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February 17, 2011 at 7:49 PM

View replay of Geoff Baker Live!

Good show to end the first week of spring training with. Lots of insightful questions and — hopefully — some thoughtful answers as well. Remember, we’ll pick the show back up on Sunday night at 6 p.m. PT.
One of the most interesting questions came from a viewer who asked whether I’m surprised that the late Dave Niehaus appears to have been more popular than any Mariners player past or present. I have to admit, I do find it surprising and tried to look at reasons why Niehaus was the ultimate franchise icon.
There was a question about whether I think MLB can attract enough younger fans to survive long term. The question mentioned the year 2020 and I definitely think it will survive beyond that. Here’s my answer as to why.
I was asked on-air whether I saw examples last year of young players displaying a lack of professionalism. To be honest, I was far more concerned about the veterans and the example they set.
One viewer asked me about the likelihood of Milton Bradley having another monster contract year like in 2008. I didn’t rule it out completely, but cautioned against thinking that because something happened once it can occur again as Bradley creeps along in his 30s.
A viewer asked for my early take on the AL West race and I gave it to him.

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