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February 19, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Fields tasting the bigs

A look at Mariners No. 1 draft pick Josh Fields, walking back from throwing his first big league bullpen session. He threw about 40 pitches, none of them really all that hard. As he says in the video, he was just trying to hit some spots. Fields is still getting used to life as a big leaguer. But he has some smarts. When I asked him about perhaps getting to face Ken Griffey Jr. in batting practice, he boasted about getting a chance to be taken deep by a Hall of Famer. Not exactly what Ryan Anderson did way back when, when he told folks he wanted to strike Griffey out. No small amount of practical jokes followed, many initiated by Junior.
Fields did keep taking the long way back to the clubhouse the past few days. So, we showed him a shortcut towards the end of the video. Enjoy!
By the way, in the never-ending quest by the KC Royals to become the Mariners of the Midwest, infielder Tug Hulett was claimed off waivers by them today. So ends the Ben Broussard trade with Texas from just over a year ago. In the end, the Rangers got zilch and the Mariners pretty much did as well.
I ran into Hulett moments ago as he was saying goodbye to some of the clubhouse assistants here. I asked him whether he was excited.
“I am actually,” he said. “It’s a job. I’ll take that any day.”
Well put.

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