Talking Mariners Podcast: Diving deep into exciting final push of 90-win season
We were going to get here eventually, but I’m not going to lie: today I was hoping to be at Tropicana Field enjoying a pre-ALDS workout day and not in a studio with Boy Howdy laying down the first podcast after the end of the Mariners season.
Might as well make the best of it as the Mariners not-so-offseason is officially underway.
We are still awaiting the logs for the Hot Stove, but the baseball talk? There’s plenty. So much so that James Osborn (Boy Howdy’s real name) and I have planned a three-part season wrap which begins with 55 minutes of a close look at the final weeks of the Mariners season. Not the numbers, not the outlook, but the “what it was like,” the “how it felt,” “what you saw,” and what would this week have looked like if the Mariners had forced a game 163?
What made this group tick? Did we witness them peak in September? How did they react to the sellout houses the final three days? And where did the outpouring of emotion for Kyle Seager come from?
There are Seager stories, a closer look at why this group of Mariners is different, as well as a look at the handing of the leadership baton to J.P. Crawford and Mitch Haniger.
In the next two podcasts we will break down what we saw. What was learned in a full season of getting the kids experience? What worked, and where do the concerns lie going into a 2022 season where playoff contention is a fair expectation?
I haven’t even mentioned the collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLBPA yet, but needless to say this offseason will be anything but quiet. Howdy and I are looking forward to the conversations.
Listen to the podcast at this link, in the player below (or video player above), or find it in The Hot Stove feed using your favorite podcast app.
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