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Archives: 2009

Dec.
31st

The News Tribune’s baseball hall of fame ballots – two votes for Edgar

As I mentioned the other day, I don’t yet have a vote for the baseball hall of fame. You need to be a member of the BBWAA for 10 years, I’m only on year three. So while I can still have my youthful good looks to hit on college co-eds, I can’t vote on baseball’s most hallowed honor.

However, two of my co-workers can vote. And I asked them to share their ballots in order of full disclosure, and for something for me to post on the blog.

So here they are in alphabetical order.

Larry

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Dec.
29th

Bye bye to Bay (updated with reaction)

Most of you probably know this, but Jason Bay has agreed to four-year, $65 million contract with the New York Mets with a vesting option for a fifth year that could push it over $80 million.

There were some Mariners fans who held out hope that Bay might sign with Seattle. Bay is a native of British Columbia, he played at Gonzaga, his wife is from Kirkland and the couple live there in the offseason. GM Jack Zduriencik did have some preliminary talks with Bay’s representative, but nothing went much beyond that.

To be honest, I like Bay as

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Dec.
28th

Will Edgar Martinez get voted into the Hall of Fame?

Well, he won’t get a vote from me … not because I wouldn’t vote for him. But because I don’t have a vote. I’m fairly certain Larry has a Hall of Fame vote, and I know TNT columnist John McGrath has a vote. Perhaps, I can coax either of them to share their ballot.

On ESPN.com today, senior editor David Schoenfield makes a lengthy and convincing case for Edgar to be voted in.

But he isn’t alone, Michael Weddell of the very smart Baseball Analysts also offers up his thoughts and reasons for Edgar to be inducted.

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Dec.
28th

Mariners sign C Josh Bard and RHP Chad Cordero to minor league contracts

Apparently Jack Zduriencik’s holiday break is over. The Mariners GM announced today that the team has signed catcher Josh Bard and reliever Chad Cordero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

With the Mariners lacking catching depth after the departature of Kenji Johjima, the uncertainty of Rob Johnson’s recovery from multiple offseason surgeries and Adam Moore’s lack of big league experience, Bard should come in and compete for a spot.

Bard  spent the entire 2009 season with the Washington Nationals. He platooned at catcher, appearing in 90 games with the Nats, hitting .230 average

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Dec.
27th

The Brandon Morrow blame game

On Christmas Day, I wrote this column on all that went wrong with Brandon Morrow and his development with the Mariners, starting with draft day in 2006. I leveled some criticism at a few people, but here’s a condensed version of that criticism with pictures! So let’s look at who’s to blame in what went wrong with Morrow and his progress.

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So much to write about the man above, I don’t even know if there’s enough memory on our server to hold my thoughts, rants and complaints. But here’s the start of all the things that went wrong.

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Dec.
24th

Linkage: Some reaction to the Morrow trade

Well, it’s Christmas Eve, and to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t put it past general manager Jack Zduriencik to be on his blackberry working out more possible deals. The guy is a machine.

The latest trade by Zduriencik might be the most curious. For once, there are some people who feel that JZ may have come out on the short end of a deal. I still don’t really have an opinion on it, which is surprising because I have an opinion on everything. I guess the better way to say it, is that I’m still formulating an opinion on

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Dec.
23rd

Done Deal: Mariners send Morrow to Blue Jays

The trade is finally official. Brandon Morrow is heading to the Blue Jays, an in return the Mariners will get RHP Brandon League and OF Joherymn Chavez. From the press release …

“We feel we have added an experienced power arm to go along with our current bullpen,” Zduriencik said. “He has a ‘swing and miss’ pitch and a high groundball rate. He is a good fit for our bullpen and our ballpark.”

“We also received a young outfielder in Johermyn Chavez, who was twice voted as a player of the year in the Blue Jays organization and we look

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Dec.
22nd

Brandon Morrow holds no regrets, well, maybe the 2008 season

One thing about Brandon Morrow, he never gets too high, too low, too angry or too happy. He always seems to have the same kind of laid back demeanor when you talk to him.

And it was that way over the phone from Tampa where he had taken a physical earlier in the day for the Toronto Blue Jays as the trade that will him send him to Toronto for reliever Brandon League and a prospect – possibly Johermyn Chavez – will be finalized tomorrow.

“It went fine,” he said of the physical. “They really haven’t told me anything specific

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