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April 20, 2011 at 9:26 AM

View replay of Geoff Baker Live! from FX McRory’s

If you missed last night’s show, we tried to split it into some different segments for easier viewing and to reduce freezing on the audio. Part I is above and Part II is on the next page.
A viewer asked me what I thought about how Eric Wedge has handled his players. I say there’s been good and bad. Another viewer wanted to know if I think the M’s will re-sign Ichiro, who came through last night with four hits. I do think they will, but only if his salary comes down. Maybe that’s just me. I don’t see how you keep paying him $18 million for his skillset in his late 30s when your payroll is less than $90 million for on-field product. Even the Yankees aren’t doing that with Derek Jeter, and they’ve got much higher payroll.
Naturally, when I said that on-air, a viewer asked whether all that overseas money Ichiro brings in from Japan makes his salary more than worth it. Thing is, that overseas money is largely a myth as I wrote last year. The Mariners don’t get to keep the Japanese merchandising money Ichiro brings in. It goes to the larger MLB pool.
Somebody else asked why I’m overly “nice” to Chone Figgins, not criticizing him for his numbers. I explained why Figgins, Miguel Olivo and Jack Cust should probably have better numbers than they do. We saw some of those guys begin to collect hits last night.

Down below is the second half of the show after we broke to give the system a chance to recharge.

With five minutes left in the show, we had a power blip that knocked us off for about 15 seconds. Here’s the final part of the show after we came back up.

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