Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Losing My Faith As A Baseball Fan

Mercifully for all of us who follow the Mariners, the debacle that was 2008 is over. This season has certainly been a disappointing one for me on many levels – but the most stinging disappointment has come in the form of losing my faith as a baseball fan.

I’ve been a baseball fan for many years (I’m well north of 50) and this is the first Summer that I can remember where I was totally and completely disinterested in the game. Mariner games used to be front and center on TV at my house. We always went to at least 2 games in Seattle every season. Not this year. I didn’t see a game on TV since early June. We did not make a trip to Safeco this year. And I didn’t miss it. At all. And that is sad. I feel like I have lost a dear friend. And in many ways I have.

What will happen next year? I really don’t know. I suppose that some killer moves over the Winter might entice me back. But I don’t think it is a certainty. The future of the blog is an uncertainty as well. I feel bad that I have not written more this year. We’ll see what happens in the Spring – when hope springs eternal!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ichiro Selfish?

Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to post anything until the Mariners started playing good ball. Well they haven't, but I really wanted to put up a link here to the awesome post that Dave made over at USS Mariner today. He is responding to Geoff Baker's latest installment in his series concerning rebuilding. Check it out - I am in complete agreement with Dave here.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Bavasi In Review

I know I said I wasn't going to post until the M's started playing good ball, but this article from Detect-O-Vision caught my eye earlier and I wanted to post a link to it. Some very interesting analysis here - definitely worth a look.

Monday, June 16, 2008

So Long Bill

It's official, Bill Bavasi was dismissed by the Mariners today. Long overdue. This is just the start of many changes to come - thankfully it has finally begun!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Historical Analysis

Dave Cameron has a great piece over at Baseball Analysts that you should read. It's a nice rundown of all the dumb moves that the organization has made over the last few years.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Fork

Stick a fork in the 2008 Seattle Mariners - they are done. If you don't believe this to be true, check out what my esteemed colleague Dave over at USS Mariner has to say about this subject today. These are numbers that cannot be refuted. Hopefully Bill Bavasi will get rid of the dead wood currently on the roster, bring up the kids and start building a good team for 2009.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Whither Now?

It's pretty clear to me that, short of some miraculous occurrence, the Mariners have played themselves into a position of non-competitiveness - or as Larry Stone said last year, removed any "Playoff relevancy" that they may once have had. So if this is indeed a 100 loss club, one wonders whether or not sweeping change is inevitable. As has been mentioned elsewhere, said change may come to pass once the revenue stream begins to dry up. I don't want to speak for the average fan, but this average fan has mostly lost interest. I haven't watched a game in more than a week. And I probably won't watch any games until the level of play improves significantly.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I'm Done

That's it. I'm not writing another word about the Mariners until they start playing decent baseball. So I may be done for the year. If that's the case, have a nice Summer. See you in Spring Training! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mariners = Padres?

Saw this interesting piece by Scott Miller this morning that got me thinking about the disturbing similarities between the Padres and Mariners this season. It would seem that they share more than just the Peoria Sports Complex. One must also wonder why we haven't seen any stories about a "livid" Bill Bavasi. I'm just saying.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Two In A Row

A few points:
  • 2 W's in a row
  • Both were come from behind victories
  • First W all season when scoring less than 4 runs (thanks Geoff Baker for that stat)
  • Felix and Bedard both tossed good games
But then it struck me - it was against the Padres! Talk to me after this upcoming road trip - then I might have some reason to be optimistic.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Joh-san Is The Problem?

Not enough time for a big post here, but Dr. Detecto posits that Johjima may be the root cause of the M's poor defense. It's an interesting read - going to have to try and verify some of the numbers. But the good doctor does raise an interesting point - how would you know if you were wrong?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Sad Day

I'm sad today. My team lost a heartbreaking game last night, and I don't really care. My team is falling so far behind the division leaders that they don't have a very realistic chance of getting back into the race, and I don't really care. It's a shame that it's come to this. I used to love baseball. After the last 5 years, I'm not so sure anymore. And that's sad.

