Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Sele was one of baseball's most overpaid players last year ($8.6 mil for a 5.05 ERA and 132 innings) and has seen his numbers decline steadily since leaving Seattle in 2001. Still, as a non-roster envitee, he would be very low-risk for the Mariners. It might even be possible (though unlikely) for him to regain some of his old form. In addition, he'd be a good story for the fans in spring training (think: Norm Charlton). And it's great to see the club giving a former Coug another shot.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Bucky Jacobsen seems to have the optimism cranked all the way to eleven during his interview with the Times' Blaine Newnham. In the same paragraph that asserts the need for Bucky to stay humble this season if he wants to be successful, Newnham has Bucky claiming that he could easily "hit 35-40 home runs this season as he says he can." I hope he gets the chance and is right. $300,000 makes for a pretty cheap slugger these days.
The best part of the article is at thew very end, though:
He and (wife) Jennifer recently bought a home at Snoqualmie Ridge.I'm a bit torn. Yeah, one of the zanier Mariners characters in recent memory has moved to my hometown. But it was the Ridge, so it might as well have been Mukilteo as close as the Ridge is to my parents' house. At least he's in the 98065.
Monday, January 10, 2005
EDIT, 1:19 PM:
In addition, I've added the following a few new Mariners links
- M's vs. A's
- Evening Perambulations
- Mariners Revolution
- Mariners Morsels
- House that Edgar Built
- Just North of Wrigley Field
- The Fan (not the De Niro/Snipes flick)
Sure, he probably could have made the Cubs a better team, but $17 million better? No chance. Our center fielder may make us crazy when he starts flailing in earnest, but he's actually pretty good, and he's almost $17 million cheaper than Beltran. The more I think about it, the more difficult it is for me to believe that I even cared whether the Cubs got Beltran or not. I actually think that both Corey Patterson and Jason Dubois have a reasonably good chance, in the coming year or two, of performing at a level equal to (oh...) about 85% of what one could fairly expect from Beltran. Hell, maybe better! I don't know.
This has been a frustrating off-season to be a Cubs fan, because I kind of knew all allong that nothing was going to happen. Re-signing Nomar was huge, of course, and I was very happy to see Hendry make Todd Walker the starting second baseman, but other than that, there just wasn't much to do. We could use some relief help, but so far nobody acceptable has become available (Though I hear the Sox are trying to unload Byung Hyun Kim, who I think would be a great fit!).
But even that doesn't really matter. If The Proodbranux is healthy, the Cubs will be as good as anybody, including the Yankees.
I'm sick of this offseason.
Sunday, January 09, 2005
The first thought I have when the notion "Carlos Beltran" pops into my head is that I can't think of another player that people have described as a bona fide superstar, five-tool type who had at the time exactly one thirty-homer season under his belt. Seven years, $119 million. With the Pedro Martinez deal, the Mets have made one very high risk major deal (Martinez) and now add this huge contract to their books for the next seven years. I glad the Mariners decided not to get involved with Beltran. The Sexson and Beltre deals are looking pretty good right about now.
Friday, January 07, 2005
Here are the "Sutter Split Finger" defenses I found, with just a quick search:
And that's only what I found before my limited Bruce Sutter patience ran too thin to continue.
Long-time readers (and by "long-time" I mean "for little over a year") might remember my December 27 and 29, 2003 posts regarding the origin and development of the forkball and split-finger fastball. It turns out that both Elroy Face and Sandy Koufax were mowing down hitters in the 1960s with the pitch. Yeah, Sutter tweaked the forkball a bit and gave it a new name, but to use Sutter's Baseball Pioneer status as a key argument in his HOF candidacy, one must also hold Elroy Face in the same regard. Face even held the career saves record for a while, with 188.
Face is obviously out, and Sutter should be too. Gossage is in on the "Has your father told you multiple stories about this guy?" criteria.
If the BBWAA isn't careful, there's a good chance that by, say, 2025, the Baseball Hall of Fame will be better described as the Baseball Hall of Quite a Bit Better than Average. Who wants to take their kids to see that?
Using the spreads, money lines, and over/unders quoted in my post and placing $5 bets as dictated by the fortune teller, I would have lost $15.56. Darn. Interesting to note, though, is that if Virginia Tech had managed to defeat Auburn, with a money line of +210, the teller could have come out with a virtual push (-$0.06, actually).
I promise to write about baseball soon. Seriously.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005