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This is Jeff Shaw's blog about the Seattle Mariners and writing and politics and whatever else comes to mind.

"In Marines' Way," Sierra Magazine, July/August 2004.
"The Price is Wrong," In These Times, March 31, 2004.
"Out of Burma," Multinational Monitor, Jan-Feb 2004.
"Discover Lost Lake," Bellingham Herald, April 15, 2004.
"Peruse Canyon Lake Creek Forest," Bellingham Herald, April 1, 2004.
Older articles on politics, the outdoors, etc. Poems.

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Mariner Musings
Seattle P-I
Leone For Third
Mariners Wheelhouse
Mariner Optimist
The Safest Blog
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One Hundred Sixteen
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SoDo Oh No
Cracking the Safe
Nice Guys Finish Third
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At Least the Red Sox Have 1918
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"Two U.S. Banks SWIFT To Skirt Burma Sanctions," The NewStandard, March 9, 2004.
"Certifiably Insane? Wood-labeling program less green than it appears," Grist Magazine, Feb. 23, 2004.
"Review of Chalmers Johnson's Sorrows of Empire," Seattle Weekly, Feb. 4, 2004.
"A Base Draws Ire, So U.S. Looks to Sea," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 22, 2004.
"Quietly, Bush Administration Moves to Implement Patriot II," The NewStandard, Dec. 30, 2003.
"From Worst to First: Under Pressure, Boise Cascade Agrees to Stop Logging Old Growth Forests," Multinational Monitor, Nov. 2003.
"Bioprospecting: Corporations Profit from Indigenous Genes," In These Times, Nov. 26, 2003.
?Opportunity knocks: under cover of war, the Bush administration pushes for fast track,? IN THESE TIMES, Vol. 25, No. 26, Oct. 26, 2001.
?BC Considers Putting Treaty Process to a Vote,? NATIVE AMERICAS, Vol. 18, No. 2, Summer 2001.
?Granny B: British Columbia Green Party candidate Betty Krawczyk,? IN THESE TIMES, July 9, 2001.
??Free? no more: activist Jeffrey Luers,? IN THESE TIMES, August 6, 2001.
?What goes around: an interview with Chalmers Johnson,? IN THESE TIMES, October 29, 2001.

"Bring the Family to Connelly Creek Nature Area," Bellingham Herald, Feb. 19, 2004.
Trail Report: Shadow of the Sentinels, Bellingham Herald, Feb. 5, 2004.
"A Walk to Racehorse Falls," Bellingham Herald, Jan. 23, 2004.
"Railroad Trail Passes By Scudder Pond," Bellingham Herald, Dec. 25, 2003.
Fall Hikers View Migrating [Mountain Goat] Herds," Bellingham Herald, Nov. 5, 2003.
"Catch the Colors at Chain Lakes," Bellingham Herald, Oct. 30, 2003.
"Break a Sweat on Pine, Cedar Lakes Trail," Bellingham Herald, Oct. 11, 2003.
"Panoramic view; Trail's summit reveals Mounts Baker, Shuksan," Bellingham Herald, Sept 25, 2003.
"High divide; Trail features great views," Bellingham Herald, Sept 22, 2003.

"A word with writer Russell Banks," Bellingham Herald, Oct. 11, 2003.
"The Weakerthans Grow Strong," Z Magazine, Dec. 2003.

"Prayer at the Tomb of My Wife's Grandfather," Arbutus, Summer 2003.
"Memory," Arbutus, Summer 2003.

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Saturday, April 03, 2004
The Mariners aren't interested in Bradley, says GM Bill Bavasi, because our outfield is fine, and we wouldn't have a place to put him.

There are many reasons not to pursue Miltie, but that ain't one of them.

I know I just blogged about not taking quotes from team officials seriously. I really hope this is a case of Bavasi being politic, so as not to show up Winn or Ibanez -- because if he really thinks Bradley shouldn't start over Raul "I can't run" Ibanez or Randy "I can't throw" Winn, we're in real trouble here.

posted by Jeff link 8:39 AM [edit]

Friday, April 02, 2004

More Chemical McCarthyism: Jack McDowell stopped just short of saying "Mark Prior is on steroids," but still managed to get the smear out there on Sporting News Radio. Prior shot back immediately, denying the charges.

I've written before about why these wild accusations are bad for the game and unfair to players. A guy has one good year and he's on steroids? A guy is slow to heal and he's on steroids?

This has gone too far already.
posted by Jeff link 11:44 AM [edit]

More on Canyon Lake Creek: I already blogged my hiking article on Canyon Lake Creek Community Forest, but they only ran one photo with the article, and I had some pics in the camera phone that I thought might be of interest, so here goes.

One of the main draws to this area is the wide array of giant fossils:

Enormous tropical plants are preserved in rocks the size of small people. You can hardly miss them -- several are right on the trail.

