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Mike Sweeney

I like the idea of Mike Sweeney making this team.

The consensus seems to be that he’s redundant at best, sucking black hole taking a bite out of the bullpen and at bats from better hitters at worst. I don’t buy it.

1)║: For Sweeney to make the team, we may have to go with an 11-man pitching staff. ooOOOooo scaaaaaary. Oh, wait. No it’s not. It’s something that’s been advocated for years now and is established roster strategy. No dice here.

2) He’s redundant. So? A right-handed hitter off the bench. Oh cruel fate! *flops hand over forehead* But Nate, you say. That roster spot is important. :║

3) He’s no good at hitting anymore. This argument exists because he hasn’t been good at hitting for years. He’s also had a back problem for years. Now his back problem doesn’t seem to be bothering him. He’s also hitting again. This is the weirdest coincidence, I just don’t have an argument for it. Weird.

4) Back problems are notorious for flaring-up again and again. That is true. Good point. :|
OKAY HE’S NOT PERFECT.

I like Mike Sweeney.  I’d like to see Sweeney and Griffey ride off into their sunset of rainbows and unicorns together after one last go ’round. It’ll make me more invested than I already am in this year’s team AND I don’t think he hurts the team’s chances of contending this year. Win-freakin’-win.
Taylor’s Note: I don’t. (Just saying.)

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  • http://sodomojo.com Griffin Cooper

    The issue is, I think if you keep Sweeney you need to go with a 10 man pitching staff, which just isn’t going to happen (and shouldn’t). If you keep Sweeney and go with 11 pitchers, you’re likely cutting Langerhans, and at this point I’ll take him over Sweeney hands down.

  • http://marinerblue.wordpress.com/ 200tang

    Ryan Garko for me has more upside and I feel more comfortable giving him innings at 1B than Sweeney.

    I will say, though, it’s not a big deal who they decide to give the roster spot to. Neither Garko or Sweeney are going to get much playing time and in the event they choose Sweeney and Garko gets picked up you could call up Tui to be the right handed bat off the bench who also gives you some defensive versatility. Although, this slightly saps some of the SS depth the Mariners have.

  • http://sodomojo.com Griffin Cooper

    When you assume that as of now Garko and Kotchman will be platooning, I think the biggest difference between Garko and Sweeney is ability to play defense. Mike Sweeney gets hurt, a lot, and he just can’t be counted on to platoon at first base all year – and when you cancel the platoon, you lose offensive production against lefties.

  • http://www.farfromport.wordpress.com Harrison

    Garko > Sweeney… spring training numbers mean nothing. Turn a blind eye and say a special prayer that he takes a position within the organization.

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