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The Mariners host the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend at Safeco Field. The team is coming off a road trip that included a lot of drama.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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For the first time since he was drafted by the Mariners in 2005, former American League Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez has been demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Mariners manager Scott Servais made the announcement Thursday night.

Felix, who pitched a perfect game in 2012, is having the worst season of his career this year as the team is vying for the playoffs.  KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel spoke by phone early Friday morning with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners are at the end of a 20-year lease at Safeco Field. They’re asking for $180 million in public funding to help pay for upgrades and repairs at the stadium as part of a new, tentative lease agreement between the team and the King County Executive.

We hear what KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel thinks about that in his chat this week with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Major league baseball’s All-Star break is next week. That typically signals the halfway point of the season. The Mariners had four players selected to the All-Star Game, and they boast the fourth best record in all of baseball.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that has a lot to do with the offense living up to expectations and the starting pitching exceeding expectations.

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It’s quite a surprise for Mariners fans for the team to be close to first place in the American League West at this time of year. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what’s happened so far and what might be in store for the rest of the season.

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Mariners fans are seeing the debut of Dee Gordon at second base this weekend at Safeco Field. He’s moving from center field to his original position at second following Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension for use of a banned diuretic.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the fallout from the Cano bombshell.

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He’s due to pitch one more road game this weekend but the Mariners are planning to honor James Paxton Fri., May 18, at Safeco Field. This, after he pitched a no-hitter this week in Toronto. It was just the sixth no-hitter in Mariners' history.

We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners made a controversial move this week that has a lot of fans talking. In trimming their roster, they chose to keep Ichiro Suzuki over a younger, more productive player. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about why he thinks it happened and what it means for the season.

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UPDATED at 1:13 p.m. with details about Richard Sherman's release from the Seahawks.

Richard Sherman is now officially a free agent. The Seahawks released him Friday but said they would also be interested in re-signing him.

Sherman's release capped what had already been a busy week for sports in Seattle. Ichiro Suzuki returned to the Mariners and Michael Bennett was traded from the Seahawks to the Philadelphia Eagles. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the implications of those moves with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Spring training games get underway Friday for the Mariners in Arizona.

The team is hoping this will be the year they end the longest active postseason drought in American professional sports. But many fans are skeptical. We learn why from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. He talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Retired Mariners legend Edgar Martinez may have missed getting nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. But he has one more year left.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about why he thinks the man who played his entire career in Seattle will eventually make it into Cooperstown.

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Major League Baseball is now officially in the offseason with the end of the World Series between the Dodgers and Astros last week.

But KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says there’s still a lot to talk about regarding the series, the future of baseball and how the Mariners fit into it all. 

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The Mariners play their final series of the season this weekend against the Angels in California. The team has now gone 16 consecutive years without a playoff appearance - the longest drought in Major League Baseball history.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel breaks down what went wrong this season and what might go right for the team next year.

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The Mariners return from a rough road trip to host the Oakland Athletics in a weekend series at Safeco Field. And they have a new starting pitcher in the rotation.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s a move of desperation as the team moves farther away from a Wild Card playoff spot.

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The Mariners play the Yankees in New York this weekend. It’s the most important series of the season, according to KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. 

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The Mariners celebrated one of their most famous players this weekend: Edgar Martinez. The team retired Edgar’s No. 11 jersey in a pregame ceremony at Safeco Field Saturday night. And they unveiled a plaque with his number in center field – next to Ken Griffey Junior’s No. 24 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talks with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the Mariners, including a move that Art says would help the team get to the playoffs. But first, they discuss honoring Edgar.

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The Mariners start the second half of the season Friday night against the White Sox in Chicago. Their general manager admits the team underperformed in the first half. But the Mariners remain on the fringes of the Wild Card race.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the team’s biggest challenges.

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The Mariners are in Toronto this weekend for a series with the Blue Jays. The team has been doing well lately, despite temporarily losing almost all of its starting pitchers to injuries.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick he's not too worried about it.

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The Mariners are wrapping up a road trip this weekend with a three-game series in Cleveland. They’re also finishing a month that featured some pretty demoralizing losses.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel explains to 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick why he still has hope for the team this season.

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The Mariners play their home opener on Monday afternoon at Safeco Field. They started the season on the road with some new faces and some new injuries.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the team’s chances this season.

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Mariners spring training is now underway in Peoria, Arizona. There are some new players for fans to get to know. And there are questions about whether one veteran player will be able to deliver.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about what he expects this season.

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The Mariners plan to retire the No. 11 jersey of hitting legend Edgar Martinez. It will happen in a ceremony this summer. That’s also when the class of 2017 will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. When the inductees were announced last week, Edgar’s name was not on the list. But he got the most votes he’s ever received.

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The Mariners and their fans may be able to learn some lessons from the Chicago Cubs, who are celebrating their first World Series championship in 108 years.

Sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the Cubs’ big Game 7 win and how it applies to baseball in Seattle.

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The Mariners host the Houston Astros at Safeco Field this weekend as the pennant race heats up. The Mariners have won eight games in a row, including all of the games on their latest road trip.

Sports commentator Art Thiel says it's a very exciting time for the team and their fans.

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Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first player to be inducted as a Mariner into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Griffey had a huge impact on and off the field in Seattle.

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The Mariners dropped below .500 this week. They are now 36-37, after suffering their sixth loss in a row Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. This is happening after a very strong April and May.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains what’s going wrong, and why it’s not a surprise.

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The Mariners host the Twins this weekend at Safeco Field. After two big wins this week and a highly successful road trip, the team has one of the best records in Major League Baseball.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel talks about why the team and its fans are in some unfamiliar territory.

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The Mariners remain in first place in the American League West as they host the Angels this weekend at Safeco Field.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a lot of factors have come together this season to give even the most skeptical fans some hope.

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From “business first” to “baseball first” — that’s how many are describing the transition that will take place in the Mariners’ front office over the next few months, as current CEO Howard Lincoln retires and new CEO John Stanton takes over.

The big change, announced this week, is being welcomed by many fans, and by KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Nintendo of America is selling its majority stake in the Seattle Mariners. The current minority owners of the team will take over majority stake, led by wireless pioneer John Stanton. Stanton will also become the new chairman and CEO of the team, taking over from longtime CEO Howard Lincoln.

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