Sunday, January 29, 2006

Weekly Update 1/29/06

So no arbitration hearings for the Mariners this year. That's a good thing I think - the adversarial nature of the arbitration process cannot be healthy for the employer/employee relationship.

Some of the NRI's for ST this year have me puzzled. But none any more so than Dave Burba. What are we to make of this? Is this a move that a team who is contending for the Division makes?

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Weekly Update 1/22/05

No news is good news. No wait - that can't possibly be right. There is no news regarding the Seattle Mariners, but I don't really consider that good news. I'm getting impatient.

Since there is no Mariner news to discuss, I would like to direct your attention over to The Hardball Times for an article written by John Brattain concerning Mark McGwire. Mr. Brattain poses the question "Is Mark McGwire a Hall of Famer, yes or no?". It's an interesting read, and perhaps no so much of a no-brainer as one might suspect at first glance. Anyway, check it out - talk among yourselves.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Weekly Update 1/15/06

Edit: Just realized I posted the draft article - here's the finished piece (hopefully better than the draft!

Since there really hasn't been any news from the Mariners this past week, I thought that I would write a brief article about Moneyball, the book that many people love to hate, even though they have never read it. It was a Christmas gift, and I really couldn't wait to get started reading it. I certainly had some opinions about the book - mostly based on what I have heard in the mainstream media, and what I have read in the blogosphere. It was a fascinating read - some of my opinions have changed. I learned quite a few things. Among them:

  • In addition to Joe Morgan, I was surprised to learn that Pat Gillick was one of the major detractors of the book.
  • After reading about Billy Beane's unsuccessful playing career, I now understand why so many in the blogosphere are down on Greg Dobbs (looks the part - numbers don't match).
  • Another great example of how the Establishment marginalizes anything or anyone that they feel are threatening the status quo.
I could list more, but I want to encourage anyone who has not read this book to take the time to read it. It's not only about baseball. The concept of exploiting market weaknesses has been around for a while, but seeing the way in which Billy Beane and his staff implemented some clearly superior practices is inspiring. They certainly had to deal with a lot of negative pressure from the Baseball Establishment - yet they pressed on and showed that having a better plan will allow you to be successful.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Weekly Update 1/7/06

Another week has passed in Mariner land without anything that would qualify as front page news. Our former friend Ryan "I don't get no support" Franklin signed with the Phillies. Speaking of Ryan, David Appelman over at The Hardball Times published a piece that should dampen any hopes that Phillies fans have that Franklin might actually help them in the 2006 campaign.