Mariners Update

  • Saturday, September 30, 2000 9:00pm
  • Sports

Herald Staff

  • Opponent: Anaheim Angels

  • When: 1:05 p.m.

  • Where: Edison International Field, Anaheim, Calif.

  • TV: KSTW (Ch. 11)

  • Radio: KIRO (710 AM)

  • Pitchers: Seattle right-hander Aaron Sele (17-10, 4.54) vs. Scott Schoeneweis (7-10, 5.45).

  • Martin calls his season a “failure”: Al Martin was delighted to leave San Diego for a pennant race in Seattle, although he thought he was joining the Mariners to do more than be a cheer leader.

    “I feel like a failure, yeah,” he said Saturday. “I’m a .280 hitter for my career and I’m in the low .230s here. I’m doing terrible, I’m not playing much and there’s not much I can do except root on the other guys.”

    Martin rarely talks about it, for fear of distracting from the team’s situation.

    “We’re fighting for a spot in the postseason. I don’t blame anyone – Lou (Piniella) has six guys to rotate in the outfield. If I were him, I’d do the same thing. He’s playing the guys that got him this far.

    “I’m the new guy, and I didn’t do much to help. The funny thing is, my highlights here have all been defensive – and guys said I couldn’t catch a cold when I got here.”

    A regular player most of his career, Martin says he’s had trouble adjusting to playing irregularly.

    “Again, it’s nobody’s fault. It’s an adjustment I haven’t made yet,” he said. “It’s like if I play every fourth day, I feel good about the third at-bat. Some guys, like Stan Javier, have learned to play well in that role. I haven’t yet.

    “In San Diego, I felt like one of the go-to guys. If we needed a rally, I could get one started.

    “Here, I’m happy for the team. I’m just not too happy about what I’m doing.”

    In 41 games, 131 at-bats with Seattle, Martin is batting .237 with four home runs, nine RBI and four stolen bases. His contract extends through next season.

    “It’s very strange. On the one hand, I want to see this team win. On the other hand, when I talk to my friends about playing, I talk about next year,” Martin said. “I don’t say much in here because the last thing I want to do is be a negative distraction. I mean, who cares?”

    Last week, Martin’s son asked him why he wasn’t playing, any more.

    “He wanted to know if I was hurt,” Martin said. “Sometimes I want to scream, ‘I can play this game!’ But it’s secondary right now to what the team is going after. I can wait. It’s frustrating, but it’s not like I’m angry at anyone. Lou’s been fair with me. The guys have been great to me.

    “It’s just one of those things that has caused me a few sleepless nights. I want to play.”

  • Moyer not injured: No one was more surprised that Jamie Moyer was hurt than Moyer. “No one’s told me I’m having discomfort,” the left-hander said Saturday. “I’ve heard about it on the radio and writers have asked me about it. I’m fine.”

    Apparently the confusion came when Moyer left his Thursday start and asked trainer Rick Griffin to do a little extra work on his left shoulder during post-game rubdowns. Piniella believed Moyer had complained of weakness and somehow that translated to discomfort and much concern in the media.

    “I pitched badly,” Moyer said. “But I wasn’t hurt.”

  • Defensive leader: Gold Glove voters don’t look at numbers before voting, so this won’t help first baseman John Olerud – but he has the highest fielding percentage and most assists of any player at his position in the American League. In fact, Olerud’s 129 assists lead all other first baseman by at least 40.

    Talk to us

  • More in Sports

    Spring 2023 All-Wesco teams

    Note: All-Wesco teams are chosen by the league’s coaches. For any misspellings… Continue reading

    Washington celebrates a home run by Rylee Holtorf (3) at home plate during the second inning of an NCAA softball Women's College World Series game against Utah Friday, June 2, 2023, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
    UW opens Women’s College World Series with key win over Utah

    After being rained out on Thursday, Washington beats Utah 4-1 to advance into the winner’s bracket.

    Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for May 22-28

    The Athlete of the Week nominees for May 22-28 Voting closes at… Continue reading

    AquaSox can’t make huge rally hold, lose to Hops

    Everett takes the lead with six runs in the eighth, but allows two runs back in the ninth and falls 13-12 to Hillsboro.

    The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
    Community roundup: 3 Jackson grads to D-I baseball tournament

    Plus, Jayden White is headed back to the NCAA track and field nationals, the Silvertips sign their first-round picks and more.

    Washington's Sami Reynolds runs the bases against McNeese during an NCAA softball game on Saturday, May 20, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
    Local softball stars Reynolds, Mahler set for WCWS

    Washington’s Sami Reynolds (Snohomish) and Stanford’s River Mahler (Monroe) each play prominent roles on their Pac-12 teams.

    The Mariners’ Cal Raleigh smiles as a teammate throws bubblegum at him during an interview after Raleigh hit a single to drive in the winning run against the Yankees during the 10th inning of a game Wednesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
    Raleigh’s RBI single in 10th gives M’s 1-0 win over Yankees

    George Kirby pitches one of the best games of his young career with eight shutout innings in Seattle’s 1-0 win.

    AquaSox top Hops on wild pitch in 11th inning

    Everett edges Hillsboro 3-2 in a game with strong pitching on both sides.

    Alberto Rodriguez.
    Rodriguez puts on power display, leads AquaSox to series win

    The 22-year-old outfielder mashed 11 extra-base hits, including six home runs, as Everett took five of seven from Eugene.

    Most Read