Friday, March 31, 2006

Guillermo Quiroz, Come On Down!

The M's claimed Guillermo Quiroz off waivers today from the Blue Jays. Head over to Lookout Landing for Jeff's report on Quiroz.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

And Then There Were 29...

Good news from Peoria today - the M's have made some additional cuts - and most importantly (at least to me anyway) Roberto Petagine is not among them!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Petagine For DH (Bandwagon Jumping)

A couple of weeks ago, I asked the somewhat less-than-serious rhetorical question "Can the M's really afford to break camp without Petagine on the 25 man roster?" - or words to that effect. Well, I think I am a bit more serious now. And I'm not the only one - check out Deanna's plea as well!

Edit: Positive Paul apparently started this - check out his entry here!

Monday, March 27, 2006

One More Week

One more week until Opening Day! Even with Reed going down and the concern regarding the pitching staff, I still have to say that I am optimistic as the season begins. The top of the 1st this evening in Surprise contained what I hope is a snapshot of the 2006 offense of your Seattle Mariners.

Friday, March 24, 2006

This Just In...

Jeremy Reed out for 6 to 8 weeks due to broken wrist.
Edit: Or not. Check out the latest from The Times!

Say goodbye to Dave Burba and Fernando Vina - buh-bye!.

The King Shines

Nice game in Peoria last night. Manager Hargrove had what looked to be close to the opening day lineup on the field. The King was the star of the show - keeping the Diamondbacks off balance with 3 devastating pitches. He added 8 K's to the list, and appeared to be in complete control.

The bats were lively as well, with a total of 4 runs on 13 hits. Ichiro! continues to show why he is such a special player. Adrian Beltre looks so much better in the batter's box as compared to last season. Betancourt, Reed and Lawton all were impressive.

My optimism is a little less cautious.

Edit: Make sure you check out Dave's piece over at the Hardball Times. It's sure to make you a little less cautiously optimistic!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Corporate Culture

The inimitable Jeff Angus writes about corporate culture and the need for a little "orneriness". As usual, Jeff seems to gravitate to topics that fit the Mariners very well.

So Long Matt - Whad'ya Know Joe?

Say goodbye to Matt Thornton and hello to Joe Borchard Click

I like this deal because Borchard can mash and the Sox can deal with the enigma that is Matt Thornton.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sunday Baseball Goodness

Today was the first Sunday in many months that my barbecue grill was pressed into service. It was also the first Sunday in I don't know how long where the weather was pleasant enough to be outside and actually get some yard work done. Some of this afternoon was also taken up by Mariner baseball on TV! Although the hometown nine lost, there were a couple of good things:

  • Don't worry about Jeremy Reed. He looked very comfortable at the plate today and swung the bat with authority.
  • Kenji Johjima looks like the real deal - both behind the plate and swinging the bat.
  • Francisco Cruceta had another good relief appearance.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Cautiously Optimistic

I'm beginning to feel cautiously optimistic about the hometown nine. The news from the Cactus League has been mostly positive lately. Of particular note, the Mariners have been swinging the bats with authority - something that they had been completely incapable of the last two seasons. This alone gives me hope that the outcome for the 2006 campaign will be much improved. The pitching staff is still a matter of concern (at least the starters anyway), but generally things do appear to be on track.

Now that Team Japan is eliminated from WBC competition, we should see the return of Ichiro! Edit: Okay - so they aren't eliminated just yet. Although there have been some good games in the WBC, I don't think I care for the rules very much. *sigh*

Does anybody really think that Fernando Vina is going to play in even one Cactus League game?

How can the M's break camp without Petagine on the 25 man squad?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The King Is Back

He wasn't really gone, but Felix Hernandez had an excellent outing in Peoria today. In addition to the King, J.J. Putz and Rafael Soriano both turned in good performances as well. Back to back home runs from Raul Ibanez and Roberto Petagine and a solo shot from Jeremy Reed - the hitters apparently did not want to be upstaged by the pitchers.

Long live The King!

In WBC action, Team USA played a close game against Team Japan today. It seemed like ex-Mariner day in Anaheim - with A-Rod delivering the game winner for Team USA. Nice to see Junior and Randy Winn as well. I'm starting to get into the WBC - especially after watching the game today.

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Hit Parade

The Mariners managed to win a game today (thanks in no small part to Jose Mesa). The team put up 8 runs on 16 hits. Pitching was a bit better today - Cruceta and Carvajal both did well. Edit: Well, maybe not so much Carvajal. What's happening to George Sherrill?

Matt Lawton appears to be making a statement in Cactus League play - at least today anyway. He went 3 for 5 - all doubles! 2 RBI and scored 2.

Speaking of guys making statements, how about Junior today? 4 for 4 - 2 HR - 7 RBI. He's certainly saying something.

A few more outings like today and I might start to get enthusiastic!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

State Of The Blog (and other items)

I don't know about you, but I'm less than impressed with the Mariners so far this Spring. With a few notable exceptions, most of the team has sucked. I know it's early, but after a couple of 90+ loss seasons, it doesn't take much to topple my fragile psyche right over the edge.

I've been doing this blog for a couple of years now, and I am still trying to find my voice. It's always a given when you read Jeff or Deanna or The USS Mariner Crew that you know exactly what to expect. I have never really gotten that feeling from this blog - consistency has not been my strong suit. It doesn't mean that I will stop writing - but I am still searching for my niche in the Mariner blogosphere. Not sure what the blog is going to look like this season. I did game summaries last year, but wasn't really happy with that. So it will be something different this year. For those of you who have been reading, my thanks. And my promise to continue to strive to be better.

Hopefully the Mariners will continue to strive to be better - they haven't gotten off to a very good start.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The King Strikes Again

Although not quite as sharp as his last outing, The King breezed through the Brewers lineup in the 1st inning today (the hit was a roller that Dobbs couldn't do anything with).

Long live The King!
Edit: Guess that headline was prophetic - just not in the way I was thinking. Guess it's better that he gets roughed up a bit early - should help him to focus.

Small Sample Size

I know this is a *really* small sample size, but I almost fell out of my chair this morning looking at Richie Sexson's line so far:

     AVG  AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI
--- -- - - -- -- -- ---
.857 7 1 6 1 0 0 3

Monday, March 06, 2006

R.I.P. Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett passed away today. For an eloquent eulogy, please see Batgirl's latest entry.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Pitchers Off To Rocky Start

With the exception of The King, none of the Mariner pitchers have been impressive so far. Moyer, Foppert and Blackley have looked okay - the rest have been less than satisfactory. It's early - but coupled with the mostly anemic offense, I'm starting to be a bit concerned.

Watched Korea vs. China in the WBC series from Tokyo the other evening. Talk about offense - the Koreans pounded the Chinese. I'm still not sure if I am really going to be able to get onboard with the WBC - but I am at least willing to give it a try.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

It's Finally Here

They are playing baseball in Peoria!

Felix is The King!

Edit: Roberts, Cammy, Giles - 1st three strikeout victims!!

Bobby V. on Pressure and Desire

Here's an excellent read from Bobby Valentine concerning Pressure and Desire. I wasn't aware that Bobby was such an articulate person - and his thoughts really hit close to home considering the struggles that our own home town nine have experienced the last couple of years.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Official Announcements

It's official - Raul Ibanez has his contract extension.

Bret Boone has hung up his cleats. I'm rather surprised at the way that Boone utterly, completely and swiftly fell apart. In any event, thanks for the memories Boonie.