Blackley dealt

JMB · April 1, 2007 at 12:55 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Corco, here’s your roster move — LHP Travis Blackley sent to San Francisco for OF-R Jason Ellison. Ellison will be on the 25-man roster to open the season. As has been hinted at in the comments, Ellison went to South Kitsap with Willie Bloomquist. Yes, the Willie Bloomquist.

On a personal level, I’m sad to see Blackley go. Back when he was going really well (2003), I had the chance to interview him while he was pitching for San Antonio. We talked about baseball, life in the minor leagues, how he developed his changeup (messing around while playing cricket), and his growing up in Australia over the course of an hour. It’s funny… I interviewed a number of players on that trip, and other than Jose Lopez they’re all gone — Rett Johnson, Clint Nageotte, Justin Leone, Chris Snelling, and now Blackley.

Man, what a rotation the Missions had that year: Johnson, Nageotte, Blackley, Bobby Madristch and (while I was there), Matt Thornton.


107 Responses to “Blackley dealt”

  1. David J. Corcoran I on April 1st, 2007 10:04 pm

    sorry, 63.00

  2. Thom Jimsen on April 1st, 2007 10:10 pm

    My point.

  3. Mr. Egaas on April 1st, 2007 11:51 pm


    Does Ellison give us anything that T.J. Bohn couldn’t of done for us?

    Good planning there, guys.

  4. Steve T on April 2nd, 2007 8:46 am

    I don’t understand why we waste all that money on these high-priced millionaire losers, when what we really need to win is South Kitsap High’s Class of 96.

    @95 – Jack Perconte was good, really he was!

  5. Gomez on April 2nd, 2007 10:03 am

    Since Broussard’s probably going to be expected to do spot-duty at 1B, DH and as a PH, and with Willie also having to shore up the middle infield as well as CF… the idea was probably to have Ellison as a backup OF.

  6. John D. on April 2nd, 2007 11:35 am

    (# 20) Sure, there’s not a lot of right-handed pinch-hitting there, but what lefty would get pinch hit for? You’re not going to pinch hit for Ibanez or Ichiro, and Vidro is a switch-”hitter.”

    A left-handed pinch-hitter (e.g. Broussard) would get pinch-hit for.
    Scenario: Late innings (7, 8, or 9)- opposition has a right-hander on the mound and Ms have a right-handed batter due up. The M manager, seeking to gain the “platoon advantage,” sends up a left-handed pinch-hitter; the opposing manager counters by bringing in a left-handed pitcher. Now it’s time for the right-handed pinch-hitter to pinch-hit for the left-handed pinch-hitter. (This scenario should occur often enough to justify the carrying of a right-handed pinch-hitter.)

  7. wabbles on April 2nd, 2007 1:15 pm

    RE: 56 You know, the prospect of WFB as a player-manager would create an interesting dilemma….(WFB scanning the lineup card on the dugout’s wall, pondering his next move. He looks up and down the bench to see who he still has available and realizes he’s the only position player left.) “Do I put myself into the game? I’m the only position player left but I suck. What the hell am I going to do? I really wish I didn’t suck.”

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