Musings about, um... well, the Seattle Mariners as well as a love affair with this game baseball. By Peter J. White
"One of his [Bill Bavasi's] first big moves [as GM of the Angels] was signing Bo Jackson. One of his final moves was signing Mo Vaughn to a six-year, $80 million contract."
Walt Hriniak and Charlie Lau both were noted hitting coaches despite being mediocre hitters themselves. Joe DiMaggio coached without distinction, as did Mickey Mantle. Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams probably understood the mechanics of hitting as well as anyone who ever held a bat, but their intense personalities handicapped them as teachers. A coach's good name and on-field accomplishments offer no guarantees.
Rod Carew, a career .328 hitter and owner of seven batting titles, was the hitting coach for the 2001 Milwaukee Brewers, the team that set the record for strikeouts in a season. Carew himself had great bat control and struck out only 67 times per 162 games, but he could no more teach sluggers Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz to hit like him than he could learn to hit like them. The same thing is true of Mattingly [or Molitor]. His name and his accomplishments probably will give him an air of authority, but the rest is up to his pedagogical skills.
The agent, Willie Sanchez, said in a phone interview that Martinez, who turns 41 in January, has decided "definitively" to return for his 18th major-league season. In fact, Sanchez has begun negotiations with Seattle officials on a contract. (Stone, Times)
"There's an area (financially) they want to come in at," Sanchez said. "We don't totally agree with that. We're getting closer. We're closing the gap."