Random spring training news

DMZ · February 24, 2006 at 1:15 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Hargrove wants Ichiro swinging early and often. Also, Morse is a hard worker. [Hickey, PI]
Matt Tuiasosopo has tools [LaRue, TNT]


8 Responses to “Random spring training news”

  1. leetinsleyfanclub on February 24th, 2006 7:54 am

    Wow. If I’m Mike Hargrove, I’m really embarrassed. He kept Ichiro from playing his game and as a result, look at the numbers. I don’t blame Ichiro for being frustrated. Why Hargrove would try to change the approach of one of the best hitters in baseball is beyond me. Whatever confidence I had in Hargrove when they hired him is just about gone after reading this.

  2. msb on February 24th, 2006 8:21 am

    IIRC, the idea was Baylor’s, not Hargrove’s. You’ll note Hickey phrases it as “as Mariners coaches instructed him to do”.

    I was glad to see work on improving baserunning happening, as well as Pentland’s work on situational hitting.

  3. Evan on February 24th, 2006 8:51 am

    That article about Morse actually makes me like him less. He’s one of those guys who thinks hard work = success. But that’s just not true. Sometimes your best just isn’t good enough.

  4. msb on February 24th, 2006 9:02 am

    all he has to do is look at Willie to see that a lot of times hard work = success.

  5. Ralph Malph on February 24th, 2006 9:10 am

    I don’t understand why the Morse article makes you like him less. Would you prefer Scott Spiezio’s work habits? I’m glad to hear he’s working hard (without pharmaceuticals, we hope).

    Maybe their best isn’t good enough, but don’t you want players who will do everything possible to get better? At least you’ll know they’ve given their best, even if it’s not good enough.

  6. leetinsleyfanclub on February 24th, 2006 11:42 am

    I agree. I like Morse’s attitude and his willingness to do whatever is asked of him for the good of the team. I also agree this doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be a good player but I like that they see potential in him and are trying to find a way to develop him so that he has some value to the M’s or another team.

  7. JAS on February 24th, 2006 12:12 pm

    Like him LESS because he feels he can achieve success through hard work?

    I hope you were joking, I really do.

  8. stripesjr on February 24th, 2006 1:24 pm

    In the article about Tuiasosopo they touch on his slump in his first minor league season. I saw him in Salem vs the Volcanoes near the end of the year and he looked completely over matched by short season A ball pitchers. I haven’t seen him since so I can’t compare. I hope he’s making as big of strides as they say he is.

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