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Hypocritical regarding Michael Vick? August 14, 2007

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Morning Rush – NFL – Yahoo! Sports

Good article by Michael Silver over at Yahoo Sports but he forgets one particularly important point. The article brings up the case of St. Louis Rams DE Leonard Little and his manslaughter conviction 10 years ago for killing a woman in a car crash when he was intoxicated. Little served jail time but didn’t miss a whole lot of football and has since had DUI’s and still hasn’t missed anything. Now, the point that Silver missed is timing. Little did all of this at a different time in the NFL’s history, and I’m not saying it was handled correctly. The guy shouldn’t be playing football professionally in the NFL. But if this had happened this year, he wouldn’t be. Commissioner Goodell has made it very clear that he is going to clean up the NFL and this is exactly the type of situation that he wouldn’t tolerate. I don’t think Silver can call the the difference in the handling of the two cases hypocritical, at least on the NFL’s part, because the two events happened 10 years apart under different regimes. Having both occur during under the same regimes with a closer timespan and I could agree. But that’s not the case. Bottom line though is that neither player should ever play in the NFL again. It’s not a right to be able to play in the NFL, it’s a privilege and most players get that. Some don’t and may never will.

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Oh Joy August 14, 2007

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Well, back to blogging a little. Made some changes, updated my books and removed the “music on my iPod” box. Also added the widget for Flickr so you can check out my pics. Fun fun fun stuff. Lot’s to talk about though so there will be at least a couple of posts. Work is good, I love summer, family is great, softball is winding down for the summer (will start up again in the fall) and we’re looking good for the playoffs. Here is a link to the stats. Also, down below is a video of my wife, Julie, going off the blob at Forest Home.

Enjoy…

24 days… July 26, 2007

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24 days.  The number of days between posts on my blog.  Hmmm, oh well.  My blog, my schedule (which is nutty lately).  Pasadena yesterday, El Segundo today, San Diego tomorrow.  Biggest change is my boss was let go.  Kinda weird but out of my control.  Someone tried to tell him it was my fault, that I threw him under the bus.  Whatever, I told him that’s crap and he’s knows me better than that.  If I have a problem with someone, I let them know.  I’m not going to go running to HR or their manager.  That’s…well…you know what it is.  It’s bush, lame, the wuss way out.  Not my style.  Anyway, vacation next week (weeee!!).  Going to the mountains for family camp with a bunch of families from my church.  It will be fun once we get there.  It’s only about a two-hour drive but packing for a week and than unpacking from the minivan once we’re there.  After that, it’s all good.  I’ll bring the cams and see what shots I get.  I want to shoot some video going down the zipline.  That should be good to post on YouTube.  Pics will go on Flickr.  I’ll also put some up here, just for fun (kinda like stretchy pants from Nacho Libre!!)  All good, all the time.

M’s on Fox Sports July 4, 2007

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FOX Sports on MSN – MLB – Despite wild ride, Mariners playing well

It’s great to see an entire article dedicated to the M’s with some pretty sensible things being said.  Kudos to Dayn for keeping up with what’s being written in the blogs.  USS Mariner and Lookout Landing are not only great blogs about the M’s, but they’re just great blogs about baseball in general.  I think they do a great job of balancing statistical analysis and scouting reports.  Just don’t look for a lot of substance in the game threads.  If you want raw emotion and some great beer (or whatever your drinking) coming out your nose laughter at some of one-liners they submit during the game, the game threads are great.  But take them with a grain of salt.  The post-game/next day analysis is where you’ll find the meat. 

Anyway, I’m very happy with the way the M’s have played, in spite of some roster decisions that have been made.  Dayn brings up some great points, specifically about Adam Jones.  Jones just can’t stay down in AAA for much longer, he is going to force his way onto the ML roster sometime soon.  He brings too much to the table offensively and would improve the OF defense so much, it’s almost unfathomable that they haven’t brought him up already.

