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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.

The USS Mariner
Mariner Musings
Seattle P-I
Leone For Third
Mariners Wheelhouse
Mariner Optimist
The Safest Blog
Mariner Rumblings and Grumblings
One Hundred Sixteen
Sports and Bremertonians
SoDo Oh No
Cracking the Safe
Nice Guys Finish Third
Trident Fever
At Least the Red Sox Have 1918
Mariner Minors
Sons of Buhner
Grand Salami
Dead Reckoning (an M's news blog)
Olympia Mariner
Dave's Mariners Blog
Just Another Mariners Blog
Mariner Talk

Sportsfilter (community sports 'blog)
Baseball Blogs
Baseball Prospectus
Baseball Reference

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Poltical Animal
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Poynter (home)
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Academy of American Poets
Lannan Audio Archive
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Missouri Review blog

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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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Friday, June 11, 2004
My daily nitpick: From Jim Moore:

I'm sorry, until yesterday, I could not name a single Expo. But now I can -- Chad Bentz, left-handed relief pitcher from Juneau, just the second player from Alaska to make it to the big leagues.

It should surprise no one that Moore (running second to KJR's Mitch Levy in the coveted "local sports media figure who knows the least about sports" award) could not name a single Expo. But he's never heard of Curt Schilling or Josh Phelps?

Not only have more than two Alaskans made the big leagues, there are more than two in the big leagues right now. Besides Schilling and Phelps, there's Shawn Chacon (Anchorage), Cliff Lee (Benton) and a few others.
posted by Jeff link 10:14 AM [edit]

The New York Post reports that the Mariners have a scout watching Jose Contreras. Why? What possible interest could we have in him? The mind boggles.
posted by Jeff link 8:29 AM [edit]

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Not sick, dead or in jail, and not even overtaken with disheartenment due to the terrible team -- just really busy preparing for my trip to Okinawa on June 21. Just time for a quick note now:

There is much of interest in this Newsday article from today calling for the Yanks to go get Freddy. Two of the interesting things make Bavasi look really, really foolish in my eyes.

-- The piece quotes Bavasi as saying the selloff won't start for another week or so, as he waits for a team that hasn't scored a run in over 20 innings to crawl back in the race. Um, good luck with that.

-- Bavasi also says of Freddy: "He might be the best pitcher in our league." Fine, give him a pass for this one if you want to believe he's just trying to increase trade value for his hottest commodity. The thing is, he might believe it, which would be the last nail in the coffin of his objective talent evaluation credibility. I like Freddy more than most M's fans. Best pitcher in the league? Last year, he wasn't even the best second-pitcher on his own staff.

But the most intriguing bits to me come where the writer, Jon Heyman, lists players the Mariners might be after. Dioner Navarro, of course, we know about. Please ignore the awful, confusing sentence structure in this excerpt, though, and just take in the info:

While most Yankees minor-league talent is far from the bigs, such as outfielder Rudy Guillen, pitchers Chien-Ming Wang, Sean Henn and Matt DeSalvo and third baseman Eric Duncan, and a Mariners exec called "folly" the reported notion they'd trade for Contreras, that same exec didn't rule them out entirely.

If I'm translating correctly, that means the "M's exec" is laughing off the Contreras rumors -- that's good -- but not ruling out trading for some of these low-grade prospects that aren't within shouting distance of major league baseball -- that's bad.

Of course, one could also interpret that sentence to mean "he called the notion that they're after Contreras 'folly,' but wouldn't rule anything out entirely, including trading for Contreras." Let's hope that's incorrect.

posted by Jeff link 10:30 PM [edit]

Monday, June 07, 2004

I've just got one thing to say about last night's win:

posted by Jeff link 8:55 AM [edit]