Mariners Insider

Archives: Feb. 2011

Feb.
25th

A game that didn’t matter is soon forgotten

Intrasquad games are even worse than kissing your sister – for every good thing that happens on the field, something bad is happeningt to one of your players.

Team Ichiro beat Team Jack Wilson, 3-1, in a game touched by some solid pitching and aggressive baserunning that included five stolen bases, including two by Milton Bradley and a steal of third by catcher Miguel Olivo.

“We’re going to be aggressive,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We’re not going to do anything half-assed or halfway. Today, of course, for every stolen base we had a pitcher who wasn’t holding a runner on

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Feb.
25th

Mariners vs. Mariners: Lineups posted

The first intrasquad game of spring starts about noon (PDT) today, and manager Eric Wedge has promised to get as many players involved as possible – starting with a pair of lineups that get 20 men on the field.

Infielder Adam Kennedy took one look at the lineups and laughed – he was batting fourth for one team.

“I’ve hit everywhere in a big-league lineup except cleanup,” he said. “I’ll try to show (Jack) Cust how to do it. If guys are on base, I’ll probably bunt ‘em over.”

Here’s the lineups for your Seattle Mariners. Both of them!

Team

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Feb.
24th

Gutierrez flies to Seattle for stomach tests

Gold Glove center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was sent to Seattle today to be examined by team doctors as the Mariners try to determine what’s ailing their star’s stomach- and how to deal with it.

Gutierrez missed playing time late last year when his stomach kept him off the field. According to manager Eric Wedge, the issue cropped up ‘on and off’ this spring.

“He’s been able to do everything, but we want to be proactive with this, get ahead of it and stay ahead of it,” Wedge said. “It’s still hanging around, so we sent him to Seattle.”

How soon

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Feb.
24th

Adam Moore on life after Mr. Olivo


Josh Bard gets a laugh from Adam Moore

Adam Moore was once considered the future for the Seattle Mariners behind the plate, the kind of player who would take that job and hold it for a decade.

Given a shot last year, he didn’t even hold it two months – done in by injuries and a .197 batting average.

This winter, the team signed veteran Miguel Olivo to a two-year contract with a third-year option, all but negating Moore to bench work if he played well enough to make the team. Moore isn’t bitter, blaming

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Feb.
23rd

Aardsma walks – next big step, throwing

When David Aardsma walked across the Seattle Mariners team parking lot today, carrying his crutches instead of leaning on them, the sun was just rising – literally and figuratively.

Coming back from December hip surgery, Aardsma is a long way from clI’veosing games, but his first steps were understandably important to him.

“I’ve been putting more weight on my legs and hips each day for awhile now, but the first 25 feet I walked without crutches? That was a great feeling,” Aardsma said. “The work continues.”

Aardsma won’t let himself think about getting back on a mound. Not yet.

“I’ve

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Feb.
23rd

Ted Simmons has a view from the top

Any interview with Ted Simmons is interesting, the man had a Hall of Fame-caliber career and has done most every job there is in baseball, from coaching to being a general manager – and doesn’t mind talking about it.

Now that he’s Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik’s ‘special advisor,’ talking to Simmons can also open a peek into the thinking of the front office, at least from his point of view.

Simmons sees the Mariners turning their 101-loss season around and becoming competitive more quickly than most anyone, and you may or may not agree with his reasons. But the

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Feb.
22nd

Erik Bedard’s early command? “Lucky”

General manager Jack Zduriencek was impressed with lefty Erik Bedard yestrday, noting he’d thrown three pitches for strikes while throwing batting practice to Seattle Mariners teammates.

Bedard’s take on that?

“I was lucky,” he said this morning. “This time of spring, you might have great command one day and the next time you throw in the ‘pen, you’re all over the place.”

Still, Bedard is pleased – as are the Mariners – with his work nine days into spring training, he just doesn’t look too far ahead. Nor do they.

“Opening Day, the regular season, it’s just too far out

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Feb.
22nd

Chambliss spices up offense – with pepper

Most batting coaches come to a team with their own sets of drills, and Chris Chambliss is no different – except he’s reached back to the glory days of baseball to help the Seattle Mariners.

Every hitter on the team now plays pepper.

“When I came up, there wasn’t extra batting practice and some parks didn’t even have cages,” Chambliss said. “We’d play pepper, get loose and play the game.”

For the uninitiated, pepper is a simple game that can be played with two people, but more often includes four or more. In essence, one man with a bat stands

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