I woke up this morning, got my son off to sixth-grade camp, and then found this alarming story: Carl Everett, who had a very undistinguished stint with the Mariners in 2006 before being released on July 26 (and never playing again), was arrested on late Monday in Tampa on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness.The news story has all the gory details. Here’s a column I wrote upon Everett’s release that summed up his Mariner career.
It’s kind of amusing to see that I was lamenting the Mariners’ horrible OPS from the DH spot thus far in 2006 — .680.The M’s would love to have a .680 OPS from the DH this year — and would have last year, too. So far this year, their designated hitters (mostly Jack Cust) have a .543 OPS. Last year’s cumulative OPS from the designated hitters was .609. Who would have guessed that Carl Everett’s reign would be looked upon as “the golden era?”
I hesitate to include that latter link, because of my spectacularly incorrect assessment of the Ben Broussard-Eduardo Perez acquisitions. But how was I to know that Perez and Broussard would stop hitting when they arrived in Seattle? (That now-familiar pattern wasn’t firmly established at that point, when the Mariners were only two-plus years into their decline). But wouldn’t they love to have Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera right now?
Speaking of ex-Mariners, thanks to IchiroStole51 for pointing out that Wladimir Balentien, now playing for the Yakult Swallows in Japan, is off to a great start (.324/.444/.649, three homers, seven runs, five RBIs, six walks). And in doing a little more checking, I see that another former Mariner farmhand, Termel Sledge, is tearing up the league (.361, five homers, 14 RBIs). Sledge is with the Yokohama BayStars.
Elsewhere, Gabe Gross has elected to retire rather than report to the minor leagues with the Marlins. Gross, 31, went to camp with the Mariners this year and seemed to have a legitimate shot of making the team, but Ryan Langerhans beat him out. The Mariners released him near the end of camp.
Finally, here is a video and some links on Trey Griffey, Junior’s kid, who could be a top football recruit next year, when he’ll be a senior in high school in Florida. It looks like it will be on younger son Tevin to provide a third-generation Griffey in the major leagues.