Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi smiles and shows off his new jersey following a news conference after his signing with the team, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Seattle. Kikuchi is the latest Japanese star to decide on calling Seattle home in the majors. The Mariners hope their new left-handed pitcher can help in their rebuild process. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi smiles and shows off his new jersey following a news conference after his signing with the team, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Seattle. Kikuchi is the latest Japanese star to decide on calling Seattle home in the majors. The Mariners hope their new left-handed pitcher can help in their rebuild process. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Elaine Thompson AP
Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi smiles and shows off his new jersey following a news conference after his signing with the team, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Seattle. Kikuchi is the latest Japanese star to decide on calling Seattle home in the majors. The Mariners hope their new left-handed pitcher can help in their rebuild process. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Elaine Thompson 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.