marc w

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Garrett Olson dropped by Pirates


Just as we were warming to Garrett Olson (the person; warming to his pitching proved a bit more problematic), he was DFA'd. The Pirates were first on the waiver wire, and they snapped him up. But needing a roster spot for Joe Beimel, they've apparently sent Olson packing. We'll see where the noted amateur photographer and John Travolta impersonator ends up next.

Baseball America's PCL Top 20 Prospects


BA's list of the top 20 prospects in the PCL is mighty impressive. The Mariners have four representatives, Pineda at #3, Ackley at #5, Smoak at #9 and Halman at #18. That seems about right to me. BA's perhaps predictably a bit higher on Pineda than John Sickels seems to be, and they're still impressed with Halman's physical tools. Ackley at 5/Smoak at 9 also feel about right.

Cocaine Scandal in Arlington Somehow DOESN'T Involve Hamilton. Yet.


Rangers manager Ron Washington apparently tested positive for cocaine last year, according to SI.

Strasburg vs. Ackley today in the AFL


Gameday link. Strasburg starts for Phoenix, while Ackley bats 9th and plays LF. Game starts pretty soon; check it out, and someone tell me what Strasburg's velo/movement look like in Gameday.

Bill Hall DFA'd


In addition to the Hardy move, the Brewers DFA'd Bill Hall and fired their pitching coach. Ex-Mariner Chris Bosio will take over that job with the Brewers, and Jason Bourgeois will take Hall's spot. Hall's 29 and a few years removed from a 35 HR season. Since then, his K rate has increased to around 30% and his wOBA's dipped well below .300. No-risk, possible reward pick up? Or is Bill Hall done as a MLB player?


King Felix and Mariner Catchers

1:  As we've discussed a bit here, the M's behavior seems to suggest that they believe catchers impact RA much more than the minimal amount analysts would ascribe to CS, PB, errors, etc.    Why...

Burke DFA'd, Johjima back (and starting)


They'll try and get Burke through waivers; if he clears, he'll be back in Tacoma.


Rainiers Home Opener

The Rainiers opened the refurbished Cheney Stadium tonight with an easy 6-2 win over the Sacramento Rivercats. via There's been a lot of talk about the new...


New MiLB infielder acquisitions

(link) GMZ continued his poaching of the farm system he built in Milwaukee by signing 2B Callix Crabbe, a 25 yo who'd been in the Brewers farm system. Crabbe was selected by the Padres in last...


RIP Ed McMichael - the Tuba man

If you've been to a sporting event in Seattle, you've probably come across Ed McMichael, the guy with the beard and Tuba playing before (and after) each game. Sadly, he's been murdered.    Story h...


Benny Looper is now looking for a job.

M's press release noted that Looper (VP for Player Development) "declined an opportunity to stay" with the org.   The opportunity was apparently becoming a scout on the pro side within the M's.  ...


Fall/Winter League updates

The Hawaii Winter Baseball league started near the end of September, so the teams have played 10-11 games to this point.  The Arizona Fall League started on the 7th of October.    The Caribbean...


Arizona Fall League rosters taking shape

The Arizona Fall League kicks off in early October, and once again the M's will send several prospects to play for the Peoria Javelinas. MLB announced some *preliminary* rosters today; often, one...


OT: Mobile/Smartphone advice

Matthew had one of these fanpost/diary thingies about a year ago, right around the time I was looking at jumping into the smartphone market. I ended up getting a T-mobile Shadow, which was great...


Joe Blanton -> Philadelphia

Billy Beane tries to ram it home to the remaining 15 A's fans that no, they're not trying to compete this year. Oakland gets much-hyped 2b prospect Adrian Cardenas along with moderately intriguing...


2008 MLB Draft on Thursday

So I'd planned a little draft FanPost for the lunch hour, but I see Dave Cameron beat me to it .    Go read that first... ok, got it?   Here are a few other possibilities - guys who may go from...


Tonight: PDX baseball, beer and a rock show

Bummed that you couldn't go to the softball game because you live in portland? Don't worry. Tonight, I propose to drink up, walk to PGE park, then go to a show, and then drink some more. If this...


Bored? Watch the Beavers!

Please note, this is a non-pornographic suggestion.... With the M's off today, I've been watching the Portland Beavers game on FSN.   What's so interesting about the Hated Rivals' AAA club?  ...


Opening Day for the Tacoma Rainiers

Ah, opening day.    Remember how excited we all were on Monday?   It's BACK!   The Rainiers open their season tonight at 7 versus the hated Sacramento Rivercats.   Ryan Feierabend gets the start...


BP's Top 100 prospects out today

Kevin Goldstein's list is here, and features several M's: 33 - Jeff Clement 44 - Chris Tillman (interesting) 55 - Carlos Triunfel 93 - Wlad BalentienIn the chat at BP, Goldstein said that, if he...


Rule 5 stuff

As reported at USSM, BA, and elsewhere, the M's selected your 2007 PCL Pitcher of the Year, RA Dickey, in this year's rule 5 draft. Dickey just signed on with the Twins, so he'd be returned to...


(Potentially) Overlooked Stories: Fall/Winter 2007

Most of you are probably aware that the Arizona Fall League, the Hawaiian Winter Baseball League and the caribbean winter leagues are in full swing, and the that M's have prospects in both.  If you...


Another GM available....

John Schuerholz is expected to resign from the Braves, according to ESPN.What do people think of this?   Would he ever come here?   Should he?   His track record is pretty damned impressive...     ...


2007 UZRs out: The WORST AL center fielder is.....

Ichiro Suzuki.Hmm.   If you want some independent confirmation that Ichiro does not in fact suck, check the Hardball Times' Revized Zone Ratings, or go here for some work based on those ratings...


Pirates snag Indians assistant to be new GM....

Good luck to you, Neil Huntington.Huntington apparently saw his star wane under Shapiro with the rise of Chris Antonetti and was in a scout/MiLB coordinator sort of a role with Cleveland.   The...


Presented without comment...

Yesterday's attendance at the Marlins-Nats clash?  400 people.  Well, 399 after a heckler was ejected. Check out the picture here, and remember: a major league baseball game was taking place when...


PitchFX data for the M's

Johnbai's diary a ways down about Sean Green got me searching through the gameday logs looking for how much he's used his slider versus his fastball.   Nothing systematic - just a quick look.   I...


Wlad Returns

It's been discussed in some of the minor league threads - is Wlad close to returning, or was his injury more severe?   Balentien ended the debate by starting for the Rainiers last night (and going...


Your 2007 AAA Home Run Derby winner is....

Rob Stratton, who doesn't play professional baseball.   The ex-Albuquerque Isotope works as a realtor in the area, so they gave him an opportunity to enter the contest.  He ended up beating minor...

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