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Archives: July 2009


Beware of Chicken Little Live! blogs posing as journalism

The week of the trading deadline has served another reminder that journalism and blogging remain friends but haven’t yet married.

There are a couple of baseball blogs surrounding the Mariners that get it right – and get it first – with regularity, and offer perspective with their news.

Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald breaks stories routinely, although the entertaining U.S.S. Mariner always credits another blogger for doing so. And Larry Stone of the Times is not only a fine national baseball writer but a rock-solid beat guy when he’s doing that job, too.

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Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2 — The Hyphen rules


Sorry for the delay, but I had to leave the press box at Safeco and retreat back to Tacoma in search of air conditioning, which I found at the West End Pub & Grill – a one-time favorite of former Rainier and Aussie Chris Snelling.

But it was the big Aussie left-hander that stole the show today. We began the day under the idea that it could be Roy Halladay’s final start as a Blue Jay – and it still may be. And if it is, Rowland-Smith and the Mariners made sure it will go down as a loss.

The Hyphen as he is called, well, for obviously reasons, pitched his best outing this season and perhaps last, throwing seven strong innings, including the first six without giving up a hit.

“He was locked in,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.

And he worked fast – think the opposite of Garrett Olson and Miguel Batista. Rowland-Smith worked with a steady pace and rhythm.

“That’s something I want to do,” he said. “I’ve had games where I’ve done that. I remember Raul telling me last year one game how much the fielder loved it.”

RRS would have had a perfect six innings had he not hit Kevin Millar with a pitch – which I thought looked like retaliation for Kenji Johjima getting hit with a pitch by Halladay in the top of the inning. But no hits, and not really any hard hit balls.

Rowland-Smith had joked that he would “need to throw a no-hitter to beat Halladay” before the game. And for six inning he was doing exactly that.

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GAME UPDATES: Blue Jays vs. Mariners, July 29th

I’m a little behind on the game updates because I’m kind of by myself up here. Columnist Dave Boling is here, but not to help with the leg work or the blog, so a little patience may be necessary.

First Inning

Lots of Blue Jays fans here again today. It was only 87 degrees at first pitch, but I’m thinking it will be a little higher about 3 p.m.

To note, Roy Halladay is pitching today. He got a large ovation from the Blue Jays fans when he was announced. Ryan Rowland-Smith works a perfect

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What does today’s deal mean for Jarrod Washburn?

Obviously, Ronny Cedeno and Jeff Clement weren’t exactly the focus of the previous days worth of trade rumors we’ve been hearing. No that belongs to left-handed pitcher Jarrod Washburn, who is being viewed as the consolation prize for teams that don’t have or aren’t willing to part with the massive amounts of players being requested in trades for Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

Though it appears, at least according to sources, one of the potential suitors for Washburn, the Milwaukee Brewers, have decided to stop pursuing him because of their recent

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Trade reactions from Zduriencik, Wakamatsu, Cedeno and others

Let’s just go over the two deals that we’ve had today, and I highly doubt GM Jack Zduriencik is done, since he’s got Roy Corcoran still out there in the midst of his 10-day period after being DFA’d.

Deal #1
Mariners get: shortstop Jack Wilson and right-handed pitcher Ian Snell
Pirates get: shortstop Ronny Cedeno, catcher/first baseman Jeff Clement, right-handed pitchers Nathan Adcock, Brett Lorin, Aaron Pribanic.

Deal #2
Mariners get: Right-handed pitcher Robert Manuel
Reds get: Outfielder Wlad Balentien

One thing to note, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Pirates reporter Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pirates will eat a substantial amount of salary for both of Wilson and Snell’s contracts this season. He is reporting that the Mariners will only pay each player $400,000 for the rest of the season. Meaning the Pirates will pay the remaining portion of the $7.25 million that Wilson makes this season and of the $3 million Snell is to make, Kovacevic says it’s $3,308,702.19

Wow, Jack Z never ceases to amaze me.

Wilson was supposed to be here around 2:30, but his flight has been delayed (stunning) but we’ll try and get some reaction from him later.

So let’s get to the reaction …

Obviously all the talk was surrounding the first trade.

Ronny Cedeno was red-eyed, emotional and absolutely stunned about being traded, despite hitting just .167 this season.

“I don’t have any control over it,” Cedeno said. “It’s baseball. It’s a business. I’m really surprised.”

Cedeno was notified this morning at 9 a.m.

“I’m really sad,” Cedeno said. “Felix is my best friend. He and Carlos Silva are great guys and I’m going to be miss them.”

Zduriencik met with the media shortly thereafter for a lengthy session.

“I would call it a relatively major trade,” Zduriencik said “We’ve acquired shortstop Jack Wilson and right-hand pitcher Ian Snell from the Pirate organization.”

Wilson is somebody the Mariners have been rumored to have been interested for quite some time and Zduriencik confirmed that.

“I’ve talked to them couple of months ago,” Zduriencik said. “Quite frankly, probably in May the first discussions we had together. It was about a lot of different things. His name came up. We still had another shortstop here at this time.

But those talks got more intense over the last 10 days, and Zduriencik said the two teams had several conversations.

“In terms of Jack Wilson, I think what we acquire here is a very talented defensive shortstop,” Zduriencik said. “He’s a former All-Star player, set several records for errorless streaks. He’s a feisty, gamer type of guy. I think people will like watching him play. Having been in Milwaukee the last nine years, I watched this guy against us on many occasion. Not only the kind of defensive player he is, but what he brings to the table — he’s an intelligent player, he’s got a lot of smarts, he has leadership skills, he’s as feisty as can be.”

Beyond the feisty lies another issue, Wilson is under contract for this season with an $8.4 million club option for next season.

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And we have another trade …. Balentien sent to the Reds

Jack Z is not done yet. His phone rang about 20 times during our pregame press conference, perhaps this is a reason why.

Just received word that the Mariners have sent recently DFA’d outfielder Wladimir Balentien to the Cincinnati Reds for right-handed pitcher Robert Manuel.

From the release …

Manuel, 26, has appeared in three games for the Reds and has not allowed a run in 4.1 innings. He was recalled from AAA Louisville on July 7 and made his Major League debut July 9 at Philadelphia

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Mariners trade for SS Jack Wilson and RHP Ian Snell

Ok, we have a deal finished.

THe Mariners have just released the trade, they’ve acquired SS Jack Wilson and RHP Ian Snell from the Pirates for SS Ronny Cedeno, C Jeff Clement, RHP Brett Lorin, RHP Aaron Pribanic and RHP Nathan Adcock

It’s a lot of players to wade through. The first and foremost is Wilson, who the Mariners appeared to have some interest in earlier this season. GM Jack Zduriencik discussions about

Wilson is 31 and has spent his entire career with the Pirates. He has been

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UPDATED: Jeff Clement removed from Rainiers game in Reno

UPDATE 12:51 AM – Jeff Clement’s comment to Mike Curto, who covered the game for us: “I have no idea, they haven’t told me anything.”

Rainiers manager Daren Brown’s only comment was no comment.

File this name away as well — Aaron Pribianic of Class A Clinton

UPDATE 10:45 – I tried to contact Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik but haven’t heard from him. Manager Don Wakamatsu when asked about Clement had no idea that he’d been pulled and was informed of it only moments before his postgame press conference.

“I just found out about

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