One thing I’m not so sure about is the idea of platooning Sexson and Broussard.  Not that I don’t like Broussard, I do.  I really do.  But I’d prefer to see the M’s trade one or the other for some pitching help rather than platoon them.  I think Sexson is going to have a big second half, similar to last season although probably not as drastic.  He’s historically been a much better second half player (87 1st Half OPS+ vs. 117 2nd Half OPS+) and he doesn’t have a big lefty/righty split in terms of OPS (.872 vs LHP, .866 vs RHP) and OPS+ (99 vs RHP and 103 vs LHP).  Broussard isn’t a big help in terms of defense either when comparing range factors for both players (for their careers, Sexson is 8.96  RFg and Broussard is 8.16 RFg).  It’s not a bad idea but I’d prefer to see if Richie takes off and has a similar second half.  I’d rather sit Vidro and have Broussard play DH more often than put Sexson on the bench.  Now, if Sexsons recent thumb injury continues to bother him, than having Broussard spell him at 1B until he’s 100% healthy is definitely a good idea, especially if he continues to hit as well as he has recently. 

Lastly about Broussard.  Please don’t have him play the OF.  It’s just painful to watch. 

All stats are courtesy of Baseball Reference.com.

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Lewis gone July 3, 2007

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SI.com – NBA – Lewis agrees to maximum contract with Magic – Tuesday July 3, 2007 1:19PM

I don’t think this is a big surprise since the Sonics traded Ray Allen to Boston.  If Seattle can turn this into a sign-and-trade deal, that would be better but if they don’t, it’s not the end of the world.  Lewis is a great talent but with Durant and Green coming in, the Sonics should be good to go.  With all of the cap room that I assume they have now, I would think they’d be able to sign someone substantial via free agency, although I won’t even pretend to know who that might be.

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One last thing… July 3, 2007

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VBS is done for the summer, at least the little kids one that my wife coordinates.  YEAHHH!  Everything went pretty smoothly but the key is that it is DONE!  It’s so much work for her to get everything coordinated and organized, she was way stressed.  Now, hopefully she can relax (just a little) and enjoy a little summertime.

UGLY July 3, 2007

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MLB – Seattle Mariners/Kansas City Royals Recap Tuesday July 3, 2007 – Yahoo! Sports

Look up ugly in the dictionary and you’ll find this game.  Just absolutely hideous.  The thing that bugs me the most isn’t the loss.  Teams are going to have these kinds of games during the season.  The problem I have is what the media is going to make of this.  I’ve already heard a lead-out on BBTN along the lines of “did Hargrove take the momentum with him?” or something like that.  Hopefully a month from now, Hargroves departure and it’s effect on the team is a distant memory, along with this game. 

I have a feeling that Feierabend is going to be paying a visit to Tacoma soon.  I don’t think anyone believed he was ready for the big leagues and this just about confirms it.  I think he needs a travel buddy and Morrow goes down to AAA with him.  He’s really not ready either.  When/if Lowe gets back, Morrow should be heading south. 

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Baseball power rankings July 3, 2007

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Power rankings came out at SI.com and foxsports.com and they both have the M’s ranked 8th. Not bad for an M’s team that nobody thought would compete for a playoff spot this year. The general consensus was that they would be about a .500 team for the season and continue making some progress back to a respectable team. But here they sit, 10 games over .500, 4.5 games behind the LA Angels of San Bernardino, and 1.5 behind the Tigers for the wild card. Felix looked good yesterday and if he can get back to anything close to his early season domination the M’s should be in it the rest of the way. After an off-season of questionable trades (HoRam for Soriano and Vidro (Turbo) for Snelling and Fruto), there wasn’t much hope in Mariner-land. However, despite both of these moves (they were and are still terrible), the Mariners find themselves in a good position and if they can play going into the All-Star break, it should be a fun second half. The resignation of Mike Hargrove shouldn’t have too much of an affect unless Mac disrespects Guillen and gets shanked in the shower.

