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February 14, 2015 at 10:59 AM

A few Mariners links and notes on Valentine’s Day

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Happy Day generated by greeting cards company to clean out your wallet and put unnecessary gift pressure on you. This one of the days of the year I’m quite happy to be single (or every day).

Let’s get to it ….

Here’s my story on Rickie Weeks signing with the Mariners.  From everything I’ve been told, Weeks is good teammate and good guy to deal with and should be an asset to the Mariners.  We spoke with him via conference call and he seemed very upbeat and enthusiastic about his new role, saying all the right things. Of course, he can’t really be negative about it. As he mentioned once and it seemed evident in his comments, he wants to show people he can still play at a high level.

One thing we didn’t get into on the conference call was  his refusal to play left field last season with the Brewers. That’s something I wanted to wait and explore when you could actually talk to him face to face and maybe go more in depth.

I do think Weeks has come to realization of who he is now as a player and where he fits in baseball. It’s difficult for players to accept something different than what they’ve always done or been. It isn’t easy for players to understand that they might not be the same player they once were. Some players adjust quickly and others simply just walk away.

Weeks is only 32. I think he has value left. I’m very curious to see him this spring and watch him work out in the outfield, third base and first base. Andy Van Slyke really pushes the outfielders in the spring with a myriad of drills that can be pretty grueling. Weeks said he isn’t afraid to work hard. Van Slyke will certainly take advantage of that attitude.

One thing I didn’t mention in the story is that Weeks said he’s completely healthy going into spring and has lost some weight in hopes of protecting his legs from some of the nagging hamstring issues he’s dealt with.

If Weeks can become competent in left field and first base, that could be very beneficial from a platoon and pinch-hitting standpoint. Sure he could give Robinson Cano or Kyle Seager a day off as well, but that won’t happen too often because those guys hate sitting.  We could definitely see Weeks starting in left field against left-handed starters. Dustin Ackley’s numbers vs. lefties last season weren’t so great (below). And it would be a way to get him days off to protect from the nagging ankle issues that bothered Ackley last season. It’s also a way to get Logan Morrison days off and keep him healthy.

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GM Jack Zduriencik was on ESPN 710 after the Weeks signing. Here’s the podcast

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Here’s the podcast of my Friday appearance on Sportsradio KJR with Ian Furness and  Jason Puckett.

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Lookout Landing has lots of analysis and thoughts on Rickie Weeks

If you have some time, read this blog post on the Player’s Tribune by Andrew McCutchen. It’s about baseball freezing out lower income kids. It’s really good.

This from a few days ago, but here’s Jeff Passan’s column on the possibility the changing strike zone.

 Miami was awarded with the 2017 all-star game. San Diego has the 2016 all-star game. Gotta say I’m liking the potential of the future all-star trips. MLB usually rewards teams that build new stadiums with an all-star game. The Nationals and their new park have yet to host so that’s one that will happen in the near future. The new Braves stadium will also likely get an all-star game as well.

Here’s the last 20 years …

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