First day of spring training, wheeeee
Position players showed up. Speeches were made.
Carl Everett, in the PI today:
“What I saw here last year was a team that hoped to win,” Everett said as position players reported to the Mariners camp. “It wasn’t a team that went out to beat you every day.
“The talent on the field offensively here was better than the team in Chicago. But with the White Sox, we knew how to beat you.”
Hickey also flogs the “team didn’t have a leader” line, but I’ll skip quoting any of that in favor of this:
Former No. 1 draft pick Adam Jones is being converted into an outfielder, and he’s expected to be ready to go in a year. If he is, he could slip into the lineup in left field and Raul Ibanez, who was the DH early last season, could move back into that role.
Left field? Also, Ibanez’s contract is up after this year, so he’s likely to move back into the role of “free agent”.
In the Seattle Times, Finnigan writes about Everett as having a reputation for saying controversial and includes the comparison “Like others known to be offbeat” which is almost an invitation to make your own joke. Especially when paired with:
Instead, he signs more for fans than most pro athletes during training camp because, he explains, it gets too busy during the season.
“And I gravitate toward kids rather than adults,” he added. “It’s a kid game, and they are the future.”