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Monday, February 20, 2017

Help wanted! These problem positions have plagued teams for a decade

Almost every team has a problem position—you know, that spot where one season a hot prospect is starting (and failing), the next season it’s a washed-up vet, then some random Triple-A player—and the team can never get out of that cycle.

Maybe your favorite club has one, like left field for the Seattle Mariners. This one goes way back. Ken Griffey Jr. patrolled center field 11 seasons for the Mariners and played next to nine different regular left fielders, including Pee Wee Briley, Jeffrey Leonard, Kevin Mitchell, Eric Anthony, Jose Cruz Jr. and Brian “The Fast One” Hunter. The Mariners have had problems filling the position in recent years as well. Norichika Aoki was supposed to be the answer last season, wasn’t the answer, and now they’re hoping Jarrod Dyson is the answer, although even that is a short-term fix as he’s an impending free agent.

So let’s see if Seattle’s left fielders have been as awful as Mariners fans believe, and who has had it even worse over the past decade.

Meatwad needs baseball Posted: February 20, 2017 at 12:55 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: bad players, chicago white sox, seattle mariners

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Did Harold Baines come within a whisker of the Hall of Fame?

Twice in his 22-year career, Baines and his fellow major leaguers were robbed of games due to labor stoppages. In 1981 and again in 1994, the owners and the MLB Players Association came to loggerheads and shut down the game. Could those two labor disputes have caused Baines the hits he needed to get to 3,000? If Baines has 3,000 hits on his ledger when he debuts on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2007, does he garner only five percent of the vote?

Wahoo Sam Posted: February 12, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, hall of fame, harold baines

Monday, January 09, 2017

Former Rangers pitcher, coach Jackie Brown has died

Brown was the Rangers’ pitching coach for managers Pat Corrales, Don Zimmer and Darrell Johnson from 1979-82. He also coached for the White Sox (1992-95) and Rays (2002).

Taps Posted: January 09, 2017 at 03:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, tampa bay rays, texas rangers

 

 

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