Musings about, um... well, the Seattle Mariners as well as a love affair with this game baseball. By Peter J. White
"Once again another stunning issue of Mudville Magazine awaits you. Like the island nation of Mauritius, it's unknown to most, a speck on the map, while an island paradise to others, best left undiscovered. And everyone needs to visit an island paradise now and again..."
"The saddest part of this debate is not that something so 'pure' as sabermetrics is being accused of racism; rather, it's that its accusers have done a poor job of proving anything."
"Although Youkilis draws almost a walk a game, his primary goal is to get hits by waiting for the best pitch to swing the bat."
"The M's smart usage of Martinez gives us an interesting look into what might be the perfect situation for none other than Ken Griffey Jr. With Martinez in the twilight of his career, Griffey could slot right into the DH that doesn't run slot. While he's a different type of hitter than Martinez, I think many could see him excelling in that slot and in that ballpark. I have no idea how that could work financially, but as we've seen, no deal is impossible if it works for everyone. Maybe, for Junior, he can go home again."
"He likes the book because it illuminates a part of the baseball world--general managers' decision-making, draft-day choices, trading strategies--which can change a player's life but to which he's not ordinarily privy. Moreover, some of the minor characters are people he's met or watched along the way to Triple-A."