Brendan Gawlowski : @GawlowskiB
Author @ Pro Ball NW Since August 17, 2011

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As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I have been a Mariners fan from the time I first saw baseball on tv. After a childhood of idolizing the likes of Rob Ducey, Andy Sheets, Raul Ibanez (before he became good,) and especially Charles Gipson, it was perhaps no surprise that my baseball career ran out of gas as the worst outfielder in tiny little Whitworth University's modest baseball history. I started blogging about the M's soon after that, and am now finishing up school at the University of Washington.

Please feel free to contact me via email at bgawlowski at proballnw dot com. If you have an interest in writing for the site, be sure to include a resume, examples of your work, and a link to any recent blogging activity.

Brendan Gawlowski's Last 20 Articles

Felix Hernandez's Extension

Written on February 07, 2013 @ 11:34PM
As you've undoubtedly heard by now, the Mariners have reportedly come to an agreement with Felix Hernandez on a seven year contract worth $175 million. The deal essentially buys out the remaining two years on Felix's current contract while also making him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history,…

Jesus Montero linked to brewing Bosch PED scandal

Written on February 06, 2013 @ 02:11AM
The New York Daily News is reporting that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero has been "named in records from a South Florida anti-aging clinic linked to performance enhancing drugs." The clinic in question is, of course, Anthony Bosch's Miami based Biogenesis of America LLC. Bosch and the clinic have been…

Around the League

Written on February 06, 2013 @ 01:41AM
There were a bunch of notable events around the baseball world yesterday and I thought it would be relevant to discuss them in more detail. Today's batch of news features Ryan Braun, Chris Carpenter, Bud Norris rumors, and a top prospect list. Ryan Braun Linked to PED Clinic: Personally, I am…

Baseball and Wikipedia

Written on February 03, 2013 @ 08:31PM
If you spend a lot of time reading about baseball on the internet, you're bound to wind up on Wikipedia eventually. It's an amazing resource and while the site's proponents are often reminded that it's less than scholarly, even Wikipedia's detractors have to admit that it's a pretty impressive database…

Kelly Shoppach Could be a Mariner [Updated]

Written on January 28, 2013 @ 02:17PM
UPDATE 1-29, 3:53: Sources on Twitter are indicating that the Mariners have signed Shoppach, pending his completion of a physical. Here's Heyman and Churchill. Buckle up if you haven't heard the news: Kelly Shoppach could be coming to Seattle. The basis for this rumor is Jason Churchill's Twitter…

Michael Bourn and the Letter of the Law

Written on January 25, 2013 @ 07:53PM
With Spring Training only two and a half weeks away, most of the prime free agents have been signed. Shaun Marcum fell off the board today, leaving Michael Bourn as pretty much the only prominent free agent without a new home. Some have hoped that the Mariners, with a question mark in center field and…

Griffey, Felix, TV Money, Verducci Effect

Written on January 22, 2013 @ 05:46PM
There was a lot of news today in Marinerland and Baseballworld, so I thought I'd make things easy and compile all the information in one place. First up, the Mariners have announced that they are inducting Ken Griffey Jr. into the team's Hall of Fame. Griffey's induction comes as no surprise as the…

The Musial Cup

Written on January 21, 2013 @ 05:08AM
Over the past year my sports preferences have changed quite a bit. I'm still as big of a fan of baseball as I ever was, but my interest in both basketball and football has dramatically waned. I used to be a slave to the television on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the winter. This year, I watched…

BREAKING: M's Trade Jaso to A's, Receive Morse

Written on January 16, 2013 @ 04:31PM
John Jaso has been dealt to the Oakland Athletics. In return, the Mariners will receive Mike Morse from Washington. Prospect A.J. Cole has been sent to the Nationals to complete the deal. We'll shake out the playing time ramifications later. For now, the M's have half a catcher, three first…

The Mariners Still Need a Starting Pitcher

Written on January 14, 2013 @ 05:42PM
While much of the talk about the Mariners this off-season has focused on the team's need and desire to improve the offense, it's worth mentioning that the M's are a little short in the starting pitcher department as well. As currently constructed, only Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Erasmo…

My Not Actual Hall of Fame Ballot

Written on January 08, 2013 @ 10:05PM
Ok, I obviously don't have an official Hall of Fame ballot. The BBWAA isn't the easiest organization for an internet baseball writer to penetrate and, quite rightly, they don't allow every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a blog into their club. But nobody said I couldn't produce my own hypothetical ballot…

Catching Up With a Few Rumors

Written on January 03, 2013 @ 01:44AM
It appears that most of the baseball world joined me in taking the better part of the last week off to celebrate some sort of holiday and presumably watch a little (European?) football. There haven't been many moves since Nick Swisher signed with Cleveland: Justin Upton is still employed by the…

Mariners Sign Raul Ibanez; More Moves Ahead?

Written on December 23, 2012 @ 03:18AM
Saturday evening, the Mariners came to an agreement with DH and outfielder (gulp) Raul Ibanez. The M's will pay Ibanez a base salary of $2.75 million, with another $1.25 million available in incentives. Ibanez will formally take his place on the 40-man roster after the M's make a corresponding move to…

Nick Swisher and the Value of the 12th Pick

Written on December 19, 2012 @ 04:35AM
In case you missed it, Jon Heyman and Nick Swisher (and the latter's representatives) unknowingly teamed up to cause a bit of a stir around the Mariners corner of the blogosphere yesterday. Swisher, possibly the best free agent remaining on the market, is in the process of touring his potential…

Baseball Stories III: Baseball Coverage in Black and White

Written on December 18, 2012 @ 03:01AM
It's been a while since we've had a Baseball Story post and without much Mariner news, I figured the time was ripe for another edition. Today, I'll be taking a look at some of the more amusing baseball writing I've found in my perusal of newspapers from near the turn of the 20th century. Maybe it's…

Going the Other Way

Written on December 17, 2012 @ 05:36AM
For obvious reasons, Moneyball is one of the most influential and thought provoking baseball books ever written. Though many consider it an attack on traditional scouting or a story peddling newfangled statistics, the book instead trumpets the importance and benefits of exploiting market inefficiencies…

Winter Meetings Miscellanea

Written on December 06, 2012 @ 02:34PM
It's been a busy week for me but it's been a far busier week in the baseball world. As the Winter Meetings come to a close, I thought I'd take a second to recap the activity, talk about the importance of what hasn't happened, and to (of course) speculate about what all of this means for the Mariners.…

The Difficulty in Projecting Contracts

Written on November 30, 2012 @ 01:20AM
One theme that struck me after the B.J. Upton signing was the variation in opinions regarding the terms of the contract. Upton signed for 5 years and $75 million, and there were no shortage of people claiming that Upton was paid fairly (or even slightly underpaid). But there were also several…

Three Gut Feelings

Written on November 29, 2012 @ 02:51AM
One of the true joys of watching sports is that, occasionally, the results defy all conventional wisdom and expectations. Who would have expected Butlerís basketball team to play in back-to-back national title games? Who projected Notre Dame to play for the 2012 college football championship? Who would…

B.J. Upton to Atlanta

Written on November 28, 2012 @ 03:10PM
It's official: B.J. Upton has signed a five year, $72.5 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.* Griffin covered Upton a little while ago, arguing that his strong, right handed bat and ability to play in the outfield would have made him a good fit for the Mariners. Obviously he's off the table now.…

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