Saturday Spring Training haps

DMZ · March 4, 2006 at 8:38 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Blackley looked good.
M’s lose to the Padres, their hated rivals.
Choo wants to stick with the team (Times)
Pineiro had a couple good innings ahead of his participation in the WBC (Times)
Larry Stone admits he’s having trouble being enthusiastic about the WBC (Times)

The PI’s got a bunch of boring stuff on the WBC. Bleah.


15 Responses to “Saturday Spring Training haps”

  1. bongo on March 4th, 2006 9:38 pm

    Pokey Reese went AWOL^H^H^H^Hhome.

  2. Plastic Bohemia on March 4th, 2006 9:59 pm

    Man, I know it’s fluff, but how am I supposed to get through an article that a subhead referring to Travis Blackley as a right-hander? Research? Fact-checking? How about actually showing up to the game instead of writing articles from the hotel room or who knows where else?

  3. joser on March 4th, 2006 10:46 pm

    The bar. They always write from the bar.

  4. Mr. Egaas on March 4th, 2006 11:18 pm

    What about Scott Spiezio slaying the ball like never before?

  5. mln on March 5th, 2006 10:43 am

    Choo has to trust that everything will work out, just as he trusts that the Mariners made the right move when they made him an outfielder instead of a pitcher. Choo was a star left-handed pitcher in Korea and has been reported to throw a fastball 95 mph.

    “When I was in high school, 99 percent of the work I did was on pitching,” said Choo, who was named the most valuable player and best pitcher in the 1999 and 2000 President’s Cup, Korea’s most prestigious high-school tournament. “All of my dreams were to be a pitcher. Hitting was just for fun. I didn’t even care when I struck out, because I was a pitcher.”

    Hmmm. Wonder if it’s too late too make Choo into a pitcher. He might have had a higher ceiling as a pitcher than as an outfielder. A left-hander that throws in the mid-nineties. Not bad.

  6. G-Man on March 5th, 2006 11:31 am

    Pokey Reese has been released –

  7. msb on March 5th, 2006 11:33 am

    part of the Times WBC coverage is an article catching up with Sasaki who is beginning work as a baseball analyst

    Larry Stone looks at the Marlin’s newest re-build, and also comments on Boone’s retirement, Pokey’s absence, and checks in with Nellie, who is in one of his pissy moods re: the Mariners 🙂

  8. msb on March 5th, 2006 11:53 am

    oh, and Bob Sherwin talks with Ichiro …. probably not in Japanese, as was Brad Lefton’s interview with Sasaki, though

  9. juustabitoutside on March 5th, 2006 11:55 am

    ESPN is reporting that Gil Meche is out indefinitely with a strained oblique.

  10. wrox on March 5th, 2006 11:56 am

    I just saw on the ticker at ESPN that Gil Meche strained his oblique and is out indefinitely.

  11. ConorGlassey on March 5th, 2006 11:58 am

    Go Foppert!

  12. eponymous coward on March 5th, 2006 12:00 pm

    With Reese’s departure, the front-runner for the second base job becomes rookie Dan Uggla, who hit .297 with 21 home runs last year for Double-A Tennessee — but also committed 25 errors. A trade for a veteran is a possibility, Beinfest said.

    Hmm, I wonder…if a certain Hustling, Gritty and Versatile Veteran Who Thinks He Should Start from the Seattle Mariners wasn’t going to be starting here- d’ya think he might like to play every day in Florida?

  13. juustabitoutside on March 5th, 2006 12:02 pm

    Also, on a sadder note, Kirby Puckett has suffered a stroke and is in surgery in Arizona.

    Kirby’s had some problems since his retirement, but what a joy he was to watch play the game. Get well, Kirby.

  14. msb on March 5th, 2006 2:05 pm

    on the broadcast, they hoped to have Gil back by next saturdays game… re, Puckett, Lawton in the in-game interview said he got off the parctice fields this morning and had a bunch of messages on his phone from former Twins, and that at this point ‘it doesn’t sound good’

  15. Gomez on March 5th, 2006 3:04 pm

    mln, don’t forget the last time we took a left hander with a mid 90’s fastball who hadn’t pitched competitively in years, and tried to get him back into pitching.

    That said, I do agree that it’s an option if Choo doesn’t pan out as a power hitting outfielder. He can be a reverse Korean Babe Ruth. Or Rick Ankiel, depending on how things went.

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