Larry Stone gives an inside look at the national baseball scene every Sunday. Look for his weekly power rankings during the season.
UW coach Chris Petersen greets fans at Husky Stadium on Saturday before the annual spring game.
The most interesting transformation, and the hardest to yet evaluate, involves more esoteric realms. “They really want us to be a family,’’ sophomore tight end Darrell Daniels said.
The new replay system is off to a rough start with delays and the wrong calls still standing, in some cases. But in the end it’s the right thing for baseball.
Almonte is a whirlwind who combines power and speed.
Hart was the one who brought the sellout crowd at Safeco Field to its feet in the third inning, and provided the first goose-bump moment of the 2014 home season.
The Mariners showed some encouraging signs entering Tuesday’s home opener, but a 162-game season will sort out what’s real and what’s a cruel mirage.
Pete Carroll’s three-year contract keeps him in perfect lockstep with GM John Schneider through 2016. Seahawks are “right in the middle of something special here,” Carroll says.
Washington baseball moved into a new ballpark this season, and the sparkling new digs helped the Huskies become the latest Northwest team to jump to national prominence.
Yes, we’re playing Small Sample Size Theater. But more than the eye-popping numbers – Smoak is on pace for 81 homers, 162 doubles and 486 runs batted in, har har – are the more subtle signs of progress.
The Cano era began Monday with a routine ground out to shortstop — let the record show that he ran it out, hard — but there is an air of expectation each time he steps to the plate.
To be a Mariner fan is to have the hope beaten out of you. The optimism seems to diminish with each succeeding season until a certain defeatist attitude has taken hold, the nagging certitude that somehow, eventually, it will all fall apart. Today, however, is the day to believe.
The Mariners still have plenty of holes but there’s no denying this: After signing Robinson Cano to a $240 million contract, they have two of the best players in baseball, Cano and pitcher Felix Hernandez.