“In the hazy obscurity of doobies, Quaaludes and Disco that was the late ‘70s, there rested (no doubt on a hideously upholstered couch) the upside-down trident biding its time to be released.”

Joe Baseball

The Seattle Mariners’ 2017 necromancy of the inverted trident logo has opened a Pandora’s Box of pain and terror.

The bad omen was redesigned but not all-together scrapped like it should have been by former owner, George Argyros when he took over ownership of the ball club in 1981. Argyros was aware, due to his well-known participation in the occult and public history of conjuring demonic incantations to close business deals, that the down-turned scepter of Poseidon was a bad luck charm and would someday have to be cast to the flames.

Upon acquiring the team, Argyros’ statement, “Patience is for losers,” was famously misattributed by sports journalists and fans as a promise to shape up the misfit team into a World Series contender; when in fact it was simply an early declaration to rid the team of the trident as quickly as possible. However, in secret, this was no…

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Getting academically unacademic about statistical nightmares, and fearing the prospect of using your eyes and ears again to know stuff.

Joe Baseball

Every Spring Training I’m reminded that pre-season statistics don’t correlate with regular season performance. Spring Training is a time for the young to fight for a place and the starters to shake off the rust and gradually work their way up into top form. This is especially true for pitchers.

Spring Training pitching often tests the fan’s resolve to ignore statistics. If a pitcher is showing well in ST it’s easy to spit out some stats to highlight how well they’re doing. For example, Mariners up-and-comer, Marco Gonzales has been showing well, posting only 5 hits with 0 home runs in 9 innings pitched. I love telling people that because I believe that this is Marco’s breakout year and I want to use data to strengthen my case that he’s going to be great in the regular season. By and large, this is a mistake. Well, partially.

marco-gonzales-mariners-620-620x370 Marco Gonzales is…

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“The barrage of media curated to trigger nostalgia in order to enliven the fan base works, but at a price; and the addition of Ichiro—no matter how sound the management’s reasons are—signals the wanging of blind support for a team more interested in contending with the facts of the past, than its divisional rivals in the present.”

Joe Baseball


Although the Mariners brass swears up and down that the procurement of Ichiro Suzuki was solely a pragmatic decision, the move reeks of nostalgia and has left many Mariners fans in a crisis of future success versus memory. The best case scenario is he’s meant to be a short-term solution for an outfield in need of a reliable player to sew up the holes until it regains its health. The worst is that this is the first sign the franchise is already throwing in the towel this season and focusing on nostalgia to hoodwink the fans, instead of signing a quality starting pitcher to please them. The third option is that there’s no plan, no cover-up, and no sinister movements taking place amongst the shadows. But, that’s a boring option, so we’ll suspend that most probable scenario for the sake of entertainment.

The use of nostalgia as a means to…

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My stupid BB blog. Sorry, Ben Gamel’s injured so The Mariners decided to bring Ichiro back. I think I’m happy? It’s all a bit too Twilight Zone for me. Why are the Mariners so susceptible to injury? This post is about none of these things, but about future things—not 44-year-old things.

Joe Baseball

10 days ago, I ran my mouth off and said that Marco Gonzales, Andrew Moore, and Guillermo Heredia are the three up-and-comers in the Mariners organization to keep an eye on during Spring Training. Being that today is an off-day, I figure it’s as good a time as any to check in and investigate how they’re progressing so far.

However, before we check-in with them, there are some other young stand-outs worth the mention. For starters, Dan Vogelbach. He’s been electric at the plate, most notably on Friday when he went 2-3 with a three-run go-ahead bomb over the right-field wall. Danny’s Spring Training slash line of .417/.558/.750 is great to see from the young first baseman, as is the 4 walks and single strikeout he’s amassed in his first 16 plate appearances.


Braden Bishop has been another story, both on and off the field. Even more admirable than his…

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Hey, Ink To Stone followers, I started a new blog about baseball. It steers away from the hardcore analytical analysis, to instead focus on the human element of the game. Check it out and give a follow if you like. Many thanks!

Joe Baseball

About twice a season my fiancé, Liz agrees to join me at the ballpark. The agreement doesn’t come easily and without its caveats; usually, the proposition isn’t settled before the promise of hot dogs, beer and Dippin’ Dots is established. Every summer we replay our first baseball compromise, The Great Safeco Compromise of 2014 when these terms of the agreement were struck into stone.

Let me sign-post this first by saying that I dearly love Liz, but in those early days she wasn’t that fun to go to a ballgame with, and she’d admit to this, at least I think so. Balls and strikes were hard for her to keep track of, balls hit into foul territory where confusing, and tagging-up on a pop fly seemed to her a bizarre rule solely created to make the game even less exciting than it already was. She had a hard time not squirming in…

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