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September 23, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Jim Riggleman’s favorite player

The Mariners manager told reporters it was former Baltimore Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson.
“Him and Johhny Unitas were the icons of Baltimore,” Riggleman said.
This is Jose Romero, subbing for the regular crew one more night. FYI….my favorite baseball player was Fernando Valenzuela. Anyone care to share theirs?
On to Mariners matters. Riggleman said pitcher Carlos Silva will miss his scheduled start Thursday. His back isn’t feeling good enough, but there is a chance he’ll pitch before the season ends.
Riggleman hasn’t decided who will replace Silva. It will depend on who gets used over the next couple of days. One possibility is LHP Cesar Jimenez.
“If Carlos said ‘Hey, I want to go, I feel good,’ then we’d put him out there, but his success depends on getting the ball down,” Riggleman said. “And from his windup, he’s really not able to comfortably make the turn that’s involved in his delivery to then get back over top of the ball.”
I asked Riggleman which young guys have stood out to him this month. One player he mentioned was Luis Valbuena, who Riggleman said has had good at-bats though his average is .206. “It’s not looking like it’s showing up in the batting average yet, but he looks like he knows what he’s doing up there.”
Riggleman has also been impressed with Matt Tuiasosopo’s arm strength throwing from third base. His dad, Manu, was at the game last night, by the way.
Another topic of discussion was Jose Lopez, who has started eight games at first base (nine including tonight). Riggleman said Lopez can play there, but the issue is whether he is needed to stay at second or move to first and where he is going to best help the team That position is one the Mariners will be looking to fill in the offseason, one would think.
Lopez might have been kidding around, but he told me he doesn’t like first base and prefers second.

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