The Hot Stove League is preheating - we’re starting to get some notes of interest. Here is a quick round-up:
- At the Seattle Times, Larry Stone has a thorough preview of the off-season, and how it relates to the Mariners.
- Larry LaRue caught up with Jamie Moyer, who is 49 years old and dead-set on returning from an elbow injury and pitching in 2012. Dave Cameron at USS Mariner says that signing him should be a no-brainer for the Mariners.
- At Lookout Landing, Jeff Sullivan checked in on Dustin Ackley’s advanced defensive statistics, and learned that his defense was better than expected.
- Rainiers reliever Scott Patterson is pitching for Team USA in the Pan-Am Games, and he recorded a very difficult save as USA beat Cuba, 12-10, to advance to the gold medal game tonight. Nice job, Patty!
A quick World Series tidbit: I saw a story out of Salt Lake City referring to Mike Napoli as a former Salt Lake Bees player. This caught me by surprise – I didn’t recall him playing for Salt Lake.
So I looked back, and low and behold, Napoli played in 21 games for Salt Lake in 2006 – including three against Tacoma, at Cheney Stadium.
Why didn’t I remember him? Well, this might be the reason: in the three games he played against the Rainiers, Napoli went 1-for-9 with seven strikeouts.* He only hit .244 for Salt Lake, he struck out all of those times; I probably just thought “this guy is in over his head” and erased him from my memory. Whoops!
* In one of the games – April 27, 2006 – Napoli went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Even more surprising: the Rainiers had Shin-Soo Choo, Adam Jones, Mike Morse, and Asdrubal Cabrera in the starting lineup that day – and they got shut out on two hits, by Joe Saunders. Box score.