Sunday, March 27, 2005

Impressions of Saturday's Game

Pineiro appears to be headed back to full duty. He looked like he was feeling no pain on Saturday. It was also good see that The Hasegawa Effect was nowhere in view.

Jeremy Reed is definitely going to contend for the AL ROY this season. His game is solid - both offensively and defensively.

I'm still concerned about the bullpen - but generally the team looks much better than last year's squad. Opening Day is right around the corner.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Campy, D, and The King

Don't let anyone tell you that writing catchy titles for these posts is difficult!!

Okay, on to last night's game. Campillo got off to a rocky start, but managed to settle down for his last 4 innings. I thought his curveball was working quite well last night - as evidenced by the Angels inability to hit it. I suspect that we will see Campillo make a return to the big club at some point.

King Felix was impressive. To me, that 3 pitch K of Vlad says it all. Felix has a bright future.

Lots of leather being flashed last night. Pokey, Beltre, and Reed all turned in excellent defensive performances.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Ichiro! In addition to keeping his hit streak going, he made several very nice plays in RF. I do wonder how long Ichiro! can continue to perform at this high level - but I am also grateful to be around to watch one of the most special players to ever put on an MLB uniform.

Friday, March 18, 2005

My First (and Last) Words on the Steroid Issue

First of all, please get yourself over to USS Mariner and see the piece that Derek has written on the subject. Well said bro.

Mark McGwire was my favorite player while I lived in the Bay area in the late 80's/early 90's. I remember standing in line for over an hour one afternoon after a day game to get his autograph. I don't want to believe that he did anything illegal - and won't believe it until I see some proof. Having said that, I think it's vitally important that MLB takes a very strong anti-doping position in order to discourage young people from thinking that the only way to compete at the professional level is to use performance enhancing drugs. How about teaching the benefits of hard work - and the enjoyment of a game. Okay - I'm done.

Keeping Lopez?

Lots of discussion concerning Lopez starting with the big club this Spring. Personally, I think he will benefit from more AAA time. But the questions that the club must ask are:

  1. Can a team that lost 99 games last season afford to carry a light-hitting starting SS?
  2. If the answer to number 1 is no, will Jose Lopez make a difference offensively?
  3. If the answer to number 1 is yes, will Jose Lopez make a difference as a bench player?
For me, it's clear that Lopez should start the year at AAA - give that last roster spot to Dobber!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

New Look

Trying out a new template - my version of spring cleaning. Should be a few more tweaks - but this will be the basic look for a while.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Pokey, where are you?

So what's the deal with Pokey Reese? He has not been what I would term an "impact player" so far in ST. Now we hear that he is gone from camp for a couple of days to take care of "personal business". I'm all in favor of cutting guys some slack, but after a 99 loss season, I think it's asking a little too much for the alleged starting SS to be gone from camp. Actually, I think Pokey's main contribution this Spring has been to help Jose Lopez elevate his game to the point where he (Lopez) may turn out to be the starting SS.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Newnham on Beltre

Blaine Newnham has a great piece over at the Times today concerning the signing of Adrian Beltre. It's a must read - the last line really says it all - "Beltre will speak with his bat and his glove, in time telling the story of the superstar the Mariners got when they couldn't keep Griffey and Rodriguez."

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

ST - A Fan's Perspective

March 8th. My attention is once again captured by the National Pastime. It's Spring - renewal - unlimited possibilities. It's also a time of uncertainty - but perhaps it's this duality that keeps me coming back year after year.

With regard to the Mariners, it's clear to me that this year's camp is much different than recent camps. Based on what I have read and my own personal observations, the coaching staff (and Manager Grover) are clearly in charge. Grover apparently does not hesitate when a good old fashioned ass chewing is called for. This is refreshing. Last season, there was a lot of sloppy ball being played by the M's. One hopes that at the very least, this year's squad will play fundamentally sound baseball. A playoff appearance would be nice - but I will settle for a preponderance of well played baseball games. And well played baseball games have a way of taking care of the W-L record.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

More Cammy News

Larry Stone has a piece over at The Times today concerning Cammy's adjustment to RF with the Mets. There is an interesting quote near the end of the article that has Cammy responding to a question concerning trade rumors:

"My 5-year-old daughter wants to go Seattle," Cameron said. "I guess if I had to say anything about that, that would be it. She wants to go real bad. She loves it."

He goes on to say that the Mariner outfield appears to be set - but I find it fascinating that Cammy continues to let it be known that he wouldn't mind returning to Seattle.