Mariners face challenge in how to part with Ichiro, Felix | Stone

Ichiro takes his customary sprint to the outfield in preparation for Monday’s game, waving to the fans in left field.  The Seattle Mariners played the final exhibition game of the 2019 season Monday, March 18, 2019 against the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo, Japan. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Ichiro takes his customary sprint to the outfield in preparation for Monday's game, waving to the fans in left field. The Seattle Mariners played the final exhibition game of the 2019 season Monday, March 18, 2019 against the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo, Japan. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Neither Ichiro nor Felix – both are first-name-only icons – is long for this team. One thing we’ve learned in Seattle sports is that it’s not easy to leave town with goodwill and mutual affection – at least not at the beginning. But we’ve also seen that in most cases, time heals the wounds –...

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