Odds and Ends (10/20/10)
Various minor newsbits are filtering out, none of which are worth a separate post. Consider this a catch-all for the past few days.
• Wedge was introduced yesterday, now sporting a handsome mustache, but no bolo tie to complete the ensemble. Larry Stone has started a celebrity look-alike contest which presently features Stacy Keach, Captain Leland Stottlemeyer, recent Bradley Whitford, Ron Swanson, and Ron Burgundy, but surprisingly, no Wyatt Earp (an earlier popular suggestion) or Daniel Plainview.
• Actual news from the conference ran about in the expected manner. Milton Bradley says “I’m over it,” Wedge says “I don’t hold any grudges,”, and adds that he’ll reach out to Milton and others in the coming days. Carl Willis is likely to provide some continuity at the pitching coach position, though nothing is yet certain. Wedge came off as intense and organized; the kind of guy who won’t stand for mental errors. These statements mean things.
• Felix Hernandez was named Sporting News’ AL Pitcher of the Year. It’s not the Cy Young, but could be a precursor to it.
• If you didn’t have enough indications recently that we’re going to be stuck in the mid-90s for at least another few years, the Mariners are bringing back the “Northwest Green” (read as: teal) alternates, used earlier this year on a Turn Back the Clock Night. Ichiro can be seen rocking the teal uni here. No word on possible returns of teal caps or Turn Ahead the Clock black and pink. Ichiro’s sentiments on those are presently unknown. Felix will be wearing the jersey when Wedge does his Q & A though.
• You’re not getting through a post by me without some prospecting news. On that note, Ackley is still out, but should be back any day now. Nate Tenbrink is playing third base again for Peoria after working out mostly in the outfield for West Tenn. Matt Lawson is at short a lot of the time. All the pitchers are making progress, measurable or not, but of particular note is Tom Wilhelmsen recording eight strikeouts in four innings. Down in Venezuela, there’s not much worth talking about yet, but to be clear about one issue, Robles is relieving, but not being viewed as a reliever.