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@MattyK I completely agree. Millwood was brought in for this singular purpose: Chew up some innings, become trade bait.
2 years, 2 months ago on Trade Poll: Kevin Millwood
@MattyK Incredible isn't it? How do you mash 11 bombs without more than 3 doubles.
2 years, 2 months ago on Link Roundup
@MattyK Somehow the Mariner fans have to receive redemption for watching Olivo behind the plate these past 2 years. I can see no better way than to score on 35 passed balls against the Angels.
2 years, 2 months ago on Mike Zunino To Wear Mariner Blue Soon Enough
I worry about Saunders. This hot streak has been outstanding and boy have I enjoyed it very much.
Even if Saunders can maintain a level slightly below this, I would be more than satisfied.
2 years, 2 months ago on Jekyll, Hyde and Saunders
@KenLeder I'm afraid you might be losing a bit of credibility. Judging a article on length instead of content is absolutely terrible analysis and just plain ridiculous.
You wouldn't judge the flavor of a delicious hamburger because it took too long to eat it.
If you find 600+ words hard to read you are probably following the wrong blog community. You won't find anything preschool short in the entire Mariners blog-o-sphere. We have a lot to say.
2 years, 2 months ago on Seattle Running Low On Draft Funds
@murano place Thank you! And welcome to Sodo Mojo.
2 years, 2 months ago on Happy Fathers Day
@maqman I have wondered this as well. The low level of talent this year certainly does allow him to overspend on some picks and still possibly stay under cap.
@KenLeder I don't see how my worries are overblown when I quite plainly stated... "Cause for concern? Certainly, but the it’s not a reason to panic. Both selections above Zunino, signed for below the recommended slot bonus..."
There is always going to be leverage for a first rounder, because no team is going to walk away without that pick.
You seem to be under some impression that I am writing this with the doom and gloom label, or perhaps that is how you interpreted it, but clearly it is not written that way. The Mariners have overspent and that does leave less money for Zunino...fact....not opinion.
@Coug1990 I am pulling for him. He'll start in Everett so we'll see him this year.
2 years, 2 months ago on Patrick Kivlehan
@MattyK Haha, spell check be damned! Metamorphosizeseseses,,,
Kivlehan may very well be the steal of the 2012 draft. Post coming soon.
2 years, 2 months ago on 3rd and 4th Round Picks
@MattyK I agree, I just feel the organization doesn't exactly want Iwakuma around. Noesi has plenty of options left. Or he should at least, considering he has only been called up once.
2 years, 3 months ago on The Iwakuma Poll
@JCondreay I agree with you. If Buxton isn't available at 3, then I am more than in favor of drafting Zunino. Defensively savvy, offensively capable catchers don't grow on trees after all.
I do like Correa, but he is a very, very risky pick.
2 years, 3 months ago on 1st Round Draft Preview
@maqman I agree. It really depends on the kid's "wants".
2 years, 3 months ago on Draft 2012: Byron Buxton
@maqman I am more okay with Zunino than most. I do like Correa a lot even if he doesn't stick at short stop. Zunino is safe, but I'm okay with safe. He isn't safe and bad, he is safe and very good. While Correa may have a higher ceiling, his risk is way higher as well.
I can't imagine if we drafted Correa and he didn't work out.
2 years, 3 months ago on Draft 2012: Mike Zunino
I like Correa, even if he doesn't stick at SS, he profiles well as a 3B and while the organization has some talent at 3B, they really are lacking a stud or start right now.
@maqman I saw that am have responded accordingly. It'll be interesting to see if they take action against Miller next. Umpires have had their rule of the roost for so long (22 years for instance), I'm glad MLB is making a much needed change.
2 years, 3 months ago on It's Time Umpires Are Held Acountable
@bigyaz Why do I have the feeling I'm talking to a sympathizer?
You ump little league or something? Beyond everything else it is his job to get the call right. The HP ump has no business calling a check swing a strike, he just doesn't.
@bigyaz This I understand. Which is why the HP ump should always ask for help. He is in no position to make that call.
Do you disagree?
@bigyaz Above everything else it is his job to get the call right. The home plate umpire should never be too ashamed to ask the third or first base umpire for help.
He was called out on the check swing, not the location.
@bigyaz I think you are missing my point. Honest mistakes are made. Jim Joyce is highly regarded as the best umpire in the league and I am sure he misses his fair share of calls, that is fine and I don't have issues with honest mistakes. Those mistakes don't tend to favor one side or the other. If an umpire has a lopsided strike zone, then the zone is probably the same for both teams.
I have issues with egos. I have issues when umpires take the game into their own hands. I have issues when the umpire thinks he is thre to teach players lessons. I have issues when umpires believe they are there to control the game and not officiate. Joe West throwing out Mark for dropping his glove. I have an issue with that. Angel Hernandez bringing his beef with Lugo onto the field. I have issues with that. Miller deciding that instead of making the right call, he would instead teach a rookie a lesson.
These are the issues I have problems with. If an ump honestly misses a call, I don't have a problem with that. I am not here to throw every umpire in the league under the bus, there are plenty of good ones out there. But the aforementioned umpires deserve punishment, and the fans deserve to know about it.
For those of you not watching the Marines game just now. The HP umpire just called Saunders out on strikes on a checked swing. He didn't even ask for help from his third base umpire.
@JCondreay I don’t disagree. Things are never truly fair. One team is always going to have an advantage. However, when the Mariners are beat by a team that is a better than them, it isn’t upsetting. That is the natural order of things. When you lose a game because of a blown call, or the inccident cause by Miller the other night, that is were my issues with fairness arise.
