Saturday, October 28, 2006

2006 Season - Final Comments

I'm sad this morning. Baseball is finished. Congrats to the Cardinals - although there was something really wrong with seeing a celebrating Scott Spiezio on the front of the Sports section this morning.

It was another disappointing season for us here in the Northwest. The Mariners did offer some glimmers of hope. With some good moves this Winter, the club should be able to make a much better showing next year.

Time for the hot stove league to start. It won't be long until Spring Training starts. Maybe I'm not so sad after all.

Friday, October 20, 2006

McLaren Rejoins M's

As reported in The Times this morning, John McLaren will be Mike Hargrove's bench coach for the 2007 campaign. This is a surprise - I'm sure most people felt sure that McLaren would follow Lou to the Cubs. Guess this means he will have a shot at the M's job when Hargrove is not asked to return for 2008.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Gyroball

David Andriesen over at the P.I. takes a crack at the fabled Gyroball today. It's an interesting article - I suspect we will see more of these pieces as the hunt for Matsuzaka-san continues. For the uninitiated, the Gyroball is a pitch that Matsuzaka is rumored to throw. It's all about double-spin mechanics. Check out the article.

Edit: The Times is running an article this morning discussing the deal that MLB and TBS signed allowing TBS rights to broadcast the LCS in coming years. The Commissioner is quoted in the article as saying:

"I kind of hate when we put two games on at the same time," Selig said.

Ya think?

Sunday, October 15, 2006

More Random Playoff Thoughts

Here we go again, in no particular order:

  • Steve Lyons is a jerk. Although I'm not sure that his comment regarding Lou was all that bad, as a culmination of a million stupid things he has said, it was enough to get him fired. Excellent. Now if only Timmy would say something stupid...
  • I found myself getting really pissed when Scott Spiezio managed to drive in a couple of more runs for the Cards last night. It is just unbelievable that a guy who played so horribly while in Seattle could be winning big games in the NLCS.
  • Not taking anything away from the Tigers, but the A's didn't put up much of a fight in the ALCS. Aside from The Big Hurt coming to bat with bases loaded in the 9th in game 3, the A's went quietly. Oh well, I suppose seeing Ramontiago in the World Series will make it okay.
  • I hope Lou Piniella ends up managing the Cubs. I hope Luis Gonzalez catches on with another club. I say this because as on-air talent, they both stink.
  • My AL prediction (Twins) didn't do so well. I'm hoping my NL prediction (Mets) starts playing better ball today.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Dice-K To Be Posted

Here's a link - CBS says he's to be posted. Let the games begin!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Random Playoff Thoughts

In no particular order:

  • Did anyone else see the irony in Scott Spiezio delivering the hit that broke the game open and ensured the Cardinal win?
  • Nice to hear the National TV guys speaking of Carlos Guillen in such complimentary fashion.
  • Just say no to Jim Edmonds.
  • The Yankees crash and burn in the first round - again. Nice.
  • Too bad the rest of the playoff coverage will be on Fox TV (Timmy is driving me crazy!!).

Saturday, October 07, 2006

So Long Buck

Buck O'Neil has passed away. I was introduced to Buck by watching the Ken Burns Baseball documentary 12 years ago. Buck was again in the news earlier this year when the HOF snubbed him. Here is what he said regarding that incident:

"You think about this. Here I am, the grandson of a slave. And here the whole world was excited about whether I was going into the Hall of Fame or not. We've come a long ways. Before, we never even thought about anything like that. America, you've really grown and you're still growing."

Rest in peace Buck.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

What I'm Reading

It's been a while since I've plugged my favorite author, Jeff Angus. Take a look over at Management By Baseball at this article (first of a series) that discusses Ichiro! and his move to CF.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Looking Ahead - 2007

Seems almost hard to believe that the regular season is over. 162 games. It always feels like a lot of games in April - it's a much more finite number in October.

The 2006 Mariners were an improvement over the 2004 and 2005 versions. Although they still finished in the AL West cellar, they won more games and looked much better doing it than the previous 2 clubs.

Now the question is what to do to prepare for next year. Without question, starting pitching is the number one area of concern. The M's have to be right in the thick of the hunt for Matsuzaka-san. Additionally, they must find another #2 or #3 guy through trade - none of the FA guys will be able to deliver the goods (I'm still undecided about Schmidt, but right now leaning against). As far as the MOTO bat goes, I'm okay with either trading for Manny Ramirez or signing Barry Bonds - either guy would provide the firepower that this team sorely lacks. Get those things done and you've got a team that could get it done in 2007.

I like the Twins and the Mets - Twins win it all.