Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mariner updates

Whew, we have a manager. Well, we have had a manager since before Thanksgiving, I have just been lazy in reporting it. As of yesterday, we traded Putz. Honestly, a move I am not 100% happy with, since we have no "closer in waiting". The likely candidate could be Ryan Rowland Smith and keep Morrow in the starting rotation.

We do receive a great quick player in return (actually 7 players total, but I am only going to focus on Gutierrez). He is being credited with an outstanding glove, and an optimistic approach with his bat. I am sure his numbers will be better than those of Reed.

I wish Putz well as he becomes the setup man for K-Rod in NY and their new stadium. I guess this puts an end to "Thunderstuck" being played as Putz enters that was fun.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The hunt for a manager, and other notes

I don't have a lot of to say on a new manager or not. They have a current list of 7 and it is rumored that 3 more will be added. A decision will be made before the end of this month. This week is round 1, and next week will be round 2 with a decision coming shortly after Thanksgiving.

All the candidates so far have their pluses and minuses. I just want a winner to be placed on the field.

In other news, the M's parted ways with 2 players, and assigned 2 others to the minors. Jake Woods declined his minor assignment and is now gone. Yung Chin Chen was picked up by the A's, and Jared Wells and Joe Woerman were sent down. This opens up 4 spots on the 40 man roster. This clearly gives the M's the room they need to go after the young Japanese hurler Junichi Tazawa. He is not in the "majors" in Japan, so the M's don't have to pay out money just to talk to him (i.e Dice-K and Kuroda). The M's are denying that any contact has been made to Tazawa, and he is a bit of a gamble. However, he does have youth on his side. The other diamond the M's have that other ball clubs do not is a Japanesse catcher in Johjima. This could help us land Tazawa without breaking the bank.

A small jab to the M's, Tim Lincecum is your NL Cy Young winner, and new cover boy for "MLB 2K9". The last time I hope to talk about this from a standpoint of comparing Morrow to Lincecum. If you really want to compare notes, Tim has 1 Cy Young and no WS titles, Morrow has zeros in both standings. Overall, not bad to be down 1 award. Morrow will be a full time starter next year, so the true comparison will take place.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Do we want Junior?

This town needs the boost. No NBA, Seahawks look like the Seachickens and the Mariners were the first team with over $100 million in payroll to lose 100 or more games. Yes, Seattle could use the morale boost.

What do you get 10 years later? We won't be receiving the wall-jamming, outfielder of years gone. We will receive a left-handed DH. So, let's compare Griffey to the switch hitting Vidro.





































So, Vidro remains consistently bad, while Griffey does have a good decline against LHP. For the season, Griffey is right around a .250 (.249) average. Not great for a career .280 hitter, but not horrible. Vidro is a career .300 hitter and just completed his worst offensive year in his career.

Looking that these numbers, and based upon the assumption you cannot do any worse, bring back the old man for a swan song in a Mariner uniform. However, I am only agreeing to this if he is willing to lower his price tag. I believe Griffey is looking for those salary numbers based upon his late 90's and early 00's performance. That Griffey is no longer around, he will need to adjust his demands.

I doubt that Griffey fits into the plan that J-Z has for this team. Currently, it does make for an ineteresting off-season discussion.

All quiet on the Mariner front

Nothing new to report. J-Z (Jack Zduriencik) has made a couple of front office moves, bringing in his own people.

Those M's that have filled for free agency:
1. Raul Ibanez
2. Willie Bloomquist
3. Miguel Cairo

Nothing too surprising about these fillings. I hope that Raul can play on some sort of contender. I don't think I will miss Willie that much. Cairo is a journeyman anyway, so no love lost their either. This opens the door for some great players in the minors to come worth and prove they have what it takes to play for the Mariners...which isn't much these days.

I am looking forward to see who J-Z grabs in next June's draft. I do not think we will be big players in the hot stove league. We did all of our great work last year in landing Bedard for all of 3 months of service. I believe Bedard is only with us for another season. It would be in his best interest to remain healthy and perform well all year to boost his stock.

