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Good morning to you from Peoria, Ariz. where the expected high temperature on this bright Saturday is 88 degrees. Yes, I understand if you feel like punching me.
Let’s get to it …
Above is some video of Robinson Cano taking batting practice during the grand opening of the Mariners’ academy in the Dominican Republic. Why am I posting it? The Mariners made it available and I like seeing a mirror image of my baseball swing on video.
Speaking of Cano, Greg Bishop, formerly of the Seattle Times and New York Times, is now working for Sports Illustrated. He spent a day with Robinson Cano and wrote this story.
Here’s my story from today’s paper on Danny Farquhar and his acceptance of a set-up role with the signing of Fernando Rodney. As usual, Farquhar was open and funny and honest about his reaction to losing the closing job before he got a chance to really compete for it.
Also of note in the story, Farquhar talked about adding a change-up to go with fastball, cutter and curveball. He was tinkering with it in his last bullpen. It isn’t a circle change. He’s use four seams so it might not have a down of downward movement. As he said, it isn’t a strikeout pitch. It’s more of a “show me” pitch that hitters will have keep in the back of their minds.
During his morning meeting, Lloyd McClendon clarified that the organization views Brandon Maurer as a starting pitcher. McClendon didn’t mention Maurer in that group of starters competing for the rotation. But he admitted that was just an oversight by not having a roster in front of him.
“He’s certainly in the mix,” McClendon said. “This guy has tremendous stuff, power type of stuff. He’s a swing guy. But I would view him as a starter.”
McClendon will whittle the larger group of 12-15 starters in camp to a group of 7-9 starters about midway through the Cactus League season when starters are making their third spring start.
- Jesus Sucre will be able to participate in today’s workouts. “He should be fine,” McClendon said.
- Taijuan Walker is stills scheduled to throw a bullpen on Monday.
- Dustin Ackley arrived in Peoria yesterday and is here working out today.
- People have asked me for pics of Jesus Montero to see how much weight he has gained. I’m going to be real honest here. He doesn’t look any different to me. I know Montero said all he did was eat after winter ball was over with. But he really doesn’t seem to look fat or heavy, he looks, well, the same. Of course, we didn’t see him at the end of last season. I will see if I can channel my inner John Lok or Dean Rutz and get a shot of him with my iphone, but I think you might be disappointed.
- The Mariners will have intrasquad game on Feb. 25th.
- Ashley Varela of Lookout Landing writes about the dangers of small sample sizes. Spring training stats should be avoided, and also scorpions, those should be avoided too.
- Jeff Sullivan of USS Mariner is cranking out posts of late. You should read them if you get a chance.
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My good buddy Lawrence “Smooth Tweeting Larry” Stone was on with ESPN 710 the other day talking Mariners. He doesn’t think the M’s will improve by 10 wins. And I would tend to agree with him.
Here’s Taijuan Walker’s interview with Elise Woodward and Jerry Brewer, where he downplays the shoulder soreness. You want to fast forward to the 70 minute mark.
ESPN’s Keith Law was on with Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil talking Mariners.
McClendon said he doesn’t watch bullpen sessions that closely. Yesterday, he was around watching with GM Jack Zduriencik, but he isn’t studying pitchers too closely.
“It’s important to see the ball coming out free and easy, but other than that I don’t put too much into it,” he said.
- Blake Beavan
- Anthony Fernandez
- Nick Hill
- Lucas Luetge
- Tom Wilhelmsen
- Scott Baker
- Andrew Carraway
- Matt Palmer
- Erasmo Ramirez
- Jimmy Gilheeney
- Logan Kensing
- Dominic Leone
- Chance Ruffin