New Seattle Mariners players; from left, infielder JP Crawford, outfielder Mallex Smith and pitcher Justus Sheffield meet the media during the annual pre-spring training media event, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Seattle. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)
New Seattle Mariners players; from left, infielder JP Crawford, outfielder Mallex Smith and pitcher Justus Sheffield meet the media during the annual pre-spring training media event, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Seattle. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP) Steve Ringman AP
New Seattle Mariners players; from left, infielder JP Crawford, outfielder Mallex Smith and pitcher Justus Sheffield meet the media during the annual pre-spring training media event, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Seattle. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP) Steve Ringman AP

TJ Cotterill is the Seattle Mariners and MLB writer for The News Tribune. He started covering MLB full-time in 2018, but before that covered Ken Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and spent seven years writing about high schools, including four as TNT’s prep sports coordinator. Born and raised in Washington.