Jeff · February 14, 2005 at 6:02 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

In case you missed it, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman lists Bobby Madritsch as a player poised to break out this year. Definitional quibbling aside — can he really “break out” if he was the team’s best pitcher down the stretch last season? — I have to say that he’s the Mariner pitcher I’m most excited about watching.


26 Responses to “Madritsch”

  1. Jim on February 14th, 2005 6:07 pm

    In case you missed it, this was already posted.

  2. J on February 14th, 2005 6:08 pm

    Well, break out in the sense that he finally gets people paying attention to him that AREN’T in the NW, I guess. Man, only a day now until pitchers and catchers report…

    Jeremy Reed also appears as #4 in rookie position players to watch, though LAAAAAA’s Dallas MacPherson appears as number one, and Nick Swisher of the A’s is number two.

  3. Jeff Sullivan on February 14th, 2005 6:09 pm

    I was reading another list that had Oliver Perez as the #2 or 3 breakout candidate in the Majors.

    When I read that, I thought to myself, “What?”

  4. Jeff on February 14th, 2005 6:39 pm

    No, Jim, it wasn’t. I broke WordPress, so there was a dupe, and they were posted simultaneously. That one down below will be gone shortly.

  5. Kirby on February 14th, 2005 6:53 pm

    At the end of last year Page 2 head writer wrote an article on who he thinks should get what award and he was the only writer outside of the northwest to give Madritsch any props and he even had Madritsch winning the Rookie of the Year. So thats in response to the whole nation wide write thing.

  6. EA on February 14th, 2005 6:58 pm

    Technically Madritsch can definitely break out. He could go from the best pitcher on his team to the best pitcher in the league 🙂

  7. Jeff on February 14th, 2005 7:11 pm

    This is not worth a new post, but another jaw-dropper from Mariners Mailbag:

    “Q: Why don’t the Mariners try to bring back Shigetoshi Hasegawa? …

    A: Hasegawa already is on the Mariners roster and has one year remaining on his contract.”

    Are they hurting that bad for questions?

  8. DoesntCompute on February 14th, 2005 7:13 pm

    If Madritsch is better than Santana next year, I’ll eat my shoe (as well as loose my fantasy league).

  9. Kirby on February 14th, 2005 7:51 pm

    on the mariner mailbag comment. They answer the wrong questions because i know there has been good questions sent in and i want to know who chooses the questions because most of the are repeats too.

  10. Kirby on February 14th, 2005 8:01 pm

    Since I am pretty new to the site I am not sure if a discussion about this has happened but I was wondering what everyones take was on Bobby Crosby winning the Rookie of the Year because i thought others should have got it.

  11. Tom on February 14th, 2005 8:06 pm

    #10 – Lew Ford had a better year than Crosby, but I think he was barely past the major league experience limit from previous years so he technically didn’t qualify as a rookie.

  12. Jeff on February 14th, 2005 8:36 pm

    Peter did a very well-reasoned post at Musings that explained his take on the Rookie of the Year voting.

  13. Jamie on February 14th, 2005 9:17 pm

    What’s with the NY Post article mentioned and its similarity to this Seattle Times article today? Is this some common format or just some localization of a story from AP or something? It pretty much looks like plagiarism from my ignorant viewpoint.

  14. Andrew on February 14th, 2005 9:31 pm

    I am getting a little bit tired of all these Madritsch talks. I loved watching him in the last few games, but until he proves he can pitch thru the long mlb season without any health issue, I am not sure how everyone can praise him before any achievement. In my opinon, you have to EARN IT. And with 11 games pitched, I am not sure he has earned my respect.

  15. Kirby on February 14th, 2005 9:34 pm

    Wasn’t there a man named Willie Mays who even though he only played in 60 games in his rookie year he was touted through out the league and became one of the best ever

    I’m just saying You never know

  16. Noel on February 14th, 2005 9:41 pm

    Madritsch has earned it a heck of a lot more than other AAA call-ups such as Blackley and Nageotte. They had more health issues, as well as pitching like cr*p, whereas Madritsch looks like the real deal so far.

  17. Conor Glassey on February 14th, 2005 10:11 pm

    Jeff – I’m assuming you’re not counting King Felix when you say that Madritsch is the M’s pitcher you’re most excited to watch.

  18. Jeff on February 14th, 2005 10:17 pm

    Right you are, Conor. I’m assuming Felix doesn’t break camp with the big club.

  19. eponymous coward on February 14th, 2005 10:29 pm

    Madritsch can most certainly break out, because he hasn’t pitched a full season at the major league level yet. If he gives us 200 IP of 3.50-4.00 ERA ball, well, that’s replacing Jamie Moyer’s contribution from 1997-2003 right there, and goes a big way to stabilizing the rotation. If Meche and Piniero can pitch at that level as well, we have a fighting chance (not saying it’s the most likely outcome, especially in Meche’s case, but it would give us the necessary stability in the rotation to contend).

  20. Chris S. on February 15th, 2005 12:15 am

    That said, the article also said that Billy Beane is on the hot seat this season.

    If he is, that’s the coup of the century.

  21. eponymous coward on February 15th, 2005 12:36 am

    I guess it’s pretty easy for a journalist to recycle a “How will Oakland contend after losing _____” story from 2002 and 2003 by insering “Hudson and Zito” for “Tejada and Foulke” or “Giambi and Isringhausen”.

    You’d think they might be a bit cautious after falling on their face a few times…

  22. eponymous coward on February 15th, 2005 12:54 am

    Or “Hudson and Mulder”, while we’re at it. 😉

  23. NBarnes on February 15th, 2005 2:43 am

    #15: *coughRyanAndersoncoughcough*

  24. Dan on February 15th, 2005 7:38 am

    #14-Mads hasn’t “earned” what exactly? All we are saying is that he could have a breakout year, the guy not only pitched well (albeit briefly at the Major League Level) but he pitched strong, pitched smart, and even you have to admit he threw with a tenaciousness and an edge that you don’t see from guys that were playing in the Independant League this time three years ago. Suffice it to say, in 11 starts, I guess he has EARNED my respect.

  25. misterjonez on February 15th, 2005 9:17 am

    Madritsch has the real potential, if all he does this season is emulate his 2004 performance, to be the most dominating pitcher on the staff. He’s not gonna rack up K’s like the other power-lefties out there, but he’s actually got a top-of-the-rotation mentality, and the stuff is almost there.

    I look at him as potentially replacing Moyer, as well. But doing it in a little more intimidating fashion, rather than a frustrating one.

    And all the “he hasn’t proven anything” mentality necessarily applies to Nageotte/Blackley/Thornton/Olivo/Lopez/Leone/Bucky as well; as they haven’t had enough time in the bigs to “prove” what they’ve done, but for some reason people are much quicker to pronounce someone dead than they are to say they’ve got a pulse. I find that…truly remarkable.

  26. msb on February 15th, 2005 9:21 am

    #13- it is a very common format, and one that Stone has used in the past.