BOTW: My own

Yes, we finally brewed beer again. The airlock is popping away downstairs as I type this. With any luck, we should be able to bottle our Brown Ale next weekend. A review will be forthcoming, just in time for Thanksgiving. (Maybe even for the Hawks/Skins game, Bill).

NOTE: For those of you new to the "BOTW" title, that is "beer of the week". Since it is more like months between beer reviews, I should probably change that.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We have a new GM!

No, it was not one of the 3 finalists. Zduriencik, a fourth finalist that I was unaware of at the time of my last entry, is the winner. He is the "old white guy" of the bunch. He recently won baseball "Executive of the Year" award, first non-GM to achieve this feat. He does bring the most experience in player development. He is coming to the M's courtesy of the Brewers front office, where he is known for finding Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart...not the other Corey Hart. Perhaps Ned Yost will now be in the running for the M's manager slot.

I don't have a formalized opinion on this hiring. It sounds like he brings all the right player scouting and development skills to the post. It is my hope this move will bring greatness. I have a strong feeling that players like Washburn and Batista, heads that I have requested to roll for awhile now, will be gone before spring training starts. more year. Lopez needs to find a rhythm and perhaps 1B is that "rhythm".

Here is a link to Zduriencik's resume for those interested....

What I do know, the next 4 months should be very interesting. Fan Fest, here we come!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tough times for Seahawks

On sports radio today, the majority of the fan base for the hawks appears to have zero patience for the current season performance and are asking for the head of Ruskell. I am not one of them...yet. We have enjoyed a good run recently, but it appears the woes that troubled us in the 90's potentially have returned. It is weird how little changed in the area of our defense, but yet we have one of the worst defenses in the league, when last year we had one of the best.

Our draft picks since the Super Bowl run of '05 have been, well, crappy. They are well talented players that have not panned out. On the free agency/trade side of player acquisitions, Deion Branch cost us a first rounder; while the Patriots only paid for a 3rd rounder with Randy Moss. I guess timing is everything.

Perhaps this means a better shot at season tickets next year...

Final 3 for GM

Ng has made the cut. In fact, I am pleased by all 3 finalist selected. What they all have in common, this will be their first GM position. They all come with varying years of experience and guidance, which will provide value in their new role.

What does that mean for expectations? Hard to say. Perhaps they want to come in a make a big splash...if ownership allows it. Or, perhaps they come in and focus on a variety of smaller, less noticeable details that work towards the greater good. I vote for the lader. We have good bones to this team, just need to work on how all the part and pieces fit together.

Do not look for this position to be filled until after the conclusion of the World Series. Once that is done, I expect an annoucment within 2-3 days.

First thing to address will be the manager position. Once the World Series is over, the list of available candidates will become clear. I would be looking for a manager that has vision and is given some flexibility from the new GM. Stranger things have happened, we are looking at a potential "worst to first" team to enter the World Series. Why can't the M's do that next year?

With two major changes like this, a work trip would be the only thing that could make me miss FanFest.

Friday, October 03, 2008

A new GM for Christmas

I was perusing some other M's blogs and listening to sports talk the other day, and an interesting name popped up, Dan Jennings. He is an exec in the Marlins system currently. For those of you that have been long team readers, I am a huge fan of what the Florida teams have accomplished with their FA pickups and home-grown talent. As of right now, Dan Jennings (if he would be willing to come back to Seattle) would get my vote. Dan was a former scout in the M's organization. From what I can tell, his name also surfaced after the departure of Pat Gillick in 2003. Before going to the Marlins, he did some scouting for the Rays.

Of course the Marlins have not made the playoffs recently, but keep in mind they had more wins this year than the Dodgers. On that transitional note, I would love to see Kim Ng take the GM role as well. I believe she is currently the assistant GM and would love to have her bring her experience and knowledge to Seattle. The Dodgers have had some prize pitchers and field players work their way up the farm chain. Also, the Dodgers have been making some nice free agent moves in recent history.

Thankfully, Cashman is no longer an option. He can pick hitters, but is horrible with pitching... Carl Pavano, example "A".

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Defending the crown!

