Betancourt’s journey, Reitsma’s elbow

DMZ · March 15, 2007 at 7:54 am · Filed Under Mariners 

No M’s notebooks… slow news day.

Greg Bishop at the Times, on Betancourt’s emigration from Cuba, and his family.

In the PI, Chris Reitsma underwent surgery once and wants to pitch again.

Hickey says the M’s “won’t be making a play” for Benitez.


16 Responses to “Betancourt’s journey, Reitsma’s elbow”

  1. idahowriter on March 15th, 2007 8:11 am

    Please, for the love of God, let there be no truth to the story at MLB Trade Rumors that the M’s are interested in trading for Armando Freakin’ Benitez.

  2. Evan on March 15th, 2007 8:24 am

    These public trade rumour are often insane. A couple of weeks ago I read that Philly was going to trade John Lieber to Toronto for Reed Johnson.

  3. eponymous coward on March 15th, 2007 8:38 am

    Oh, good, we’re going to back JJ up with a Proven Closer.

    I’m not drinking the haterade everyone else is for him, but I also don’t see why he’s a particularly useful pickup over any other bullpen arm who doesn’t have a Proven Closer label attached and Proven Closer paycheck, plus Benitez hasn’t stayed healthy lately, either, which makes him a poor choice to back up JJ.

  4. msb on March 15th, 2007 8:45 am

    Original Jose talks the double-play with Larue, Kirby Arnold talks with McLaren — and:

    “Former Mariner Mike Blowers, added to the telecast team as an analyst, will make his debut before the camera tonight when the Mariners play the Giants on Fox Sports Net. New play-by-play man Dave Sims, hired primarily for TV duty, will miss the game because he’s out of town calling NCAA Tournament games this weekend. … Play-by-play announcer Rick Rizzs will take a few days off this weekend and he’ll be replaced by Ron Fairly, the longtime announcer who retired after last season.”

  5. msb on March 15th, 2007 9:49 am

    Hickey also has the game line-ups for Chi & tonights tv game

  6. IdahoInvader on March 15th, 2007 10:50 am

    I could think of some possibly worse options than Benitez…like Reitsma

  7. joesuperdad on March 15th, 2007 10:51 am

    Hmmm… So just Johjima playing against Chicago as far as regulars. Guess Hargrove is simply ignoring that minimum of 4 regulars rule. Well, that means our other team should rock, right?

  8. DMZ on March 15th, 2007 11:10 am

    I love, btw, that in the PI blog this is “skirting” the rule.

    Isn’t it lower than four total?

  9. joesuperdad on March 15th, 2007 11:19 am

    Yeah, I’d say 3 regulars playing may be “skirting” but 1 regular is pretty much ignoring. I’m not losing any sleep over it, but why have the rule if it can be ignored or “skirted” at will?

  10. RabidMsFan on March 15th, 2007 11:33 am

    While looking at one of the lineups for tonights game I couldn’t help but notice that Grover has put Vidro at the number 3 spot fairly often this Spring. I sure hope he’s not planning on using him there during the regular season. The number 3 should be reserved for someone with a much higher OPS. I think he belongs in the 6 or 7 spot of the lineup not 3. God only knows what Grover is thinking.

  11. msb on March 15th, 2007 11:34 am

    hey! Vidro is a Professional Hitter who Puts the Ball in Play and Extends the Inning.

  12. DMZ on March 15th, 2007 11:51 am

    I think MLB’s not going to care — the rule’s intended to keep the different games reasonably competitive and worth seeing for fans, so if you walk up to High Corbett day-of and buy a seat, you’ll still get to see good players on both sides.

    In this case, as Hickey notes, HoHoKam sells out, so they’re not really hurting the Cubs by only sending Johjima and the Wee one, and they’re helping their TV contract in a huge way by making the first televised game of any kind regular-packed.

    It’s entirely possible (likely, even) that at some level, the team talked to MLB and the Cubs ahead of time, formally or not, and they said it was no big deal.

  13. joesuperdad on March 15th, 2007 11:54 am

    I feel like there was an article or quotes a few weeks ago about Vidro being the likely person for the # 3 batter. I don’t love it, but does this team have a clear # 3 hitter?

  14. Paul B on March 15th, 2007 12:16 pm

    #10, re Vidro

    Hargrove. Thinking.


  15. msb on March 15th, 2007 12:49 pm

    thus far in HoHoKam “HR Floyd (1, 1st inning off Baek, 2 on, 2 out)”

  16. Evan on March 15th, 2007 2:37 pm

    I feel like there was an article or quotes a few weeks ago about Vidro being the likely person for the # 3 batter. I don’t love it, but does this team have a clear # 3 hitter?

    Someone good, maybe?

    I’d be inclined to bat Ibanez third.

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