Had to fly back to my hometown of Montreal on short notice, so that’s why there hasn’t been an update since yesterday. Yes, George Sherrill did avoid arbitration by signing today, while Arthur Rhodes was inked to a minor-league deal. What does this tell me? That Sherrill could still be moved in an Erik Bedard deal. And that Rhodes could be one of the lefty solutions the M’s will look at. Don’t forget. Rhodes was going to make the team out of spring training before his elbow problems flared up.
Anyway, for now, let’s get off the Bedard track and talk about something completely different. We’re in the process of planning a long overdue “Seattle Times M’s Blog Live Event” for the week after Super Bowl weekend. Still trying to nail down a date, but it would be held in the Seattle Times auditorium at our main newspaper building. I would be your host for a question-and-answer session and a pair of Mariners tickets would be auctioned off. We would also videotape the event and play it back on the blog site.
Anyone wishing to attend the event would have to RSVP through email and we would encourage folks to fill out a name tag with their blog display names. We think it would be a great chance to get to know one another better. Maybe track down some home addresses for a little payback. Actually, that last line was a joke. But I’d be very interested in meeting many of you, especially those of you who keep me up nights debating until my head feels like exploding.
Our political writer, David Postman, and I played host to a blog-writing seminar with registered journalists from the industry a few week back and it was a huge success. There was a large number of baseball-related questions, even from non-sportswriters, and we felt having some avid Mariners boosters at such an event would provide an electric atmosphere. I know there are tens of thousands of you out there reading on any given night and I’m sure at least some of you wouldn’t mind speaking in-person.
Anyway, we’re working out the logistics, so stay tuned. The blog has been running sporadically over the past few weeks as the holidays (and my personal holidays) run their course. But once spring training begins, it kicks back into full gear. This event would be almost like a launch party heading into spring training, as I’ll be headed to Peoria within a week of it happening. Very excited that the paper is trying to organize this, as it’s something a lot of you were suggesting via email throughout the season. Thing is, it’s much easier to do this before the season actually begins. So, hopefully some of you are interested.
I’ll let you know more as it develops.