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Art Thiel

Sports Commentator

Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,”  which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University as well as two dead papers and a live one, the News Tribune of Tacoma, he has become a fan of entrepreneurial online journalism because it allows him to continue a lifelong passion to take the English language to places it rarely visits willingly, and does not involve the cleaning of kennels or stables.

Kirsten Kendrick's Q. & A. with Thiel can be heard every Friday during M.E. at 5:45am and 7:45am and again that same day on ATC at 4:45pm. It also airs Saturday at 6:35am and 9:35am.

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Major league baseball’s All-Star break is next week. That typically signals the halfway point of the season. The Mariners had four players selected to the All-Star Game, and they boast the fourth best record in all of baseball.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that has a lot to do with the offense living up to expectations and the starting pitching exceeding expectations.

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The news this week that a neck injury has ended the playing career of Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is just the latest blow to Seahawks fans.

The team is going to look a lot different this fall – on the field and on the sidelines. That prompted KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to ask sports commentator Art Thiel about the impact on head coach Pete Carroll.

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There are more questions than answers in the news this week that Washington State University backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski had a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). He committed suicide in January.

Hilinski's death, as well as his physical and mental state before he killed himself, are the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88-5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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Washington State University football coach Mike Leach caused a firestorm on social media this week. He tweeted out a doctored video of a speech by former president Barack Obama. His action and the response by the university are not sitting well with KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. Art talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seattle wants to be part of the 2026 World Cup soccer tournament. It was announced this week that the United States, Canada, and Mexico will host the international competition in eight years.

Seattle is vying to be one of the 10 U.S. cities to host the games in North America. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick the city has a good chance but it’s not a certainty.

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With news this week that Howard Schultz plans to step down as chairman of Starbucks, speculation is swirling about whether he’ll run for political office - maybe even President. But KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it’s a bad idea, based on his track record as an NBA owner.

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It’s quite a surprise for Mariners fans for the team to be close to first place in the American League West at this time of year. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what’s happened so far and what might be in store for the rest of the season.

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We’re hearing reaction locally to the NFL’s new policy regarding the national anthem at football games. The league is mandating that players who are on the sidelines stand during the anthem. This comes after a season when many players sat down for the anthem in protest against social injustice and racial inequality. 

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about his reaction to the new policy.

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Mariners fans are seeing the debut of Dee Gordon at second base this weekend at Safeco Field. He’s moving from center field to his original position at second following Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension for use of a banned diuretic.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the fallout from the Cano bombshell.

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He’s due to pitch one more road game this weekend but the Mariners are planning to honor James Paxton Fri., May 18, at Safeco Field. This, after he pitched a no-hitter this week in Toronto. It was just the sixth no-hitter in Mariners' history.

We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seahawks fans have already said goodbye to a lot of popular players this offseason. Now they’re starting to get acquainted with the rookies recently drafted by the team. And one of those rookies may oust another veteran player from the roster.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some of the more noteworthy picks.

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The Mariners made a controversial move this week that has a lot of fans talking. In trimming their roster, they chose to keep Ichiro Suzuki over a younger, more productive player. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about why he thinks it happened and what it means for the season.

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The Seahawks are getting ready for next week’s NFL draft. And they’re hoping it will yield better results than last year.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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After back-to-back appearances in the Major League Soccer championship match, the Seattle Sounders are 0-3 this season. They have yet to score a goal but have garnered some high-profile penalties.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and KNKX Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel is calling for the Seahawks to take a stand against domestic violence following their release of backup quarterback Trevone Boykin this week, after his girlfriend says he assaulted her and broke her jaw.

It's the topic of Art's conversation this week with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seahawks’ roster continues to undergo a serious makeover. Fans are being forced to deal with the fact that some of their favorite players are gone.

In the case of cornerback Richard Sherman, he’s now a member of a division rival. It’s the topic of this week’s chat between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Younger, cheaper, and faster. That’s what next season's Seahawks roster should look like, according to KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel.

Art talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the big changes the team has made and why it’s not over yet.

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UPDATED at 1:13 p.m. with details about Richard Sherman's release from the Seahawks.

Richard Sherman is now officially a free agent. The Seahawks released him Friday but said they would also be interested in re-signing him.

Sherman's release capped what had already been a busy week for sports in Seattle. Ichiro Suzuki returned to the Mariners and Michael Bennett was traded from the Seahawks to the Philadelphia Eagles. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the implications of those moves with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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A big response this week to the effort to bring the NHL to Seattle. A lot of people made refundable deposits on season tickets, even though a hockey team has not yet been secured. 10,000 deposits were made in 12 minutes!

It’s the topic of this week’s chat between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Spring training games get underway Friday for the Mariners in Arizona.

The team is hoping this will be the year they end the longest active postseason drought in American professional sports. But many fans are skeptical. We learn why from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. He talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel has some concerns about something Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman recently revealed. Sherman plans to act as his own agent in negotiating his contract. Art talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The University of Washington men’s basketball team is riding high these days. They had a big win last weekend, and are currently in third place in the Pac-12 Conference. That’s quite a change from a year ago.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what’s been going on.

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The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles face off in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

If you’re a Seahawks fan and still smarting from their 2015 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl, you may not think there’s a reason to watch. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel has one. He talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Retired Mariners legend Edgar Martinez may have missed getting nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. But he has one more year left.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about why he thinks the man who played his entire career in Seattle will eventually make it into Cooperstown.

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The Seahawks have hired three new assistant coaches. The positions were filled just weeks after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in six years.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the changes and what’s at stake for head coach Pete Carroll.

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The Seahawks have begun cleaning house after a season in which they missed the playoffs for the first time in six years.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about what happened this week and what’s to come.

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The NFL playoffs begin this weekend. For the first time in six years, the Seahawks aren’t part of them.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host  Kirsten Kendrick about what went wrong in 2017 and what the team needs to do to come back strong next season.

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A lot happened in the world of sports this year – in Seattle and across the state.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the five stories he feels were the most significant.

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The University of Washington and Washington State football teams are gearing up to play in bowl games next week. The Cougars take on Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 in San Diego. And the Huskies play Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30 in Glendale, Arizona.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about which team has more at stake.

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The Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon in an NFC West showdown. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says things are going to look different in this game.

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