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That's a good team, if overloaded with first-base/DH types. But, after the hitting drought of recent seasons, having too many hitters competing for positions is a good thing.
If you've not been to spring training, I commend it to you. In these early spring days, optimism reigns in the fresh morning workouts and players are hustling to impress Wedge and his coaches.
The Seattle fans here are heavily weighted toward senior citizens and family groups. I watched two grandfathers playing catch with their grandsons Wednesday as they watched the Mariners working out in the background. Players are approachable and pleased to sign autographs. They often walk over to chat with fans they recognize. Not something that happens in the regular season.
I've got my own favorites here. I am rooting for Garland and Bonderman to keep their careers alive after injuries. Same for Bay, although I like Wells as well and would hate to see one cut if the other made the team. Ryan is a brilliant fielder at shortstop and a play-for-keeps competitor. Zunino is an old-school baseball player. Fans will love him when he gets to Safeco. He is a refuse-to-lose throwback.
In the past several seasons, I've hoped the Mariners could be competitive. This year I feel sure they will be.
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