Mariners unveil new Sunday alternate uniform and modifications to current set

The Seattle Mariners have unveiled a new Sunday alternate uniform. The team already have two alternate sets (navy, teal) along with their home whites and road grays.

I initially thought they would go the throwback route but instead they gave us a mixture of their current set with their inaugural colors. The uniform is cream white and there are no player names on the back.

The cap is the same current logo but also recolored. The team also have striped stirrups which I think is a really nice touch. Here are some up close photos from their unveiling today.

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I want to go to the MLB All-Star Game in 2016

When the Giants hosted the All-Star Game in 2007, I was living in New York at the time. I missed out on it. I love the All-Star Game and I would have attended that one. But that chance was gone. Now it’s announced that the All-Star Game is back on the West Coast and I actually am close enough to attend.

Living in Southern California has some perks and one is that I am only a two-hour drive away from San Diego. I could very easily go to San Diego and catch the home run derby and the All-Star Game.

Petco is a great ballpark. I have been to about 10 MLB parks in my lifetime and Petco Park is my second favorite (behind The Jake). It’s in a beautiful city, great view. The atmosphere is relaxing and there doesn’t seem to be a bad seat in the house. It’s a perfect stadium for baseball.

This is still a long time ahead from now and who knows if I would still be in SoCal. But if it’s possible, I’m going to the All-Star Game.

My only gripe with the Baseball Hall of Fame selection today

I wanted five to get in but it was only four. That’s fine. These four are deserving and I will be very excited to see them get in. However, I have one major problem with the results. It’s not even that Mike Piazza did not get in and it wasn’t because several other players I believed deserved entry will not get in.

The voting results is what got to me.

  • Randy Johnson: 97.3 percent
  • Pedro Martinez: 91.1 percent
  • John Smoltz: 82.9 percent
  • Craig Biggio: 82.7 percent
  • Mike Piazza: 69.9 percent
  • Jeff Bagwell: 55.7 percent
  • Tim Raines: 55.0 percent
  • Curt Schilling: 39.2 percent
  • Roger Clemens: 37.5 percent
  • Barry Bonds: 36.8 percent

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My ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction class

With the announcement of the Hall of Fame class coming later today, I am excited to see who will get selected. There could be five that go in, which would be the most since the first ever class in 1936. And I am trying to see if I can get some time off to go to the Hall of Fame this year. Cooperstown is a great place for a baseball nut like me.

But with every Hall of Fame year, we have to start thinking about who is close to getting in and who will be left off.

So to begin, I am giving you my locks for this year and the five I think that will be selected for enshrinement.

Pedro Martinez – Greatest pitcher of our generation and possibly of all time. He pitched in the steroid era and dominated. Plus, he had the greatest relief appearance in postseason history. Enough said.

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Samuel Lam’s 2014 Best and Worst Dressed in sports: MLB edition

Camouflage is not necessary. Please stop. The Padres are the only team that should have it in a uniform rotation.

As we approach the end of 2014 and after much deliberation, I’ve decided to do my annual uniform in review post. Today I will only show you the MLB list since it was the heaviest one and tomorrow I will give you my NBA, NFL and NHL review. I was close to not doing this again this year because I didn’t think I had the time for it. Baseball gave us a lot this year and I know I didn’t name all of the changes from this past season. But I found some changes that really stood out to me.

This is a list of strictly my opinion, so feel free to agree or disagree or just take it for what it is.

To qualify for this list, the uniform element must be a new set that debuted and was used for in-game action in 2014. That’s pretty much it. Let’s go take a look at the list for Major League Baseball.

THE REST OF THE BEST AND WORST OF 2014, CLICK HERE

** I hope I didn’t miss anything important.

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Why I am OK with the Josh Donaldson trade to the Blue Jays

Entering this offseason, I expected the A’s to make moves. After all, they went all in in 2014 and didn’t win. As a result, the team was gutted and needed to reinvent themselves. I don’t think the talent pool is so bad that they have to rebuild. But instead, they had to make some changes to make it work in a year or two.

Nobody is sacred with Billy Beane as the general manager and I know that. Trading players away to gather talent for the future is what the A’s have always been about. And it’s not surprising that a trade like this could happen. I am an A’s fan. I know this. I’ve been through it. I don’t get emotional about it.

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Why did Pablo Sandoval go to the Red Sox?

Pablo Sandoval had made it known he wanted to stay with the Giants. The team reportedly offered him a five-year deal worth around $95 million. The Red Sox reportedly offered him the same length for $100 million. Is the extra $5 million the deciding factor? I don’t think so.

Both teams are great situations. With the Giants, he gets to stay with a team he knows in a city he knows. He is already a hero and there is a comfort there. But Boston offers more exposure, more power in the bats and a potentially exciting new career direction.

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