I’d like to add to and, I hope, clarify Dave’s comments. Dave’s not suggesting (as some emailers seem to think) that you shouldn’t blog, or that you shouldn’t speak your mind. Instead, I think what he wants to see is people trying to find their original voices: if you’ve got a business background, that’s a great slant to take, or if you’re into the stadium, that’s a great way to contribute to, and you’re going to write more interesting stuff, and do better at it, than if you attempted to do general commentary that’s duplicated elsewhere. I love a lot of the email we get because it’s really interesting and original takes, and I’d love to see that kind of diversity online as well.
That said, I’m not Dave, so that’s just what I think he meant to say: to be encouraging.
Looks like the vultures are beginning to circle. Orlando Hudson for Rafael Soriano? This is the kind of offer that is made when an entire league realizes that one of the GM’s is asleep at the wheel and there is a feeding frenzy to rob his team blind before everyone else does. We should be thankful that Bavasi turned them down, though Hudson is too young to fit into the current scheme. I’m guessing he’s holding out for Mike Bordick.
Also, I’d like to make one blogging comment, now that offspring are popping up everywhere. I’m all for more M’s blogs and people expressing their opinions, but I’d love to see folks starting blogs on different aspects of the game. How about a financial M’s blog, dedicated to keeping track of payroll quotes from management, salary figures, deferred payments, etc…, so that we can have an easy access resource to point to when Howard Lincoln starts spouting off ridiculous payroll numbers again. Or a blog devoted to covering Safeco Field itself, reviewing different seats, concession stands, parking tricks, bus lines, and other ballpark related ideas? While I’m enjoying reading several of the new blogs, I think we might be reaching a saturation point where redundancy takes over. There are still plenty of niches to be filled, though, and I’d encourage some of these new folks to find their own creative area to offer something new to the M’s Blogosphere.