Over the last few months, I’ve hinted at a project that was a bit time consuming for me, but would result in something pretty awesome for Mariner fans in the spring. I officially announced this on Saturday at the USSM/LL event, but here’s the scoop for everyone who was not there.
We have partnered with Maple Street Press, a publishing company out of Massachusetts, to produce a 2010 Mariner Annual. It’s going to be 128 pages of ad free, Mariner specific goodness. Their production team is terrific, running full color, aesthetically pleasing productions that are of the highest quality. The images in the magazine come from Getty, and the entire thing comes off as a top flight press product. To give you an idea of the content that will be in this magazine:
Larry Stone: An In Depth Interview With Don Wakamatsu About Baseball Strategy.
Art Thiel: Griffey’s Return To Seattle
Jonah Keri: How Lou Gorman Built The 1977 Mariners
Geoff Baker: The Franchise Turnaround
Shannon Drayer: Ryan Rowland-Smith’s Road To The Bigs
Jeff Sullivan: The Actual Value Of Defense and Chone Figgins Is Better Than You Think
Vince Gennaro: The Secondary Value Of Defense
Dave Allen: Pitch F/x Tackles Cliff Lee
Matthew Carruth: Effects of Safeco’s Asymmetry
Derek Zumsteg: Edgar Belongs In Cooperstown and Ichiro Just Doesn’t Age
Jay Yencich: Top 10 Prospects
Jason Churchill: Dustin Ackley’s Future
Jon Shields: Catcher Of The Future (Adam Moore)
Dave Cameron: The Maturation Of Felix Hernandez
Essentially, the entire blogosphere has collaborated on this project, giving us 16 articles ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 words apiece. I hired the best baseball writers I could find, and they turned in terrific, interesting pieces on everything from the minors to how the team got started. We cover a broad spectrum of topics, and the hope is that the magazine will appeal to all Mariner fans. There’s certainly statistical analysis in there, but Jonah’s piece on Gorman and Thiel’s piece on Griffey will be enjoyed by any long time fan of the team. Shannon’s piece on Hyphen is just good reading, regardless of what kind of fan you are. And Larry’s interview with Wak is tremendous.
I’m really proud of the whole thing. It’s going to be awesome. It will be on sale at the beginning of March at local bookstores and retail outlets that sell magazines (as well as online through Maple Street’s website for those out-of-towners who want a copy), and it’s the best $12.99 you will spend this spring. It’s the blogosphere in print, previewing the 2010 team and looking at where we’ve come from. It’s going to be tremendous.