Thursday, November 01, 2007

Vote For Dave Niehaus

The National Baseball Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award. Follow this link in order to nominate Dave Niehaus (and any 2 other guys that you like). Niehaus really deserves this award - please do your part.

Edit: Niehaus makes the cut! Read all about it right here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Playoff Relevance

Larry Stone over at The Times delivered the following quote in his article this morning:

"With starter Horacio Ramirez getting blasted out of the game in the second inning, and Oakland smashing two grand slams -- one early and one late -- the Mariners' slide out of playoff relevance continued Monday with a 9-3 loss to the Athletics."

As the Mariners continue to recede from playoff relevance, so too will Evening Perambulations recede from the blogosphere for the remainder of the 2007 season. I can't write about these guys anymore. See you in the Spring.

Update: Almost forgot - see Geoff Baker's blog entry concerning the drubbing that the M's suffered at the hands of their dreaded divisional foes last night. Geoff tells it like it is.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Requiem

Although not yet mathematically eliminated, all hopes of a playoff appearance by the Mariners in the 2007 season evaporated last night in the Bronx. Although it's fair to say that the Yankees had some help from the umpires, the Mariners let the game slip away in the late innings because of poor defense and less than stellar bullpen performance. Interestingly enough, those two things, defense and bullpen, are what was holding the club in contention (IMHO).

On a personal level, it really sucks that it had to be the Yankees. And A-Rod -- well don't get me started.

Way back in the Spring, I was convinced that this club wasn't going anywhere. And although it's true that that is exactly what happened, they did manage to make things pretty interesting (and dare I say exciting?) for the last month or so. But man -- the friggin' Yankees. *sigh*

Friday, August 31, 2007

That Old Sinking Feeling

I can't even bring myself to write anything about yesterday's loss in Cleveland. I'm really tired of the M's doing this to me. They get me all wound up about being in contention in August - and then they go to Texas and start a 6 (or more) game losing streak. I'm tired of this shit. Seriously.

Update: Okay, so they are still within striking distance in the Wild Card race. Beating Rocket Man yesterday was a good thing - perhaps a momentum shift is in progress. I just wish the Mariners could play with more consistency. It's a recurring theme that I have blogged about for the last several years. Oh well, go M's!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

John Lackey Does Not Suck

Man, you've got to give credit where credit is due. John Lackey pitched one helluva ball game last night. He made the Mariner hitters look bad (no small feat considering the M's offense is one of the best in baseball).

The M's aren't going to make this easy on themselves. I'm getting to the point that I really dread roadtrips to Texas - seems like nothing good has come out of one of those trips for quite a few years now. In any event, taking 2 of 3 from Anaheim will get this team right back on track. Go M's!!

Update: Okay, it's not being overly dramatic to say that today's game is a must-win for the M's. Come on Felix!! Go M's!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Turning Point

Yesterday's game was a turning point of sorts for me. I'm not going to attempt to analyze anything the Mariners do for the rest of the season. The fact is that they are winning. As a fan, this is an excellent turn of events. As a blogger, I still have plenty of doubts about them. But it's clear that something is happening - and perhaps the best thing to do is cheer them on and enjoy the ride while it lasts. Go M's!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hey Richie, I'll Tell You Why

Before I go on to tell Richie Sexson why the fans in Seattle have been on his ass, I would like to mention how nice it is (finally) to be a fan of this ballclub again. Go M's!!

So Richie, ya think the fans might be tired of seeing crappy baseball being played at Safeco Field? And do you also think that the fans might hold you guys to a higher standard in light of the fact that the team has not played well for the last three years? Just tossing that out there. By the way, nice dinger last night in the 9th. Keep doing stuff like that and I guarantee no more boos for you!!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Adam Jones And Management

After reading Jose Guillen's comments concerning the promotion of Adam Jones, I thought that I needed to put this in writing. While Guillen is certainly entitled to his opinion, it's the Manager (and GM to a lesser extent) who needs to remind him that he's a member of a team - a team that is trying to execute a strategy that will allow them to appear in the post season for the first time in forever (or at least it seems that long!!). Get over it and keep playing good ball Jose - everything else will take care of itself.

The Red Sox showed why they are so formidable over the weekend. The M's aren't really in bad shape in the division - better forget about the wildcard with the way the Yankees are playing right now. Concentrate on winning the division. But don't play any more shitty games like the one on Sunday please!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

On Or Off?

