Sunday, June 27, 2004


Before I say anything else here, I have to thank Freddy Garcia. He's been one of the main reasons why this ballclub was one of the best in all of baseball the past few seasons. When he was traded to Seattle in the Randy Johnson deal, I had no idea who Garcia was.

But almost 6 years later, I know who Freddy Garcia is.

He's a good pitcher. A damn good pitcher who should do just fine in Chicago.

Garcia was 76-50 in his 5+ seasons with the Mariners. He represented the Mariners in the All-Star Game twice (2001-2002) and earned the winning decision in the 2001 game in Safeco Field. In 2001, when the Mariners won 116 games, Garcia won 18 games and led the American League in ERA (3.05).

Sure, Garcia struggled from the 2002 All-Star Break up until most of the 2003 season. But I'm not going to bring that can out tonight. Garcia has pitched as well as can be expected to in 2004. Unfortunately, the inept Mariner offense hasn't done much for him. He's 4-7 right now with an ERA of 3.20. As far as I'm concerned, he deserves to be in the All-Star Game July 13 in Houston.

It is too bad that the Mariners front office and Garcia couldn't work out a deal. But that's over and done with now. It's time to look to the future. And I'll say this, I feel better about the future now than I did 5 hours ago.

Thanks, Freddy.

Bill Bavasi deserves some credit here. This is a good deal for the Mariners. Miguel Olivo should be the Mariners everyday catcher immediately. If his problem is gamecalling, I think Mr. Nice Guy Dan Wilson can help him out there. Jeremy Reed was the minor league player of the year in 2003 and Michael Morse will certainly be an interesting player to watch down on the farm.

In the midst of all of this, the Mariners lost 5-1 to the Padres. Jeff Cirillo hit a 3-run home run off of Jamie Moyer in the 2nd inning.

The first place Texas Rangers come to Seattle for four games starting Monday night. Monday's ballgame is nationally televised on ESPN2. And since it's Texas, I get 3 out of the 4 games on Fox Sports Southwest.

Should be fun.

So should the Olivo/Reed Era.

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