By the way, Geoff Baker has a nice entry on his blog today - definitely worth a read. If you weren't sad before reading this post, you will be after you are finished.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Now It's As Bad As It Gets

The chances of making the playoffs in 2008 are dwindling daily. It's not only me - check here, here or here for 3 equally dismal opinions from the top bloggers in the M's blogosphere. It may indeed be a long summer.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Just About As Bad As It Gets

After yesterday's humiliating defeat in NYC, I'm rather reluctant to admit that I am a Mariner's fan today. That's about as bad a game as I can remember seeing - the hometown nine really stunk up the joint. I think that the crucial point in the 2008 campaign may be upon us - we may not have to wait until late August to find out if this team is going to compete. And quite frankly, if they continue to play like they played yesterday, the answer is going to be no.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Roster Moves

According to The Times, Norton and Wilkerson DFA'd - Clement and Balentien called up. Yes!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

What Dave Said

The illustrious Dave Cameron over at USS Mariner wrote the piece this morning that I have been thinking about for the last couple of days - read it here. It's not too early to be making changes - and obviously this team needs some help when it comes to offense. Please Bill - do something before it's too late.

Edit: A nice article over at ESPN on Cammy as his suspension winds down. Worth a look.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Another One For The L Column

I was going to write a post two days ago concerning the lack of offense - Blogger wouldn't take it - and then Geoff Baker stole my thunder the following day! The joys of blogging. In any event, last night's game was a stinker. No way the M's should lose that game. I'm not blaming the pitching staff - the offense just didn't get the job done when they needed to. I don't think any one hitter is going to solve this problem - all of the guys who aren't hitting their weight need to get themselves together and start playing good baseball. Okay, rant over.

Monday, April 21, 2008

R.I.P. Airtime

Stepping away from the 2008 campaign for a moment to acknowledge the passing of John Marzano. Always a favorite in my house, Marzano was one of those hard-nosed, scrappy, old-fashioned ball players. Known for managing to get into the camera shot of any teammate who hit a homerun (hence the nickname "Airtime"), it was especially fun to watch Marzano after Ken Griffey Jr. would homer. Marzano would practically be sitting in Junior's lap - priceless. We'll miss you.

Friday, April 18, 2008

So Far, So Good

You know, I'm really hesitant to say this too loudly, but I'm pretty happy with the way the Mariners are playing ball right now. Despite several key injuries, the club seems to be hanging in there. I'm especially pleased with how Felix and Silva are pitching. All in all things are good - just don't say it too loudly!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Another Series Win

Despite all the gloom and doom that seems to be dominating the blogosphere this morning, the M's won another series over the weekend. And although the injury report is not making me feel real good - there doesn't appear to be anything yet that is season ending. I'm getting a bit concerned about Bedard, but so far nothing major. So in general I am okay with the club. Go M's!!

Edit: This interesting factoid from The Times:

"When Ichiro grounded into a double play Saturday, it was just the 35th time he had done so in his career in 18,805 plate appearances. But the interesting statistic was this: It marked the first time he had ever recorded a 3-6-1 (first to shortstop to pitcher) DP."

Friday, April 11, 2008

Road Trip Blues

I think it's fair to say that a week ago, most people were expecting better than a 2-5 roadtrip. Especially going into Baltimore and Tampa/St. Pete. Guess that's why they play the games. :)

And although the situation is not particularly encouraging at the moment, I also think that it may be a bit premature for much wailing and gnashing of teeth. For all the bad results, the M's have only been a good break or two away from winning most of the games that they have played. Having said that, I think the homestand beginning today is critical. Go M's!!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Two Observations

Awesome game down in Tampa yesterday - actually got to see the last couple innings when I got home. Two things that I wanted to comment on:

1. RRS is amazing.

2. Adrian Beltre plays the game with style. Full points to AB for selling that play at 3rd. Replay indicated that the play was a bit closer than the umpire thought, but AB definitely got the team out of a jam with his heads-up play. Well done!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Remember To Breathe

Another tough loss. The club is not playing very good ball right now. The good news is that the date is April 7th. Relax. It's extremely frustrating to witness a loss like yesterday's game in Baltimore, but that's how it shakes out sometimes. As long as the team wins more games like that than it loses all will be good. How about those Tigers? :)

Friday, April 04, 2008

Update From Baltimore

The Rally Killer™ is hitting 4th for your Seattle Mariners this evening in Baltimore. I'm just saying...