It was touch and go near the end, but I was able to keep my opponent at bay during the 2 week long final game for the Fantasy baseball trophy. We had a rather large change in format this year, which proved to kick my ass for the entire season...until the playoffs. Once the "second season" began, I knew I had a chance.

Soon, I will update my Facebook photo with my bobble head trophies placed back to back.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tough times for Seattle sports

Sonics - Gone
Mariners - where do I start...what a long season.
Seahawks - It is so bad, they are allowing me to tryout at receiver
Dawgs - After this weekend's bye week, they should be 0-4.

Not sure what else to say. The M's were just swept by the Royals and their stifling pitching and explosive offense. The Seahawks lost their home open to a division team and another division team enters Quest Field this weekend. Hopefully we can keep our head above water against the Rams.

Maybe the Griz can do something this year for college football in the NW.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Welcome back the commercial jingle has the best ads in the business. The Geico caveman time has come and gone. Bring on the creative jingles talking about sub-compacts and tourist restaurants. Lacking the jingle, the Apple ads have also been very creative and fun to watch.

The Good, Bad and the Ugly in reverse order

The Ugly: Seahawks. Wow, what a loss. The special teams play of the Bills took every once of air out of any hopes of a comeback. I hope that the defense of the hawks will make sure to watch when players are leaving the field.

The Bad: BYU wins. Apparently, college football is cracking down on any signs of celebrating. To which I applaud them, I have been asking for a crack down. However, this did cause the UW football team any hope of keeping BYU on it's heals and knocking them out of BCS contention.

The Good: The Griz opened on the road versus a ranked team in Cal Poly. It was good to see the Griz put some decent competition on the schedule before they face John Kitna's alma mater in Central Washington.

Also in the "good" segment, the M's took 2 out of 3 from the Yankees. Aiding them in their quest with not making the post season. Also, Brandon Marrow far exceeded my expectation and nearly no-hit the hated evil empire on Friday night.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Not only does Beltre join the likes of Olerud, Buhner and A-Rod as Mariners who have hit for the cycle, he also participated in MLB history. Along with Beltre, Stephan Drew also hit for the cycle on the same day. First time since 1920 that feat has been accomplished!

The M's are doing what they can to finish strong. At this rate, they will not be receiving the #1 draft pick next June.

Tuiasosopo was called up from AAA for the month of Sept. His family is a rather large partipicate in Seattle area sports. It is nice to see this hometown boy get a shot with his hometown team. Brandon Morrow will have his chance at starting, making his debut this Saturday versus the Yankees. I am looking forward to all this hype being over. I predict he goes 5 innings giving up 4 ER, and probably 5 K's.

BOTW: Red Seal Ale

I was in Monterey a couple weeks back and tried a CA beer called Red Seal Ale. Here are my thoughts:

A little bit of bitter up front. The bitter taste gradually fads away to a nice finishing hoppy taste. I had a difficult time tasting any malt with this beer. Overall, a nice summer beer.

I would rate this beer as "drinkable".

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Twinkies and other sadness

Swept again. I am not sure, but I think the M's have only won, one out of their last twelve series. I don't think we could be any more pathetic. Apparently, we are trying to be worse than any other team in M's history...and still have a 100+ Million dollar payroll.

I am having a hard time with football starting. I have missed both Seahawk games, and I am not motivated at all to commission my own Fantasy Football league. Oh well, time to suck it up. Drove past the new Redmond facility when the players were going through morning drills. What an awesome setting for a football training facility.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Another one bites the dust

Vidro has been released. To bring you up to speed:

1. Bavasi - out
2. Sexson - out
3. Vidro - out
4. Batista - still around

The M's are trying to make things happen with some youth. The guys from AAA are doing well. Morrow was sent down to get ready as a major league starter next year. We will always be comparing him to Tim Lincecum of SF. Tim was backyard kid that was not taken by the M's, but passed over for Brandon instead. Tim will be a Cy Young winner within the next 3 years, playing for a team that will not win the NL West during that same time frame.

