? (20 seconds)

Answer: Pokey Reese (10 points)

  1. Randy Winn is the starting left fielder for the Mariners in MVP Baseball 2005. Who did the Mariners trade IRL to acquire Randy Winn?

Answer: Lou Piniella. Winn was compensation for Lou managing the Rays. (15 points)

  1. There was a made-up AAA player in the Mariners system in MVP Baseball 2005 who wasn’t rated too highly but had a ton of hot spots in his hitting zone. What was his name? (24 seconds)

Answer: Ryan Riley (20 points)

RAP LINES CATEGORY

1.”One for the money, yes sir, two for the show. A couple of years ago on Headland and Delow” Elevators (Me & You) — Outkast

Name the two pitchers acquired from Atlanta in the Alex Jackson trade this offseason. (24 seconds)

Answer: Max Povse, Rob Whalen. (5 points each)

2.”Like the Energizer Bunny

With a battery pack

Boy that chopper keep drumming

Like brrrat-at-at-tat

Or Brrrump-bum-bum-bum

And I’m so young

But I’m a Giant like Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum” Back on my Grizzy — Lil Wayne

Who is the youngest player on the Mariners current depth chart? (24 seconds)

Answer: Edwin Diaz, 10 points

3.”Got a pocket full of money. Kinda hard to keep my pants up” Watch Out — 2 Chainz

In 2005, this player signed the richest free agent contract in Mariners history (24 seconds)

Answer: Adrian Beltre, 10 points

4.”No one man should have all that power. The clock’s ticking I just count the hours. Stop trippin I’m trippin off the power.”  Power — Kanye west

Rank these players by career home runs in a Mariner uniform:

Bucky Jacobsen: 9 (all in 2004)

Scott Spiezio: 11 (10 in 2004, 1 in 2005)

Jose Vidro: 13 (6 in 2007, 7 in 2008)

Dae-Ho Lee: 14 (all in 2016)

Scoring: 20 points for all four in order, 10 points for two guys in the correct spots, 1 point for one guy in the correct spot

  1. “You runnin your mouth, but don’t really know what you’re talking about. You should retire, get that complimentary watch, be out!” Talib Kweli on Hater Players (Black Star album)

Jeremy Reed was involved in two important trades in Mariners history.

Who are the two players traded away to acquire Jeremy Reed in 2005?

Answer: Freddy Garcia, 5 points and Ben Davis, 10 points

Name two players that were traded in tandem with Jeremy Reed in 2005 and the three in tandem with Reed in 2008

Answers: Two in 2005 are Miguel Olivo and Mike Morse. The three in 2008 are JJ Putz, Sean Green and Luis Valbuena. (10 points each)

Name at least one of the six players the Mariners acquired in the 2008 trade

Answers include: Franklin Gutierrez, Jason Vargas, Mike Carp, Endy Chavez, Ezequiel Carrera, Maikel Cleto. 5 points for Guti, 10 points for Vargas, Carp, Endy, or Carrera, 20 points for Cleto

6.”All of this is the obvious, I was just linin up. Huh! And now they wanna bring the 90’s back. That’s ok cause that’s where they design me at” Speakers on Blast – Skyzoo

Safeco Field was designed in the 90s and its first game was July 15, 1999. Who hit the first home run in the new stadium during that game?

Answer: Russ Davis. (10 points)

Bonus Questions:

1.Who had the third best season by fWAR in 2011? (24 seconds)

Answer: Dustin Ackley (3.0) (5 points)

2.Who had the most steals in a single season from 2007-16?

Answer: Ichiro with 43. 10 points by year, 5 points by name

3.Who had the most saves in a single season from 2007-16? 2014 Rodney, 48 saves (Mariners record). (10 points by year, 5 points by name)

4.Did Kenji Johjima hit more or less home runs in his Mariners career than Nelson Cruz hit in either 2015 or 2016?

Bonus questions will be done at the end. Answers will be texted to Tyler.

How the Mariners Could Find the Next Cy Young Winner

The Mariners traded for Chris Heston last week. Last year he was injured for most of the season, but Heston threw a no hitter in 2015, which was cool for him and the San Francisco Giants (a franchise that needed more things to go their way, obviously). Now he will compete for a spot in the rotation with Ariel Miranda and other pitchers who will fall somewhere between pedestrian and intriguing as spring training begins.

With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that the Mariners are looking for another major league arm. Ivan Nova is probably the best arm on the free agent market (yikes), and although I expressed a desire for the M’s to (gulp) sign him this offseason in the first JDFC episode, an interesting report came out yesterday via twitter linking the M’s to the Reds and the Rays:

Morosi is generally a reliable source when it comes to these things. Discussions could mean absolutely nothing, but it’s the offseason! So why not irresponsibly speculate a little bit?

