M’s Hold Press Confererences, Adam Kennedy Arrested

Dave · January 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The Mariners held a press briefing with a bunch of different updates today. The highlights:

The Mariners get three extra home games this year, as the road series in Florida is being moved to Seattle due to the Marlins home stadium being used for a U2 concert. The games will be played under NL rules, and the Mariners will be the “road” team, so no DH, and the M’s will hit first. Should be a fun change-up for three days. How lousy are the Marlins, though, that they would skip a home interleague series because they’d rather rent out the park for a music event?

Erik Bedard will throw bullpen sessions before spring training starts. They’re optimistic about his timeframe.

David Aardsma may be ready by the second week of the season.

Shawn Kelley may be ready by June 1st.

Dustin Ackley has gained eight or nine pounds, as Pedro Grifol is convinced that he’ll be a major league second baseman.

Oh, and while it wasn’t on the agenda, Adam Kennedy was arrested for suspicion of a DUI last night. The M’s won’t comment, but you can’t imagine they’re all that happy with him.

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28 Responses to “M’s Hold Press Confererences, Adam Kennedy Arrested”

  1. mwb on January 27th, 2011 2:25 pm

    Adam Kennedy was arrested for suspicion of a DUI last night

    Was he driving Milton home?

  2. sportsnw on January 27th, 2011 2:38 pm

    Well what a great way to start the season before the season even starts.

  3. Gump on January 27th, 2011 2:48 pm

    What a fun time for the PR person! Hopefully they made thier Mariners commercials early this year… ;)

    On a serious note anyone think the extra weight put on by Ackley would create any signigigant power or power expectations? If not home run power hopefully it creates better percentages for his power alley numbers for doubles.

  4. MrGenre on January 27th, 2011 3:19 pm

    On a serious note anyone think the extra weight put on by Ackley would create any signigigant power or power expectations? If not home run power hopefully it creates better percentages for his power alley numbers for doubles.

    Statistically, I’m certain 8-9 extra pounds equals about 10-15 more home runs per season. Unless you’re Pablo Sandoval.

  5. lubin_cuban23 on January 27th, 2011 3:24 pm

    How lousy are the Marlins, though, that they would skip a home interleague series because they’d rather rent out the park for a music event?

    It is sad but the U2 concert will probably be a bigger draw so financially it makes sense for them…

  6. griffin on January 27th, 2011 3:38 pm

    This team cracks me up.

    Maybe Jack Cust will be next with a hit and run or something.

  7. apunetid on January 27th, 2011 3:45 pm

    This team cracks me up.

    Maybe Jack Cust will be next with a hit and run or something.

    I think Ichiro’s the only person on this club who is capable of both hitting and running.

  8. georgmi on January 27th, 2011 3:48 pm

    Don’t you have to get a guy on base before you can hit and run?

  9. G-Man on January 27th, 2011 4:07 pm

    Funniest thread in ages. Thanks for making me laugh so that I don’t cry.

  10. Ike Clanton on January 27th, 2011 4:57 pm

    Can Felix be the first AL pitcher to hit a home run in his home park?

  11. Rayvensdad on January 27th, 2011 5:03 pm

    Yup, sounds bout right. Mariners are right on schedule…………… (time to pray)

  12. Jordan on January 27th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Unfortunately Felix is our best hitter and pitcher.

  13. Jordan on January 27th, 2011 5:30 pm

    Unfortunately Felix is our best only..

  14. eponymous coward on January 27th, 2011 5:56 pm

    Unfortunately Felix is our best only..

    When Felix gets 200 hits every year, I’ll concede that. Otherwise, no, not so much. I don’t even think he’s the best player on the team.

  15. Westside guy on January 27th, 2011 7:34 pm

    I’m excited about this year’s team. Adam Kennedy’s working on his hit and run skills, Milton Bradley’s working on his swing…

  16. ChrisK on January 27th, 2011 8:57 pm

    So the Mariners are getting 3 extra games of revenue for free?

  17. henryv on January 27th, 2011 9:08 pm

    I’m trying to find the last AL pitcher to hit a home run in their own park. Obviously it has happened seeing as how pitcher hit before the DH.

    But I know that it hasn’t happened since the DH, because the pitchers that have hit a home run have all done it on the road.

    Of course, I suppose a pitcher could have pinch hit, but what’s the likelihood of that?

    Anyways, it is pretty damned funny that the Marlins are such a massive failure given their playoff success.

