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Adam Moore: “I don’t believe they’ve given up on me. I have to earn it.”

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm with 6 Comments »
December 9, 2010 4:34 pm
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Adam Moore wasn’t caught off guard when the “official” news of the Mariners signing catcher Miguel Olivo to a 2-year, $7 million broke this afternoon.

“I heard about it … a few times,” he said with a chuckle.

His agent kept him apprised of the situation and he also received a phone call from Mariners catching coordinator Roger Hansen.

“He just told me that they were signing Olivo and that it has nothing to do with me and not to dwell on it,” Moore said.

But even if he hadn’t received the warnings, Moore wouldn’t have been shocked to hear of the Mariners bringing in catching competition.

“I knew they were going to get somebody,” he said. “How many guys did we have play the position last year? And what did we did give them offensively?”

Well the Mariners had five guys see time at catcher. The quintet of  Rob Johnson, Adam Moore, Josh Bard, Eliezer Alfonzo and Guillermo Quiroz all took turns behind the plate. As a group, they combined to hit .201 (109-for-541) with 10 homers and 42 RBI. The unit produced a .263 on-base percentage and a .303 slugging percentage with  43 walks, while striking out 146 times.

“None of us hit,” he said. “I wasn’t surprised by the move at all.”

He might not have been, but others have raised eye brows. It wasn’t so long ago – a year – that the Mariners talked of him as the catcher of the future.

Zduriencik was adamant that the organization has not given up on Moore after just 66 big league games and less than 300 at-bats.

“No, no, heck no,” he said. “You’re sitting here hoping, as I’ve said all week long, that guys are prepared to come in mentally. That guys are physically prepared to come in. That they get back to playing like who they are. That young guys grow up and veteran players settle in and be who they are.”

Said Moore: “I don’t believe they’ve given up on me. I have to earn it. They aren’t going to just give it to me.”

Moore believe he can be who he’s supposed to be – a good-hitting catcher.

“I know I have to perform offensively, that’s what it comes down to,” he said. “I’m a hitter. I’ve always been a hitter. And I’m going to hit.”

Moore hit .195 (40-for-205) with four homers and 15 RBI and .230 OBP and .285 slugging percentage in 60 games with the Mariners.

“It was just an unfortunate season,” he said. “I’m not dwelling on it at all. I know what I did last year isn’t me.”

Last year was a lost season. Just about the time Moore was starting to get comfortable at the big league level, he got hurt and was out for a month before being sent to Triple A. Once he was back, he struggled at times.

“I thought the last three weeks of the season, I started feeling a lot more comfortable,” he said. “I started turning it around  at the plate and also defensively.”

And now he has a better idea of life in the big leagues.

“I know what to expect and I know what it takes,” he said. “I only have 60 some games, but those 60 games, I learned a ton.”

One thing he learned is that no position is guaranteed if you don’t produce, no matter how much of a prospect you are.

“It’s not going to change anything for me,” he said. “I’m going to continue work hard to earn that job in spring training. It’s not going to change my mindset. I can’t sit back and mope around. That’s never been me and never will be me. I’m going to bust my ass and get better.”

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  1. Skysport says:

    We’ve heard FSN’s Bill Krueger say it many times, that it often takes more than one stint at the Major League level for any young player to “click”. And of course that’s confirmed by the M’s former young players going elsewhere and then “clicking”.

  2. The guy (Moore) has only 200 abs and hit .370 with power last three weeks of the season. A .195 average doesnt work but sheesh, Olivo was a disaster his first time through

    Give the guy a fair chance. You still have to produce but itd be a shame to bring back a $3.5 million retread who pitchers did not groove with for Moore who was just staring to get comfortable.

  3. The emphasis on offensive production from the catcher position is, um, off-base. Assuming you have actual hitters at the other positions (I know, I know, not with the Mariners), catcher is one of two positions where defense is actually far, far more important than their plate production. If I have a great defensive catcher who can throw out base runners, is excellent at handling pitchers and calls a great game (see Wilson, Dan) I’d let him hit .201, with the hope that he is at least a decent bunter and situational hitter.

    The other position would be short (see Vizquel, Omar; Smith, Ozzie).

  4. footballscaa says:

    (Owen, Spike)

  5. Pat_riot says:

    Why would Moore be worried what-so-ever? All they did was sign Miguel Olivo.. it’s not like they signed anyone that has even a remote chance to do any better than he has done. Olivo is a joke and will prove it again with the M’s.. only this time we’ll pay him handsomely to hit below .200 with a below .200 OBP. So, if anything Moore should be excited, as his number clearly dictate he should be paid 5 million plus a year compared to the joke of a ball player we just signed.

  6. dave8557 says:

    Mike Schmidt hit .196 his first year with the Phillies. Give Moore a chance. I really couldn’t say too much negative or positive about Moore yet. He needs to play more.

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