Every Spring Training I’m reminded that pre-season statistics don’t correlate with regular season performance. Spring Training is a time for the young to fight for a place and the starters to shake off the rust and gradually work their way up into top form. This is especially true for pitchers. Spring Training pitching often tests […]Read More SORRY, NO SHORTCUTS: EVALUATING SPRING TRAINING PITCHING BY EYE AND EAR
10 days ago, I ran my mouth off and said that Marco Gonzales, Andrew Moore, and Guillermo Heredia are the three up-and-comers in the Mariners organization to keep an eye on during Spring Training. Being that today is an off-day, I figure it’s as good a time as any to check in and investigate how […]Read More MARINERS GET A DAY OFF SO LET’S PLAY CATCH UP
About twice a season my fiancé, Liz agrees to join me at the ballpark. The agreement doesn’t come easily and without its caveats; usually, the proposition isn’t settled before the promise of hot dogs, beer and Dippin’ Dots is established. Every summer we replay our first baseball compromise, The Great Safeco Compromise of 2014 when these […]Read More TENSION WITHIN SPACE
“Marco, wake up, man—you gotta pitch today… Yeah, the Dodgers, against Kershaw and Kyle’s brother. No pressure, man. Just don’t blow it!” So, Andrew Moore-or-less killed it Friday, going two shut-out innings with three strikeouts. It was a bell ringing, a chance for the young pitcher to edge his way closer into that […]Read More MARCO’S BIG DAY OUT
Not too long ago I called my dad and asked how he was doing because he sounded sick. He said he was good. It turned out he was a day away from a bronchial infection and two from pneumonia. Dad wasn’t good, but dad’s a stoic old-school kind of guy and always wants to say […]Read More THE 2018 SEATTLE MARINERS TEAM SLOGAN IS UH, PRETTY… GOOD?
Like gently boiled hotdogs the boys of summer are slowly being brought up to temperature before smothered in a uniform and splattered with all their personalized accouchements. However, like anything in life, many of the younger players called to spring training will have to earn their mustard before they can wear the professional bun in […]Read More YOU CAN SMELL PEORIA FROM SEATTLE AND IT SMELLS LIKE HOT DOG WATER AND COWHIDE
I’m a Mariners fan, and you could say that whenever I go to a game—usually with my friend Mark, or dad—I’m reminded of the film Harold and Maude, because just like that mismatched duo enjoyed going to a good funeral to commiserate in the shared experience of entropy, I enjoy the Mariners’ slow sink, and […]Read More MY CAT DIED TODAY, BUT THE SEATTLE MARINERS ARE ALIVE, FOR NOW