Willie, Marty Martinez, Thiel sets up Armstrong, Johjima’s throws
Larry Stone writes a great piece about Marty Martinez’s influence on the Mariners’ fortunes. Martinez died last week.
Geoff Baker on Bloomquist’s delayed steal of home. Some quality quotes there.
He shortened his swing this offseason, hoping it gives him a better chance of hitting the ball hard and finding the holes for more hits.
Yes, because his old swing was way too long – he was trying to drive the ball… wait, what? I thought from Pentland that Bloomquist was a fastball-only… I’m confused.
Meanwhile, over at the PI, Art Thiel punches Chuck Armstrong in the gut:
As chief executive officer, Chuck Armstrong admits to “choking a little bit” when considering the club-record $111 million payroll with which the Mariners are likely to start the season.
Fans can identify with Armstrong’s gag reflex. They felt a hurl in development when they read in the P-I recently that the club’s annual statement to the Public Facilities District reported a $23 million annual profit — despite three consecutive losing seasons.
Thiel ties in the team’s fortunes, Ichiro, and the state of fan support. But I can’t get over those first two paragraphs.
Thiel, of course, is the guy who asked Howard Lincoln a thinly-veiled question about what it was like having his clock cleaned by the A’s every year at 1/3rd the cost. Oh Art.
John Hickey writes about Johjima’s struggling to improve his run prevention skills by throwing more “over the top“