Wednesday, January 23, 2013
(*thanks to old blogmate Jeremy)
(**Jon Shields informed me that Major League Baseball has now banned this move)
(***thanks to longtime reader Paul)
(****thanks to Josh)
--- PLAYER SPECIFIC ---
3) Three or more extra-base hits in a game for Ackley
5) Andino multi-hit game
[accomplished April 13th vs. Texas]
8) Bay multi-homer game
12) Beavan scoreless outing of seven innings or longer
13) Beavan gives up a grand slam
[happened April 5th at Chicago]
15) Opposing team bats around on Beavan
20) Chavez multi-hit game
25) Trainers attend to Gutierrez on the field
[sadly, this occurred on April 22nd at Houston, the 21st game of the season]
26) Felix Hernandez 15-strikeout game
27) Felix strikes out 20 or more in a game
28) Felix takes a no-hitter into the 8th
29) Felix takes a perfect game into the 7th
30) Felix doesn't make it past the 4th
31) Octopus: Felix gives up 8 earned runs or more
39) Montero guns down a runner at third base
41) Mariners player gets into the boxscore while wearing a number higher than Montero's 63
42) Montero steals a base*
43) Montero triples****
[accomplished April 14th vs. Texas, with one out]
45) Montero scores from first base on a play not involving a home run
48) Morales grand slam
49) Michael Morse grand slam
[accomplished April 2nd at Oakland]
51) Morse three-homer game
52) Multiple-error game for Morse
53) Morse fields a position on the left side of the infield at any point
54) Dave Sims gives some stupid nickname to Morse's home runs
57) Brendan Ryan grand slam
58) Ryan multi-homer game
60) Ryan error results in runs scoring (we can tweak this to mean "in the same inning" or "on the same play")
[April 17th vs. Detroit -- Ryan committed an error to put the leadoff hitter aboard in the top of the 5th. Two hitters later, that runner scored from third on a double-play ball]
[on April 13th vs. Texas, Joe Saunders threw seven innings and left the game with a 1-1 score, though the one run was unearned due to a Brendan Ryan error]
62) Joe Saunders records double-digit strikeouts in a game
65) Root crew tells us anything specific about Victoria, BC
68) Shoppach multi-homer game
70) Shoppach steals a base
[accomplished April 10th vs. Houston]
72) Shoppach guns down a runner at third base
74) Justin Smoak homers from both sides of the plate
75) Smoak game-winning homer (in the Mariners' final inning at bat)*
76) Smoak strikes out twice righthanded *and* twice lefthanded
[run of four straight 1-2-3 saves -- April 8th vs. Houston, April 12th and 14th vs. Texas, and April 18th vs. Detroit]
78) Wilhelmsen allows a grand slam
88) Former Mariner records a save against the Mariners****
89) Wabash Cannonball: Mariners fall behind by 15 runs in a game
--- MISCELLANEOUS HITTING ---
91) Same player "loses the handle" on his bat multiple times during a game, flinging it into the crowd ...
95) Mariners hit into four or more double plays in a game
99) Mariners extra-base hit overturned into home run after video review
100) Mariners home run off a foul pole (fair pole, whatever)
103) Mariners successfully execute a suicide squeeze bunt
[placeholder - I'll note that in the April 11th game against Texas, Brendan Ryan may have successfully executed the squeeze bunt, but Endy Chavez was tagged out on a very close play. Depending on whether "successfully" has to mean the runner scored, this may have met the requirement for Item 103.]
104) Mariners suicide squeeze bunt pushes across go-ahead run
107) Mariner hitter rings ball off the Hit It Here Cafe
[April 12 vs. Texas -- lineup card submitted with Endy Chavez hitting leadoff, definitely meeting the spirit of the item]
114) Any player homers twice in the same inning****
118) Mariners turn triple play
122) Mariner fielder turns unassisted triple play
124) Mariners win on walk-off walk
125) Either team wins on walk-off balk
129) Mike Blowers makes any reference to Spanaway
130) Jay Buhner says something ill about the teal jerseys
133) Root runs a replay too long and misses a pitch
134) Root runs a replay too long and misses a ball in play
136) Mariners Junior Broadcaster inadvertently says his/her favorite Mariner is Ichiro
139) Fan-made sign containing mild innuendo makes it onto the Root broadcast
143) Root adds someone new to their on-air staff (Aaron Goldsmith would not count)
150) Ball in play hits a baserunner
151) Ball in play hits the pitcher, but the play results in an out or outs
159) Mariners player featured in a Mariners commercial is off the roster before the end of the season
160) Mariners have a double-digit winning streak****
161) Mariners have a double-digit losing streak****
162) Mariners complete a series sweep of three or more games against a team above .500
Friday, April 06, 2012
Anyway, here's the roster for the second opening night, in crappy Rizzs-like nickname format. I made up most of these in the "spirit" of Rizzs nicknames, but the ones Rizzs actually uses are noted.
