February 25, 2020
After spending some time with the Mariners at spring training, it's easy to see why there's some excitement around the young core of players coming up through the organization.
That core of players includes some promising young pitchers who may make the final 26-man roster. The starting rotation is taking shape early in camp, led by number one starter Marco Gonzales.
We talked to Gonzales as well as four other pitchers who are favored to earn a spot in the rotation.
On the latest Silvi Knows podcast, you'll hear from each of the pitchers as we let you in on their mindset as they not only compete for a roster spot, but as they approach another challenging season as the team continues to grow and gain experience.
Taijuan Walker (1:48) and Justin Dunn (6:38) are likely competing for the job of 5th starter. We also talked to 23 year-old Justus Sheffield (13:00) who has been penciled in as the fourth starter.
Kendall Graveman was the Opening Day starter for the Oakland A's in 2017 and 2018, but is coming off Tommy John surgery to compete for the third spot in the Mariners' starting rotation. Graveman talks about the perspective he gained during his year away from baseball, rehabbing for a comeback (17:00).
We wrap it up with Gonzales (22:00) who was the Mariners' workhorse last season, pitching over 200 innings and winning 16 games. His own manager, Scott Servais, said that was tough to do for a team that finished last in the AL West with just 68 wins.
How much pressure is on the staff to keep the Mariners in contention this season? Take a listen to the Silvi Knows podcast.
February 7, 2020
The 85th edition of the Seattle Sports Star of the Year show gave Chris Egan and I the opportunity to talk to some of the candidates up for the various awards as well as other well known athletes and celebrities attending the event.
On this week's edition of the Silvi Knows podcast, newest Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Hutchinson talks about his election to the Hall as well as mending his relationship with the Seahawks after his departure in free agency (26:00). Fellow Hall of Famer Walter Jones also joins us for a few, fun moments (32:20).
Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his wife Traci talk to us about their work in the community (33:30). We also take a shot and ask John who he will take in the first round of the NFL draft.
Cougars running back Max Borghi (1:00) talks about his career, new head coach Nick Rolovich and even his placekicking skills. Rolovich also joins us to talk about the challenges ahead in Pullman (45:00).
Storm guard Jordin Canada reflects on last season and gives us her heartfelt thoughts about the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant (5:40).
We talk rugby with Seattle Seawolves star and league MVP Brad Tucker (11:00), Cougars soccer star Morgan Weaver (16:00) former Husky Spencer Hawes (21:00) and 17 year-old Olympian Nevin Harrison (38:20) who is the first American to win a world championship in sprint canoeing.
February 3, 2020
Now that the NFL season is officially over, the XFL is ready to launch its inaugural season which kicks off February 8th. The Seattle Dragons open their schedule in Washington DC against the Defenders. The new spring football league has been building for this moment over the last two years and commissioner Oliver Luck has helped lead the charge.
Luck joins us on the Silvi Knows podcast to talk about why he thinks this second coming of the XFL will have success and longevity. Seattle is leading the way in ticket sales, which is no surprise to Luck (5:00). The commissioner offers his thoughts on the league's rules which vary in ways from traditional NFL rules. The XFL rules were developed to increase kickoff returns (13:00) and speed-up games (15:00).
Luck also explains innovative rules introduced for point-after-attempts which won't involve placekickers (16:00). I personally like the XFL's approach to playing overtime periods (18:00).
Luck is also a big fan of Dragons head coach and Seahawks great Jim Zorn (25:00).
It's all things XFL with commissioner Oliver Luck on this week's Silvi Knows podcast.