Besides the stirring mountain lake itself, there are numerous creeks to cross, conveying glacial flow to the watershed below. It's a bit early in the season yet, so you'll need snowshoes after a few miles. If you've got them, you can get up into some wonderful old growth. If not, walk up as far as you can with your faithful dog:

Russell The Hound doesn't look so white compared to the snowdrifts.

You also get a nice view of surrounding mountains once you ascend a bit. I had to take a shot of this avalanche chute:

If you're looking for a nice hike that gets you up into the snow, check this place out.
posted by Jeff link 10:18 AM [edit]

Last gasp of media criticism, probably: I don't want this blog to be only "post an article, deconstruct said article." I honestly have too much respect for my journalistic brothers and sisters for that. Besides, it gets old.

How, though, can I ignore that:

* No local beat writer called the M's to see if they had interest in Milton Bradley; at least, no one produced a local story about it, though the TNT did run the AP story. This despite the fact that the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting Seattle is interested.

* Steve Kelley writes the column Art Thiel wrote at the beginning of the week. I know ideas are scarce, and I know Art's the best, but taking his sloppy seconds? C'mon!

* John "As in Wreck" Levesque wrote a column about how team chemistry will put the Mariners over the top this year. Except he didn't. That's how it starts, and then it meanders like the river Styx, bisecting cities and laying siege to farms, undercutting its own point a few times along the way. ("Chemistry will put them over the top ... unless it doesn't! And they still need a bat! But you should be optimistic!")

As a baseball columnist, Levesque makes a great TV critic.

That's my outburst. And from there, I say goodbye to this style of blogging for a while. The season's about to begin, the sun is shining, and I'd rather create than destroy.

So let me wash the bad taste out of my mouth with a couple of compliments:

Mike, I don't think you're a reactionary. And I'm not just saying that so you won't have me killed after the revolution. The P-I blog is great.

The Mariner Optimist is one of my favorite blogs. You've gotta admire positivity backed with fact.

Sports and Bremertonians are feeling bruised, but hey, at least the blogosphere loves ya.

I can feel the love in this room.

Update: after reading David Andriesen's latest notebook all the way to the very bottom, I see that "it is not known" if the Mariners are after Bradley. I feel better now. Really.
posted by Jeff link 6:32 AM [edit]

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Mariners get played: The Pirates, Rangers, Dodgers and A's are all supposed to be after Milton Bradley. Add the Mets to that list.

In that first link, Ken Rosenthal lists virtually every team in baseball and catalogues their interest or lack thereof. To wit:

The White Sox could use him as an upgrade over Aaron Rowand in center, and the Mets, Giants, Expos, Rangers and Royals are also among the teams that logically could have interest. But the Tigers, Padres and Cardinals aren't interested. The Red Sox and Yankees can never be ruled out when a talented player becomes available, but both teams probably lack the prospects necessary to complete a deal.

One team seems conspicuously absent.

David Cameron notes that the M's inquired about Milt's availability last summer. There's been one major change in the organization since then, of course.

If the team doesn't ask about him this time, I think we can isolate the reason, and it rhymes with "Will from Lacey."
posted by Jeff link 7:54 PM [edit]

Time to play the game: I've been following this Milton Bradley blowup with interest, and couldn't agree with USS Mariner and Sodo Oh No more. Bradley's 25, inexpensive, can mash and is a legitimate (excellent) defensive center fielder. It's perfect.

Latest word: Mark Shapiro has discussed a deal with eight teams, and "four or five are legitimate and serious." It seems they're intent on meeting this Sunday night deadline.

Hopefully, your Seattle Mariners are in the mix.

More Jeff-promotion: New hiking article, about Canyon Lake Creek Community Forest near Bellingham.

posted by Jeff link 4:21 PM [edit]

Welcome, Seattle Weekly readers: And thanks, Jim Thomsen, for the sidebar reference to this humble 'blog.

Hickey: There's a lot to like about 20 questions with John Hickey from the P-I's Mariner tab. He hits the nail on the head about 17 of 20 times.

But he really misfires when talking about the bench, calling it "[n]ot as bad as you think and not as good as it should be."

Hickey's wrong: the bench is worse than you think. The "not as good as it should be" clause is the only accurate part of his answer.

Case in point: if Scott Spiezio's back problems keep him out for opening day, who are we looking at to replace him?

If Spiezio lands on the disabled list, Willie Bloomquist is the likely candidate to replace him at third.

Keep in mind also that Spiezio is relatively young and healthy as the Mariners go. This is just a warning light that heralds major trouble ahead if one of our more brittle players, like Edgar, goes down -- he'd be replaced by the Bloomquistian Quinton McCracken.

A couple of other nits I'd like to pick from this answer ...

Quinton McCracken is a good defensive outfielder who can play any of the three spots, something the Mariners haven't had for a while.

