Results tagged ‘ Seattle Mariners ’

Yoenis Cespedes Signs With Oakland

When I woke up Monday morning the rumor was still that the Miami Marlins were the front-running candidates to sign Cuban phenom, Yoenis Cespedes. That’s why it was a huge shock to me, and most of the baseball world, when it was announced that Cespedes had signed a 4-year, 36 million dollar deal, with the Oakland Athletics. As far as the move goes, I’m not sure what the logic is behind it, on both Billy Beane, and Yoenis Cespedes’s part. As far as Billy Beane goes, we all know this guy makes crazy moves, but in my opinion this move is crazy even for him. The Athletics traded away three of their best pitchers (Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez) during the offseason. Replacing them with a big bat will only go so far in helping your team. You need starting pitching, as well as a good offensive lineup to help your team win games.

The Athletics did pick up pitching prospect Jarrod Parker from the Diamondbacks, but to me they still need one more guy on the roster to help this team be even slightly more successful than they were last season. Manny Ramirez could be the addition they need, as rumor has it that Oakland is still looking to sign him. Although I feel Ramirez’s career in MLB has run it’s course I’m not going to pitch a fit if he ends up signing with the Athletics; or any team for that matter. I think it’d be interesting to see whether or not he still has the ability to help a team win, or do just the opposite.

Moving on, let me take a minute to tell you how I feel the Yoenis Cepedes signing will effect the team. First of all, I’d like to point out (in case you’ve forgotten) that the Athletics finished next to last this past season, just beating out the Mariners. I feel that the Mariners will flip flop spots with the Athletics this year. Reason being, the Mariners have several young guys that I feel will come through big for them this season. The main guy to watch being Jesus Montero, who was traded by the Yankees. If Montero can put up big numbers in Seattle I can see the Mariners doing well this season. As far as the Athletics go, I just don’t see enough talent there to give them a chance at coming in any higher than last place in the AL West division. But Oakland, if you’re reading this (haha), prove me wrong.

If you’ve got a minute (or 20) take the time to watch ‘The Showcase’ video of Yoenis Cespedes, if you haven’t already seen it. The guy’s in freakishly good shape:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

Q and A With Shawn Kelley

Today’s Q and A is on Shawn Kelley. Relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners.

Though he’s only pitched in two games this season, he’s been effective in those 2.1 innings pitched. Giving up no hits.

Below’s Q and A is meant to inform you with what Shawn Kelley likes:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“Country.”

2.) Favorite song.

“Jason Aldean.”

3.) Favorite food.

“Steak.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

“Dexter.”

5.) Favorite movie.

“The Shawshank Redemption.”

6.) Favorite book.

“The DaVinci Code.”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“Fish [or] golf.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

“Fall.”

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“Golf, football and basketball. (Played all.)”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“Griffey.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Mizuno. (Contractually obligated.)”

12.) Favorite car.

“My Jeep Wrangler.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“History.”

14.) Favorite quote.

(1.) “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” (2.) “Your opinion of me is none of my business.”

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career thus far.

“Playing with Griffey.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Shawn Kelley of the Seattle Mariners.

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Big thanks to Shawn Kelley for answering my questions.

You can follow Shawn Kelley on twitter: @shawnkelley23 

The next Q and A entry will be posted Wednesday, September 14, on Casey Kelly, of the Padres Organization.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge, Daniel Hudson, Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner, Jeremy Guthrie, Bryan Harper, Casper Wells, Bud Norris, David Huff, and Brandon McCarthy.

Q and A With Brandon McCarthy

Today’s Q and A is on Brandon McCarthy. Starting Pitcher for the Oakland Athletics.

While this is Brandon’s first year with the Athletics, it’s also the best season of his six season career. Brandon has struck out 106 batters so far this season. (A career best.)

Below’s Q and A is meant to inform you with what Brandon McCarthy’s likes:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“Hard Rock mostly.” 

2.) Favorite song.

“Figure .09 (By Linkin Park.)” 

3.) Favorite food.

“Don’t have one. Maybe pot pies.” 

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

“Arrested Development, 30 Rock, [and] It’s always sunny in Philly.” 

5.) Favorite movie.

“Good Will Hunting.” 

6.) Favorite book.

“Lonesome Dove.” 

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“Read [or] watch soccer.” 

8.) Favorite time of year.

“Fall, maybe? Don’t really know.” 

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“Soccer.” 

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“Frank Thomas.” 

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Under Armour. (And not just cause they pay me.)” 

12.) Favorite car.

“Don’t know to be honest.” 

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“History maybe? Not sure.” 

14.) Favorite quote.

“Worse things have happened to better people.” 

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career thus far.

“Being a part of a WS winning team.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Brandon McCarthy of the Oakland Athletics.

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Big thanks to Brandon McCarthy for answering my questions.

You can follow Brandon McCarthy on twitter: @BMcCarthy32

The next Q and A entry will be posted Saturday, September 10, on Shawn Kelley, of the Seattle Mariners.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge, Daniel Hudson, Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner, Jeremy Guthrie, Bryan Harper, Casper Wells, Bud Norris, and David Huff.

Q and A With Casper Wells

Today’s Q and A is on Casper Wells. Outfielder for the Seattle Mariners.

Though he hasn’t been playing for the Mariners for a long time, Casper has had quick success. He’s hit 10 home runs as wells as collected 26 RBI’s.

Below’s Q and A is meant to inform you of Casper Well’s interests:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“My life revolves around rap and chill music.”

2.) Favorite song.

“Too many favorites.”

3.) Favorite food.

“Sushi.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

“Entourage.”

5.) Favorite movie.

“Ace Ventura Pet Detective.”

6.) Favorite book.

“Bible.”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“Go on a boat.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

“Fall.”

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“Football.”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“Ken Griffey Jr.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Cole Haan.”

12.) Favorite car.

“Porsche Cayenne.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“Math.”

14.) Favorite quote.

“You only live once.”

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career thus far.

“Now.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Casper Wells of the Seattle Mariners.

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Big thanks to Casper Wells for answering my questions.

You can follow Casper Wells on twitter: @UpstateBaller

The next Q and A entry will be posted Sunday, September 4, on Bud Norris, of the Houston Astros.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge, Daniel Hudson, Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner, Jeremy Guthrie, and Bryan Harper.

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