Tuesday, August 31, 2004

End of an era?

Say it ain't so:

The Seattle Times: Team-by-team reports for M's farm teams: "What's up: 2B/OF Luis Ugueto, the former Rule 5 player who was carried the entire season by the Mariners in 2002, has left the team for personal reasons."

Monday, August 30, 2004

Bob Melvin on R.V.

Here's a quote from The Times today that sums up Bob's feelings about R.V. - let's hope he is the only one that feels this way:

The Seattle Times: Mariners: Mariners on a roll after fourth win in a row: "'R.V. brings a lot to the table,' Melvin said. 'He's a starter, a reliever, he can pitch late, he's a situational guy. He's a guy the kids learn lot from because of his conviction and what he's doing. We talked to him about going back out there in the ninth and he wanted it bad. Those are the kind of guys you want on your staff.' "

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Odds and ends

Nice win for the M's today - especially after my prediction earlier.

Dave Niehaus, while talking about Desi Relaford's music business, said "he makes bebop music." Yeah Dave.

I'm tired of hearing about Hard Luck Ryan Franklin. Do you think it might have something to do with his ERA being almost 5, and giving up 23 HR?

That "hit" that Ichiro got in his last at bat was no hit. E 5 - no doubt about it.

Not fair

The M's sweep a double header, and neither game is televised locally. In this most disappointing season, it would have been a big boost to see the hometown nine win 2 on a Saturday afternoon.

Any bets on what the outcome of todays (televised) game will be?

Saturday, August 28, 2004

An open letter to Bill Bavasi

Dear Bill,

It was nice to see the Mariners win a ballgame last night. It was even nicer to see the Mariners win a ballgame last night because they hit the ball out of the ballpark. So please, when you start doing deals this off-season, look for guys who can hit the ball out of the ballpark. We've seen enough of what singles hitters can do already.

Sincerely, Iron Tech

Friday, August 27, 2004

A double-dipper

Check out John McGrath's piece in the TNT - a well written tribute to the doubleheader.

200 - again

Congrats to Ichiro! for picking up hit number 200 last night - a dinger to CF! I think the thing that I admire most about Ichiro! is his ability to stay focused and continue to play his game, even when surrounded by the mediocrity (or worse) that is your 2004 Seattle Mariners. Way to go Ichiro!

Thursday, August 26, 2004

What other writers are saying

Two of my favorite writers have some very thought provoking pieces posted.

Stephen over at Mariners Wheelhouse presents a scathing indictment of the Front Office and their inability to learn from past mistakes.

Jeff over at Mariner Musings posted a great article concerning Carlos Delgado and why the M's need to offer him a deal. Good stuff.

That was quite a blast that Bucky produced last night - so nice to see a right handed hitter reach the upper deck in left.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Cause for concern?

David, over at Sports and Bremertonians raises a disturbing issue today. What if the M's have overvalued the young pitchers in our "pitching rich" system? Perhaps the future is not so bright after all.

An open letter to Bob Melvin

Dear Bob,

Why is Bret Boone hitting in the top half of the lineup? Why don't you give the guy a break and put him in the 8 hole? Maybe the team might score some runs if Boone doesn't leave so many guys in scoring position. Just a thought.

Sincerely, Iron Tech

Monday, August 23, 2004

A Bone to pick

Jay Buhner will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame tomorrow evening. Looking back over his career, he produced a .254/.359/.494/.852 line, with 1273 hits, 310HR, and 965RBI. What's harder to quantify is the attitude, the swagger, the "bad to the bone" approach that Jay brought to the ballpark every day. His presence in the batters box - open stance - wild shoes - shades - and that opening - closing grip on the bat. Guys like Jay Buhner don't come along too often -and it's nice to see the team taking the opportunity to give him the praise that he truly deserves.

Now if they will only keep Jay and Dave Valle apart on the broadcast crew...

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Here comes the rain again

As the rain returns to Western Washington, a few things are on my mind this morning:

.314/.380/.546/.926 18HR 91RBI - yeah, that Carlos Guillen sure is a slacker!

196 hits and counting for Ichiro! Glad to see he's not suffering any lingering effects from that beanball in KC.

10 runs on 21 hits last night in Detroit. Where were the bats in April and May?

Friday, August 20, 2004

What if?

So what would you think about a player whose line is currently .241/.341/.505/.846, and who has 26 HR and 63 RBI?

Even if his name was Mike Cameron? *sigh*

High and Tight

Watching Ichiro! get beaned the other evening brought back some very painful memories for me. In 1984, I was a huge Houston Astros fan. Dickie Thon (click) got beaned and was never the same. Here's hoping that Ichiro! bounces back with no ill effects.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Strong arm?

Here's what USA Today has to say about Pineiro's arm. Leads me to believe that the piece in the P.I. today was poorly written:

USATODAY.com: "SeattleRHP Joel Pineiro, on the disabled list with a strained right elbow, could be throwing on the side by next week. He's doing strength exercises and says his arm is feeling strong."

Let's play two!!

Who were those guys that snuck onto the field in Kansas City last night? The ones wearing the Mariners uniforms who put up 16 runs on 20 hits?

