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.