In a comment on a previous post, my friend Larry mentioned that he had one foot on the bandwagon and the other foot off. That's a great description of my own feelings regarding the Mariners at this point in time. One part of me wants to get really excited and dare to think about the playoffs. Another part of me is certain that they will disappoint me (yet again). I think Geoff Baker is right when he says that the current series will pretty much determine whether the Mariners are contenders or pretenders. Off to a good start - let's see where we are in 2 days time.

Looks as if the trading deadline is going to pass without any action for the Mariners. For once, I think it's a good thing. Please don't make any deals for relievers!! Now if you can find a way to get Carlos Silva....

Friday, July 27, 2007

What A Difference A Week Makes

One week ago, I was entertaining serious thoughts of this team making a playoff run. This week, not so much. Another road trip to Texas ends badly (been *there* before) and a 7 game skid has brought me firmly back to earth. These are the Mariners that I have grown accustomed to watching over the past 3 seasons. The ones that can't score a run. The ones that can't hold a lead in the late innings. The ones that don't win. Let's hope the GM can make a trade soon - otherwise I'm afraid that the summer just got a little longer.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

1.5 Games Back

I've actually stayed away from the blog lately - afraid that I might get a little too wound up posting about the M's - but screw that! Can you believe that they are actually only 1.5 games off the division lead? I just can't say enough about how much fun it is to watch this team again. And as Jeff over at Lookout Landing would say - "Putz - wooooooo!!".

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

At The Break

To say that I am positively giddy concerning the Mariners these days would be an understatement. Not only do they have a shot at the AL Wild Card, they have (at least in my opinion) a very legitimate shot at winning the AL West. Who would have thunk it just a month ago?

Larry Stone says Ichiro! is ready to sign a 5 year extension, reportedly worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million!! Wow! I'm so happy.

Geoff Baker grades Bavasi. Geoff is the best sportswriter going - make sure you read this piece.

The first half of the season has had more plot twists than you can shake a stick at. Good Felix - Bad Felix - Hargrove leaves - Bad Weaver - Good Weaver - J.J emerges as elite closer - injuries - slumps - streaks (good and bad) - you name it. But I've got to tell you, I'm as excited about this team right now as I was back in 2001. Go M's!!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Adios Grover - Win Streak Continues!

My brother-in-law called me yesterday afternoon from Arizona and told me about Mike Hargrove's resignation. I had been busy all day and hadn't had a chance to see any news - so of course the info surprised me. I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth - so thanks Grover. Best of luck in future endeavors.

The ballclub just continues to amaze me every day. 10-2 homestand. 8 in a row. 12 games over .500. You just have to sit back and enjoy the ride at this point. And put me down in the "do what it takes to get Buehrle" camp. What an awesome upgrade that would be. Be calm.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sweeping Boston

You know, I've certainly had my ups and downs with this team so far in the 2007 campaign. There have been times when I have been positively giddy - and other times where I've been this close to giving up on them. But just as the infamous "road trip from hell" last year was a turning point, I think that this series sweep may be a turning point this season. Time will tell, but I must say that I am cautiously optimistic right now.

Dave has posted another awesome article at USS Mariner today - definitely worth a read.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Beating Boston

I'll say two things about last night's defeat of the Red Sox:
  • Funk Blast
  • Putz - wooooooo!!!


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Going With The Flow

Sometimes you just have to sit back and smile when your team does something good. If anybody would have suggested, prior to last night's game, that Jeff Weaver would throw a CG shutout, I would have suggested that they put down the crack pipe and start behaving like a responsible citizen. Sheesh. And as Dave points out over at USS Mariner this morning, that's why we love baseball!!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Which Team?

So which Mariner team will we see at Safeco Field this week? The one that kicked the crap out of the Padres, or the one that got swept by the pathetic Houston Astros? I'm not sure - but I'm betting on the latter. And please check out USS Mariner today - where Dave tells you why you shouldn't believe the "they're tired" BS that's making the rounds.

Just asking - what kind of reception will Junior get at Safeco when the Reds roll into town?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Rauuuuuuul!

Looks like Ibanez has found his power. Way to go Raul!

Monday, June 11, 2007

6 Games Over .500

Say what you will - the Seattle Mariners continue to win. After an improbably sweep of the NL West leaders (with 2 come from behind wins thrown in for good measure), the Mariners head for Cleveland today to see if they can continue their winning ways.

The weekend series in San Diego provided another reminder concerning the special nature of one player - Ichiro! As Larry Stone wrote in The Times yesterday, the team faces some very difficult decisions with regard to Ichiro!. Whatever happens, he's an awesome player who will continue to perform at a high level for many years to come (I'm pretty sure).

