Here’s some stories that caught my eye today:
(Here’s an update from Geoff — near the bottom — in which the Mariners clarified that no decision has yet been made on whether Feierabend will have surgery, although it appears likely. The decision will come after Feierabend is examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum on March 3.
I had a chance to talk to Green when I was in Mets’ camp. J.J. Putz’s comments about the dysfunctional Mariners dominated my time, but Green had some interesting things to say, too. He was surprised to be included in the deal that sent sent himself, Putz and Jeremy Reed to the Mets.
“I was pretty shocked, but that’s how trades work, I guess,” he said. “You don’t hear about them. It’s all done behind closed doors.”
Green believes that fatigue may have contributed to his dramatic second-half decline last year with Seattle. And reading between the lines — and not too far between — you get the distinct impression he felt a little over-used. Green appeared in 48 games in the first half and had a 2.72 ERA. After the All-Star break, he appeared in 24 games and had an 8.65 ERA.
“Looking back, yeah, that (fatigue) might have played some role. I took the ball a lot in first half. I don’t shy away from taking the ball. But it was a little bit weird. We were 30 games out and I was leading the league in appearances. But when you’re in that situation, everyone losing their jobs, everyone is trying to win every game, so being how many games under doesn’t really matter.”
Green added that he never told anyone he couldn’t take the ball. ” No, I’m not really built that way. If I feel good, I’m able to throw. That was an immensely draining season, losing that many. It’s tough. Overall, it was a good year. I think ERA was the only thing pretty much bad about my numbers. Physically, I was good. That was the biggest thing for me. As long as I stay healthy.”
Now let’s hope he stays healthy for the Mets. This is an ominous start, but it doesn’t sound serious to me.
Of all the players in baseball today, I don’t think anyone fascinates me more than Lincecum. He reminds me of Ichiro when he burst upon the scene in 2001 — so iconoclastic, and so riveting, that you can’t take your eyes off them. On the list of players I’d pay to see, Lincecum might be No. 1 right now. No offense to Brandon Morrow, who by most standards has been a great draft pick by the Mariners, but as long as Lincecum keeps excelling, it’s virtually impossible to think of him without lamenting that he could, and should, be pitching for the Mariners.
Jim Bowden is the guy who traded for Ken Griffey Jr. while GM of the Reds, holding up the deal when he refused to include Pokey Reese. That was a shrewd move.
I’ve got to say, I used to use those publications frequently in the old days, but now that so much information is available on-line, I don’t think I’ve touched mine for several years. I understand Murray’s indignation, because these books have been part of the MLB fabric for years, but I think I’m Exhibit A for baseball’s decision to stop publishing these books.
It’s a good premise, well-executed, but the problem with writing stories like this is you have to take it on faith that Delgado himself was clean. Delgado forcefully makes that claim, and I have no reason whatsoever to doubt him, but these days you can’t be totally confident of anyone’s purity, no matter how convincingly they make that claim. And that’s the great shame of the steroids era. (Let me reiterate; I’m not accusing Delgado of anything. Just lamenting our collective skepticism).