Blake Beavan - Blakey, Beavey
Steve Delabar - Stevie, Delly, Barry
Felix Hernandez - King (consensus), Kingy, Licksy, Herny, Dezy
Hisashi Iwakuma - Hisashiy, Koomy
Brandon League - Brandy, Leaguey
Lucas Luetge - Lukey (confusing if used due to Lueke), Luetgey
Kevin Millwood - Kevy, Milly, Woody
Hector Noesi - Hecty, Noesiy
Erasmo Ramirez - Erasmy, Rammy, Rezzie
George Sherrill - Georgy, Sherry
Jason Vargas - Jasey, Vargy
Tom Wilhelmsen - Tommy, Willy, Helmy
John Jaso - Johnny, Jasey, Jasoy
Jesus Montero - Jesusy, Zeusy, Monty
Miguel Olivo - Miggy (Rizzs staple), Miguely, Oly, Olivoy
Dustin Ackley - Dusty, Ackleyy
Chone Figgins - Choney, Figgy (Rizzs staple)
Munenori Kawasaki - Mooney (Rizzs is using this), Munenoriy, Kowy, Kawasakiy, Saky/Saki
Alex Liddi - Alexy, Lexy, Liddiy
Brendan Ryan - Brendy, Ryany
Kyle Seager - Kylie, Seagy, Seagery
Justin Smoak - Justiny, Smoaky (Rizzs might occasionally use this one)
Michael Saunders - Mikey, Saundy, Saundersy
Ichiro Suzuki - Ichi (Rizzs staple), Suzy, Suzuki, Zooky
Casper Wells - Caspy, Spury, Wellsy
Ugh. Lazy hockey nicknames are bad, but they're not this bad.
Friday, February 17, 2012
This will be incredibly awesome if they pull this off, especially for folks in Kitsap County who take the Bremerton and Bainbridge ferries. All four major sports (plus futbol) will be within walking distance from the ferry terminal. Maybe that'll get some more Bremerton sailings.
Anyway, yesterday was a day I didn't think would happen for a long time. They've still got a long way to go, but i'm pretty sure this is the best shot we'll get to bring back the NBA and get the NHL. For the record, I'll never turn my back on the Canucks (they've given me too many good memories while the Seattle teams have been awful or left town), but will more than gladly root for a second team for every game except the six or so per year when they face Vancouver.
What a time this is.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Note on a couple of the ballparks: apparently there isn’t any updated imagery in Google Earth for Target Field. What shows up is a parking lot. Google Maps tends to get updated imagery before Google Earth, however. As for the new Marlins ballpark, all the imagery shows a stadium that’s about 50% built.
Anyway, it was fun when I made the original post in 2006, so nearly six years later, here’s another...
Just like last time, I tried to get an oblique perspective and I oriented the perspective to north.
Again, thanks to Google Earth along with the good folks (mouseover for credits) that bring us the imagery and the 3D models of the ballparks.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I've been wanting to post something like this for a while, but hadn't gotten around to it.
[update 10 May 2013 -- posted 2012-13 version of chart]
Chart of the Canucks' 2006-07 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2007-08 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2008-09 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2009-10 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2010-11 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2011-12 season
Chart of the Canucks' 2012-13 season
Steve Sandmeyer was let go by KJR in mid-December after over a decade at the station, and I think six years with Mitch Levy and the 6-10am show. Just this past Tuesday and Wednesday, Sandmeyer guest-hosted the Brock & Salk show at 710ESPN. He filled in for Mike Salk, who was away for the birth of a new baby daughter. Sandmeyer was fortunate enough to get the first couple weekdays after the Pineda trade to be back on the air. In my opinion, if Sandmeyer's foot is already in the door, 710 should either bump the Mike and Mike slot and put Steve in it (pair him with someone if needed) or have him run the Mariners' postgame show.
***UPDATE (25 Jan 2013) - with the format change of 1090-AM (formerly KPTK progressive talk) to sports talk, Steve Sandmeyer now hosts the 3-6pm show on 1090 The Fan Seattle with radio veteran Bill Swartz. Sandmeyer's show is the lone local show on 1090, with CBS Sports Radio more than likely trying to push their national identity as a full-bore national sports radio network.