Let's hear it for the AL East! The team with the second lowest payroll in all of baseball is leading the East, go Rays! About time we as baseball fans are not hearing about Sox/Yanks rivalry all the time. We recently went to a Red Sox game in Seattle. The only way I knew it was not a home game for the Red Sox was the fact we were in Safeco Field. (Bill and other lifelong Sox fans are excluded from what I am about to say) I think Red Sox fans have surpassed Yankee fans as the most annoying in my book. It is close, but this switch may have occurred.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Been awhile

A lot has happened since I last blogged. Richie Sexson was let go, and…well I guess that was about it. The M's continue to struggle at the plate, but I would say things are a bit different under Riggleman. Next to go, Vidro and Washburn. Of course, Washburn has a 2.44 ERA in his last 9 starts and Vidro is actually attempting to produce. This could be good news as Thursday's trade deadline approaches. I honestly think with the way the season has gone, anyone is fair game to build for the future.

Yesterday, the first true Mariner was inducted into the HOF, Dave Niehaus. I have always enjoyed listening to Dave on the radio; this is an honor long in coming, congrats Dave!

So, what uniform with Griffey wear if he makes it into the Hall? I would say the M's uniform, but he has now spent more time in Cincy than in Seattle. Of course, if for whatever reason, they do bring him back to DH (not much better than Vidro) it would be the largest morale boost this city has ever seen.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Bye Johnny

John had made some questionable moves in his brief stint as manager. I can only compare this to Bob Melvin. Bob inherited a decent team from Pinella, then went on a huge losing tear the following season. Later, he arrives back in AZ and puts that team at or near the top of the NL West...interesting. I hope John Mclaren ends up somewhere, he was with the M's organization for so long. And I thought the GM move was going to be are only big firing this year.

With that said, I do not think Mclaren should have been fired. I don't think all of these issues are his fault. We lost some "spark plug" type players in the off-season and acquire some "ho-hum" players in their place. A shake up is necessary, however, this change may have come too soon. The move was supposedly done in the best interest of the remaining 90 games. I guess time will tell.

With the trade deadline approaching quickly, we will see if any players take a hit for the poor performance of the M's.

Good luck John!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The King

Felix was on fire last night. At least for innings 1-5. He became the 13th player in the AL to strike out the side on 9 pitches, the first Mariner to do so. Everything was working for him last night, the slider was sliding and the fastball was hitting 98 MPH. If you ever get the chance to watch this kid pitch, take it.

He is your ace of the Mariner staff, period.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

So, what next?

As I stated earlier, this season is shot. I don't expect too much to happen for the rest of the season, in terms of major moves. We do have the worst hitting DH and 1B in the league, so if that changed, I would not be upset.

I don't know much of Mr. Lee Pelekoudas. He is a candidate to fill the spot permanently. He has been with the team since 1979. The best candidates outside of Lee probably won't be available until seasons end, another reason nothing will happen.

Ichiro was moved back to RF last night, and will remain there for the rest of the season. This is good news for Ichiro! It also means that CF becomes a cornucopia of players. I am sure the conspiracy theorist already think that means they are bringing back Junior. If the M's were to bring back the 38 year young Junior for his swan song, it should be DH, (.245 avg, 7 HR, and 30 RBI). Vidro is not much better with his .215 avg, 5 HR, and 34 RBI. The only thing Vidro gives you is that he is a switch hitter. I am not saying we should bring Junior back, we know we cannot afford him. But the moral boost it would give this city, would be amazing. Seattle is a loyalist city, it takes care of the player faithful. Even Gary Payton and the X-Man came back to town for the rally at the court house as the jackass owner Clay Clay takes the Sonics to Oklahoma.

One quick note on the move to OK City. I have not watched the NBA since '98 so I don't care that much about this move from a fan standpoint. With that said, I was a Sonic faithful from the time I can remember up to the strike of '98. Hell, I even put X-Man on my letterman's jacket! The fact the NBA has no issue with a happy donkey owner taking a 41 year team out of it's birthplace and placing it in BFE is ridiculous. I guess it helps when you have an owner in bed with the commissioner. So long Sonics, thanks for the memories!

Monday, June 16, 2008

About time....

Here is the long awaited news!

