Musings about, um... well, the Seattle Mariners as well as a love affair with this game baseball. By Peter J. White
"And who are his peers?
"'In my mind, Ichiro stands alone,' [his agent, Tony] Attanasio said" (Hickey, P-I).
G AB AVG OBP SLG H HR XBH BB SO SB CS % RC
Carew 445 1714 .358 .422 .470 613 23 127 200 144 114 41 74% 349
Ichiro 473 2018 .328 .374 .440 662 29 143 134 184 121 37 87% 346
"If Dan Wilson (92 starts) didn't share the position with Ben Davis, he'd get my vote. He was part of the duo that led the league in fewest steals allowed, he led the league in fielding percentage (only one error), and shared the lead in fewest passed balls allowed among catchers with at least 800 innings. But it's hard to pick a guy who caught only 57% of his team's inningsâ€¦"
"Seattle had the league's lowest error total in 2003, and the lowest number of throwing errors, so it's tempting to conclude that Olerud saved his fellow infielders a lot of errors ... on the other hand, Seattle was only second best in the AL, behind Minnesota, in fewest errors by 2B/3B/SS ... unfortunately, it's very hard to measure 1Bs in this manner because our play-by-play data tells us how many throwing errors were made, but it doesn't tell us how many throwing errors would have been made if not for a good play by the first baseman."
"Seattle's outfield was far and away the best in the majors at turning fly balls and line drives into outs. They can put three legitimate center fielders out there -- Mike Cameron, the best in the business right now, Ichiro, who was a Gold Glove center fielder in Japan, and Randy Winn, who played center in Tampa Bay before he was traded to Seattle last winter."
"Cameron led all major league outfielders with 484 putouts, 47 more than runner- up Rocco Baldelli and 60 more than Hunter. It helps, of course, that he plays behind a fly-ball staff in a park that's very friendly to pitchers. But even when you account for those things, Cameron turned about 40 more batted balls into outs than did the average center fielder.
"Ichiro's raw net-plays figure isn't all that impressive until you allow for the fact that he shares the right-field gap with Cameron, who was about 10 plays above average in those zones. Ichiro would have made some of those plays had Cameron not reached those balls first. In addition, Ichiro's speed and arm turned a bunch of doubles and triples into singles."
Player lost WARP Player gained WARP
John Mabry 0.5 Raul Ibanez 3.7
Rey Sanchez 1.3 Scott Spiezio 3.7
Mike Cameron 8.3 Quinton McCracken -0.8
Greg Colbrunn 0.3
Mark McLemore 1.8
Jeff Cirillo -0.2
TOTAL 12.0 6.6
McCracken, 33, was a double major at Duke University, graduating in four years with degrees in political science and history. He started every game in his college career and played football for the Blue Devils under coach Steve Spurrier (Stone, Times).
"It's a good deal for both clubs," [McCracken] said. "I have a history with the manager there (Bob Melvin), and I have some friends there, particularly Randy Winn. I've always liked the ballpark, the fans and the city, so it should be a good fit.
"What any player wants is a chance to play and win. I'm looking forward to that" (Hickey, P-I).
In our Confession, Chapter 3, Sections 3, 4, and 7, we have this description of it: "By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels are predestined unto everlasting life and others foreordained to everlasting death."
"These angels and men, thus predestinated and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and their number is so certain and definite that it cannot be either increased or diminished."
Well, today a friend told me this sorry tale
As he stood there trembling and turning pale
He said each day's harder to get on the scale
Sort of like Jacob Marley's chain.
The Baltimore Orioles have not had a recognizable public face since Cal Ripken's retirement in 2001, a true slugger since Albert Belle's demise in 2000 or a winning team since their division-champion 1997 edition. By signing free agent shortstop Miguel Tejada to a six-year, $72 million contract on Sunday -- and moving closer to at least one other major signing -- the Orioles believe they have gained all three (Sheinin).
Thus we never live, but we hope to live; and always disposing ourselves to be happy, it is inevitable that we never become so (Pensees).