Additionally, "Hot Shot" Scott Soden was also let go by KJR just after the new year. He first got to KJR in 1995, then was a main part of the crew for the T-Man, Rob Tepper. After the T-Man had stepped away from radio, Hot Shot was brought back to the air by Mike Gastineau, who had him along for the 3-7pm show. After being let go by KJR, Hot Shot has since done four podcasts, posted at HotShotScott.com.
***UPDATE (25 Jan 2013) - possibly related to Sandmeyer taking the #1 gig at the new 1090 The Fan, Hot Shot is now taking fill-in gigs at 710 ESPN. He still posts podcasts every few days at his website, and his co-host on the podcasts is Stephen Kilbreath.
As for KJR's on-air lineup, they cut Dick Fain's Live at 5 show to 5:30am. Fain (who himself was laid off from KJR for a short time) pretty much stays in the studio with Mitch Levy during his 6-10am show. Dave "Softy" Mahler remains from 10am-1pm. Ian Furness (with Jason Puckett) remains at 1-3pm. Mike Gastineau is now joined by Elise Woodward for the 3-7pm show. The timeslot from 7-10pm is now taken by a syndicated Fox Sports Radio show with the T-Man and Rob Dibble. Dibble does the show from Los Angeles, while Tepper does it from the Northwest. Fox Sports Radio wanted Tepper to move to LA, but T-Man insisted on staying in Seattle or he wouldn't take the job. The T-Man/Dibble show probably will get pre-empted 70-plus times during the baseball season if KJR runs another season of Baseball's Best Postgame Show.
***UPDATE (25 Jan 2013) - T-Man pulled out of the FSR show after a couple weeks because he felt they were making pretty bad radio (this was on an appearance on Softy's show). He regretted bailing on the contract, but ultimately felt it wasn't going to work. Amy Van Dyken ended up being paired with Dibble, and Tepper felt they made for a better show than if it was Dibble and Tepper. However, looking back at this, KJR ended up selling the whole "local representation" thing when they axed the night show and said "oh, T-Man is on the night show, don't worry," but ultimately ended up with nothing. "Live and local" lost three hours of local, five nights a week.
KJR made a big positive move when they were able to acquire the 102.9-FM frequency, but the on-air staff moves are a reminder of the state of the economy and the state of the radio business.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I've sworn off Twitter in every other aspect of life, but now I might finally have found a use for it. In short, I might finally start posting stuff. Follow me on Twitter @dsportsandbrems.
On the off chance someone still has this blog in their RSS feeds, thanks. I hope you've been well.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
What a weird game. Surely anyone who saw that Jason Vargas and Mark Buehrle were the starting pitchers in this game figured it'd all be over in around 2.5 hours, maybe less. As Mariner fans, we all saw the brilliant game where Jarrod Washburn and Buehrle had it all done in under two hours. That was awesome stuff. In this game, however, Vargas wasn't vintage Vargas and Buehrle wasn't vintage Buehrle, that's for sure. Neither pitcher lasted past the fifth inning, and Vargas didn't make it through the fifth. Both pitchers threw too many pitches and got too few outs. I'd like to see this matchup again some other time and hope it all works out better. Would I be saying this if the Mariners managed to win this game? Probably not.
-- the starting pitching will be discussed at the end of the post
-- as for the bullpen, Jamey Wright was the first guy summoned. He entered the fifth inning with the bases empty and a 5-5 tie. He got a lineout from Carlos Quentin and a groundout from AJ Pierzynski. In the sixth, he allowed only a Gordon Beckham walk. In the seventh, he walked Juan Pierre to lead off. Pierre then stole second and went to third on an Alexei Ramirez bunt. Brandon League was brought in from the bullpen and allowed a second-pitch single to Rios, driving in Pierre easily and capping the game's scoring with the White Sox ahead 6-5. League then got lucky and got a two-fer as Rios was caught stealing, and League got a groundout from Paul Konerko to end the inning. In the eighth, League threw a 1-2-3 inning.
-- the bullpen rest bulletin: Wright and League threw in this game. Going into Thursday's game, Brian Sweeney will have a day of rest (but probably won't get game action), Chris Seddon and David Aardsma will have three days of rest, and Garrett Olson will have four days of rest.
-- now, the scoring. In the first, Ichiro led off with a single, then went to second on a Figgins bunt single. Franklin Gutierrez singled to score Ichiro to make it 1-0 and move Figgins to second. A fielder's choice from Russell Branyan erased Gutierrez and put Figgins on third. On a double steal, Figgins stole home to make it 2-0 and Branyan stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Justin Smoak, watching all this unfold from the batters box, finally hit a deep-enough fly ball to score Branyan and make it 3-0. In the second, Ichiro singled with two out, then came home on a Figgins homer that traveled over the bullpen past the leftfield wall to make it 5-1 and cap the Mariners' scoring.
