Wednesday Mariner update
TNT: Wladimir Balentien and his strikeouts. Includes some comments from the team’s new hitting coach, Pentland:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not as worried about strikeouts as some people. A lot of young Latin players know they have to hit just to get a shot at playing professionally, so they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take a lot of pitches,Ã¢â‚¬Â Mariners batting coach Jeff Pentland said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are a lot of factors in striking out in the minors Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including young umpires. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a young hitter working on discipline and you take a pitch off the plate and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s called strike one, that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You put too much focus on the strikeout, you make it harder for a young hitter because now heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s getting away from his natural skills. You have to let experience come, and you work on their timing, their swing, their pitch recognition.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The TNT also put up a story about this one Mariner outfielder from Australia yesterday after the day-in-news post which is, uh, worth reading. Cough.
Times: If you’ve been dying for a Dave Burba story, well, you’re now sated.
Update: aaand we get the first sighting of the team commercials. I think the Ichiro one’s clearly pick of the litter.