Larry Stone utterly rocks, the M’s collapsed

DMZ · April 1, 2007 at 9:39 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

So here’s Larry Stone today:
– a detailed and well-researched article on precedents to Morrow’s situation
– a considered, even article on Jose Guillen’s ability and reputation
– a quick, breezy view of the season to be.

There were a lot of articles today in the Times and the Tacoma News Tribune on the team’s dire state, Bavasi and Hargrove’s jobs, but I wanted to focus on that for a second — Larry Stone just rocks, and I’m happy he’s in town. He’s USSM’s Officially Endorsed writer for a reason.

On that, then:
Bishop on how the M’s collapsed.
Geoff Baker previews the season, touching on that Athletics Nation quote I used in “Imagine Sisyphus a Mariner

So, to the TNT:
Enough absurdity, M’s, just give us a little mediocrity
‘Tremendous camp,’ Bavasi says


10 Responses to “Larry Stone utterly rocks, the M’s collapsed”

  1. joser on April 1st, 2007 9:50 pm

    So I hear a certain blogger/author (of a recently published book) is going to be holding forth on “cheating, and whether it can help the Mariners this season” on KUOW (94.9) Monday at 10:00am. At least, that’s what the radio told me.

    My personal take on that “yes, but only if they don’t get caught, and even then it’s not likely to be enough.” But I look forward to listening to a full hour of explaining to callers that USSM doesn’t actually hate Willie Bloomquist. In fact, I’d argue that actually having him on the roster entitles the M’s to at least one free pass on a corked bat or the like.

  2. David* on April 1st, 2007 10:01 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Bishop article.

  3. davepaisley on April 1st, 2007 10:06 pm

    I was at a birthday party at Safeco on Friday night – a friend who’s a Safeco tour guide. We got to tour the place, including press box, where the Seattle Times writers have pride of place front and center. Right in the middle? Steve Kelley. Right next to him – Larry Stone. It’s a wonder the universe doesn’t just flat implode with the talent disparity gradient.

  4. AK1984 on April 1st, 2007 11:28 pm

    If y’all are up for the challenge of listenin’ to entertaining radio, then take the time to hit up 89.9-FM KGRG — especially Nihilistic Corruption, which airs from 10:00 p.m. ’til midnight each and every Sunday — since it’s better than any of the pretentious programming that’s presented on 94.9-FM KUOW.

    At any rate, though, I hope that the Willie Bloomquist and Jason Ellison lovefest doesn’t cause any old, grandmotherly broads to spontaneously combust into a burst of flames.

  5. Typical Idiot Fan on April 1st, 2007 11:29 pm

    I read the Larry Stone piece and was about to call plagarism. Some of what he said sounded almost verbatim of what Cameron said about the same situation.

    Though he did go to a guy enough to find that what I’ve been saying about the Morrow situation being unprecedented is wrong. The Padres did the same thing we’re doing with Morrow to Dustin Hermanson….


    Anyway, I enjoyed the Stone pieces. Avoided the Kelley piece. And sorta glanced over the other stuff until I had to go home from work.

  6. Typical Idiot Fan on April 1st, 2007 11:32 pm

    Oh… Dustin Hermanson was released from the Reds earlier today. I knew there was a reason invoking that name was uncanny.

  7. Typical Idiot Fan on April 1st, 2007 11:35 pm

    Actually now that I look at it, I don’t think Hermanson’s development curve fits either. Yeah, he was put into the bullpen role immediately to help the team and later turned back into a starter, but not by the same team that put him in as a relief arm.

    Morrow will (probably) be turned back into a starter as a Mariner, which may make a difference. Or it may not.

  8. Dave on April 2nd, 2007 6:55 am

    Larry’s a smart guy with all kinds of resources at his disposal. I don’t think it comes as any big surprise that he reads the blog. His article was nothing close to plaragism, though. He has his own thoughts, his own research, and his own conclusions.

    I love seeing Stone do articles like the Morrow piece. He’s got the ability to expand on my thoughts far better than I ever could and put it in front of a huge audience. If he got a couple examples of comparisons for Morrow from my post, then awesome, I just made his job a little easier.

    But I’ll become Pat Gillick’s man slave before I ever accuse Larry Stone of plagarizing my work. He’s way too good for that.

  9. lokiforever on April 2nd, 2007 10:52 am

    I thought the breezy article was rather good, and with quotes like these, I beleive he is a USSM reader. Stone has multiple sources…glad one of them is USSM.

    “Derek Jeter will be proven an inferior defensive shortstop by statheads and lauded as the consummate winner by his peers.

    The word “gritty” will be associated with Willie Bloomquist an American-League record 133,422 times, falling well short of David Eckstein’s major-league mark.

  10. Wishhiker on April 2nd, 2007 11:41 am

    I like the Griffey quote on being upset about moving to RF and fourth hitter “I’m just employee no. 3” (Uniform Number)

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