Good morning ... this might be a shorter post than usual. We have our winter meeting for the Northwest chapter of the BBWAA at noon and the Cliff Lee presser to follow. I'm going to try and post something in between.
So let's get to it.
Here's my story from yesterday's paper ...
With Hernandez’s pending free agency two years away but still looming over the Mariners like Northwest storm clouds, Zduriencik did something that seemed unlikely at times and implausible at others: signing Hernandez to a multiyear contract extension that will keep him in Seattle for the next five years.
Never miss a local story.
also filedthis column
True, all true. There are circumstances, beyond anybody’s control, that once conspired to seal Seattle’s reputation as a second-tier baseball market.
But when one of the most talented young pitchers in the world insists he’s never given a thought to taking the mound on behalf of any team but the Mariners, it’s probably time to acknowledge that Seattle is developing another reputation: A baseball paradise.Art Thiel of the PI also had this column.
For more than a generation, Mariners fans watched, lower lips dragging, as quality players came and almost always went before or during their primes. It is as much a part of the club tradition as Kingdome heat-lamp hot dogs.Larry Stone
of the Times also had acolumn
, saying the Mariners shouldn't be done adding to this year's team.
The Mariners' ownership has shown in recent years an admirable willingness to spend on payroll, an open-wallet policy undermined by a series of unwise purchases.
His Times co-hort,Geoff Baker
, filedthis story
Gregg Bell of the AP has this story, that talks about Felix's growing maturity and the reasons why.
"It's the maturity, man. I had my kids and it made me grow up," the 23-year-old ace said Thursday after finalizing his first big contract.Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald
talked with pitching coachRick Adair
Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN files this blog post, saying that there might not be as much money available as some have speculated. She also has audio links to her one on one interviews with Jack Zduriencik and Felix Hernandez
Lookout Landing remembers Felix Hernandez's five most memorable starts.
Jon Shields at Proball NW checks in with his thoughts after the Felix presser.
Over at Yahoo's Big League Stew, there's an interesting debate about how far the Mariners can go in the postseason.
Jack Zduriencik was on with Mitch in the Morning today for an interview.
Ryan Rowland-Smith checks in with Elise at Night on Wednesday night, always a must listen when RRS is talking.
Jason Puckett of KJR grabbed Felix for a one on one interview.