Mariners Insider

Archives: Nov. 2009

Nov.
30th

An Edwin Jackson deal Mariners turned down

The Seattle Mariners have chatted with Detroit about pitcher Edwin Jackson, a right-hander they’ve long had interest in, but now we hear reports that the Tigers asked for pitchers Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley in return.

That comes on a ‘tweet’ from Jon Heyman, and this time of year, who knows if it has much to support it?

Still, it may be an indication why talks aren’t moving along with the Tigers and Mariners. Morrow is considered available in the right deal – Seattle values him high – and Kelley could be, too.

But both for Jackson? If the

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Nov.
30th

Winter meetings loom ahead – and a few links

 One week from today, the major leaugue winter meetings begin in Indianapolis, and not only will the Seattle Mariners get there early, they’ll be be in full let’s-make-a-deal mode.

GM Jack Zduriencik, his front office staff and manager Don Wakamatsu will fly in a full day or two early, and they’re hoping not to come home empty-handed.

With potential holes to fill at first base, third base and designated hitter, and the strong desire to bolster their starting rotation with a veteran, the Mariners have no shortage of targets.

They’d love to land right-hander Rich Harden, for instance. But most

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Nov.
29th

Sportswriting has lost a voice and a heart

Mike Penner was a talented writer and tormented soul who, sadly, was known more for the latter than the former when he apparently took his life this week at age 52.

Working for the Los Angeles Times the last 20-plus years, Northwest readers had few opportunities to see his work. If they knew him at all, it was probably because in 2007 he stunned the world of sports he covered by announcing – in a painful column – that he was a transexual.

For more than a year,  he wrote for the Times as Christine Daniels, then late in 2008 returned

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Nov.
29th

HOF ballot – vote early and often – and links!

 When the Hall of Fame ballots get to the writers who qualify as voters, they include space to vote for as many as 10 candidates, though hardly anyone ever does.

In fact, the beloved columnist John McGrath and I are usually in the minority – we almost always find more than two candidates worth voting for.

Most of us do our due diligence as new names pop up each year, looking at statistics, comparing those of the candidates to those already enshrined, and doing a lot of thinking. Integrity is a criteria, but it’s one open to interpretation.

Here are

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Nov.
28th

A new-look Michael Saunders, and a few links

 

Michael Saunders made two breakthroughs while spending close to a month in Venezuela this fall, and both figure to serve the Seattle Mariners prospect well in the future.

The first was learning how to order – in Spanish – a ham and cheese sandwich, with mustard. For a Canadian who just turned 23, that may have kept him alive away from home.

The second was finding comfort in the rebuilt batting stance Seattle hitting coach Alan Cockrell helped him find in September, then helped him refine in

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Nov.
27th

New York’s best: Bob Sheppard stands down

All things New York are easy targets for most of us, given the flow of arrogance, given the thinking  that all things begin and end in one of the city boroughs.

For 56 years, one exception was Bob Sheppard, a public address announcer of uncharacteristic reserve and style.  Now 99-years-old and in failing health, he’s told the New York press that he’s done introducing major league players at Yankees Stadium  in his eloquant voice.

“I have no plans of coming back,” Sheppard said. “Time has passed me by, I think. I had a good run for it. I enjoyed doing

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Nov.
26th

Five Thanksgiving appreciations – and links!

It’s Thanksgiving, and Mariners have a lot to be grateful for this year – starting with a season that was worth watching, a team that that had and spread fun on the field.

Feel free to share your thoughts, but here are five Thanksgiving Day appreciations:

1. Franklin Gutierrez.

For 15 years in Seattle, the Mariners trotted out either Ken Griffey Jr. or Mike Cameron in center field, and no team in baseball had a better run of defense at the position.

Gutierrrez is cut in their mold, defensively, a combination of speed, reflexes and fearlessness that’s a joy to watch. Especially

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Nov.
25th

Jamie Moyer hospitalized in Philadelphia

Just got off the telephone with Jamie Moyer, who turned  47 last week and was admitted to the hospital today in Philadelphia.

The bad news is, it’s his second hospitalization since Oct. 2 surgery to repair torn tendons in his groin and abdomen – an injury that knocked him out of the post-season with the Philadelphia Phillies.

That was bad enough, missing the chance to pitch in his second consecutive World Series, but the former Mariner has had issues with blood infection since the operation.

“It’s been going on for a while, and it reached the point where it bothered

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