Thrill to the sight of Bob Melvin!

DMZ · March 19, 2008 at 7:46 am · Filed Under General baseball, Mariners 

Yup, if you’ve got MLB TV, you can see the late game against the Diamondbacks at 4. Pretty exciting.

Other than that, not a whole lot going on, is there?

It’s speculation over news, but Jim Callis at BA wrote about the signs the draft slotting system may fall apart. This would be huge if it happened — especially since the M’s would likely be one of the last teams to abandon it in a year that appears to be talent-heavy. Their continued loyalty to the Selig line could be particularly costly.

There was a ridiculously cool interview Jonah Keri did with the A’s assistant GM on ESPN that I wanted to link to but they’ve apparently made it disappear, presumably to be flown secretly to a minor third party site to be tortured or something.


12 Responses to “Thrill to the sight of Bob Melvin!”

  1. smb on March 19th, 2008 7:56 am

    Was it this?

  2. smb on March 19th, 2008 7:57 am
  3. Tek Jansen on March 19th, 2008 7:57 am

    I always assumed that the slotting system would crumble once a certain number of teams began ignoring it. It is one thing for the M’s (along with Pirates, Astros, and others) to compete against three to five clubs that draft over slot, but if half or more of the MLB clubs are drafting over slot, they would be forced to abandon their Selig loyalty as a matter of sound, practical business.

  4. Mr. Egaas on March 19th, 2008 8:10 am

    Keri did a GREAT interview with the D-Backs GM a few weeks back as well — it too was on ESPN. Very thoughtful answers.

  5. eternal on March 19th, 2008 8:18 am

    I know you went over this before, but [went over this before]

  6. msb on March 19th, 2008 8:31 am

    I think we should thrill to the sight of Ichiro! and his prefrontal cortex.

  7. Tek Jansen on March 19th, 2008 8:42 am

    #5 — Yes. Well over half the teams do this. These teams not only want to remain loyal to Selig and the commissioner’s office, but also believe that this practice helps the overall business model of MLB.

  8. SequimRealEstate on March 19th, 2008 8:49 am

    You see there is hope for the Mariners “David Forst: I think the success cycle applies to everyone. Whether you’re the Yankees, Red Sox or whoever,” We are in a success cycle…some where over the rain bow way up… No really we are in success cycle.

  9. bigred on March 19th, 2008 8:59 am

    Any thoughts on Sherrill getting the Closer job for the Orioles?

  10. Eastside Crank on March 19th, 2008 9:39 am

    Money quote from Forst: “you don’t sacrifice a chance at long-term success to win 75 or 80 (games)”. Maybe someday the Mariners will agree.

    The draft just brings up the frustration with the Mariners and their fixation with badly overpaying veterans and not being willing to pay for high ceiling college and high school players.

  11. galaxieboi on March 19th, 2008 9:44 am

    I’m not sure if it means anything, but THT listed the M’s as being one of the more aggressive teams in the draft the last several years. Thoughts?

  12. Jonah Keri on March 19th, 2008 10:31 am

    Thanks DMZ. My favorite of the lot was one I did with Howie Kendrick that ran a couple weeks ago–it’s impossible not to like that guy. Have Q&As with Ryan Braun, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Kouzmanoff that’ll hit the WWL’s MLB page some time in the next week or two.

    Now all I need is to make a pre-season over/under wager and I’ll be a happy man. 😉

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