The offense continues their onslaught. The pitching staff has been a little less fun to watch - with the exception of J.J. Putz. He is without question the most deadly closer in the game today. If you have to face him in the 9th, forget it. Game over.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Winning

One thing that must be said about the Seattle Mariners at this point in the season is that they are winning ballgames. After two come from behind wins at the expense of the hapless Orioles, one wonders if perhaps there has been a little too much pessimism in the blogosphere as of late. This may be a good time to just sit back and enjoy some baseball - let the standings take care of themselves for now. After all, the team is winning!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday Update

I feel sorry for this blog - it's really been neglected lately (although not as badly as my photo blog - but that's another story entirely). I don't have enough for a themed post - so here are some bullets:

  • The offense keeps scoring runs like there's no tomorrow! I am liking this immensely!
  • Geoff Baker had an interesting item in his blog concerning the rumored potential sale of the club (as reported by The Boston Globe). Hadn't heard a word about this before reading Geoff's comments - although nothing would surprise me anymore.
  • Felix goes tonight!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Power Surge

What's up with the offense these days? I'm in danger of getting used to this double digit run production. Say what you will about the Mariners, but they definitely whipped Anaheim last night.

Managed to catch the relief appearance of Rafael Soriano as the Braves were beating Milwaukee yesterday. He was dealing - high cheese - hitters had NO chance. I'm just sayin'.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dave On Ichiro!

Dave over at USS Mariner has written an outstanding article concerning Ichiro! today that you should really go read right now. It's always amazed me when fans blame Ichiro! for what's wrong with the ballclub. He's the most talented, elite player that the club has. He's not what's wrong with this team. Enjoy him now - because I'm afraid that 2007 will be the last season that we have the pleasure of seeing him perform in a Mariner uniform. *sigh*

Monday, May 21, 2007

Monday Roundup

So what happened to my optimism? The Mariners happened - trailing the Angels by 5 games and not being able to win a series from the Padres. It's not only me - check out Geoff Baker over at The Times, or Dave over at USS Mariner. The bottom line - start winning some ballgames or it's going to be another last place finish.

On an unrelated note, saw a cool article in the Kitsap Sun by Terry Mosher concerning my favorite ex-Mariner.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Reasons To Be Optimistic

I'm finding more reasons to be optimistic about this team every day. Larry Stone lists a good number of these reasons over at The Times this morning. I'll say the following:

  • The offense has been pretty good - and looks like it's getting better (Ichiro! comes alive).
  • The bullpen has been nothing short of amazing - Morrow and O'Flaherty have been big (and pleasant) surprises.
  • Washburn has been awesome so far.
  • King Felix is back.
  • Series win vs. Yankees. Yes!
  • Rest of AL West not very good.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Happy Felix Day!

It certainly feels like summer in the Seattle area today, and not only because the temperature is in the 80's! Felix makes his return tonight - and hopefully a triumphant return.

Geoff Baker writes a nice piece in his blog concerning the team and its current standing. Worth a read.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Keeping Things In Perspective

With three summers in a row of losing ballclubs, it's been difficult for me to keep things in perspective this year. However, the games played this weekend at Safeco Field have once again reminded me that no matter how rough the last three years have been, the current season still holds lots of promise. The Mariners ended up the weekend with a series win against the Yankees - and that's not a bad thing. The club is over .500 and playing good baseball (mostly). And Felix will be back on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

So Now What?

I haven't posted recently because I really don't know what to think about this team, let alone what to write about them. Some days the offense looks pretty good - other days not. The starting pitching has been a problem - and appears that it will continue to be so. At least King Felix is due to come back next week - but not sure that he can be expected to carry the entire load. My optimism is fading fast...

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Snelling To A's

I suppose this was inevitable. Check out Dave's awesome post over at USS Mariner this morning for some perspective on this issue. As usual, Dave provides the cutting insight and analysis. Hey, at least we'll get to see a bit more of Snelling since he's back on the West Coast! P.I. link

Sunday, April 29, 2007

4/29 Game Report

Okay, I haven't posted for a while - mainly because I was afraid of jinxing the streak - and maybe because I didn't want the post to degenerate into another "Jeff Weaver sucks" rant - although he really does. In any event, I made a trip to Safeco Field today and thought it would be appropriate to share a few thoughts concerning the game.

