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The mid-’70s Portland Mavericks team photo, featured in the Netflix documentary, “The Battered Bastards of Baseball.”
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Saturday, July 26
Meet the nuttiest baseball team the Northwest has ever seen

A compelling new documentary from Netflix, “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” tells the story of the Portland Mavericks, who existed for a mere five seasons, 1973-77, but live on in legend and lore as the nuttiest baseball team in Northwest history.

Saturday, July 26

Pete Carroll is man on the spot for the Seahawks in title defense | Larry Stone

Being a defending Super Bowl champion doesn’t just mean that every team is gunning for you with maximum motivation. The biggest challenge is internal: Recapturing the hunger and drive. For that reason, coach Pete Carroll is the Seahawk most on the spot in 2014.

Monday, July 21

Mariners shouldn’t be timid in trading prospects | Larry Stone

Given their poor history of can’t-miss prospects, the Mariners should realize the position they are in: a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

Saturday, July 19

Defending Super Bowl title will not be easy for Seahawks | Larry Stone

On Friday, the Seahawks’ offseason of accolades and reverence comes to an official end when training camp opens. So hoist one last toast to Feb. 2, 2014, turn on the DVR for a final, loving look at the rout, and get ready for the harsh reality of title defense.

Thursday, July 17

Sounders atop list of Seattle teams poised to make noise | Larry Stone

Like the Seahawks and Mariners, the Sounders have a star power, team chemistry and a winning record. Could the MLS team finally create postseason magic for its rabid fans?

Monday, July 14

Brock and Salk reunited on 710 ESPN, go against KJR’s Mitch in the Morning | Larry Stone

Mike Salk left 710 ESPN in March 2013 to take a job in Boston. But he returned to Seattle to team up with his former on-air partner Brock Huard. Their show will air from 7 to 10 a.m., putting them up against KJR’s Mitch Levy.

Saturday, July 12

‘King Felix’ as loyal as his subjects over past 10 years

He pitches for a team that often struggles to win, yet the legend of Felix Hernandez has never been stronger. He remains loyal to Seattle, passing up chances for bigger paydays with winning teams.

Friday, July 11

Electricity is on again at Safeco Field | Larry Stone

Punto and Melvin were tossed from the game by home-plate umpire James Hoye as Safeco rumbled with the kind of mounting, kinetic roar that hadn’t been heard since, well, the good old days.

Wednesday, July 9

Lloyd McClendon: caring, passionate and funny | Larry Stone

McClendon has described himself as a man fully at peace with himself as he embraces his second crack at managing, nine years in the waiting. And as this Mariners season unfolds, far exceeding the success many of us predicted, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Mariners are a team in his

Saturday, July 5

Mariners find themselves in a rare position: Contention | Larry Stone

The debate has shifted from the one that usually exists at this time of year. Instead of “What’s wrong with the Mariners,” the burning topic, as the July 31 trade deadline nears, is this: “What can the Mariners do to get better?”

Thursday, July 3

Vinnie Catricala changes uniforms, and his direction in life | Larry Stone

Vinnie Catricala, the Mariners’ minor-league player of the year in 2011, quit baseball last year to pursue a career as a police officer.