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Tough Loss

That was indeed a tough loss last night. An interesting game from a fan's standpoint, it appeared that the M's were on their way to another W until that Josh Hamilton character decided to ruin it. By the way, check out what Jeff had to say about Mr. Hamilton over at Lookout Landing - I find myself in complete agreement.

Edit: And it might have just gotten a lot tougher. Putz goes on the 15 day DL - read it here.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Opening Day

The time has finally come. No more time for speculation and second-guessing - no more what-ifs. The games start counting today.

Friday, March 21, 2008

RISP

It would appear that the number one issue for this club over the last several years is still alive and well - leaving runners on third base with less than 2 outs. Geoff Baker blogs about this very subject over at The Times this morning. I was in a good mood until I read this - now I am beginning to get that old sinking feeling again.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Mind Of Ichiro!

There's a great article over at The Times this morning by Brad Lefton concerning a TV program from Japan that recently focused on none other than Ichiro! This is an excellent article that provides a bit of insight into the mind of Ichiro! and describes in limited detail his approach to the game. Good stuff.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Blogging Is Fun!

Really. I've been quiet here lately, but it's not because I'm not happy with what is going on down in Arizona. I started a new job in Seattle the first week of March, and quite frankly have been a lot busier than I really like to be. Feeling like I will be in the groove at work in the next few weeks - then hopefully regular blogging will be a bit easier.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Pitchers And Catchers Report

It's music to a baseball fan's ears. After the dark, dreary days of Winter, the rites of Spring are finally about to begin. The annual cycle of renewal. Just in time.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Jose Vidro - DH?

Geoff Baker posted a nice article over at The Times today concerning, among other things, Jose Vidro. I agree completely that the debate concerning Vidro's worth as a DH has dropped off to almost nothing since the end of last season. It is time to rekindle that discussion, since offense will be a major area of concern this season.

Geoff delivered this gem in the above referenced article (speaking of Vidro):

"If he posts an .860 OPS over an entire season, the Vidro debate vanishes like the team's executives during a losing streak."

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

More Games In HD This Year

From The Times:

"• More than 150 Mariners games will be broadcast by FSN in high-definition this season, the most the network has ever done. FSN had previously averaged about 107 games, with local stations picking up another 30 or so. All of the team's televised games will be shown in HD either on FSN or as part of MLB's national package on Fox."

I really love HD programming!!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

When Will It Be Done?

The Bedard/Jones+ trade has to be one of the weirdest deals I have ever seen. Geoff Baker posted this article over at The Times which provides a nice breakdown of what has gone on so far. Geoff also points out that the internet (and by extension bloggers) caught both teams off guard by the rapidity of the reporting and the subsequent firestorm of speculation that followed. Stay tuned - hopefully this deal will finally come to a conclusion soon.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wilkerson Signed

Perhaps another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place. According to The Times, Brad Wilkerson has signed a 1 year deal with the Mariners. Can Erik Bedard be far behind?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Jones+ for Bedard?

According to Geoff Baker over at The Times, the deal is almost done. The wisdom of this deal depends on your point of view, but as I have said since I started this blog, I want to see the entire deal (including any follow on deals) before I make up my mind. Either way, at least something appears to finally be happening.

Edit: Or not. Lots of conflicting reports today - not sure whether the deal will actually go down or not. I am starting to think that I would rather see the 2008 M's compete with Bedard rather than Jones et al - give me a shot at winning now rather than a couple of years down the road. They weren't that far out of the hunt last year - and the addition of Silva and Bedard will certainly improve the biggest problem from the 2007 campaign.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Willie Ballgame

An interesting article today in The Kitsap Sun concerning Mr. Willie Bloomquist. He's certainly viewed as the hometown hero here in Kitsap County, but check the article for the details (especially the comment concerning the blogosphere).

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy New Year

Just realized that I have not made a post in 2008 yet. There, now I have. :)

Edit: I also just realized that I really sucked as a blogger last year - less than 100 posts. Not too good. I will either blog properly in 2008 or give it up altogether.