Cha Baek had an excellent outing until suddenly losing his command. Brandon Morrow came in and was lights-out! The crowd really got into it.


Raul and Ichiro! shoot the breeze while Morrow warms up

The Ignitor salvaged a pretty dismal at bat to produce the go-ahead runs. It was obvious to everyone in the ballpark that once he got the second chance, he wasn't going to let it pass him by. Pretty cool.


The Ignitor

It was a beautiful Seattle afternoon - and doubly enjoyable because of a Mariner win.


Your intrepid reporter

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Getting Worse

I've been willing to cut Bill Bavasi some slack for the last couple of years. I'm done. Rather than getting better, this team is getting worse. With the exception of King Felix, the team has nobody in the starting rotation that is getting the job done. The bullpen has actually been better than I expected, but the lack of quality starts is really hurting the club. I used to kid my friend Barclay about the Texas Rangers (he's a big Ranger fan) and their chances for winning a game. Basically, I would tell him that as long as the Ranger offense scored one more run than the starters gave up that the club would be okay. Fast forward a couple of years and you could use that same line about the Mariners. *sigh*

Update: I'm not the only one - check out John McGrath over at the TNT.

And Geoff Baker over at The Times.

Tuesday update - even Larry Stone's getting in on the act.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Could Have Been Worse

As Jeff over at Lookout Landing reports, King Felix is not as badly hurt as was feared immediately after he left the game the other evening. As the Twins went on to sweep, at least there's hope that the King will return soon. Then Dave from USS Mariner reported that Brandon Morrow will take Felix's place in the rotation. Somebody please make it stop.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Happy Felix Day!

Jerry Crasnick over at ESPN has lots of love for King Felix in his article today. After last night's performance, I'm looking forward to seeing a good pitcher take the hill for the Mariners.

Oh, by the way, Jeff Weaver sucks.

Update: Or not. I am feeling some high anxiety right now concerning King Felix's injury. Hopefully it's nothing - but with the way things have been going for this club for the last 3 years, I'm not counting on it. And then this tidbit from the Nationals/Phillies game yesterday:

Bottom of the 13th
Pitching Change: (P) Madson replaced by (P) Rosario
Hit: Snelling hits a single to CF. 0 out.
Hit: Restovich hits a double to LF. C Snelling to third. 0 out.
Run scored: 1 run, Felipe Lopez hits a sacrifice fly. Chris Snelling scores from 3rd.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

King Crowns Sox

Today is not a day to worry about the lack of depth that is Seattle Mariner pitching. Today is a day to celebrate the arrival of The King. Yesterday in Boston, King Felix showed a national TV audience exactly what all the hype is about. Dice-K who? Felix is the man - long live The King!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Schedules Gone Wild

So the M's and Indians will hopefully follow the advice of the great Ernie Banks today (Let's play two!) in snowy Cleveland. The weather has certainly been a factor over the weekend in the East - see Geoff Baker's latest blog entry for the update - looks like it's no certainty that they will be able to play today. Why doesn't MLB schedule these early April games in the more temperate cities? Good question Geoff - and I suspect you are right - it's all about the Benjamins.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

First Series Victory

So last night's results notwithstanding, I'll take a series win against Oakland anytime. It's way too early to draw any conclusions about the ballclub, but the things that we said during Spring Training are holding true - namely that the club will score more runs than the anemic bunch from 2006 - and that the pitching is going to be an adventure. A day to breathe today - and then a game in frigid Cleveland tomorrow. And it's to be in the 70's here in the Northwest tomorrow. What could be better than that?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

King Vanquishes Division Foe

A decidedly good effort. Dave puts it in words much more eloquently than I, but the fact remains that King Felix turned in a performance yesterday that may signal the arrival of the dominant pitcher that we all have been waiting for. Props to Big Richie for smoking that ball to CF.

Also, be sure to check out Jeff's awesome game recap over at Looking Landing.

Monday, April 02, 2007

It's April - Play Ball!

This is it. Opening Day. The time for speculation is over. It's time to put up or shut up. After 3 losing seasons, it's time for the Mariners to start winning again. Go Mariners!

Update: Official 25 man roster for Opening Day.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Down To The Wire

It's official(maybe), Jamie Burke gets the nod as the backup catcher. Geoff Baker also reports that Jeremy Reed, Eric O'Flaherty and Sean Green were optioned to Tacoma. I'm happy that Burke made the team. A few more decisions to be made - will Morrow make the big club?

