Lunchtime Links – 5/30

We’re back with another set of links that might be of interest…

  • Leading off is an article by Sportspress Northwest that describes the atrocious home batting average for the Mariners. A solid .193. You would think they would have better luck in the friendly confines of Safeco Field, but that is not the case. What I found interesting  is the author, John Hickey, brings up that the best hitter at home for the M’s is Casper Wells, with a .235 average. He’s currently in AAA Tacoma.
  • It was brought to my attention that an official website has been made for the new Sonics arena deal. There are also Facebook and Twitter pages affiliated with the site. On them you can find how you can personally help further the possibilities of a new arena in Seattle.
  • There was some sad news that broke yesterday. Johnie Kirton, former Husky running back and tight end, was found dead in his Santa Clara hotel room. The cause of death is still unknown. Kirton, 26, was currently playing for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. He was on the Huskies from 2004 to 2008 and served as a team captain in his senior season.
  • Lastly, here’s an article by Larry Stone of The Seattle Times debating what the future holds with the Mariners closing role. Brandon League has been struggling as of late, but can he salvage the season and possibly net some prospects at the deadline for the M’s? Stone also talks about Stephen Pryor, a reliever in AAA Tacoma who is absolutely tearing up the competition at the moment. Pryor currently boasts a stat line of a 0.00 ERA over 11.0 innings pitched and 14 strikeouts. On top of that, if you combine those stats with his AA stats from earlier in the season, he has a 0.67 ERA over 27.0 innings pitched and 38 strikeouts. Impressive to say the least.

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Getting Closer to NBA in Seattle

May 16, 2012 marked a new rung on the ladder towards getting the NBA back in Seattle. The dilemma that doomed the Sonics’ hopes of staying in Seattle back in 2008 was the idea that KeyArena was not a suitable arena for an NBA franchise, and unless a plan for a new arena was put in place, Satan Clay Bennett was going to move the team to Oklahoma City. Fast forward to today, where the Oklahoma City Thunder have a Conference Semifinal game against the Lake show tonight, and there is no NBA team in Seattle. But today, undeniable progress was made.

The San Francisco area hedge-fund owner, Chris Hansen, has led the charge since announcing earlier this year his intention to build an arena in Seattle’s SODO region for an NBA and NHL team contingent on government funding. Hansen might as well be at the staff meetings for when the Avengers meet up because the guy is an absolute stud. Today however, he came out to say that he and his group, the City of Seattle, and King County have come to a MoU. MoU is short for Memorandum of Understanding, and is also short for awesome news.

The MoU basically states the following

  • If a professional basketball and/or hockey team were to be purchased, the $490 million dollar proposed arena would be built
  • Public cost would decrease significantly if only an NBA team were acquired (previously both NBA and NHL franchises were required to start building)
  • $290 million of private funding to build the arena (remaining $200 million comes from the city/county investment)
  • The arena would hold 18,500 raving lunatic Sonics fans
  • The ownership group has full intentions of re-acquiring the name, colors, records, and history of the Seattle SuperSonics from the Oklahoma City Thunder

The fact that the last bullet is a necessity is a sad truth. The failure of the city to keep the Sonics four years ago has forced this much effort to be undertaken to get it all back. The reason that this picture exists:

This graphic makes sense because the Thunder averaged approximately zero wins a year from 1979-2008

But that is neither here nor there, as the current proposal is the best bet the city has to bring the NBA back to Seattle.

So what now? Continue reading