Thursday, September 28, 2006

Bavasi And Hargrove To Return

Here's a link to Derek's post over at USS Mariner with the text of the letter that was sent out to season ticket holders today along with Derek's commentary.

I'm not too concerned about this turn of events (Edit: What can I do anyway? The FO has made their decision.). It's much more important to make sure that the holes in the current lineup are addressed over the Winter. A post or two concerning what needs to be done (aside from keeping Sexson and losing Meche and Pineiro) will be forthcoming during the next week or so.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Looking Ahead - Meche & Pineiro

As the season winds down, I find that I really don't have much motivation to write about the current string of games. It's nice to see the M's kicking ass, but quite frankly it's too little and too late to make any difference. Instead, I would prefer to focus on next season.

The M's face lots of decisions this Winter. Two of them are named Meche and Pineiro. These should be easy decisions - let them walk. Neither of these guys has shown anything this season that makes me believe that they have "turned the corner". So when it comes to Meche and Pineiro, just say no.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Steve Kelley Speaks

Over at The Times this morning, Steve Kelley delivers a scathing indictment of the Mariners 2006 season. He implores you to ignore the spin and recognize this club for what it is - a loser. Although I normally don't pay much attention to Mr. Kelley, this particular article is on the mark. Give it a read and see what you think.

Monday, September 18, 2006

200 Again!

Congrats to Ichiro! for another 200 hit season.

On an unrelated note, my apologies to Derek Jeter. You see, I picked him for my Diamond Daily entry yesterday, thus ensuring his hitting streak would come to an end. Sorry dude.

Friday, September 15, 2006

An Ill Wind

Contained within the M's Notebook over at The Times today is the following quote that fills me with dread:

"Mariners manager Mike Hargrove and general manager Bill Bavasi are already shopping for the field boss' new bench coach for next season. Hargrove said on Thursday that he and Bavasi 'have a list of names that we'll go over — that we've started going over. And we'll fill that spot.'

The development is an interesting one, given all the previous speculation about whether Hargrove would, in fact, be fired at season's end. It would seem a waste of time to include Hargrove in a search for his own bench coach if he is not in the plans for 2007."

I can't guarantee that I will pay any attention to this team next season if Hargrove is still around managing it. Edit: Of course, there is nothing here that says for sure that Hargrove will be back - but it certainly does strongly imply that that will be the case. And Larry LaRue seems to think that Grover will be around in 2007. Argh.

On an unrelated note, the team really needs to do something about Ichiro! and his horrid baserunning. You all know that I'm a big Ichiro! fan, but enough is enough. Edit: To be fair, the team has been pretty craptastic on the basepaths this year. I still maintain that this is a coaching staff issue.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Looking Ahead - Richie Sexson

Richmond Lockwood Sexson. Looking forward to the 2007 campaign, the question of whether to move him certainly must be asked. Since the All-Star break, Sexson has put up a .305/.377/.584 line. In the month of September, he's looking even better with a .361/.429/.694 line. He's 31 years old, and has 2 years remaining on his deal ($14M per). If he continues to produce at his current rate, then it would take a pretty awesome offer for me to part with him.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Playing Out The String

I've arrived at the point in the season where I really don't care what the Mariners do anymore. Win or lose, it's all the same to me. I'm ready for the season to be over. It's been another frustrating year - although this one was a bit more enjoyable than the last two seasons. It's certainly time to start thinking about what needs to be done in order to make the team better for next season. Along those lines, Dave has a great post over at U.S.S. Mariner today that cautions against giving long-term contracts to FA pitchers. It's a great read (as usual) and is an excellent place to begin the discussion about what the club should look like next year.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Where Are They Now?

Saw a couple of familiar names over the past few days:

  • Bobby Madritsch was released by the Royals. I don't think he pitched one inning this year.
  • Justin Leone was DFA'd by the Padres to make room on the 40 man roster for David Wells.
Too bad - both of these guys were a lot of fun to watch. It just goes to show that there is no such thing as a sure thing in professional sports.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Manager's L

Sometimes the club doesn't play well and they deserve to lose. Other times, the club plays well, they deserve to win, but they end up taking the loss because the manager does something stupid. Today's game in St. Pete was a prime example of the latter. Why Hargrove decided to leave Felix in is beyond me - it was quite clear from watching the telecast that Felix was done. Not that it really matters anymore, but it certainly does piss me off when Hargrove does things like this. Felix should have had the W today - instead he gets the L - courtesy of Mike Hargrove.

Danger On The Basepaths

I've got to tell you that nobody should be getting thrown out in the manner that Jose Lopez did last night this late in the season. If the coaching staff hasn't been able to get him sorted out by now, then perhaps he needs to sit for a while in order to drive the point home.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Updated Template

Meant to say something the other day concerning the look of the page. Blogger has a new interface in beta that is actually pretty cool. Site layout and design is a snap - even for those who are html challenged. I've modified one of their stock templates - looks fairly close to the previous one - but I must admit that I like this one a bit better.