Think about it this way. If the Mariners were to go face to face with say, the Rays. You pay for that game knowing the Rays are the better team and have a good chance of beating your team. But say you somehow knew ahead of time that the umpire was going to toss Felix Hernandez in the 2nd inning, because he felt Felix was showing him up after he grimmaced after what should have been strike 3. If you paid to see Felix (who in turn gives your team the best chance to win), that has now unfairly been taken away from you due too an egotistical umpire dedicated to controling the game.
No baseball isn’t fair, but that competetive unfairness is built in. Umpires controling the game unfairly doesn’t have to be a part of this game and if I am going to spend the money I put my life on the line for, I better damn well get a fair game from the men dressed in black. I’m not intending to attack you Joel, so I hope it doesn’t appear that way, I just happen to feel very passionate about this subject. I completely get what you’re saying.
@bigyaz Hawk Harrelson is a joke of a broadcaster and in most cases should be ingnored in his entirety, but in this case he happens to be right.
So if you would like to discredit the entire article due to a quote that happens to be accurate, from an inaccurate person, that is your prerogative.
Assuming you have nothing else to say on the matter I will ask you to watch what you say around here. Either add something of value to the comments or don't comment. Considering this the first comment I have seen from you, I’ll let it slide.
@Harrison_Crow Oh Harrison we have to do that Podcast
2 years, 3 months ago on The Pigeonhole Principle and More!
@Harrison_Crow @MattyK *Finger on nose*. Also...What did I ever do to you Matty!
I hope you don't mean me about this Wells/ Guti thing... I'm so unsure!
@maqman It can't be done. Liddi is no SS and I refuse to believe that the average fan doesn't see it.
2 years, 3 months ago on Don't Do That...
@Harrison_Crow Such passion! Such hutzpah! Harrison for manager.
2 years, 3 months ago on Casper Wells or Mike Carp?
@MattyK Something that hasn't been considered is what happens when Guti comes back? You then have a Saunders, Wells, Guti, and Carp log jam.
How has no one commented on this article yet. Outstanding work as always Matty.
2 years, 3 months ago on Color-infused Prognostication
@maqman You can never have too much catching I suppose.
2 years, 3 months ago on Prospect Check-In: Position Player Edition
@MattyK We could trade for Miguel Montero. That might work.
But yes. Miguel Olivo, Miguel Cairo, Miguel Batista, and of course Miguel Ojeda. The #Mariners should probably avoid them.
2 years, 3 months ago on Millwood Experiment Nearing An End
@NickKmet Ackley actually played CF in college before they moved him to 1B, after his Tommy John surgery.
2 years, 3 months ago on Kyle Seager You Sexy Beast
@NickKmet I see Ackley moving to CF if the Mariners cannot get a healthy Guti back up and running.
@ourdayiscoming Depends on what you mean by the real deal.
2 years, 3 months ago on Things That Have Happened Before Albert Pujols Has Hit His First Home Run
Intelligence: 1.) The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
2 years, 4 months ago on Let's Get Colorful!
@MattyK I should have been more specific haha!
2 years, 4 months ago on Eric Wedge Is Not On The Same Page As Zduriencik
@MattyK Mariners do decide they are going to trade him.
2 years, 4 months ago on A Financial Outlook
@MattyK Well I obviously have mixed feelings. It's a tough choice. On the one hand Felix is one of the only pitchers in the league who could bring in the Erik Bedard type deal. On the other hand that trade has not put the Orioles in a much better position these days.
Felix is the face of the franchise, it is going to be rough if the M
I'm honestly hoping the Mariners take an offensive talent this draft. Joel, who is the biggest power threat in the draft this year?
2 years, 4 months ago on 2012 MLB Draft Update
@MattyK It was a lot of fun and I think I am going to steal this idea!
As for Lowe, you can watch intently tonight.
2 years, 4 months ago on An Indians Outlooks with Lewie Pollis
I look pretty sexy in this interview. Wait what? We're not on camera...?
2 years, 4 months ago on Opposition Research: Bryant Bartlett Talks Seattle Mariners
@maqman Haha! I expect to come out of this home stand with a winning record, maybe that's why I get so mad......
I've just come to the conclusion that no manager "gets it".
Great stuff. Olivo can't last the season on this team can he? If He can at least get the power juices flowing we might be able to deal him for something moderately interesting. Someone's gotta bite...
2 years, 4 months ago on Why Olivo...ever?
@maqman Haha, Figgy owes us a rebate either way.
2 years, 4 months ago on 4/7/2012 Game 'Cap
@MattyK It's just really not fair. He's entirely too "obviously" good to be an Oakland Athletic haha.
@maqman Oh the Cespedes thing stings.
2 years, 4 months ago on 4/6/2012 Game 'Cap
@MattyK Peguero's usefulness is inherently limited. If he can learn to take an extra free pass here and there, while improving a terrible contact rate, he could be able to carve out a career similar to a Mark Reynolds.
As it stands now, of course I agree with you. There has been very little faith built between Wedge, Peguero, and the fan base. I don't know the extent of the aggressiveness Wedge has been pushing, but I had heard it was a bit misconstrued. He asked players to be aggressive on "fat" pitches early in the count. Even so, you can't take an already swing happy team and use the word aggressive and expect good results.
2 years, 4 months ago on Carlos Peguero. Useful?