No one really thinks Quinton McCracken is a good defensive outfielder. He can play any of the three outfield spots like I can sing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" -- technically it's possible, but it'd be ugly. And the Mariners had a guy named Jose Cruz Jr. not too long ago who meets those qualifications, and they could have had him again this year for less money than they paid Raul Ibanez.

Dave Hansen is one of the game's best pinch-hitters.

But there's no one there for him to pinch-hit for. Any Mariner starter is either a) lefthanded like Hansen, or b) so much better than Hansen that you wouldn't make the switch, or c) both.

If a tough lefty comes in, is Hansen going to hit for Ichiro, Olerud or even Ibanez? Certainly not. If a tough righty comes in, is he going to hit for Boone, Edgar or Aurilia? Nope.

Winn and Spiezio are switch-hitters, and since Spiezio (like Hansen) struggles against lefties, the only player I can honestly think of that Hansen could hit for is Dan Wilson.

Also from the P-I, what others are saying about the M's is worth reading if only for a hilarious Jim Caple one-liner.

Shameless Jeff-promotion: I have a couple of new articles out. One, "The Price is Wrong," is a long review of cost-benefit analysis in environmental policy-making based on the new book Priceless.

I also have a story about Burma and human rights in the new Multinational Monitor, but it's not on-line, at least not yet.
posted by Jeff link 8:22 AM [edit]

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The P-I this morning covers Bill Bavasi and the sabermetric/blogosphere response to him. Dave Andriessen's piece, which David Cameron has already done a good job deconstructing, is positively brutal.

I was a little more disappointed, though, in the normally reliable Art Thiel. Art says Bavasi takes a "balanced approach," since "most of the recent A's stars -- Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez -- were acquired before Beane's arrival, using traditional methods."

Which is the opposite of true. That is to say, it's false.

As Rob Neyer wrote last week, Beane had more than a small role in acquiring the Big Three.

Beane was the A's assistant general manager in 1997, when Hudson was drafted, and he was general manager in 1998 and 1999 when Mulder and Zito were drafted. Are Beane's detractors living in some bizarre alternate baseball universe where GM's aren't held accountable -- or in this case, credited -- for who's drafted? Are GM's not to be held accountable for employing the pitching coaches who nurture the young pitchers? Are GM's not to be held accountable for establishing workload limits for the young pitchers?

Thiel, who I admire a lot, is usually much more careful than this with the facts. I left him a voicemail about this, so we'll see if there's a correction.

posted by Jeff link 12:11 PM [edit]

And so it begins: Is there really any better way to start the season than a Yankees loss?

Some people complain about the season opening in Japan. I'm with Gabe: it's great for the game, a gesture of goodwill toward a country that loves baseball, and a step toward the World Cup -- which MSNBC reports could be a year away.

Another one down: Seattle released Eric Owens today. And I breathed a sigh of relief. Although frankly, I don't have strong feelings either way on Bloomquist, Santiago or Bocachica as the 25th man, either.

Birthday presents: For all you Japanese baseball fans out there, YakyuShop has really cool stuff. Me, I want one of those Orix Blue Wave home jerseys.

Speaking of Yakyu, I'm looking for a place to watch (hopefully free) live webcasts of Japanese games. Mainichi offers a pay package similar to MLB, but I'd like the free trial ... so if anyone knows of anyplace to see webcasts, drop me a line. Thanks.
posted by Jeff link 12:09 PM [edit]

Monday, March 29, 2004

The teal nightmare continues: Getting people to agree about whether Ken Griffey Jr. is Seattle-bound is like getting Condoleezza Rice to tell the truth about something. It's nearly impossible, and if it happens, it's usually just a coincidence.

Case in point: The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck (no offense) says that Mariner scouts around Reds camp mean a trade's a' brewin'. Plus, his trick knee is acting up. Not so, says Art Thiel, who claims Howard Lincoln's risk aversion is contrary to his desert island desire.

In other Griffey news, John McGrath finally heard the "teal shoes" anecdote. He gets all crotchety, too.

What about The Kid himself? Well, now he's expecting to go to the Braves, writes Jayson Stark. (It's in the sidebar.) Stark quotes a Braves official as saying "no way," and doesn't even drop the obvious waredrobe clash dealbreaker.

Jarvis watch: Apparently, the Giants are interested in bringing in Kevin Jarvis, who has managed to shave his ERA number to a gargantuan 9.22.

The idea is to replace Jason Schmidt, who will almost surely start the year on the disabled list, and add depth to their starting pitching.

If anyone from the Giants organization is reading this, I think this is a truly fantastic idea. You should go for it even if the Mariners won't pick up any of his salary.
posted by Jeff link 12:24 PM [edit]

Sunday, March 28, 2004

An interesting feature on and interview with Jamie Moyer.

I'll be out most of the morning, then return to post about matters Mariner and The World's Weirdest Fantasy Draft (tm).
posted by Jeff link 9:41 PM [edit]