Mariners Insider

Archives: Feb. 2007

Feb.
20th

Fishing – A Contact Sport

Non-roster third baseman Sean Burroughs was invited to major league camp with the Mariners but didn’t make it in on time – he separated his right shoulder last week while fishing.

Burroughs, 26, will rehab the injury near his San Diego home for the next 7-10 days, then be re-evaluated.

Feb.
20th

Still no good days this spring for Lowe

Mark Lowe




Mark Lowe was in the clubhouse early as usual Tuesday, but there wasn’t much for him to do – and more for the young right-hander to worry about.

On Monday he was examined by Dr. Lew Yocum, the surgeon who worked on Lowe’s right elbow last fall. The ‘new’ cartilage Yocum hoped to produce with the surgery is a fairly radical operation, but without it Lowe’s career was probably over at age 23.

Lowe had hoped the exam would end with him being cleared to begin

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Feb.
19th

Not even fur was enough

Michael Spears & friend


It was a day unfit for dogs or pitchers Monday, when temperatures in Peoria plummeted, winds gusted and the heavy coats came out for the Seattle Mariners.

Oh, practice went on as scheduled, but no one seemed quite as chipper.

One of the Mariners clubhouse attendants, Michael Spears, was running equipment to the field for players when he came across two chilled fans and their even colder chihauhau – who was sporting a miniature Ichiro jersey.

Spears stopped his golf cart and for three minutes let

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Feb.
18th

One happy camper

Jim Parque


Everywhere Jim Parque goes this spring, he’s smiling.

Bunt drills, pickoff plays, endless running – it all seems to make him happy.

A 31-year-old lefty who won 13 games for the White Sox in 2000, Parque saw his major league career derailed by shoulder surgery that left him in pain and unable to throw for close to two years.

This fall in Puyallup, almost by accident, he realized his shoulder was pain free. Immediately, thoughts of pitching began to dance in his head. Given the state of

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Feb.
17th

Kenji’s advice on catching – Don’t!

Kenji Johjima


Kenji Johjima was asked what the toughest part of being a major league catcher was, and it wasn’t the physical wear and tear or the stress of calling a game.

"The toughest part as a catcher isn’t taking the big blow in a collision at the plate, it’s taking the responsibility when something goes wrong," Johjima said. "That’s not about pain, it’s about mental toughness. If my pitcher gives up a home run, it was my fault – I called that pitch."

For catchers, he said, it’s all about

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Feb.
17th

Familiar faces abound …

If you’re coming to spring training to take in a game or two, it’s probably worth considering who you might want to see in the opposing uniform – especially if you’re into former Mariners.

There are plenty of them in the Cactus League.

San Francisco, for instance, has Randy Winn, Rich Aurilia, Omar Vizquel, Armando Benitez and, in camp, Justin Leone and Scott Atchison.

The Padres have Mike Cameron, Jose Cruz Jr. and Shawn Estes – and one of their new coaches is one-time Mariner pitcher Bobby Meacham.

Randy Johnson is back in Arizona with the

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Feb.
16th

The Other Side of Hargrove

Mike Hargrove


There are worse things that can happen on the first day of spring training than having a manager show passion – especially if fans aren’t sure he has any.

When Mike Hargrove went off after being asked how he felt being on a managerial ‘hot seat,’ his answer combined pride in his job and more than a little heat.

Good for him.

Those of us who remember Hargrove’s days in Cleveland can call up any number of times he served up post-game heat. As he matured as a

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Feb.
16th

The Lonely Guy …

The most frustrated man in camp this week has to be hitting coach Jeff Pentland, a career batting cage rat with too little to do for the next few days.

There are six catchers here, two other position players – outfielders Jeremy Reed and Jose Guillen – and 32 pitchers. Pentland wants little to do with pitchers.

Workouts begin about 9:30 a.m. and the first actual hitting that’s done starts 90 minutes later. Pentland prowls the grounds like an impatient predator, carrying a bat and thinking longingly about the first day of full-squad workouts.

Once that begins

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