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A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

December 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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What Seattle Times sports readers are saying

Mariners

Watching grass grow on big screen

With astonishing regularity Mariners management continues to reveal that fielding a competitive Major League Baseball team is the last of their goals. Recently, Dave Curry, Mariners vice-president of technology, revealed yet another marvelous feature of the gigantic, $10 million screen being erected at Safeco Field in lieu of signing players. Says Dave: “You’ll be able to see details like blades of grass and the textures of the infield dirt.”

Wow! Really? So if watching hydro races between every inning gets boring or showing real baseball games gets overwhelming, fans will have a new diversion courtesy of the big screen: they can watch grass grow!

Pretty soon every sixth-grade biology teacher in the state will want to bring his/her students to see this heretofore invisible natural phenomenon. The Safe will become a living laboratory! Graduate students at the UW will flock to get photos for their doctoral dissertations. Attendance will soar!

Hurray for the M’s technology division! Give than man a raise!

– Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle

Why premium hitters avoiding Seattle

Am I the only one that thinks that premium hitters (see Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton, etc.) just might not want to come to a place where the team hasn’t really won for a decade, plays in a cavernous ballpark and is geographically isolated from most places where players generally live. Given this, I believe the Mariners have no choice but to trade for hitters (Kendrys Morales), develop hitters on their own (stay tuned) or take low to no-risk fliers (Jason Bay).

Blame whomever you want for this dilemma but think through these facts first.

– Jerry Jennings, Auburn

Hamilton miss may be for best

The Los Angeles Angels might have won another offseason free-agency period, but keep in mind their third-place finish in the American League West. They might look like a “dream team”, but questions are still there.

Josh Hamilton will be 32 next season, and look closely at his performance: His batting average dropped under .300 after hitting .359 in 2010. Spending $125 million per year on a 32-year-old on a downward trend is not necessarily a blockbuster steal.

Not landing the big-named juggernaut, Seattle is now open to signing a smart deal. So don’t cry your eyes out, Mariner fans. Seattle has a wealth of talent, and some of the young guys will begin to figure it out.

– David Dinsmore III

Run more like a farm club

I am an ex-fan of the Seattle Mariners, and I have been an ex-fan for years, since Manager Lou Piniella and General Manager Pat Gillick left. Lou wanted another bat in the lineup and couldn’t get it. Pat went to Philadelphia and subsequently won a World Series.

Since their departures, many managers and general managers have come and gone, all fired. But two turkeys in the front office, CEO Howard Lincoln and president Chuck Armstrong, are still there with no commitment to win. Look at all of the ex-Mariners players on other team rosters. The Mariners are being run as a farm club for player development, and not for Mariners fans.

– GJ Wohletz, Spokane Valley

Perfect example of awful hitting

When a team cuts the pitcher who threw a perfect game against your team, it suggests that your team must have been pretty awful. That was the situation last week when the Chicago White Sox cut pitcher Phil Humber, who threw a perfect game against the Mariners last season.

Humber, however, gets the last laugh. He was immediately signed by the Houston Astros, who join the Mariners’ division next year. He must be drooling over how many times he will get to face the Mariners next season.

– Raymond S. Wilson, Bellevue

Oregon football

Behavior bothers, not Ducks uniforms

A Duck fan recently wrote (“What’s with UW fans’ obsession?” Backtalk, Dec. 2) that she couldn’t understand Husky fans’ obsession with the Duck fans’ awful behavior, the team’s uniforms and the lack of a national title.

I couldn’t care less about the uniforms or the national title. I guarantee, though, that if she was on the receiving end of spitting, and thrown batteries and dog excrement (isn’t that clever?), she, too, might have a little trouble “getting over it and moving forward.”

– Hal Gibson, Kirkland


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