Monday, July 31, 2006

Looking Good

I've really got to say that I am quite pleased with the way the Mariners are playing just now. A couple of wins in Cleveland - then a nice come from behind victory in Baltimore this evening. My only complaint is Hargrove bringing Mateo in with the game tied - but it turned out to be inconsequential so I am going to bask in the glow of a Mariner victory.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Friday Update - This & That

So our good friends over at USS Mariner suffered a serious equipment casualty the other day. Bottom line - DMZ is asking for donations. Help them out if you can (I did).

Not going to make any further comments on the Chris Snelling situation until I get some more information. The facts that I know right now don't really add up - must be a piece of the puzzle still missing.

So what's the status of the ballclub? Seems to me that with our new platooning DH's, we are pretty much good for a run on the division with the exception of one solid, impact starting pitcher. With our playoff staff consisting of King Felix, Moyer/Meche (take your pick) and one solid starter, we could conceivably get it done if we get hot at the right time. I'm just saying. Of course this also presupposes that Julio Mateo never makes another appearance in a high leverage situation.

Edit: Paul provides a Chris Snelling update (with pics).

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Snelling Goes On DL

I normally just link these stories, but here's a copy and paste from SeattleMariners.com:

"Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi announced today that the club has placed outfielder Chris Snelling on the Major League 15-day disabled list with an impingement in his left shoulder.

Snelling was recalled from Tacoma July 26.

'Our plan was to option Chris back to Tacoma today,' Bavasi said. 'However, he's been on the medical report in Tacoma and when our trainers examined him here prior to yesterday's game, they recommended he not play outfield for several days. We determined that the proper and fair thing to do would be to place him on the disabled list until he is fully healthy prior to optioning him back off the roster.'

Snelling, 23, hit .247 (45x182) with 30 runs, 12 doubles, 4 home runs, 4 stolen bases and 34 RBI in 52 games with Tacoma this season. He hit .322 (19x59) with runners in scoring position and .313 (5x16) with runners on base and two outs. Snelling began the season on the disabled list recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee. He joined Tacoma on injury rehab May 10 and was activated from disabled list, and optioned to Tacoma, on May 20.

Snelling played for the Mariners in 2002 and 2005 with a combined .214 average (12x56) in 23 Major League games."

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Ben Broussard

Ben Broussard is the latest addition to the ballclub. So long Shin-Soo Choo and the ubiquitous PTBNL.

Edit: So the more I think about this, the more convinced I am that another deal is brewing.

Further edit: As it turns out, Snelling was only up for the day. He's back to Tacoma - Broussard will fill the roster spot on Friday in Cleveland.

Return Of The Aussie

Official word from the Mariners - Chris Snelling has been called up. Carl Everett was designated for assignment. Excellent.

Edit: In case you aren't stoked about this news, check out Dr. Detecto's latest post concerning young Mr. Snelling.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

What A Finish!

I've seen a lot of baseball games over the years, but not many of them had a more satisfying ending than the game that was played at Safeco Field this afternoon. As a fan, I really need to savor the moment on this one. Analysis and speculation must wait until another day - this is a feeling that cannot be denied. Way to go Richie!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Petagine Clears Waivers

From the Times notebook:

"• First baseman Roberto Petagine cleared waivers and was sent outright to Class AAA Tacoma, where he is expected to report Saturday."

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Bad Call

Yeah, there was definitely a bad call made in NYC last night. It was made by Mike Reilly, but it's probably not the one that you may be thinking of. Although it's true that Reilly blew a call at 1B (as evidenced by replay), that's just a part of the game and can't be helped. I think Reilly's more serious error last night was allowing the game to continue as long as he did in the driving rain. It was pretty clear that Putz was having a hard time gripping the ball. And with the game on the line, the prudent thing would have been to suspend play until the rain let up.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Is Carl Everett Really That Bad?

Judge for yourself. Follow this link and read some analysis from Steve over at SportSpot. The GM and the manager should be ashamed.

Monday, July 17, 2006

How Long Will He Last?

How much longer will Mike Hargrove last? After giving away the last 2 games by his poor bullpen management, let's hope it won't be too long. Here's a link to a post over at SportSpot that articulates quite well what may be in the works. Good work Steve (as usual).

Edit: And truth be told, both of those games could easily have gone the other way were it not for some outstanding defensive plays made by Toronto. Eventually some of those balls will have to drop in for the Mariners.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Snelling Is Alive And Well

FSN broadcast the Rainiers/Beavers game last night. Although the Rainiers ended up getting the snot beat out of them, it was nice to see that Chris Snelling looks like he is just about 100%. He played RF, hit a home run, threw well, and generally looked like he was running without any pain. Good news. Hope to see you in Seattle real soon mate.

Justin Leone was coaching 1B for the Beavers. I've lost track of him since he went to the Padre organization - anybody know what's up with him as a base coach? Is he hurt?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

It's Jones AND Dobbs

Official word from the Mariners. Choo and Oliveros gone - Jones and Dobbs called up. While I understand bringing Adam Jones up, I'm a little confused by the Dobbs move. Is this the precursor to another move?