-- now, the blown chances. In the fourth, Jack Wilson walked with one out, then went to second on an error on an Ichiro grounder. Figgins and Gutierrez then flew out to end the inning. In the fifth, Branyan led off with a single and went to third two outs later on a Josh Wilson single. Michael Saunders flew out to end the inning. In the seventh, Smoak singled off Matt Thornton with two out, went to second on a Josh Bard single, then went to third when Josh Wilson took a fastball off his arm, loading the bases. Saunders again flew out to end the inning.
-- now, the Ichiro/Figgins stat. The duo had two hits and two runs apiece, just about the most ideal thing for the Mariners, who nonetheless lost. The Mariners are now 12-7 when both players score and 17-30 when both collect hits.
1) Chone Figgins
He's the first gameball if for no other reason than that he homered and stole home plate in the same game. He also got two hits. He got aboard on a bunt in the first to push Ichiro to second, got to second himself on the Franklin Gutierrez RBI single, then stole home on a double steal with Russell Branyan (huh?) to put the Mariners ahead 2-0. In the second, Ichiro was on first and Figgins cranked a ball just over the bullpen beyond the leftfield wall to make it 5-1. Is Figgins' slugging percentage now greater than his on-base percetnage as a result? Well, absolutely not. He's got an on-base percentage of .333 and a slugging percentage of .284. Dude draws walks more often than he gets extra-base hits -- what are ya gonna do? Maybe he should incite more scuffles in the dugout or something. Some more nice team-bonding moments arising from confrontations and tension. If there's no drama in terms of on-field action (since you're going to lose every night), how about at least having some drama off the field?
2) Josh Bard
How often is a Mariner catcher going to rack up three hits in a ballgame? Not often. Thus, here lands Bard in the number-two gameball spot. He doubled with two out in the first after the bases had already emptied and the Mariners had scored three times for an early 3-0 lead. In the third, Bard singled once again with the bases empty and two out. In the seventh, Bard singled with two out to push Justin Smoak to second. I bet you it'll take five or six more games for the Mariner catchers to rack up another three hits at the plate. I was the guy bitching about having a light-hitting catcher when Dan Wilson was in town, so you can imagine how much this current catching tandem is just killing me. At least Dan Wilson could block the ball like nobody's business. Johnson can't block to save his own life, though part of that may be because of his hip surgeries, but if he needs to work himself back into form after these surgeries, isn't there a better place to get that done in a starting role with the Major League club?
The Mariners' leadoff hitter, rightfielder, and money man went 2-for-5 in the game, scoring twice. This pushes him to 129-for-419 (.308) on the season and puts him on pace to finish the season with 205 hits, which isn't bad unless you were expecting way more, like I was. Maybe this will end the slump. I have the feeling it won't end the slump immediately, but any time Ichiro gets multiple hits in a game, it's a good thing. It also means whoever's hitting behind him has some opportunities to move or score runners, and tonight that was Figgins, and Figgins did well. It's almost more of a prototypical example of how this team thought it was going to win this season. Ichiro singled to lead off the game, then singled with two out and the bases empty in the second. He ended up scoring on the Figgins home run that made it 5-1 and unfortunately capped the Mariners' scoring in the second inning. How do you like that -- the one time the Mariners are able to score early and often, they end up blowing a four-run lead. Awesome.
Well, Mister Vargas just wasn't himself in this game, and it's pretty bad he had a 5-1 lead and let it slip away. He's due for a bad start every now and again, especially since we didn't expect him to be this solid of a starting pitcher this quickly (I knocked on wood while typing this, hoping he doesn't pull a Ryan Rowland-Smith next year). Normally I'd say I wanted more innings out of Vargas in this game because the bullpen needed some rest after Rowland-Smith threw last night. However, Rowland-Smith was left out there to rot (and eat innings) and Brian Sweeney ate the remainder of the innings, preserving the rest of the bullpen. Jamey Wright and Brandon League threw in this game and probably won't appear on Thursday. Thus, unless Doug Fister throws a complete game, it's almost a sure thing that we'll see some combination of Garrett Olson and David Aardsma. Out of his 20 starts this season, Vargas has had three starts in which he averaged more than 20 pitches per inning, this start being one of them. He lost one of those starts, and the team split his no-decisions in the other two starts.
Pauley. Garcia. Thursday night.