We used to be in there, now we’re out here
The trade deadline came and went Friday, and as expected, the Mariners dealt Jarrod Washburn away. Perhaps the only surprising thing was the team to which he was traded – the Detroit Tigers. From the Tigers’ perspective, it was a no-brainer – they get a quality starter to plug into their rotation as they make [...]
This is the lineup the Seattle Mariners ran out for Thursday’s game against Detroit: Ichiro .359 Russell Branyan .271 Jose Lopez .265 Mike Sweeney .258 Wladimir Balentien .213 Ryan Langerhans .241 Rob Johnson .205 Jack Hannahan .191 Ronny Cedeno .186 Yes, despite a lineup that, after the first two or three hitters, wouldn’t scare a [...]
This week was the annual free midseason preview of MLB Extra Innings, where they try to tempt you to buy the package of every televised baseball game for the rest of the season. As much as I love baseball, I don’t think I could make this worth the exorbitant asking price over the course of [...]
As we approach the halfway point of the season, the Mariners find themselves in a strange position – too good to start having a firesale, yet not good enough to consider taking on salary. Quite simply, the M’s have been paralyzed into inactivity by their own modest success. At 37-35, Seattle has exceeded all expectations [...]
In: Various12 Jun 2009
OTPB’s uniform series wraps up with today’s look at classic jerseys. There are so many winners and losers in these categories that I decided to expand the number of selections to 10, covering the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. There were some tough choices, but I think the final results are a diverse look at [...]
This week, OTPB is going to take a look at sports uniforms, a subject near and dear to my heart, as I spend far too much time analyzing the minute aesthethic details that comprise a team’s outfit. I’m the kind of guy that freaks out when “Nationals” is spelled wrong or Ichiro’s jersey is missing [...]
In: mlb3 Jun 2009
Wednesday night, Randy Johnson takes the hill against the Washington Nationals looking to become only the 24th pitcher in MLB history to reach the 300-win plateau (and given the opponent, he should be able to accomplish the feat). The milestone is a remarkable one, and could take on even greater significance when you realize that [...]
It always hurts when the Mariners play Baltimore, but tonight Seattle fans will feel a special kind of pain. That’s because Erik Bedard, the “game-changing” lefty the Mariners acquired two years ago for a king’s ransom, will be facing off against the prize of that deal, Adam Jones, a player who has blossomed into a [...]
You could make a case for Orlando Hudson or Trevor Hoffman, but when it comes to the best free-agent bargain of the baseball season, no one comes close to what Russell Branyan has done for the Seattle Mariners. When Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik signed the 33-year-old to a 1-year, $1.4 million deal in the offseason, [...]
When the news broke that everyone’s favorite dreadlocked slugger, Manny Ramirez, had been suspended for 50 games after testing positve for a banned substance, we were immediately greeted with the usual hand-wringing dispatches about preserving “the sanctity of the game” and calls for “zero tolerance” for steroid users.
But, I must ask, as I have ever since the entire steroid cloud started raining cheaters, why do we care so much?
Baseball has a long and storied history of cheating. From spitballs to greenies to sandpaper to coke to ‘roids, players in every era have tried to circumvent the rules for their own advantage. It’s only natural that as the stakes (and money) have been raised, the deceptions have gone from relatively harmless to high-tech.
Are we really, honestly still surprised that players are being busted for steroids?
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