Friday, October 29, 2004

Friday Thoughts 10.29

Mad props to the Boston Red Sox!!

Say hello to your new bench coach, Ron Hassey. I remember watching him while I was stationed in the Bay Area in the late 80's. Back then, an A's ticket was one of the best bargains in town.

There's been some very interesting speculation about the possible players that the M's may go after this Winter. I'm going to try and keep my expectations low - especially after the trainwreck of last season. I won't be unhappy if I get pleasantly surprised - but then again I won't be too disappointed if the "big moves" turn out to be not so big.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Bavasi Speaks

I turned on KJR at lunchtime today, and was pleasantly surprised to hear that Softy had Bill Bavasi on for some Q&A. Among the things that Bavasi mentioned:

The team has plenty of money for signing a premier FA.

He doesn't want to look "stupid".

He's interested in helping the team in '06, '07, and beyond. He also said that this doesn't preclude the M's from signing a long term deal (think he mentioned some qualifiers - such as the player would have to be a young guy).

He said that Bobby Madritsch showed enough to be a member of the Starting Rotation in '05. He also said they want to play Reed regularly - and that they wouldn't hesitant to move Winn (either through trade or playing him in a different position).

Those were the main points that I came away with - perhaps others heard something that I have omitted.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Friday Thoughts 10.22

Props to the Red Sox for not quitting (Rizzs would be proud!).

Speaking of not quitting, I hope that the Mariners will not be deterred in their hunt for premium FA talent this Winter because of the collapse of the Yankees in the ALCS. It's been widely speculated that King George will run up the bidding for the cream of the crop. Perhaps he will, but that should not keep the M's out of the hunt. After all, the Yanks need just as much help (if not more) with their pitching staff. I've also read that Bavasi and Boras are on good terms - that's a significant change that should not be overlooked.

Welcome aboard Grover. I'm okay with the move - let's get to work and get this team sorted out.

I recently saw some numbers from M's players in Winter Ball - Morse has a .387/.424/.452 line in 31 AB. Shin-Soo Choo is running a .375/.500/.469 line in 32 AB. Dobbs has a .357/.438/.607 line in 28 AB.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Must Read on the ALCS

Please take a few minutes to read this awesome article by Ian O'Connor concerning the ALCS: Click here

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

A-Rod - Fie Upon Thee!

I've always had the utmost respect for Alex Rodriguez, until last night that is. A-Rod is too good of a player to have to cheat in order to win. A-Rod has been getting on my nerves ever since he arrived in NYC, but his sneaky play last night has ripped it. I consider A-Rod with the same contempt reserved for Robbie Alomar (remember when he spit on John Hirschbeck?). A-Rod - you suck.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Carlos Beltran!

Throw caution to the wind! Break the piggy bank! Sign the *long* term deal! Beltran is the man!!

Friday, October 15, 2004

Friday Thoughts 10.15

Moving to a weekly format until Spring Training. A few things on my mind this Friday afternoon:

How about that John Olerud?

How about that Carlos Beltran?

It is beginning to look like the M's will hire a new manager sooner rather than later. This should be good news - it will allow the new manager to become involved in the process of retooling for next season. As a fan, I'm willing to put up with quite a lot - but I really do hope that there is some enlightened decision making that happens over there on First Ave. S this offseason.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Looking Back on 2004

2004 was one of those seasons that tests the mettle of a baseball fan. I recall being very hopeful when the M's arrived in Peoria for Spring Training - confident that we had a good team that would be very competitive. As the season started, however, the reality of the situation became increasingly apparent with each passing game. By the time the All Star Break came, I was pretty disgusted and even turned off a few games long before they were over.

After the Break, I realized that this kind of season is inevitable. Indeed, it's the first step toward rebuilding. So I did my best to vanquish my ill feelings and enjoy the game for it's own sake, with no expectations. And what a pleasant surprise, some guys named Bucky and Bobby and Jeremy and Ichiro! showed me why I love baseball. I started looking forward to games again. And it actually was fun to watch Mariner baseball again.