With Bavasi gone, it might not be soon enough to save this season. It does allow us to move forward with someone for next year. We need to bring back a Pat Gillick type that can focus on talent that is valued for what CAN they do, and not based on previous experiences.

More blogging to come on what I feel will make a good GM.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I am not alone

You know a season is bad when your manager has an episode like this. (It was the top video of Johnny Mac and his tirade...careful, this is uncensored).

If we don't right this ship, the M's could be the first team with a payroll over 100 Mil to lose 100 games. It would be the 4th time in M's history to accomplish the 100 L's milestone.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stop the bleeding!!!

Enough already, win a damn game! We are swept by the seller dwelling Tigers and Yankees, and now are losing leads to the Red Sox. The only thing I truly see missing from this team is heart with a little bit of drive thrown in.

I know Sexson shows signs of greatness, but dump him and that salary. We need to take our queues from the Marlins. I am a closet fan of the Marlins. They are able to produce talent and wins with an owner that runs them like the owner in "Major League". The M's are 9th in payroll with $117 Million this year (7th last year) and carry the worst record in all of baseball! Marlins with $21 Million are dead last and the Rays with $43 Million are second to last. Last year, the Marlins and Rays flip flopped positions. They are doing this by building up a strong farm system and bring players up when they are ripe, not too early, not too late. Obviously, neither of them are "buying" championships. I don't care if you hate the Florida teams, but that is pretty darn cool they can win on what is defined as minimal wage in baseball.

How are other teams that are winning rank in the payroll list:
Oakland 28th
D-Back 23rd
Rangers 21st

The Yankees and Tigers top the list and sit in the bottom of their divisions.

BOTW: Blue Paddle

A nice meld of hops and malt. An outstanding Pilsner for a warm summer day. This would be a perfect "getting off the river and having a beer" beer. I would have to rate this as one of my favorite Pilsners. 4 stars for the brewer better known for Fat Tire

Very drinkable, and this borders for 4.5 stars. One of the best Pilsners on the market.

BOTW: Moose Drool

A great tasting dark roasted nut brown. You can distinctly taste every ounce of nuttiness. The roast is not over powering, but a great blend.

I don't think I have reviews MD yet. It would be wrong of me to be from Missoula and not do so. Pretty bland review for a beer that I just love to drink. This can be drank on hot or cold days, it really doesn't matter. The color says warm, but the taste will argue otherwise.

4 stars and very drinkable!

Friday, May 23, 2008

BOTW: Snake River Pale Ale

This is a gently hopped pale ale. A minimal amount of bittering hops, but a great deal of finishing hops. The mild punch of hop taste and aroma is prevalent at the start then the taste of hops melts away and blends nicely with the lighter malt.

I would rate this beer 3.5 out 5 stars and very drinkable. This is a medal winning beer for the brewer from Jackson Hole, WY. I have had the chance to visit this brewery, and I would encourage others to do the same when in NW Wyoming.

Here is what their website has to say about the beer:

An aromatic American pale ale brewed using 2 row pale, Munich 9L, and carastan 34L malts.

Subtle bitterness is produced with Washington Columbus hops while assertive flavor and aroma are produced using Washington Cascade.

Dry hopping with Cascade produce a very drinkable pale with a pleasant floral finish.

The opening Plato was 12.5 and the beer was fermented to an ending Plato of 2.5 creating an alcohol content of 5.2% by volume.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mariner update...ick...15-26

Rule number of 1 of being a sports: There will be good times and there will be rough times.

It has not been a pretty year. We did drop the dead weight of Brad Wilkerson, but made a mistake by dropping Greg Norton. Norton was only batting .500 coming off the bench with 4 K's. Meanwhile, Clement has not showed any signs of his AAA performances. I am happy with the call up of Balentien. He is not hitting all that well, but has showed promise.

Fielding is killing us! We are ranked 13th out of 14 teams in the AL and 26th in all of baseball.

Hitting is killing us! We are 24th overall in batting average, 29th against right-handed pithing (1102 AB's) , and 3rd against left-handed pitching (273 AB's). We are making teams like the White Sox and Rangers appear to have a rotation full of Cy Young winners. We are not getting small ball done, and for sure not hitting many home runs. I think Sexson is on pace for over 30 HR, however, only 90 RBI's to follow those home runs.

