Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Season 2005 coming to a end.

It's only got a few more weeks before the retooling can begin, again. Will Bill Bavasi actually make some pitching moves this off-season? Will he get a few more guys like Sexson and Beltre? He got a few nice guys for the infield for 05, but from what i have seen of Mr. Bavasi he will make moves that he says are terrific and are "sensible" for the team in the long run, but what i think he needs to do is hire back the old GM Gillick on the side and ask the man what he should do. Damn, i don't think i have been as frustrated with my baseball team in years. It seems like anything good they would like to do away with. WHat will Bavasi do next? Trade Ichiro for a few pitching prospects? I wouldn't be suprised at anything that man decides to do with the Mariners. We are too old in spots where, sure they are helping with the younger guys break into the league, and way too young in MOST spots because we have half of the Tacoma Rainiers in Mariner uniforms this year. They said on the broadcast a few days ago that 12 Tacoma players that started in AAA this season are now with the club and have been for some time. That is amazing! It's such a lopsided mix or rookies to vets on this team. You have someone like Jamie Moyer who is 42 and another guy who is the YOUNGEST IN THE MAJORS at 19. Same rotation. And our closer is in his late 30's along side with a bunch of guys who put together have as much ML experience as he does in the pen. Our middle infield is a rotation of 4 rookies or very near rookies, meaning they were with the club last year in September for the expanded rosters, but other than that they are basically AAA players. I have to say that I am impressed with Morse and Lopez and Bentacort, they have had their rookie days where they make fundamental mistakes, but overall they are learning a lot and doing whatever it takes to be in the lineup everyday.
I really do like the make up Core of the team, guys like Ibanez, Sexson, Beltre, Ichiro, Reed, Morse, they are good guys to build a team around. Felix Hernandez has been fun to watch, and will be as long as they are carful with him since he is so young. Moyer probably won't be back since they tried to trade him 8 different times this season. And it seems like the rest of the rotation is just so spotty. You never know if you are going to get a outting that is a masterpeice and they go 8 strong innings, or if you are going to get a hit-fest and see the bull pen take over after 3 innings. The experts always say that you win with pitching and defense. Well, Bavasi, we have the defense, how about getting us some pitching? We even have a little power with Sexson and Beltre and Ibanez. Ichiro hits for average and is hovering around .300 this season. We could get a little speed in the line up and a little pitching and i think we could dig ourselves out of the AL West Cellar!!! Wouldn't that be nice to see teams below us instead of 16 games ABOVE us? Wouldn't it be fun to be in a race for something again instead of trying to avoid 90 losses? how about 90 wins? Wilson is retiring, Moyers salary will be gone, same with Guardado most likely. Will be be getting a permanent catcher? We had 6 to choose from this year! I don't know Bill, maybe you should get a wig or something because teams don't want to make good deals with you, you look sorta like a weasel and I know I don't want to be in the same elevator as you when i leave the park at night, hell you scare me when i'm in the press box at the same time as you. I don't claim to have all of the answers, but then again I'm not the one who took the job as GM and messed with a cities emotions and threw their baseball team down to the cellar. What happened when Gillick left? Did he leave a message on what not to do with the Mariners and just mislable it? You have a brain inside that bald head of yours, wrap a scarf around it and warm up to the idea that Seattle wants to support this team and come to the beautiful baseball field that is Safeco Field. Please!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

-This is a post that I made on another blog I have and posted it here since it shpuld be here more than there, or at least both places.-

Ode to Danny Wilson

Dan Wilson, my paperboy catcher for the Seattle Mariners from 1994-2005 announced that he will retire when the 2005 season ends. Anyone who follows the Mariners knew that it could be a possiblity when he tore a ligament in his knee on May 4th of this year after getting a basehit to left field and had to leave the game. I was working for ANC that game and saw Danny's last at bat and saw him walk off the field. I felt that something was wrong as I watched him walk off with the trainer Rick Griffin. I kind of just stood there with a very worried feeling and didn't want to sit back down. It was like the day before Boonie was traded to Minnesota, i knew that it was his last game in a Mariner uniform. Although today during Wilsons press confrence he said that he would like to play at least one more inning this season before hanging it up. The announcers were talking about who he might catch for, such as long time teammate Jeff Nelson or Jamie Moyer. He gets to make his own ending after the injury, i think that is nice. He is such a good man, not only as a ML baseball player but in the world. He and his wife are so involved in the community and help so many children. He also said that he would like to remain involved with the Mariners in some fashion as well, either it be with the charity work that the team is involved with or down the road maybe a coach of some sort. I really hope that happens. It would be so great to see Dan Wilson a pitching coach and right beside him Edgar Martinez as a batting coach! How about Jay Buhner being a bench coach or an outfield coach? Or maybe Danny could be manager and Jamie Moyer could be the pitching coach when he decides to retire? I like that idea too. There just seem to be some people in this world that it would just be too hard not to remain in contact. (on a side note, when i met Jason I had the same feeling about him, there are just some good people that have to remain a part of your life in some respect). Look at the Mariners since Danny went out with the injury, we have had so many catchers in and out of the position, i think i heard a while back that we have used 6 different guys trying to fill his spot. AND no one will ever have his demeanor, no one can replace what Dan Wilson has, he is just a good man. So, Danny Wilson, I will miss watching your talents on the baseball diamond, but hope that we still see your talents taught to young people all over in this world. Thanks for making the #6 mean something special.