SEATTLE (AP) - According to a Seattle newspaper, things got so bad in the Mariners clubhouse during this discouraging season that one player reportedly threatened to "knock out" outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, the team's highest profile player. A "clubhouse insider" quoted in yesterday's edition of The Seattle Times said, "I just can't believe the number of guys who really dislike him. It got to a point early on when I thought they were going to get together and go after him." The story went on to say that coaches and then-manager John McLaren, who was fired June 19, intervened when one player was overheard talking about wanting to "knock him out." A meeting was called to clear the air. Suzuki did not comment on the story before last night's game between the Mariners and Los Angeles Angels, but pitcher J.J. Putz said he didn't remember any such incident and said there was no meeting to talk about it. Suzuki reached 200 hits last week for the eighth straight season, matching a major league record.
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