What about pitching? We are 25th in overall team ERA, 26th for our starters and 21st for our bullpen. This was a team that was suppose to have one of the best starting rotations in the AL, and perhaps all of baseball. Bedard was rocked in his last start, and King Felix has not found his rhythm since early April. Last year, our pen was fairly solid. That does not appear to be the case this year.

Needless to say, this is currently not a fun team to watch. I hope we get all the "bugs" worked out by Memorial Day before we are put too far out of the race. Otherwise, this might be another one of those years where we call it quits in June and give our youth some time in the majors.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The reason for my long adsence...

Our son was born in mid-April and has taken up all of my time. In time, I will get back to talking about baseball and how I suck at head-to-head fantasy baseball.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Missing any episodes?

A simple way to catch up on Simpsons, Family Guy and Beer Nutz! I think I heard about last year, but didn't pay any attention. However, now I can get caught up on all the Simpson episodes I have been missing.

Some additional info on what is offered.

Monday, April 07, 2008

History lesson for everyone

75 years since prohibition roamed this land.

Subtle brilliance

"It's a sitcom! How hard can it be?"

I have to give big props to the writers of The Office. I have had an episode running through my mind since I saw the rerun last Thursday. The episode is "Local Ad" and two people in there are very familiar to me. I am sure that most of you that read this blog, already know what I am about to share.

Did the two guys that are from the ad agency look familiar? Both of them have been seen in popular ads for about 18 months. The guy that does a majority of the talking has been seen lately leaving long, odd voicemails on a girls T-Mobile cell phone and then deleting them to be re-recorded. The other ad rep has been spotted in Home Depot ads. The one that comes to my mind is when his "daughter" tells him how outdated their kitchen is and then receives a monetary gift from "mom" for doing so. Having two guys in ads, play ad makers is beyond funny to me.

I think this subtle bit of brilliance is fantastic. Perhaps to some of you, this was not so subtle.

After further review...

I feel Lopez should have dove after the ball in the 9th. I did not see highlights when I posted yesterday, but I saw the "lazy" play of Lopez. I am beginning to wonder if he is resorting to last years tactics that had him on the lips of trade rumors among fans.

What is up in Detroit?! I need to diversify my starting pitching in fantasy baseball. I was dumb enough to draft 4 Tiger pitchers this year!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Why in Baltimore?

Talk about a bad road trip. So far, we have lost 3 games with 1 left to play. George sherrill, the ex-Mariner, has received 2 saves so far. The pen complete self-distructed today after Hernandex had the O's shutdown for 8 innings.

The season is young, but times like these we really need to learn. Did we "rush" Lowe back to the pen too fast? O'Flaherty, who is generally spot on, gave up 2 ER today. We have one last gasp of air in Camden Yards tomorrow before we venture south to Tampa. After we sweep Tampa, we return home for the first of many games between the M's and the Angels of Orange County.

Side note: Best invention ever for gaming, the Wii. We only have a very small collection of games (no guitar hero yet) but I love playing Wii Sports and the Olympics.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Really, it is not a bad start

With the exception being Putz blowing his first save of the year (something that took him until late July to do last year) and now being on the 15 day DL.

2-1 is not bad, especially with how strong our starting pitching has been.





































Sure, we only have the 1 W, but we have 7 innings for two of our starters, and a very low ERA all the way around.

The bats have also been showing up, not so much in terms of HR's, but small ball is getting the job done. Fans are already starting to boo Sexson (.091). I will admit last year I did not like what he was doing. This is a new year, and I think Mac needs to move him out of the 4 spot and into the 6 or 7 spot. He is swinging at bad pitches again, and pitchers seem to have a formula for him: "Make him chase outside, and he is as good as gone." Putting him down the batting order a bit might take the pressure of a 4 hitter off of him and let him focus on getting his swing back.

Another great move is having Lopez bat in the 2 spot. He appears to really be enjoying himself both in the batter box, as well as on the field.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Off to a good start!

