Carlos Peguero vs. Scott Baker
Carlos Peguero is gone. Officially, now, not just designated for assignment. Instead of clearing waivers, Peguero was given to the Royals in exchange for cash, and cash can be subsequently exchanged for goods and/or services that could do more for the Mariners than Peguero would. Now, the Mariners could always conceivably get Peguero back if and when he’s designated for assignment by the Royals in a few weeks, but presuming he’s out of the organization for good, you’re free to say your goodbyes. I’d tell you to be brief, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
So the two names in Mariners news today are Peguero and Scott Baker. With that in mind, here’s a video from 2011, connecting them. It is a remarkable video of a remarkable thing.
According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, that dinger maxed out at 39 feet above the playing surface. A few weeks later, Peguero did this to Chris Volstad:
That dinger also maxed out at 39 feet above the playing surface. In 2011, there were four lower home runs hit, but they were all of the inside-the-park variety. So Peguero hit the lowest out-of-the-park home run that season, and he did it not once, but twice. Also, there was no lower out-of-the-park home run in 2012. There was no lower out-of-the-park home run in 2013. To find a lower such dinger, you have to go back to early 2010. So Peguero has hit the lowest true dingers in years.
And in 2012, he hit one of the highest home runs of the year, maxing out at 144 feet above the playing surface. Carlos Peguero is versatile, if you put a microscope over the one positive thing he’s capable of doing.
Sure is a lot of potential in Peguero. Sure is a lot of potential in almost literally every single human. Sure are a lot of disappointing humans. Peguero’s not dull, though. We had our moments, which is more than you could say for whoever the hell Chris Jakubauskas was.