    I’m amazed that Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Staten couldn’t manage to support a team. Hell, even a team in New Jersey or Nassau County could put something together better than Miami.

    While the Yankees might usually have MLB by the balls, it seems like a case where the good of a league might actually come before the good of the Yankees.

    Personally, I’d be a big fan of telling the Dodgers to find a new name, and moving the Marlins to Brooklyn and getting the Brooklyn Dodgers back where they belong.

    I also think that the Pirates should be renamed the Rapists, with a picture of Ben Roethlisberger of the front of the jerseys. But whatever.

    So, in conclusion, go M’s.

  18. henryv on January 27th, 2011 9:09 pm

    So the Mariners are getting 3 extra games of revenue for free?

    No, we are being asked to send Steve Pool there to do the weather for the 3 days.

  19. henryv on January 27th, 2011 9:10 pm

    I’m excited about this year’s team. Adam Kennedy’s working on his hit and run skills, Milton Bradley’s working on his swing…

    I see what you did there…

  20. Jordan on January 27th, 2011 9:25 pm

    eponymous, Mr. Santana respectfully disagrees. Fortunately for us all, I was mildly joking.

  21. Paul on January 27th, 2011 9:48 pm

    M’s games with Florida are scheduled for 6/24, 25 and 26. U2 plays Sun Life Stadium 6/29. So they are punting to us because they don’t want to pay overtime to squeeze stadium concert set-up into 2 1/2 days. U2 plays in Michigan on 6/26 so their stage stuff won’t even arrive in Florida until the morning of the 28th at the earliest.

  22. Westside guy on January 27th, 2011 10:07 pm

    In all seriousness – I think playing those games in Safeco using the NL rules is great. I really wish they did interleague that way, where those games played in AL stadiums are under NL rules and vice versa.

    After all, the supposed idea is to let us fans see the “other league”. Watching the hated Padres use a DH when they come to town isn’t really experiencing National League baseball.

  23. vj on January 27th, 2011 11:30 pm

    U2 plays in Michigan on 6/26 so their stage stuff won’t even arrive in Florida until the morning of the 28th at the earliest.

    Tours of this size usually have more than one stage setup, IOW, they’ll be setting up a stage in Florida while U2 is performing on a different stage in Michigan.

  24. Carson on January 28th, 2011 8:41 am

    So, Figgins might not make Fanfest. In case that’s why you were taking your kids.

  25. JoshJones on January 28th, 2011 8:52 am

    I saw that Carson. Kevin kouz and a pitcher. If were make that deal the pitcher had better be a middle rotation type of guy. In addition i’d like to see us take that money were saving and swing some type of deal for another good young pitcher.

  26. firova2 on January 28th, 2011 10:22 am

    Hard to believe that MLB is fine with this punting of home games. I can’t imagine the NFL or NBA allowing this to happen. It is breaking faith with your fan base, no matter how small that fan base may be. Even when the Bills play in Toronto, they are trying to reach a part of their extended fan base.

  27. MrZDevotee on January 28th, 2011 2:22 pm

    Hard to believe that MLB is fine with this punting of home games. I can’t imagine the NFL or NBA allowing this to happen.

    It makes MLB more money to hold the games in
    Seattle, and I’m pretty sure the fact that 30,000 to 40,000 people will show up for U2 means the Miami area is fine with choosing U2 over a Marlins series (that’s probably TWICE what the 3 day series will draw).

    Westside Guy-
    I agree, I’ve always wondered why baseball didn’t do interleague that way. It’s certainly more intriguing, as any intrigue in interleague games is waning… AL sees their pitchers bat. NL sees an extra batter in the lineup.

    I’ll probably actually take my son to one of those games, depending on who’s pitching (er, I mean hitting).

  28. John D. on January 29th, 2011 5:41 pm

    I’m trying to find the last AL pitcher to hit a home run in their own park. Obviously it has happened seeing as how pitcher hit before the DH.

    Acording to DAVID VINCENT: *

    The last five AL pitchers to homer at home were:

    09/26/1972 Marty Pattin Boston

    09/19/1972 Steve Dunning Cleveland

    09/07/1972 Sonny Siebert Boston

    09/06/1972 Steve Dunning Cleveland

    09/04/1972 Blue Moon Odom Oakland

    __________
    *DAVID VINCENT maintains SABR’s Home Run Log. (What he doesn’t know about homers, he’ll find out in a minute or two.)

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