Is anybody else a little concerned that Eddie has decided to rehab rather than undergo surgery? I keep getting this feeling, like when Gil Meche first encountered the dreaded "dead arm" syndrome. Not sure what Will Carroll has to say about all of this (can't afford to read premium content these days), but I suspect he is not in favor of this move. It's a conflicting decision - I'm happy that Eddie may be ready for Spring Training - but also apprehensive that he may be making things worse - especially since he is older and therefore not as resilient as a younger guy.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Something for your consideration

Jumping on the bandwagon after reading Derek's post over at U.S.S. Mariner this morning. Consider the following:

Player "a" .333/.390/.583/.974

Player "b" .253/.358/.370/.728

Player "c" .205/.279/.335/.614

Player "d" .239/.261/.291/.552

Who would you rather have on your club? Did the M's release the right guys? Just to help with the thought process here, I will tell you that Player "a" is none other than Rich Aurilia, Player "b" is Johnny O, Player "c" is Scott Spiezio, and Player "d" is Willie Bloomquist. I'm not bitter.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

M's Clobber Yanks

Hey, a W is a W, but they are always a little sweeter when they come at the expense of the Yankees. Lots of good stuff today, including multi-hit games from Ichiro, Ibanez, and Olivo. The M's rolled a 6 in the bottom of the 7th - nice to see offensive outbursts like that. Gil Meche had another decent outing - and the bullpen did not let the lead get away.

Saw a piece in the Bremerton Sun today (click here) indicating that the M's are about to shut Pineiro down for the rest of the year. Excellent plan - most reasonable thing I have heard from Bob Melvin in quite a while.

One additional note - I really hate Blogger!!

Friday, August 13, 2004

Waiver wire

Boone and Ibanez both cleared waivers. Think there's a chance that either of them could generate any interest?

Keep Villone? (link to Seattle Times story)

I was not aware that Ron Villone was a Scott Boras man. Bob Finnigan reports that the team is in discussions with Mr. Boras concerning resigning Villone for next year. In view of the youth movement that has clearly begun, I hope they are unsuccessful.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

How about them apples?

Johnny O's line since joining the Evil Empire - .318/.400/.409/.809 - how about them apples?

The Winter of Our Discontent

The news yesterday that Guardado and Soriano will most likely require surgery added insult to injury in a lost season. Others have written extensively concerning the apparent ineptitude of Mariner management when dealing with arm injuries. I suspect that it will be increasingly difficult for the team to recruit young pitchers based on this history.

So the M's are now faced with a problem - the re-tooling effort effectively becomes a re-building effort - does it not? Unless a couple of the young hosses emerge to anchor the backend of the bullpen, another huge hole has opened that must be addressed during the offseason. Hold on to your hats - it may be an interesting ride.

If you haven't checked out Bat Girl, the erudite Twins blogger, please do so. Except for the somewhat annoying habit of referring to herself in the third person (reminds me of Rickey), she is an excellent writer with a flair for the wry comment. Highly recommended.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Non-Baseball - R.I.P. Andy

As an Alumni of Strake Jesuit (Class of 1972), I was sorry to read the following news on the school's website. When you see the numbers flashed on the evening news, you'll know who one of those brave folks were. Also going to post a link to the DOD site with the official announcement:

http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2004/nr20040810-1104.html


News: "ANDY HOUGHTON '97 PASSES WAY FROM IRAQ INJURIES

The entire Strake Jesuit Community mourns the loss of Andrew Houghton '97 who passed away early on Monday, August 9, 2004. Houghton, a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, died from injuries sustained on July 10, 2004 while serving in Iraq. He is the first Strake Jesuit alumni to be killed in action while in service to his country.
A 1997 graduate, Houghton was active while a student at Strake Jesuit. In addition to being named to the National Honor Society as a sophomore, he was a member of the football and track & field teams all four years while at Jesuit. Also, he served on the Crusader Guard, Yearbook staff, Freshman Retreat Team and Debate Team."

Mr. Double

Thanks for lots of exciting baseball over the years Edgar. There will never be another like you - and you will be missed.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Baseball is a funny game

I try not to be overly critical of Ron Fairly, especially when he is broadcasting with Dave Niehaus. But last night, the boys had a couple of instances where I found myself saying "What?".

  • Ron and Dave were carrying on about how much Franklin throws over to first. It's one of those baseball paradoxes that Jim Bouton first mentioned in his classic Ball Four. Dave and Ron are getting on Franklin for throwing over to first too much - you can be sure that they would be on his case if he failed to hold runners close. You just can't win with some people.
  • A little later in the same inning, the boys were talking about Franklin's ERA being 3 points higher on the road. Dave wondered "Why do you suppose that is?". I think he was serious.
  • With regard to the obstruction call that ended the game - I really hate it when the umpires decide a ballgame. Let the players play.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Hope

After yesterday's game, I'm hopeful that the M's will be a better team next year.

  • Bobby Madritsch made a quality start. J.J. and Atchison looked good out of the pen.
  • Jose Lopez appears to be the real deal. Still a little rough around the edges, but definite potential.
  • Ichiro!

Looks like the Padres gave up on Jeff Cirillo. Which former Mariner will be next?

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Interesting note from the Times

The Seattle Times: Mariners: Notebook: Madritsch gets first M's start tomorrow: "Orioles players were puzzled in the fourth inning of the first game when Mariners starter Ron Villone began jawing at them. After he walked Melvin Mora, Villone was lifted for a reliever. He then began yelling at Mora from the dugout. 'He said, 'Hey, we need to talk,' ' Mora said. 'I said, 'About what?' And he started cursing. I don't know why he got mad. Maybe he was frustrated because he threw 100 pitches in three innings.' "

Word.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

If it wasn't for bad luck...

Eleven runs on thirty one hits - and they still can't win a game.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Hendu and the Wonder Dog

After being subjected to an afternoon with Rex Hudler this past Saturday, I want to officially take back any bad things I ever said concerning Hendu's broadcasting abilities. Yikes!

Nomar well received by Cubs fans

While watching the Cubs/Phillies game yesterday on WGN, one couldn't overlook the very warm and enthusiastic welcome given to Nomar by the Wrigley faithful. It was nice to see - and served to remind me why I watch baseball.