M’s Close to Jojima Deal

Jeff · November 11, 2005 at 6:46 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The News-Tribune reports that the M’s are nearing a deal with Kenji Jojima for two years, $8 million with an option for a third year. This confirms what we’ve been hearing, that Jojima’s already looking for a home in town.

If the report’s accurate, I give this deal my full endorsement.


77 Responses to “M’s Close to Jojima Deal”

  1. Bruce on November 12th, 2005 7:00 pm

    Fingers crossed for some SoDo Mo-Jojima next year.

  2. Mr. Egaas on November 12th, 2005 7:09 pm

    Sounds like a great deal. Not a whole lot of money to commit to a guy with a ton of upside and plug a hole on the team. Also, depending on what kind of athelete he is, I feel he has 2 hole potential, maybe not initially, but potential. Something this team has lacked for a while.

    Probably means a cheaper left-handed sock or a downgrade from Burnett.

  3. skipj on November 12th, 2005 7:13 pm

    #’s 30,36, 37 et al.
    RE: Meche
    ‘He’s a doctor,
    he’s a lawyer,
    he’s a movie star.
    He’s an astronaut,
    and he owns this bar.’

    Ah, Country music….

  4. Taylor Davis on November 12th, 2005 8:39 pm

    He’s a joker, he’s a smoker, he’s a midnight toker. He’s a picker, he’s a grinner, he’s a lover, and he’s a sinner, and he walks his batter in the sun…

  5. Pete on November 12th, 2005 10:39 pm

    I’m sorry, but a catcher will never fill the #2 slot in a batting order. Why do people suggest this?

  6. Ace of Spades on November 12th, 2005 11:06 pm


    Ivan Rodriguez.

    And people suggest it because Johjima has good speed for a catcher and a high on-base percentage in Japan.

    Or you could put the catcher in the bottom part of the batting order, because that’s just where them folks suppos’d to hit.

  7. Mr. Egaas on November 13th, 2005 12:13 am

    Jason Kendall hit leadoff a bit of the time for the Pirates, and the A’s as well. Comes down to OBP more and smart baserunning more so than speed in my book.

  8. King Dog on November 13th, 2005 12:15 am

    Maybe we can nickname Jojima “Jojo” so we can all shudder when Rick ‘The Antichrist’ Rizzs says: “Jijima to Betancourt… the toss across… that’s some more Sodo Jojo Mojo.”

  9. roger tang on November 13th, 2005 12:58 am

    And people suggest it because Johjima has good speed for a catcher and a high on-base percentage in Japan.

    Y’all remember who’s managing this team….

  10. JoJo on November 13th, 2005 2:30 am

    I think that the 2 years for 4 mill per is too good to be true…i wont believe this one UNTIL it happens…..

  11. Bela Txadux on November 13th, 2005 4:35 am

    Jojima is Joe-Jim, the Two-headed Catch-a-droid. Who plays cards with himself.

  12. Melvin Bob on November 13th, 2005 5:20 am

    No, he won’t sign with the Mariners. Nothing good ever happens for the Mariners. He’ll sign with the Muts, fizzle, and regret his decision like another Japanese star who will remain nameless.

  13. joealb on November 13th, 2005 11:23 am

    #55, Never say never. People suggest this because there have been catchers who did a fine job batting #2 in the past, See post #56 and #57.

  14. Sean on November 13th, 2005 12:20 pm

    Joe Mauer would also make an excellent #2 hitter.

  15. Bozo on November 13th, 2005 4:53 pm

    Thurman Munson batted second fairly regularly the first few years of his career.

    I find it hard to think of many catchers who are (a) good hitters and (b) not also MOTO hitters. (Munson and IRod both dropped down a few slots in the order as they developed more power and/or their teams’ composition changed.)

    Another blast-from-the-past name of a catcher who hit for high average but not much power is Manny Sanguillen. I don’t remember him batting second and have difficulty imagining it: he wasn’t known as a patient hitter and the Pirates teams he played on usually had better top-of-the-order options.

  16. joealb on November 13th, 2005 7:23 pm

    Could you be talking about Ed Ott?

  17. The Ancient Mariner on November 13th, 2005 9:05 pm

    Re #49, on Edgar: not precisely; he’d ripped up his knees (one courtesy of BC Place) and couldn’t do it anymore.

  18. Ralph Malph on November 13th, 2005 9:55 pm

    Edgar wasn’t moved off 3B because he “couldn’t do it anymore”. He didn’t rip up his knee at B.C. Place; that was first hamstring tear.

  19. Ralph Malph on November 13th, 2005 9:59 pm

    Edgar returned to 3B after the B.C. Place hamstring tear in 93, but he kept reinjuring the hammy so they moved him to DH full time.

  20. msb on November 13th, 2005 11:54 pm

    #65– I looooove Manny Sanguillen. and no, he was not a no. 2 hitter 🙂

  21. John D. on November 14th, 2005 12:48 am


  22. Melvin Bob on November 14th, 2005 2:56 am

    *71 Well, I was referring to Kaz Matsui. Irabu failed miserably for the Yanks.

  23. edelfel@g-o.com on November 14th, 2005 10:28 am

    Craig Biggio started as a catcher and hit at the top of the lineup. It might have been lead-off, though.

  24. Evan on November 14th, 2005 10:31 am

    No one should ever have to do anything at BC Place. I’d rather watch a game at Olympic Stadium.

  25. Brian Rust on November 14th, 2005 11:11 am

    Defferences between reporters aside, I wonder if TNT has different attribution standards than the P-I or Times. “A source” seems pretty low. Maybe it was like “a former congressional staffer.”

  26. The Ancient Mariner on November 14th, 2005 6:31 pm

    Re #68/69: Thanks for catching my goof. I did not, however, say that he was moved off 3B after the BC Place injury, and I do stand by my statement that they moved him off 3B because he couldn’t do it anymore, as his legs wouldn’t take it.

  27. sheephnter on November 15th, 2005 9:36 am

    Yes u r right Ancient M- His legs wud not stand up to it. our son was his batboy in AAA ball- we know him well- and YOU are correct in what you are saying