From Dave over at USS M: "So, if Grover looked at a roster with Snelling or Choo on it and said “hey, Bill, I’m still DH’ing Everett, so those kids aren’t going to play much up here”, I can understand why Bavasi would then respond with a “fine, here’s Greg Dobbs then.”

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mid-Season Review

A few impressions of the first half from a fan's perspective:

  • Ichiro! continues to impress. Although he cooled off a bit in the last week, he's still ahead of the 2004 pace when he broke the single season hit record.
  • Where would this team be without Raul Ibanez? He has continued to improve since coming back to Seattle.
  • Sexson and Beltre. I have mixed feelings about these guys. They both have shown signs of life in the past few weeks - but they definitely aren't the impact players that we had hoped for.
  • Why is Carl Everett still on the team?
  • The pitching staff has, for the most part, been pretty good. Now that Eddie is gone, Pineiro and Mateo should be on Bavasi's list.
  • Betancourt and Lopez. Wow!
  • Hope to see some new faces in town over the next couple of weeks. The AL West is there for the taking.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Inscrutable Ichiro!

Ichiro! had some interesting comments when asked about the Mariners and his future with them. As always, Ichiro! speaks in riddles - which is just one of the reasons why he is so special.

The incomparable Bobby V. has a few thoughts about the differences between MLB and NPB. He specifically talks about playing the game the right way - which is what Ichiro! was talking about in the previously linked article.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

So Long Roberto

Hopefully Roberto Petagine will get a chance to catch on with another club. He certainly never had a chance with the Mariners.

After the fireworks in last night's game centering around umpire Ted Barrett, I found the following tidbit in his bio at MLB.com:

"...Associate Pastor at Rock Point Church in Higley, AZ...co-founder of Calling for Christ, a professional umpire ministry...received a master's degree in Biblical Studies at Trinity University and is now pursuing a doctorate in Theology..."

Interesting.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

All Star Break

So I know the All Star Game isn't played until next Tuesday, but it's a good excuse to take the weekend off from blogging. And quite frankly, I don't have anything constructive to say about the Mariners right now. Perhaps it will be best to remain silent and pick things up again after the ASB.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Updated Template

Updated the template to use one of Blogger's stock offerings. I was getting tired of comments not working properly and a few other inconveniences. Looks like comments are okay now and open to all.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Guardado Traded!

Link.

Good luck Eddie.

Nice job Mr. Bavasi. Now please do something about Everett, Mateo and Pineiro.

Edit: I did want to mention that during a recent telecast, Hendu spoke with obvious disdain of one Jim Bouton, who happened to be in town for the SABR convention. Hendu said something to the effect that "baseball players" still have it in for Bouton. I found it a little irritating that Hendu would feel that way - especially after all these years have gone by. But apparently there is no statute of limitations when it comes to revealing the arcane mysteries surrounding professional baseball players. Whatever.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day!!

I hope that you had an enjoyable 4th of July. I'm trying not to think about the shitty game the Mariners played today. In about 2 hours, I will enjoy a bunch of fireworks with my family and some friends. Tomorrow is another day.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Thoughts On Injuries, Idiots

Jeremy Reed is hurt. This creates a problem for the Mariners. The solution (as expressed elsewhere) is simple. Move Ichiro! to CF - call up Choo or Snelling to play RF. If that signals the end of the Jeremy Reed era in Seattle, so be it. Reed has "not hit" his way out of the lineup in my opinion.

Rafael Soriano is hurt. Maybe. Or maybe not. Not sure what to make of the various statements made yesterday. But history tells us that no matter what the club says, he probably is hurt. The need for help in the bullpen has just increased.

So what to make of Mike Hargrove? Is he trying to piss the GM off? Does he not care about winning ballgames? Is there something wrong with his cognition? I can't begin to express how mad I got yesterday afternoon as he let Ibanez and Reed face Brian Fuentes (who has turned out to be a pretty good pitcher, by the way. What sack of shit was he traded for?). I'm beginning to think that Perez is going to rot on the bench alongside Petagine. These managerial lapses can only hurt the ballclub. Let's hope the FO wakes up in time and fires Mike Hargrove before he derails the season.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Phew!!

Another awesome Mariner win last night at Safeco Field. Nice to see the team keep scratching until they get the win. In spite of Joel Pineiro and Mike Hargrove. Nice.

The Division is theirs for the taking.


Or not. Another game that slipped away today thanks to Mike Hargrove. Okay, perhaps that is a bit harsh. Shall we say that Mike Hargrove was one of the major contributors to today's loss? The injury to Reed may shake things up a bit - is Snelling on his way back up?

Dave Cameron over at USS Mariner provides the solution to the problem posed by Reed's injury. Check it out - I am in complete agreeement. And one additional link - John McGrath over at the TNT has a interesting piece this morning. I especially like his reference to "Team Sisyphus" - sweet. But blaming Ichiro! for Reed's injury may be pushing things a bit too far.