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
Although the Mariners brass swears up and down that the procurement of Ichiro Suzuki was solely a pragmatic decision, the move reeks of nostalgia and has left many Mariners fans in a crisis of future success versus memory. The best case scenario is he’s meant to be a short-term solution for an outfield in need […]Read More THERE’S NO NOSTALGIA LIKE MARINERS NOSTALGIA: WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE ICHIRO SIGNING
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
It was going great. The first inning was a dream. Felix Hernandez, The King, Seattle’s fallen monarch showed the stuff of old until a line drive got in his way. Felix took control of his first outing of Spring Training by striking-out both Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo in a 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom […]Read More FELIX DEFIES NATURAL ORDER IN RETURN TO TOP FORM ONLY FOR BASEBALL GODS TO MAKE ATTEMPT ON HIS LIFE
“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?