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March 1, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Around the Blogosphere

We’ll start things off with a look at SoDo Mojo, where Harrison Crow examines the looming James Paxton signing. Paxton is the M’s fourth-round pick from last June, but had been a 37th overall pick of the Blue Jays in 2009. Instead of signing, he tried to play another year at the University of Kentucky, but, denied that chance by the NCAA, wound up pitching for an independant league team and threw only 17 2/3 innings last year.
So, which pitcher are the M’s getting? The supplemental-rounder or the fourth-rounder. Crow looks at this by pulling out the minor league numbers of two other highly-coveted pitching picks who wound up missing significant time before finally signing. I won’t tell you who they are but some of you will guess.
Anyhow, Crow winds up concluding that it’s wise not to expect much from Paxton right away.

Over at Lookout Landing, they pay a happy 35th birthday wish to Bobby Madritsch, who woke Mariners fans up briefly during that awful 2004 season with 11 memorable starts, then faded into obscurity just as fast. Sort of a Bucky Jacobsen of the mound.
Moving on to Seattle Sports Insider, Jeff Clarke has a series of posts today looking at how player development is perceived by fans and the media. Clarke asks in one of the post whether the blogosphere in general, for all the new tools at its disposal, is really better off in its ability to perceive what’s going on in professional baseball. His conclusion? Not really.
It’s good, thinking man’s stuff. Whether or not you agree. Have a look. You should read all the posts, not just the one I’ve linked to.
At Mariner Central, Lonnie tells us why those nine pitches thrown by Erik Bedard the other day were pretty important.
And finally, at Section 331, Megan admits she fell asleep listening to the radio broadcast of yesterday’s game. Hey, don’t worry, you’re not alone. And some of us had the game going on right in front of us. John Hickey of Sportspress Northwest and I were sitting together in the pressbox yesterday and we somehow completely missed the fact that Doug Fister had already gone and given his post-start interview.
Anyhow, Megan feels kind of bad about the whole thing and gives us a little inner reflection about it.
Here are the starting lineups for this afternoon’s game at Peoria Stadium between the Mariners and Rangers. No Adrian Beltre, but Endy Chavez is back.
Julio Borbon CF
Esteban German 2B
David Murphy RF
Brian Barden 3B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Yorvit Torrealba C
Chris Davis DH
Andres Blanco SS
Endy Chavez LF
Matt Harrison LHP
MARINERS (1-0-1)
Ichiro RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Miguel Olivo C
Adam Kennedy 1B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Jack Wilson SS
Nate Robertson LHP

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