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Archives: April 2008

April
30th

Clement will start tomorrow at catcher

I wanted to get this up quickly and I’ll add more to it later. But manager John McLaren said that Jeff Clement will start Thursday night’s game against Cleveland at catcher. McLaren is going to sit struggling starter Kenji Johjima for the next two games to try and get him to relax a little.


Johjima was clearly not pleased, saying that sitting has never helped him get out of a slump and that it would only make him put more pressure on himself to do better.


I’ll post more on this later. I have to write

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April
30th

GAME THOUGHTS: Mariners vs. Indians, April 30th

Ok, sorry we’re coming in a little late but I’m working on getting some pictures up here and they’re taking forever to download.


But we’ll start with the updates now and get them going, since I have three stories to write for tomorrow’s paper…


GAME THOUGHTS:


9:40 — Not sure why Mac didn’t let Clement pinch hit for Pepe, who looked awful as expected. But Clement replaced Joh and is catching now, he should bat next inning.


9:18 — WLADDY!!!! That was opposite field. I never saw Wilkerson pull a ball that far. That

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April
30th

It’s official: Wlad and Clement have been called up

It’s official outfielder Wladimir Balentien and Jeff Clement have been called up from Triple A Tacoma and will be in uniform tonight. To make room for those two players, outfielder Brad Wilkerson and bench player Greg Norton have been designated for assignment, according to the Mariners media relations.


Wilkerson was not in the clubhouse today, while Norton was just told by general manager Bill Bavasi and manager John McLaren.


I’m still not certain why they designated Norton instead of Miguel Cairo, which is pretty much the consensus for the media here. Norton was hitting .438 as you

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April
30th

Wilkerson’s locker is empty; Who’s on their way here?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. It appears that last night’s coincidental sitting out of Jeff Clement and Wlad Balentien in the Rainiers was more than just that.


Yes, that’s right the Seattle Mariners are making a move with the roster because Brad Wilkerson’s locker has been cleaned out of the visitors clubhouse. The name plate is gone and no remnants of him are around. That means at least one player could be coming, but rumor around the stadium is that it’s two players, both Clement and Wlad. We have received no official word yet. But Wilkerson is gone and most likely designated

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April
29th

GAME THOUGHTS: Mariners vs. Indians, April 29th

I hate having too many posts in a row because it makes it tough for people to comment, but I though I’d break it up somewhat. But we’ll get the game posts going now. And I’ll even toss in some links along the way to read between innings.


GAME UPDATES START HERE:

10:03 — From Snydro: I wonder if Sophia Bush knows that you’ve had your mug on the cover of such a prestigious sports section?


Sure, she called me just the other day to tell me she was pleased. Actually Snydro, the conditions of the

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April
29th

Clement and Wlad Watch 2008: an update


Here’s a link to our front page today, it’s a pretty cool design with all of the slumping hitters.


Alright, before we get to the game thoughts, I thought I’d post a few notes and such since I didn’t have time to before the game started.


* John McLaren was even a little more candid about the situation with Wladimir Balentien and Jeff Clement, saying “they’ll be here sooner, than later.”


Here’s some more of his comments:


When asked if the decision comes down to service time, i.e. the “Super

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April
29th

Good Morning from Cleveland: Wlad and Clement watch

My first visit to Cleveland has been all I hoped it would be and more. Actually that’s a lie. But it hasn’t been bad. I got up and walked basically the better part of two miles trying to find a coffee shop not named Starbucks to no real avail, until I ducked into a downtown mall and found Caribou Coffee where FSN’s Brad Adam and Mariners’ media relations guru Tim Hevly were also getting some coffee.


Before I forget, a belated and big thanks to Doug Pacey for handling Sunday for me. I’m sure the Kansas grad prefers Stadium

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April
28th

The Heart of the Matter: Grading the recent homestand


Musically speaking, I prefer Pearl Jam to pop. But my iPod ranges anywhere from Oasis to old school hip-hop and because I was born in Montana, I like me some country music. So what does this all mean you ask? Remember as the angry lady said, "this is Mariners Insider, not Divish Insider." It’s because it seems I often find myself in the press box before games, or driving back to Tacoma after games with the song "Heart of the Matter" by Don Henley stuck in my head.


Specifically, this lyric

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