Lookout Landing has a cogent description of the M's shortstop situation: Zach Vincent, Andrew Romine, Taylor Motter and Shawn O'Malley. Wow. There is stoploss and then there is STOP Loss. You realize you're talking about somebody to play BEHIND Jean Segura, who played 142-153 games per, every year till last year.
We pointed out a week ago that James' new rate-a-rookie had very high marks for Taylor Motter. He's for choice here.
LL also has the Open Letter to Shohei Ohtani that Bat571 recommended. Remember, the first hurdle here is getting a posting agreement in place, since the pusillanimous Players' Union is scowling about not yet getting enough in the deal. Will be no huge surprise if the Union's recalcitrance torpedoes the chance of Ohtani coming over this year: put it 75-25 in favor of Ohtani arriving.
Preusser's last two paragraphs are about finding a home where a player can be a beloved player, and she ain't lyin'.
But hey, there y'go. SSI's "gatekeeping" will begin at the most important place of all, that being SSI's comment section, obviously. Also see below.
Oregon Sports News has a fun column on the 2017 ex-M's All Star Team: Taylor SS, Morrow RP, Lind 1B, Taijuan SP and Montgomery SP, and so forth. For the record: Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger for Taijuan and Ketel Marte? I like the trade every blinkin' inch as much as I did the day of. I'm happy for Taijuan and his fine year in the easy-squeezee NL, a 9-9 record with a 4.04 ERA but cured gopheritis.
It turns out the Mariners declined their option on Yovani Gallardo. It's a funny thing; my heart feels bad about a friend I have who just went to jail for 30 days, but 50,000 dead in a tsunami doesn't register. Similarly, I feel pretty bad for Jack Z and his Ackley-Smoak-Montero thing but on Guy Art Dough, I feel no pain, baby. Some tragedies are just too vast to process.
G-Moneyball, who is also a sports therapist, pointed out that baseball (hitting) is a lot more like golf than it is like the NBA or NFL, and so Lorena Martin (who is really good with the NBA and NFL) has a lonnnnggggg row to hoe. When it comes to helping golfers and baseball players. Dr. Detecto, who is not G-Money but who slept at a Holiday Inn Express last week, points out that no matter what training regimen you make up -- High Intensity Interval or Hatha Yoga or what have you -- it has already been given a name. Sorry, Charlie. Tabata? Swimming? Marathoning? From 4 minutes to 4 hours, from stretching to squat jumping, it's all been done.
(That's an expression taken from Bobby Fischer in 1966, by the way: "Whatever maneuver you come up with, they already gave it a name. So you can't invent anything."
... oh! But we can tell which player to do which exercise! ... :ulp: ... well, okay. No harm tryin'.
Lorena Martin is the right choice for her job, no doubts there. The question is whether this job has any oomph left to it. ... don't get me wrong. Dr. Martin is into motivation, and state of mind, and into everything in fact. With studies under arm. We like. We just dunno.