Overall, Bedard was good. He may not have been all that overpowering, but he was able to get a few K's, and have a few frustrated reactions in return. It was nice to see us put some offense together as well.

Didn't get a chance to see too much action from opening day, but the Nat's are 2-0 and the Royals are ready for some upsets. Don't be surprised if KC does not finish in last place in the Central.

I am loving the return of baseball!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Baseball updates

It has been awhile since I have blogged. I don’t have a good excuse for this so I will continue on.

Baseball is upon us! Monday, the M’s open at home against the Rangers. Last night, our fantasy baseball league had its draft. So far, I a bit disappointed with my player selection. Obviously, time will tell, but we are doing head-to-head this year, so the strategy that I finally mastered last season, is different this year.

I probably won’t do any of my great baseball pick blogs, like last year. So here is an abbreviated section.

Boston reclaims the AL East, Detroit wins the central, and the Angels edge out the M’s for the West. Wildcard teams will potentially be the M’s and Indians.

In the NL, the Phillies win the East, Cubs and Brewers battle hard for the Central, with the Brewers winning that division. The Dodgers will take the West. As for wildcard potential teams, we have the Cubs, Mets and Braves.

I did a poor job of baseball research, so I lack the “players you must see” information. One player I am watching is Michael Bourn for the Astros. He has speed and will be a perennial leadoff hitter.

Back to work as the snow falls in Seattle.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Injury bug hits Anaheim

It appears that John Lackey is out until May. John has been a Mariner killer over the past few seasons. Along with John is Kelvim Escobar, he is out until mid-May. These injuries are not season ending, but should allow us to win a couple of series against the AL West rivals.

The M's are struggling during spring training, music to my ears. The more bugs that are worked out in Peoria, the less we should see them in Seattle.

Bedard is having a very bad spring, with an ERA over 9. I am not too concerned by this, as he will need time to settle in with his new team and with new pitching coach Mel. Ichiro finally broke his hitless streak on Friday, this one did have me concerned a bit, but he is now back on track.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What is next for Shaun?

With Jones and TJ Duckett now signed, what is next for Shaun? Does Mo Morris or Shaun go? Since Jones runs like Morris, it would be likely that a trade of Shaun for a higher draft pick could be coming. Shaun's stock has to be the lowest of his career after 2 injured plagued seasons.

As frustrating as I found watching him last season, he is still one of my favorite Hawks. He is not gone...yet, but I do hope the best for him and his career.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Thank you Brett!

Brett Favre retired this week. I will miss that smile on the football field. From what I can tell, Brett is one of the last players to enjoy the game. He did so without having to pound his chest, taunt the other team or have the coolest TD dance.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Spring games have begun

Bedard was not overly impressive in his debut with the M's. Felix, on the other hand, pitched 3 innings of perfect ball to start spring. I have big plans for this pitching staff this year.

In other news, Santana was rocked in his spring debut with the Mets. I wonder what the impact of Santana will be on the Mets this season. I am not sure if I will have them winning the NL East. With Glavine back in Hotlanta, will this help bring the Braves back to the top of the NL East?

Time to start researching my division predictions. It might take me a couple days to figure out who is in what uniform before I go much further.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Congrats to Dave!

(On his 73rd birthday no less)

Dave Niehaus is going to be the first Mariner in the HOF. (I don't count good ole Gaylord). He has been calling games for the M's since the first pitch of 1977. This award comes very well deserved. The most famous call of Dave's career would have to be Edgar's double that scored Jr in '95 against the Yanks. My oh my!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Spring is here!

Well for some. While the sun is shining in Seattle, pitchers and catchers are at in sunny Peoria, AZ. It sounds like we have a lot of good things going on. I have to wonder if or ever, Clement will be the backstop for the M's. We trade him? Have him ride pine behind Kenji?

We also have the Canadian reporting to training camp, the 19 year old Aumont. With his 6'7" stature, I hope he is able to make to Tacoma this year. I am planning on making a better effort to go to Tacoma games and see our minors in action. I am only dream when Aumont, King Felix and a healthy Bedard leading the charge to the playoffs.

Later this month, maybe early March, I will dedicate some time to my picks for this.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Correction and Pitchers and Catchers report!

