Just got up from the field, where we listened to M’s manager Eric Wedge. Also got to hang out a bit down on the field with Dave Van Horne, radio play-by-play voice of the Florida Marlins. But for decades prior, Van Horne was to my hometown Montreal Expos what Dave Niehaus was to the Mariners and their fans.
I grew up listening to Van Horne — who got named to the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame by winning the Ford C. Frick Award this past winter — and color man Duke Snider all through my childhood and college years, so it was great to conenct. He even introduced me to Jack McKeon, so it was a fun time.
On to the Mariners, who, as I told you, are fielding the exact same lineup tonight minus the starting pitcher.
I asked Wedge specifically what he liked about Carlos Peguero, who is right at the Mendoza Line but keeps getting playing time.
“You saw the outfield he played last night,” Wedge said. “This guy’s just gotten a lot better out there. And that just hasn’t happened, he’s worked hard at it. A lot of early work, taking balls off the bat. Good conversations between him and (outfield coach Mike) Brumley. But you just see the potential he has: the raw power, the bat speed, the athleticism and the quickness.
“And what he’s really starting to do is take some things into the game. Standing taller, more under control, using his hands better. And when he gets to the point where he’s doing that consistently, he’s got a chance to be a pretty good ballplayer up here with some power to-boot.
“And when we get the DH spot back, then we’ll be able to be a little more consistent with some of the other guys, too. So, it’s a fine line. But I’ve been really impressed with his overall game getting better up here. He’s starting to really slow the game down. He’s seeing the game the way he really needs to see it.”