Goodbye, Wilson Valdez
Goodbye, Wilson Valdez.
Okay, no, I'm not talking about getting the pitchforks and torches out and storming Howard's Safeco Field office (though it's tempting). This time I'm referring to getting the pitchfork out to do something you normally non-violently do with it -- turn over dirt in the garden to help get weeds out and stuff. Of course, you can also use a pitchfork in a manure pit...
In a trade that Billy Beane would have called a F******-A trade, LaTroy Hawkins has been shipped to the Giants for David Aardsma and Jerome Williams.
It's probably just mere coincidence, but it sure feels like I'm jinxing George Sherrill. Just when he starts to get back on track in Tacoma, after an unjustifiable quick callup and instantaneous demotion, I change the tune of this blog to "Free George Sherrill!" All goes well for a day or two, and then -- wham. He blows his first save, and a muscle in his body for good measure. The Tacoma News Tribune is reporting he'll hang out on the DL for a couple weeks with a strained muscle in his side.
George Sherrill's line since being bounced back down to T-Town:
For all you watchers of today's game, here's a brief quiz:
Ryan Anderson had his contract purchased by Milwaukee from the Surprise Fightin' Falcons of the Golden Baseball League. He was assigned to Single-A Brevard County. His fastball has been clocked at 93-94 MPH, potentially meaning that maybe the Mariners gave up on him too soon. I am not going to second guess the decision to release him, as it was definitely time to move on, and I am happy to see the Little Unit throwing again. I assumed he was selling insurance somewhere by now. Keep an eye on him. If he makes it to the bigs, this could be one of the biggest feel-good stories of the decade.
In my 4th (!) attempt at blogging, I have decided not to fly solo. I've joined up with this excellent duo of PositivePaul and Munchausen, and someone named Citizen K (?). This will be easier for me as I won't feel pressured to post every day, rather, I will post only as ideas come to mind. I have really liked what this blog has had to offer in the past; it's usually quite interesting. I hope to help continue this excellent tradition. It is great to have a place to express my thoughts, pressure free. I promise to show my best work on this site, and I certainly thank PositivePaul for this oppurtunity. Now, if USSM would be so kind as to add a link, that'd be greatly appreciated by all of us, I am sure.
This has gone too far. The way this team has given George Sherrill the shaft, in spite of his solid performance and consistent pitching, has completely caused me to blow a fuse. Sending him back down to Tacoma is not going to help this team. I can feel Munchausen's voice in the back of my head whispering "Those emotions aren't real. There are more important things to be upset about than the baseball ideology!" But still, I know I'm outraged.
It's fitting, and not just mere coincidence, that my post tonight coincides with the return of George Sherrill to his rightful home with the M's. What's really shocking, though, is that it (at least briefly) comes at Joel Piniero's expense. I'm still baffled by the M's fixation with Thornton (amongst others, too, of course). But if Thornton and Sherrill have to sit next to each other in the bullpen, I suppose I'm OK with that.
Considering the tough schedule we're faced with in May, I'm not surprised it took us over a week to finally get a victory. I'm also not surprised that it came on the shoulders of our two big free agent bats. This team's offense lives and dies on the shoulders of Beltre and Sexson. Ichiro and Randy Reed (or Jeremy Winn, if you prefer) will be on base their fair share of the time. The 8th and 9th hitters (Wilson Wilson (before the torn ACL), Willy Olivo, Wiki Bloomquist, Miguel Valdez, Wilson Olivo, Wilson Gonzalez, or whatever combo you want to throw out there) will not.
And we have survived. It's been a .500 year, so far, and were it not for a bench that has more lumber than the players that sit on it, we'd probably be a few games over. I still don't understand Hargrove's decision to keep 7 guys in the 'pen, when we desparately need a bat on the bench.