If you don't read Jim Caple, you should - he's one of the Northwest's own writing treasures.
Mr. Caple has wit and a good humor that's never mean-spirited, along with a journalistic curiosity that makes him ask the right questions.
He's done a piece on Adrian Beltre and his stunning stance of never wearing a protective cup while playing third base. You can read it here, along with a discussion on just why most men - and all ball players - see getting hit where Mr. Beltre was hit is hilarious.
On another front, tonight's starting left fielder for your Seattle Mariners, Bill Hall has taken early batting practice and hammered pitching coach Rick Adair's offerings.
Quick scouting report - based on two entire rounds of BP: Mr. Hall has power from the left field line to straightaway center, and never hit a ball to the right of second base.
He hit hard line drives to left and center field, and when he was done hitting, began taking fly balls in left field. That likely means he could get at-bats platooning with the left-handed hitting outfielder Michael Saunders or the left-handed hitting Jack Hannahan at third base.
Tonight, left field. Tomorrow night, Hall will likely start at third base.