Update: Here's Jeff Sullivan's take on the 2007 season: "Your three-year sabbatical may be over, but your half-decade of irrelevance isn't."

Additional Update: Larry Stone opines concerning Ichiro! and his walk year.

Further update: John McGrath in the TNT concerning what happened to Jeremy Reed.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Baker On The Starters

Geoff Baker does some analysis of the Mariners starting staff today over at the Times Blog. Good stuff - and I think he's about on target when he says this will be a .500-ish club.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Morrow In Or Out?

One of the most interesting questions remaining this Spring (at least in my mind) is whether Brandon Morrow will make the big club as a reliever, or start the year in the rotation in AA. There's been quite a bit of discussion in the blogosphere concerning the relative merits of each course of action. For me, I would much prefer to see Morrow with the big club - they've made the bullpen a lot weaker than it should have been, and here's a nice in-house solution to that problem. Time will tell - opening day is almost here.

Monday, March 19, 2007

A Season Of Ifs

Going into the 2007 campaign, there are many ifs surrounding the Mariners. One of the biggest ifs to me is if Felix Hernandez will become the number one starter that we all have been hoping for. So far this Spring, the results are mixed. Check out Geoff Baker's latest blog entry - he seems to share some of my concern. Yesterday's appearance by The King did remind me of quite a few of his outings last year - too many pitches early and out by the 5th. Not a winning combination.

Edit: By the way, be sure and check out this bit of hilarity from the irrepressible Jeff Sullivan.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Spring 2007

So we're 10 games into the 2007 Cactus League schedule and I'm not really hopeful about the season. Yeah, I know it's early. Yeah, I know that Spring Training games don't matter. But listen, the M's have stunk for three years running, and it's going to take a little more than what I've seen so far to convince me that they are going to win the AL West this year. Okay, it's going to take a little more than what I've seen so far to convince me that they aren't headed for another last place finish. Although it was nice to see them kick the snot out of the Angels. :D

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Too Early To Panic?

Hopefully you've been reading Geoff Baker's fine blog over at The Times as he chronicles Spring Training down in Peoria this year. It's only been three games, but the Mariners seem to be doing two things regularly on offense - grounding into double plays and not hitting with runners in scoring position. It probably is a little too early to really be concerned, but given the recent history of this club, I hope that the trend doesn't continue.

Friday, February 23, 2007

What's Wrong With Hitting .240?

As Deanna over at Seattle Marinerds points out this morning, everybody and their brother (or sister) is blogging about the Mariners this year. With all the coverage coming out of Peoria, there's no shortage of material to write about. Yahoo is running an article this morning concerning none other than Big Richie that discusses the "It always amazes me watching people criticize a guy with 39 home runs because he's only hitting .240" thing that we discussed yesterday. Sexson actually seems to be irritated - "I know a lot of people are down on the season I had. But find another right-handed hitter who can do that in that in that park, and I would say thank you very much," Sexson said. Looks like Sexson and Hargrove are on the same page.
Edit: Or perhaps Richie is saying that he would hit for a much higher average in another ballpark. I haven't looked at the home/away splits from last season - but I would be surprised it there is any significant difference. Anybody out there got anything to the contrary?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

More Fun With Grover

For your consideration, please check today's post by Dave over at USS Mariner. Once again, Mike Hargrove demonstrates that he has no business managing a big-league ballclub. *sigh*

Monday, February 19, 2007

Geoff Baker Rocks

A very quick note this morning to say that if you aren't reading Geoff Baker's blog over at The Times then you are missing the boat! Geoff is providing some awesome coverage of ST from Peoria. Lots of good stuff like Mark Lowe's appointment with Dr. Yocum and Beltre's new Winter regimen. Who needs to go all the way to Peoria when somebody like Geoff is doing such a great job of reporting?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

LaRue On Bavasi

Larry LaRue of the TNT has written an article concerning the Bavasi years that I read earlier with interest. It's a well written piece that lays out Bavasi's record as GM. It's a good read - highly recommended.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Five Days

So ends one of the longest weeks of the off-season. But there is a light on the horizon. Pitchers and catchers report in five days. Music to the ears of every baseball fan at this time of year. The gloom of Winter gives way to the promise of Spring. Time will tell if Bill Bavasi is a genius or an idiot - but at least the process will begin soon. I think it's a safe bet that the 2007 club will produce more runs than the 2006 version. It's also a safe bet that the defense will continue to perform well. Pitching will be the key. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Update: I'm not the only one. See Geoff Baker's piece in The Times.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Inside Pitch

The National Baseball Hall of Fame produces an electronic newsletter called Inside Pitch. It's free - sign up here. It's a good source of information concerning the HOF and they usually include some good historical tidbits. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hickey's Offseason Analysis

Good article in the P.I. today by John Hickey. He includes some very candid quotes from the G.M. that indicate just how badly fooled the organization was by the hyper-market that ensued following the infusion of the "Nationals" money to the other 29 clubs.

