Monday, February 27, 2006

Birthday Wishes and Stuff

Happy Birthday Ron Hassey!!

David Appelman has another cool piece over at The Hardball Times about plate discipline. It's a good read - but none other than WFB gets a mention (and not for something good).

Things should get a bit more interesting in Peoria later in the week when they start playing for real.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Huh?

Please number me among the perplexed who are wondering why Raul Ibanez got a contract extension - to the tune of $11M. He's an okay player, but really. I think anybody who seriously considers the situation at this point must be asking who is driving the bus, and what kind of drugs is he taking?


Edit: Here's a link to the story over at The Times.

Edit: Or perhaps. Here's a link from The P.I. that indicates the deal isn't quite done yet.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Carl Speaks

The local NBC affiliate (KING) ran an interview with Carl Everett on the 5pm news last night. The piece contained some footage of Everett throwing, hitting and clowning around with Eddie Guardado. During the Q&A, Everett mentioned the reason he feels that he was brought in - namely that the team didn't have any desire last season - and that he felt that he could help instill the "winning attitude". He also said that if he was not smiling, it was a good idea to stay away from him. He said he didn't care if people liked him or not - he was here to win.

So I have to say that while watching this interview, a couple of things became clear for me:

  • Carl Everett is very well spoken and doesn't come off as a lunatic.
  • He identified the team's major problem in a single sentence and proposed the solution.
  • He appears to be very sincere in his desire to win.
To which I say, welcome aboard Carl! Where have you been for the last two years?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Competition Gets Better

From The Times, the Rangers have signed Erubiel Durazo to a minor league deal.

A Stick And The Doc

Hot off the presses at The Times, the M's have signed Roberto Petagine to a minor league deal. His line with Boston last year - .281/.361/.438 - could be a nice deal if he can perform. And you know me - it's all about performance this year!

And Dr. Pedegana is done - he's officially notified the team that he won't be back.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Three Will Get You Two

John Hickey reports from Peoria for The P.I. that Manager Hargrove sees the starting second base job as a competition between Jose Lopez, Willie Bloomquist and Fernando Vina. Personally, the only thing I care about is that the starting second baseman make a positive contribution to the offense this season. Whoever that turns out to be is okay with me - I'm only interested in results.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Beltre's New Number

Finny posted a report from Peoria over at The Times which includes an interesting tidbit - namely that Adrian Beltre will wear his old number 29 this year, seeing as how Bret Boone is no longer needing it. The report also goes on to mention Beltre's slimmer appearance this Spring.

Speaking of health concerns, Trainer Rick Griffin is pleased that all players were able to work out on day one - a much better showing than last year, when seven players were unable to go on day one. Hopefully a good sign.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The End Of Weekly Updates

Pitchers and catchers have reported to camp in Peoria. Many position players are already in camp - the remainder will report next week. It's Spring Training - and time to stop the weekly updates and get back to regular posting.

Nice to see that Chris Snelling is in camp and continuing his rehab.

The local NBC affiliate has been covering Johjima-san extensively - he looks great so far. That red mitt is awesome!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Three More Days...

Three more days until pitchers and catchers report. Finally. With ST comes renewed hope.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Weekly Update 2/10/06

In lieu of any interesting Mariner news to report, I would like to refer you over to an excellent article by Dave Studeman at The Hardball Times. This article also references several fine articles published over there at THT this week - but it is topical for Mariner fans because it covers player valuation - something that we have all been very concerned with this winter.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Weekly Update 2/3/06

Sorry to report that another week has gone by with virtually nothing of interest to report from Mariner Land. I will be glad when ST starts - at least there will be a reason to make regular updates to the blog again. In the meantime, my apologies for the lack of content.