"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Did You Know?
Rey Quinones is listed two names after Wimpy Quinn on Baseball Reference's "Players Page: Q." Quinn, a one-year less-than-wonder, played one season (1941) and died in 1954 at the age of 36 ... never having had a chance to see the mediocre Quinones play.
M's hire Mendoza for batting tips
Former Seattle Mariner infielder Mario Mendoza has a new job with his old ball club.
The lifetime .215 hitter is the team's new batting coach, team representatives announced Monday.
"Frankly, I'm shocked," said Mendoza, the major league infielder-turned zookeeper. "And I'm honored. And I'm going to have to find wherever I packed my old gear. Hopefully the wife didn't get it in the divorce."
The 62-year-old native of Chihuahua, Mexico, spent nine years in the majors, racking up a hearty 287 lifetime hits for Pittsburgh, Seattle and Texas from 1974-1982.
Now, the owner of a grand total of four home runs will try to boost the Mariners' struggling offense, which scored just two runs in dropping a three-game sweep to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
"You mean they're not just called the 'California Angels' anymore? My, how times have changed," Mendoza said. "I haven't really paid attention to baseball in a while. At least my favorite team, the Expos, are still around. Hey, is Pedro Borbon still playing?"
Brendan Ryan and Michael Morse both said they'd appreciate tips from the Mariner legend.
"He really knows his stuff," said Ryan, who sports a .193 batting average and has an OPS percentage (.517) lower than Andrew Cashner of the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Ricky Nolasco and Zack Greinke, Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo and Miami's Henderson Alvarez — all pitchers.
"They guy has been there and back," Ryan said, referring to the .200 batting average mark. I'm not trying to set my sights to high, but I think with a few sessions I can go all the way to .210. Fingers crossed."
Mendoza's name is synonymous with the .200 batting mark. For years, batters with averages hovering around that mark were declared to be nearing the "Mendoza Line."
It's a mark the Mariners collectively would love to be at, after tallying just 19 hits in their three-game shellacking at the hands of the Angels.
"I've been struggling a bit as of late," said Morse, the thick-shouldered outfielder who is hitting a beefy .155 since coming off the disabled list n late July. "Maybe the old guy can teach me a few new tricks."
In related news, the Mariners have signed former reliever Bobby Ayala to pitch batting practice and Eric Byrnes to lead conditioning drills.
The Rey Quinones Files is a series detailing an alternate universe where … well, almost everything is the same. Except former Mariner shortstop Rey Quinones is the manager.