Bedard is 28, and turns 29 before the season begins. My statement of 26 was apparently wishful thinking.

Pitchers and Catchers report this Wednesday!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Okay, I am rethinking Bedard

For several years now, I have ranted about how Bavasi does not do anything. Or, when he does, all I do is criticize. This time, I am taking the "yellow brick road" approach.

The M's are going to have to give up some talent to get some talent. I would like to see Adam Jones do well, but the M's are not making the playoffs because we have a great RF. Bedard would be a nice lefty compliment to King Felix. Having Bedard could help take some pressure from King Felix and allow for a great 1-2 punch. To Bedard's credit, he is only 26 years old. Assuming we can keep him healthy, and sign him to a long-term contract, the M's could have a great start to building a solid pitching rotation.

This trade has the smell of Mark Langston for Randy Johnson, Brian Holman, and Gene Harris. The only thing about that trade, Randy was a total unknown but losing Langston was a big deal back in the day. With this involving Jones, it smells like the Cruz Jr. trade that brought Mike Timlin and Paul Spoljaric to the M's. Cruz Jr. had endless "potential" and for the most part has had a somewhat successful career as he has bounced from the M's, Blue Jays, Giants, D-Rays, D-Backs, Dodgers, Padres, and now the Yankees.

Pitchers and catchers report next week!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Bedard talks

I am not sure what the rest of the country is hearing, but I am sick and tired of hearing about this potential Bedard trade. First, I don't want him because he has yet to have a healthy season. With that said, he is amazing when healthy. We are selling a lot of "unknowns" in this trade. Is/was Adam Jones the future of this franchise? What about our bullpen? George had a pretty good year overall. Since this trade sounds like a sure, barring a re-up on a contract from the O's, I should get use to his name.

With that said, Yahoo! opened registration for fantasy baseball. Email to commish happened this morning!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Seahawk thoughts

A few people in this area want to see Holmgren leave and not honor the last year of his contract. I disagree. I am aware that I was asking for a changing of the guard earlier in the year to break the mediocre mold. However, he did that on his own by going with his pass only offense and winning some games with it. We do have Mora waiting in the wins, but I think he will complete his contract and retire after next year. I would like to see him remain in the GM role.

I heard a rumor that the Hawks may have "renegotiation" talks with Shaun. This could be a very sticky situation to put ourselves in. I am not 100% positive this is going to happen, but I would not fault the Hawks for doing this. Since his amazing MVP run, he has done nothing. He can play the injury card, but that can only go on for so long. I would love to see Shaun step up his off-season workout plan and return to the Hawks in '08 with that inner fire burning strong.

Make Trufant your franchise player. Why was our kicker the frachise player anyway? Trufant needs to stick around, he had a great year and adds a lot of talent to our DB's.

Strengthen the defensive line in the off-season. You take away Kearney, and we have nothing.

Last Saturday. I was not even going to write about this, but here are my thoughts:
1. Green Bay already owned us prioro to the arrival of the snow. The weather did take us out of our passing game, but basically, we showed no desire to win this game.
2. Our defense was disappointing. The weather can receive some blame for slowing down our defense, but there were times I was questioning why we had players on the field.
3. The front 7 of Green Bay really know how to stop the run. Especially against a team that cannot run the ball.
4. You knew Green Bay was going to run the ball, but yet, we could not stop the run.

Onto baseball.....

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What is Clemens doing?

I have to applaud him for taking action against his trainer. Not because I think he is telling the truth, but he is at least trying to defend his character.

He needs to stop whining, immediately. The last thing that baseball needs (besides the steroids) is a multi-million dollar star complaining about having to spend part of this $120+ Million career earnings (not including endorsements) on defending his character. Does he actually think that the American public is going to watch TV and have thoughts of "poor Roger"? I think not!

He is doing the exact opposite of Bonds. Barry apparently could care less what is written about him and his "alleged" use. Clemens is taking the defensive strategy. Where is all this anger coming from? Steroids perhaps?

I hope for the sake of Clemens, that this is not another fist pounding "I never" to later find out that he was guilty all along.