Local Paper Roundup
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Some good stories in the local papers this morning that I wanted to bring your attention to.
The always awesome Larry Stone writes about Ichiro and how the first half has influenced his chances of re-signing with the Mariners. It’s typical Stone – well written, informed, not speculative, and entertaining.
Meanwhile, Geoff Baker checks in on J.J. Putz becoming the veteran leader of the bullpen, finding himself surrounded by young kids. A worthwhile read.
Wrapping up the Times coverage, high-school student Michelle Conerly talks about Jeremy Reed and his future with the organization. Pretty standard sportswriter column, but considering that at no point during the column was I thinking “this was written by a teenager”, Michelle did a pretty nice job.
Over at the P-I, Ted Miller (who has written some stuff that made us want to throw things) wins the cool guy of the day award, jumping firmly on the Adam Jones bandwagon while quoting and referencing the blog multiple times. Maybe we haven’t given Miller a fair shake due to some of his past writings – most sportswriters would still rather eat bugs than admit that they read a “convincing argument” on a blog. Kudos to Miller.
In the Tribune, John McGrath tackles Putz from a how’d he get this good angle. The story is solid and full of interesting quotes.
And, finally, Kirby Arnold gives a report from Mark Lowe’s latest rehab stint up in Everett. Most importantly, he says his arm feels good, but he’s sitting at 89-91 with his fastball, showing he’s got a ways to go in building up arm strength. I don’t see any real reason for the M’s to rush Lowe back to Seattle.