The Rays have an assortment of interesting guys, but for various reasons they do not interest me as much. Maybe that’s another blog post. The guy that jumps to my mind immediately is the Reds’ Anthony DeSclafani, and not just because I enjoyed his work on a couple of my fantasy teams last year. He still has four years of team control and he has had some success at the big league level, so the Mariners would have to give up a player or prospect with good value, or several riskier prospects with high upside. Bearing in mind that the Mariners farm system remains thin (especially as Jerry Dipoto continues to wheel and deal this offseason), this potential trade is certainly unlikely. Not to mention the fact that the Reds will most likely lose more games than they win in 2017 as well, so DeSclafani could be a guy on the next winning Reds team, so they may not be interested in moving him unless they get an offer they absolutely cannot refuse (Kyle Lewis or Tyler O’Neill maybe).

After all, DeSclafani could potentially win a Cy Young in the near future. Check out his stats from his age 26 season compared with another pitcher with good command and slightly below average strikeout rates (all stats come from Baseball Prospectus. For an explanation of Deserved Run Average, read this):

Pitcher A: 28 GS, 172 IP, 47% GB, 4.92 ERA, 4.14 DRA, 101 DRA-, 1.36 WHIP, 1.9 WARP

DeSclafani: 20 GS, 123.3 IP, 44% GB, 3.28 ERA, 4.22 DRA, 101.3 DRA-, 1.22 WHIP, 1.6 WARP

Pitcher A is Rick Porcello’s age 26 season in 2015. You may have heard that he just won the Cy Young Award in 2016. Both guys lean on a Sinker and a Fourseam fastball, while DeSclafani throws more sliders and Porcello mixes in more Curveballs and a Changeup. Clearly we need to be penciling DeSclafani in for the 2017 AL Cy Young if he is traded to the Mariners!

Jokes aside, DeSclafani is a pitcher that the Mariners should be interested in. He probably overachieved last year, but their window to win is now, and a guy like DeSclafani could help them maximize this window while also helping them for a few years down the road. There is potential for possible growth here at a very low salary, and Felix and Kuma are not getting any younger. A guy like DeSclafani would not be cheap to acquire, but as long as its not Kyle Lewis or Tyler O’Neill, the M’s making a deal for DeSclafani would make a lot of sense for 2017 and 2018-2020.

Plus, what if he really did win the Cy Young?

JDFC Podcast Episode 2

Tyler and Joseph pour out a last call for an old Mariners pal before diving into a discussion about the most important players on the roster for the upcoming season not named Felix, Cano, Cruz and Seager. Plus, how many Rougned Odor’s are there?

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Chris Hansen, NBA back in Seattle?!

When the Sonics left Seattle, the city lost a part of itself. The fact that the team has become one of the top teams in the NBA with two All-Stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? Well, quite honestly, it causes me and many people from Seattle to curse the names of David Stern and Howard Schultz with fury each and every day. Every single person who follows sports to some degree knows that the Mariners have never won a World Series and that the Seahawks got screwed by the refs in Super Bowl XL (Bill Leavy will forever be a Seattle pariah). As great as the Sounders are, an American city is defined by its sports titles in Pro football, baseball, and basketball.

Most of my blog posts will be on the subject of NCAA basketball and Baseball (Instead of writing my essay for my history class this afternoon, I spent four hours preparing for my Fantasy Baseball Draft. Feel free to judge me, I deserve it.), but this developing story about a potential NBA arena in Seattle has me procrastinating my homework tonight even more than i had anticipated.

According to the Seattle TimesMayor Mike McGinn will be having a press conference tomorrow at 2 p.m. to announce a proposal for an arena in Seattle. The major brains and financial backing for the proposal comes from a wealthy San Francisco businessman (hedge-fund manager) by the name of Chris Hansen. This story has been in the works for over a week now, but the possibility now does not seem like a pipe-dream. Mitch Levy of 950 KJR radio in Seattle has been reporting excellent information about the press conference all night if you want more details on the rumors of the proposal.

Seattle fans do need to temper their enthusiasm for the moment. After all, a team will need to be uprooted from its home just as the Sonics were almost four years ago. I would hate to see a city endure what Seattle had to go through, even if the team was coming to my hometown. Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley does a good job of justifying a move to Seattle for the Kings, but I still have that lingering feeling of hypocrisy.

But the article on Chris Hansen by the Seattle Times made me forget the hypocrisy. Sure, we should be sympathetic to Sacramento, but Hansen’s hometown pride and his longing for a Seattle championship speaks to the heart of all Seattle sports fans, and all I can think about is having an NBA team that I can once again call my own. The proposal, if the information in the Seattle Times is true, seems to outline a plan that the entire city could easily support. It is time to bring the NBA back to Seattle, and maybe we can forget about Durant, Westbrook and the Thunder. Bring the NBA back to Seattle, and the city can patch itself together again.