July 1, 2002 |
Kazuhiro Sasaki couldn't quite get excited about the All-Star game, because this was a rare occasion when he didn't feel like one. Seattle's star closer yielded only his second and third earned runs this season Sunday, and the Colorado Rockies rallied in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Mariners, 4-3, at Seattle.
January 28, 2004 |
Kazuhiro Sasaki choked back tears when he stopped by the Seattle Mariner clubhouse and said goodbye to Edgar Martinez, Bret Boone and other former teammates. Sasaki signed papers Tuesday to terminate his contract, leaving behind a guaranteed $8.5 million next season because he wants to remain in Japan with his wife and two young children. "I'm not really sure what people are thinking, but most importantly my children are very happy," Sasaki said through an interpreter.
September 17, 2000 |
Kazuhiro Sasaki knew he was taking a gamble when he decided to pitch in the major leagues at 32. Japan's career saves leader wasn't sure he would be the same pitcher for the Seattle Mariners that he was for Yokohama in the Central League. "I just wanted to do the best I could," he said. "And that's what's happened." Sasaki's best has been good enough.
January 20, 2004 |
Seattle closer Kazuhiro Sasaki told the Mariners on Monday he will not pitch for the team in 2004, deciding to forfeit the final year of his contract and remain with his family in Japan. The Mariners' career saves leader, who turns 36 on Feb. 22, would walk away from as much as $9.5 million by not playing for Seattle next season. "It's a personal situation," agent Tony Attanasio said. "He wanted to stay home with his kids."
October 16, 2000 |
It was the dirty half-dozen, six pitches that derailed the New York Yankees' express train to the World Series and put the wayward Seattle Mariners back on track. Yankee reliever Jeff Nelson faced three batters in the fifth inning Sunday, throwing the ball to the plate a mere six times. It's hard to imagine someone doing more damage in less time.
October 19, 2003 |
The Angels could open the 2004 season in Japan, against Japanese hero Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners. "We're trying to arrange for the season to open in Japan next year," Major League Baseball President Bob DuPuy said Saturday. "It's our goal to get it done." The Mariners and Oakland Athletics were scheduled to open the 2003 season in Japan, a series canceled by Commissioner Bud Selig amid international tension on the eve of war against Iraq.