I'm going to blog something quick and come back with a little more later.
Perhaps the most important news hear is a a high-ranking Mariners executive saidthat Dustin Ackley is not here, but they are trying to get him here to take a physical as soon as possible. And this request was specifically asked to his agent Scott Boras. They were hoping it was today. Which means, the two sides may be closing to finishing up negotiations.
* Michael Saunders is out of the line-up again today with a jammed right shoulder. Wakamatsu said Saunders would be available in an emergency, but they want to give him another day or two off just to be on the safe side since it's the same shoulder Saunders had offseason surgery on.
* Carlos Silva will throw another extended bullpen session in the coming days and will possibly throw another one before throwing a simulated game. But there really is no exact timetable for his return.
* Jack Wilson was doing running drills today and Wak figures he'll be ready to play on Wednesday, but is still holding out for Tuesday.
* There was also a lot of conversation about Mr. C.B. Bucknor and his umpiring skills, or lack thereof. Each year Sports Illustrated does a player and coach survey rating umpires and Bucknor has been voted as the worst in baseball for the last three seasons. It's a combination of a floating strike zone, a high level of arrogance and an unapproachable nature.
Wakamatsu obviously can't come out and criticize Bucknor directly, but did offer some thoughts on umpiring in general.
"I was chirping, but I also feel, and have said this before, but I am awfully proud that our guys don't get kicked out," he said. "I think some of that is a reflection on the manager on complaining. I have always felt that there are certain things that you can control and certain things you can't. And when things happen like that (called third strike on langerhans), unless I come on the field, I don't think he can hear me, especially with the crowd going crazy anyway".
"Everyone in the stadium knew that wasn't a strike. The rest is you like to trust MLB to be able to mandate or control the quality of what's going on in the game."
MLB also does surveys of coaches and also has supervisors rate the umpires as well. But the results of those ratings aren't released. Wakamatsu thinks they should.
"You'd like to think at some point, with umpiring that there's a rating system," Wakamatsu said. "Players are exposed, managers are exposed for their records. It'd be nice to know who is the best umpire out there. If they are published - which they won't - it would be a good thing."