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Ross Reynolds talks with John U. Bacon, sports commentator for Michigan Public Radio, about Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who previously coached the Detroit Tigers.

Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native American mascots. But in eastern Washington, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake.

Avista Stadium in Spokane is full of the familiar sights, sounds and smells of baseball. And then, there are things that might make you do a double take.

Re-branding in two languages

Dave Niehaus was the “Voice of the Seattle Mariners.” His sudden and unexpected death on Nov. 10, 2010 from a heart attack was more than just a sports story. The news hit people hard. Niehaus was part of the cultural fabric of the Pacific Northwest, a role he played since the time he called the first pitch at the first Mariners game back in 1977.

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Marcie Sillman interviews Rick Barnhart, the high school baseball coach of Jon Lester at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, about what it's like to see his former player compete in the World Series. Lester is a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and will capture the World Series title tonight if Boston beats the St. Louis Cardinals.

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In the summer of 1982, Kirkland, Wash., was a quiet bedroom community. That was, until the local underdog Little League team made it to the World Championship game and became a part of sports history.

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Former Seattle Mariner Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. 
Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod, is suspended for the rest of this season and the next. He can play while he appeals.

For most Northwest baseball fans, the Mariners games against the Astros are where the action is at this weekend. But there's another set of games on Saturday like none you’ve ever seen in America's pastime.

The athletes in this league are blind. That's right: baseball for the visually impaired.

It's a warm afternoon in Spokane. The smell of cut grass and barbecue is in the air. And Bee Yang is up to bat.

A teammate who has partial vision directs Yang to the plate: “Keep going, 20 feet forward, 10, 5, homeplate, tap.”

Why Are The Mariners Getting Into The Television Business?

Apr 18, 2013
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The Seattle Mariners are likely to see an increase in future revenue now that they’ve purchased a controlling interest in ROOT Sports Northwest — the cable network that broadcasts their games. Up until now, the Mariners have been required to share their TV revenue with other major league baseball teams. By controlling their TV rights the Mariners will be able to keep much of that revenue for themselves.

So how will this impact their success on the field? How has this worked out for other teams? Ross Reynolds talks with sports editor for The Nation, Dave Zirin.

Bill Mullins On The Seattle Pilots And Stadium Politics

Apr 2, 2013

In 1969, Major League Baseball arrived in the Pacific Northwest, when the Seattle Pilots played one ill-fated season before taking off to become the Milwaukee Brewers. Seattle wouldn’t get another professional team until 1977, when the Mariners were born. What happened? The answer has a lot to do with money and politics. Bill Mullins tells the story in “Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots and Stadium Politics." Plus, the Mariners beat Oakland 2-0 last night to win their seventh straight opening day game. Sportspress Northwest's Art Thiel joins us with an outlook on their chances this season.

Singer-Songwriter Shelby Earl Live In Studio

Mar 8, 2013
Shelby Early
Photo Credit/Dave Lichterman For KEXP

Seattle singer-songwriter Shelby Earl released her debut album, the folk-rock "Burn the Boats," in 2011. Since then she’s been touring and working on her second album, due out this year. She stops by the studio to play a few songs ahead of her trip to Austin's South by Southwest festival.

A portrait of the University Heights Baseball Team, Seattle, from the nineteen twenties
Seattle Municipal Archives

What does Baseball history tell us about America? That we’re a nation of scandals and corrupt leadership, of racial prejudice and cold economic calculus. But we’re also a nation of humility and redemption. William Woodward teaches American history at SPU and preaches the gospel of baseball all over Washington state. The narrative he sees  in baseball gives him hope – not just for America, but for the human condition. Professor Woodward gives Ross Reynolds his pitch.