Assorted Things (And A New Author)

Dave · March 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

You may have noticed that the post directly below this one is written by a new author. In addition to Marc W, who we brought in last week and has been adding some good content to the blog of late, we”ve asked frequent commenter JH to join the writing staff. For various reasons, he’ll just be going by his initials, but I think he’ll add a nice dynamic to the group. With Jay, Marc, and JH around, this is going to be a tremendous year for prospect coverage on USSM – and yes, a new version of the Future Forty is coming.

In other news, Brock and Salk are running a NCAA-style tournament of Seattle sports media personalities. Ridiculously, I’m included, and somehow knocked off Warren Moon in round one. I don’t even know how to wrap my head around more people voting for me than Warren Moon, but, uhh, thanks. In round two, I’m squaring off against Dave Sims, a tremendous broadcaster and consumer of awesome hats. We’re fighting for the right to get trounced by Dave Niehaus in round three. If you want to vote for me, there are instructions on how to do so on the Brock and Salk blog. If you want to vote for Sims, well, I can’t blame you. I’m still trying to figure out how I got included in this whole thing. Apparently talking fast pays off at times.

And finally, I’m going to be scarce around here next week. Amy and I are flying to Arizona on Sunday, and we’re hitting up Red Rock country and the Grand Canyon for a few days of a no internet/no phone getaway. The Mariners could trade for Albert Pujols and you still won’t get a post from me about it. At the end of the week, I’m headed for Peoria, and will get a few days down in camp, but have a busy enough schedule that I probably won’t post too much here until I get back. I may throw up a few pictures on twitter, but that’s probably all you’ll get from me next week. Jay, Marc, and JH will hold down the fort while I’m gone, and I’ll come back with some too long posts about the team once I return from the desert.

Comments

20 Responses to “Assorted Things (And A New Author)”

  1. Carson on March 3rd, 2010 8:09 pm

    Enjoy some time away. The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list.

  2. Steve Nelson on March 3rd, 2010 8:52 pm

    Jay, Marc, and JH will hold down the fort while I’m gone, and I’ll come back with some too long posts about the team once I return from the desert.

    Does that mean that Derek has been displaced by freely available bloggers? :)

  3. marc w on March 3rd, 2010 9:00 pm

    I’ve spent so much of my time on this blog talking up 5th starter candidates from Cha Seung Baek to Chris Jakubauskas, it brings a tear to my eye to be compared to them, Steve.

    “His fastball’s straight, his off-speed stuff is charitably ‘a work in progress,’ but he can eat innings. Not a lot of pure stuff, but he’s some proseability. Not a high K rate, but stick him in the right environment, surrounded by great analysts, and he’ll run a superficially decent ERA.”

  4. Jeff Nye on March 3rd, 2010 9:17 pm

    I was wondering who JH was too, if it makes you guys feel any better.

    Welcome.

  5. Evan on March 3rd, 2010 9:50 pm

    Does that mean that Derek has been displaced by freely available bloggers?

    He did only post four times in February, and two of those were tech/troubleshooting.

    I miss his [vitreous] humour.

  6. Marinersmanjk on March 3rd, 2010 10:50 pm

    I was thinking the same thing…. Where has DMZ been anyway? Oh well it’s going to be nice to have yet another author to feed my baseball addiction. Have fun in the Grand Canyon Dave.

  7. SethGrandpa on March 3rd, 2010 11:04 pm

    Let’s be honest. If they traded for Pujols, you’d find a way write something about it. Even if only by means of smoke signals.

  8. thehemogoblin on March 4th, 2010 3:25 am

    Ah hell… Just what I needed… More awesome USSM coverage. My odds of getting good grades next term have slipped considerably since I read this post.

    But I’m really enthused about this. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with too many opinions here, because the debate always stays respectable.

    But do we have a lefty specialist in our bloggers? If not, I think we should look to acquire one. You simply cannot win without a lefty blogger in this blogosphere. Maybe in the other blogosphere, but not this one.

  9. The Ancient Mariner on March 4th, 2010 4:59 am

    I hope you get the chance to get up into Utah, on another trip if not this one. The Grand Canyon’s amazing, but I like the area around Moab, UT (Canyonlands and Arches) and Bryce Canyon even better. (Not yet been to Zion, so I can’t compare it.) Have a great time!

  10. Jay Yencich on March 4th, 2010 5:57 am

    But do we have a lefty specialist in our bloggers? If not, I think we should look to acquire one. You simply cannot win without a lefty blogger in this blogosphere. Maybe in the other blogosphere, but not this one.

    That might be me, actually, but I don’t know what hand the other guys throw words together with.

    Anyway, yes, we’re at work at various projects including but not exclusive to a revamped Future Forty and we’re all quite excited to have JH on board to put his two cents in.

    And Dave, I hope you enjoy your trip!

  11. heyoka on March 4th, 2010 7:05 am

    I love different angles!
    It’s always exciting when we get a new guy on here.
    Welcome JH.

    Although now I’m scared I’ll be brought on as an author if I post too much on here, so this is the last you’ll here from me in a while. :)

  12. The Ancient Mariner on March 4th, 2010 7:17 am

    No worries, heyoka — if that were the way it worked, eponymous coward and msb would have been handed authorial responsibilities long since.

    To say nothing of Corco . . . :)

  13. msb on March 4th, 2010 8:32 am

    I would only be approached if they wanted to fill with a string of short, off-topic threads…

    Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are on my list of to-dos.

  14. Rboyle0628 on March 4th, 2010 11:59 am

    Welcome to the new writers and have a nice trip to Arizona Dave.

    On another note I’m hoping to talk the girlfriend into a quick trip to AZ to catch some M’s spring training. I can’t believe it’s finally here… seems like it’s been forever since the Cliff Lee awesomeness trade.

  15. joser on March 4th, 2010 12:30 pm

    Welcome JH… if those are, in fact, your real initials.

    I would only be approached if they wanted to fill with a string of short, off-topic threads…

    Actually, I thought you were already contributing as a “link roundup” specialist….

  16. Typical Idiot Fan on March 4th, 2010 1:12 pm

    To say nothing of Corco . . .

    Speaking of Corco, I think it’s time to put his talents to use…

  17. Typical Idiot Fan on March 4th, 2010 1:12 pm

    To say nothing of Corco . . .

    Speaking of Corco, I think it’s time to put his talents to use…

  18. joser on March 4th, 2010 5:09 pm

    Speaking of Corco, I think it’s time to put his talents to use…

    By adding traffic reports to USSM? Or by having him remove redundant posts?

  19. Steve Nelson on March 4th, 2010 6:03 pm

    By adding traffic reports to USSM? Or by having him remove redundant posts?

    By having him remove posts made while the poster is intoxicated.

  20. msb on March 5th, 2010 11:18 am

    Royal Brougham Region

    Dave Niehaus (DAVE)
    Dave Cameron (CAMERON)

    well, it was a good run, Dave, but I’m not sure you make it out of the Sweet 16 round.

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