Musings about, um... well, the Seattle Mariners as well as a love affair with this game baseball. By Peter J. White
Burks told reporters in Boston he spent a lot of time on the Internet comparing the two teams. The research and discussions with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein convinced Burks he had a better chance to win a championship in Boston.
At the same time, it needs to be pointed out that there is a 96-point difference between Guerrero?s career OPS on turf and on natural grass, and also that he?s been 70 points worse away from home. This isn?t to say that he?s a bad player, of course, but rather that his days of near-.600 SLG and 1.000+ OPS figures are likely gone for good, as he?ll regress from Ubermensch level to just really, really good.
AB H XBH BB K AVG OBP SLG
Turf 2272 751 320 243 290 .331 .400 .616
Grass 1491 464 174 138 194 .311 .375 .545
AB H XBH BB K AVG OBP SLG
Indoors 2041 675 295 196 262 .331 .394 .619
Outdoors 1722 540 199 185 222 .314 .386 .550
Flush with about $8 million in cash now that closer Kaz Sasaki flew the coop, the Seattle Mariners are weighing trading away outfielder Randy Winn and some pitching for either the White Sox' Magglio Ordonez or Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins (Silverman).
For fans still holding their breath waiting for [General Manager Ken] Williams to pull the trigger on a last-minute trade, it now would be time to exhale. Williams isn't shopping his players. He told Saturday's crowd that Carlos Lee and Magglio Ordonez aren't going anywhere, and unless somebody knocks his socks off with a deal he just can't refuse (equal or better talent that make less money), the Sox are set for Opening Day.
About 2,500 Sox fans were given the chance to ask questions of a five-person panel that consisted of manager Ozzie Guillen, general manager Ken Williams, announcers Ken ''Hawk'' Harrelson and Darrin Jackson, and assistant general manager Rick Hahn.
It didn't take long for the pessimists to surface, obviously committed enough to brave frigid temperatures to attend the evening gathering but not willing to supply any warmth.
Anger was vented in many forms, from the team's inability to make a significant offseason move to the sense of going public with Frank Thomas' decision to not return phone calls to the hiring of an inexperienced manager in Guillen, who no longer could believe what he was hearing.
When a series of somber questions bombarded the panel, Guillen had heard enough.
''Why are you so negative?'' Guillen implored into his microphone, his face turning red.
Harrelson interjected, lashing out at Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti.
Fireworks night never was this spectacular.
When one fan tried to lighten the mood by taking the microphone to ask Williams if he wanted to go get a beer afterward, Williams' response was quick: ''After this session, I'm going to need more than a beer.''
It was about the last lighthearted thing Williams said as his mood turned aggressive, inviting everybody to come to the microphone to get issues off their chest.
When one young adult fan started a question about raised ticket prices by stating he was a recent college graduate with a new job but still on a tight budget, Williams fired back: ''Good for you. What is your question?'' (Padilla, Sun-Times).