There are other interesting revelations in this piece, including the one-time dispensation granted by the F.O. to exceed budget limits to make a bid for Zito. Boras is quoted as saying that Bavasi "hit a home run" with his offer to Zito, and that he (Boras) expected Zito to sign with Seattle (at least until that other offer came along).

Spring Training can't start soon enough. Although I'm not so sure that I'll be quite as enthused once April rolls around.

Monday, January 29, 2007

And Jeff Weaver Makes Five

According to Larry Stone over at The Times, it's a done deal. I'm not sure that I like the price tag, but I like the idea of bringing Weaver in on a one year deal. And I like it a lot better than if it was John Thomson or Tomo Ohka. With the addition of Arthur Rhodes to the pen, I'm actually starting to get a little hopeful about 2007. 18 days until pitchers and catchers report!

Update: Geoff Baker with some analysis of the Weaver deal.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The New Felix

According to Larry Stone, the new Felix Hernandez is an awesome sight to behold. The King weighed in at 226 on Tuesday, a full 20 pounds lighter than when he reported to ST in 2006. In a Winter that's been dominated by bad news, the latest revealations concerning Felix are a bright beacon of hope.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Does Ichiro! Want To Stay?

Seems to me that this is the question that must be asked by the Mariners. Larry Stone writes today in The Times that even if they have the money, Ichiro! may not be inclined to take it, given the poor performance of the team over the last three seasons. And after seeing the contracts that Vernon Wells and Gary Matthews signed this Winter, it will cost a boatload of money to get Ichiro! signed. I'm in agreement with Larry Stone here - the Mariners need to find out the answer to this question and then take the appropriate action.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Bucky In The News

Geoff Baker asks and answers the question "Whatever happened to Bucky?" over in the Times this morning. It's a good read, and makes the point that for all the people who realize their dream of playing Major League baseball, there are many more who get tantalizingly close but never achieve theirs.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wednesday News

Larry Stone over at The Times provides some news from Marinerville today. In addition to avoiding arbitration with Broussard and Ramirez, the article discusses the $1M gap between the club and J.J. - which may mean that Putz will be the first Mariner player to go to arbitration since Smokey McReefer - uh, I mean Freddy Garcia. Stone also mentions that Greg Dobbs was claimed off waivers by the Phillies, and that the club may yet sign Brian Lawrence. And last but certainly not least, he mentions that Gookie Dawkins will be a NRI at Spring Training - yay!

Update: J.J. signs a 3 year deal - details here.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Larry Dierker On Managerial Strategy

I've been doing some baseball related reading lately, and came across some interesting insights in Larry Dierker's book This Ain't Brain Surgery. Among some of the items that I found to be very revealing:

  • Dierker says that "...my strategic philosophy often clashed with my instincts." He illustrates this point by talking about his reluctance to pinch hit for Brad Ausmus late in games because he didn't want to "appear to lack confidence in my players". Although he knew that statistically it would be the correct move to pinch hit for Ausmus, many times he did not in order to avoid giving the players the sense that he did not have complete confidence in their abilities.
  • Dierker also says that "sometimes the players played the game the way they thought they should play it instead of the way I wanted them to play it." Perhaps my naivete is showing, but this admission took me by surprise. It seemed like a fairly simple proposition - play the game the way I say or you don't have a job. Apparently that's too simplistic.

Dierker's remarks have certainly helped me put some of the odd managerial behaviors of one Mike Hargrove more sharply in focus. The similarities are striking - as I was reading these passages, I was thinking that this could very well be Grover telling the story. Your thoughts?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Not So Promising Start

Seeing John Thomson sign with the Blue Jays for $500K yesterday just made it abundantly clear that the good ship Mariner is adrift. I suppose that the 2007 version of the club might play well, but there are so many guys on the roster that could go "poof" at any moment that it will be a minor miracle if they do. So let's just say that I'm not feeling too confident right now. Perhaps the GM will pull a rabbit out of his hat - but the odds, at least in my opinion, are against it.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

Evening Perambulations would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!