Now, I said that I think both HoRam and Vidro are terrible signings. You might be wondering why, especially with Vidro. Well, HoRam is on the DL and just hasn’t been very good away from Safeco. He has a 13.21 era in 4 starts away from the Safe and hitters are killing him at a .432 clip. He’s also walked 11 and only k’d 5. Away from the comfy confines of Safeco, he’s just not confident in his stuff and is walking batters and when he serves up those meatballs anywhere close to the plate, they’re getting devoured like a good meatball should.

As for Vidro, well, he’s the DH. He’s supposed to hit and while he’s hitting .292, he’s only slugging .356 (12 total extra-base hits) which is dead last among the 7 full-time DH’s in the AL. His OPS is .711 (also last) and he’s driven in only 23 runs (Frank Thomas is next lowest in RBI’s…with 43!!). Not to pile on but he’s also grounded into 13 double plays (hence the nickname Turbo). All this time, we’ve had Adam Jones just absolutely killing the PCL while Raul Ibanez slogs through LF. I guarantee that with Jones in LF and Ibanez as the DH, the M’s would be significantly upgraded both offensively and defensively (have you seen Raul play LF? Hideous, don’t watch, it might scar you).

Anyway, this turned into a mini-rant about those two guys, which isn’t what I intended. I am WAY STOKED that the M’s are playing as well as they have. They’re actually a fun team to watch, especially that bullpen…WOW! I just hope they don’t become complacent and continue running with what they have. Most teams will make some kind of move to improve the team after the break, everybody has holes to fill. Hopefully the M’s will see the most glaring hole is the OF defense and bring up Jones to start in LF everyday (not sit on the bench ala Ellison) and move Ibanez to DH and use Vidro in a PH role (when they need a base hit because, remember, he’s not so good at the XBH thingy, use Broussard if they need a hit with a little charge in it).

I’m glad to see the M’s getting the recognition at the national level again. Hopefully they keep it up.

Hargrove July 2, 2007

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Walk away: Hargrove quits surging Mariners – MLB – Yahoo! Sports

Well, this is the weirdest thing I’ve heard of in a long time when it comes to baseball, even in Seattle.  I don’t think I’ll ever understand “losing passion” in the middle of a baseball season, when you’re team is rolling, and you’re competitive for the first time in over a decade.  But I guess after 37 years in the big leagues, it can happen.  I would just think that it would happen during the offseason or during spring training or something like that.  It’s almost as if Hargrove didn’t think the M’s would be competitive (who did) so he figured he could just go through the motions for the season with a suckee team and not have to worry about things.  Than, when things are good, but he’s still not excited about going to the ballpark, he feels guity and decides it’s in everyones best interest to let someone else take the reins.  I’m actually ok with that.  He’s probably actually done a better job this season than his previous two.  Maybe he’s been just taking the advice of the blogs over at Lookout Landing and USS Mariner and running with their suggestions, just for kicks, since he didn’t really care?  I mean, I’m sure he cared, how could he not?  But, if he’s really not excited about things, why not do things differently and see if it shakes some things up?  Maybe that’s the straw that broke the camels back?  He started trying different things and, holy smokes, they work!!!  I would bet that was it.  It takes a lot of work to change old habits and Hargrove certainly had some old habits. 

  • Using the closer in the 9th inning only and than, only if it was a save situation. 
  • Bloomquist is not a utility guy, he’s so versatile he can play all the time at different positions. 
  • Stick with a set lineup and let the veterans work it out.

But if he didn’t want to work and try new things, than I guess the passion would be gone.  Oh well, thanks for getting the season off to a good start, Mike.  Enjoy your retirement.

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So Hey July 2, 2007

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I’ve decided to clean out some posts just because they’re old and cruddy and try to start anew.  Haven’t used this in AGES but thought I might give it another try.  So if, for some weird reason, you’ve been to my blog and possibly commented on something, but it’s not here anymore, it’s because the whole post has been deleted. So anyway, here we go.