As a fan, I'm looking forward to the Winter's deals and Spring Training to see what kind of team we will have. I look forward to seeing a new Manager and coaching staff named. I look forward to seeing some big deals made. But most of all, I look forward to the cry of "Play Ball!" in the Spring of 2005.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Jamie Moyer

While watching Jamie's last start, the intrepid broadcast crew was discussing Jamie's "inability to get back on track after the ill-fated relief appearance in June". That made me wonder, had he ever been on track at all, and did he really suffer a dramatic fall-off after coming into that game in Texas in relief. Here are the numbers:


             IP    H   R  ER  HR   BB   SO   DEC	ERA


Apr Totals 30.0 30 17 17 5 13 17 1-2 5.10

May Totals 41.0 36 15 15 11 5 23 3-0 3.29

Jun Totals 26.0 23 11 9 3 12 20 2-2 3.12

Jul Totals 33.0 38 21 21 10 7 25 0-3 5.73

Aug Totals 36.2 53 31 28 8 13 13 0-2 6.87

Sep Totals 30.1 29 26 21 6 12 21 1-3 6.23

Oct Totals 5.0 8 6 6 1 1 6 0-1 10.80

IP H R ER HR BB SO W-L ERA
Totals 202.0 217 127 117 44 63 125 7-13 5.21


So it's pretty clear that Moyer did implode after making that relief appearance in June. Is there a cause and effect relationship? I don't have the skill to evaluate that - but I am dismayed that Moyer will be drawing an $8 million dollar salary next season. I would have to say that the chances are pretty good that he's not going to get any better next season. Can the M's move him? Seems to me that if they have learned anything, they will find a way.

The Road Ahead

Bob Finnigan writes a nice piece in the Times today (click here) concerning what lies ahead for the M's. Here's what caught my eye:

"Lincoln said earlier this year, and confirmed it in the final week, that the payroll would be at or slightly above last season, when the Mariners had about $87 million to spend on players (plus a contingency fund of around $5 million, for a total payroll budget of approximately $92 million).

About $65 million of that is spent, with Jamie Moyer's incentives bringing him in at $8 million for 2005 and the club still suffering the Jeff Cirillo/Kevin Jarvis hangover for about $5.5 million, including more than $2 million owed to catcher Wiki Gonzalez — remember him?"


$8 million for Moyer next year? More to come on this.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The Tale of the Tape

Ran across this chart yesterday - just thought it was interesting
to notice which Mariner manager has the second best winning percentage:



Manager Tenure W-L

Bob Melvin 2003-2004 156-168 (.481)
Lou Piniella 1993-2002 840-711 (.542)
Bill Plummer 1992 64-98 (.395)
Jim Lefebvre 1989-1991 233-253 (.479)
Jim Snyder 1988 (hired June 6) 45-60 (.429)
Dick Williams May 9, '86-June 6, '88 159-192 (.453)
Marty Martinez May 8, 1986 0-1 (.000)
Chuck Cottier Sept. 1, '84- May 8, '86 98-119 (.452)
Del Crandall June 25, '83-Sept. 1, '84 93-131 (.415)
Rene Lachemann May 6, '81-June 25, '83 140-180 (.437)
Maury Wills Aug. 4, '80-May 6,'81 26-56 (.317)
Darrell Johnson 1977-Aug. 4, '80 226-362 (.384)

Monday, October 04, 2004

Adios BoMel

With the firing of Bob Melvin, the rebuilding begins. I'm sure he will land somewhere. He seemed like a nice enough guy - too bad he happened to accept the job in Seattle when he did.

Hope to have some thoughts on the 2004 campaign and a piece on Jamie Moyer done in the next couple of days. Will try to keep up some kind of regular schedule of posting during the Winter. Now let the playoffs begin!!

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Fair Winds and Following Seas

I want to extend the traditional Navy farewell to Edgar upon his retirement. He's been a stalwart member of the team - his shoes will be difficult to fill. Here's wishing you fair winds and following seas Edgar - thanks!!

Friday, October 01, 2004

One For The Ages...

Or at least until next year, when he will probably make another run. Congratulations Ichiro! - thanks for maintaining your excellent approach while surrounded by so much mediocrity.

An Ichiro!/Sisler Comparision

Check out this excellent article from Brian over at Caffeinated Confines click here.