|Miguel Olivo's thousand watt smile is just one reason to like what he's done for the Mariners.|
All is not perfect. While Olivo is in the top five for most defensive ratings, he leads catchers in errors with four, and is second in passed balls with five. Miggy was a passed ball producing machine last year, and he's on track for more than his ten of 2010. Even so, it's clear Mariners pitchers like throwing to him, and that's huge. It must account for some of their success.
Last, but not least, I have no way to back this up, but I believe Olivo is a team chemistry guy. Again, I point to the pitching staff. Yes, Felix is great, but how much confidence does Miguel give to young guys like Pineda? Does Olivo give the amazing Eric Bedard the confidence to use his changeup more and have success, despite the slight loss of speed off his fastball? How much is he responsible for the continued improvement by Vargas and Fister? The man is always smiling. And it's an amazing, electric smile. He loves to play the game, he loves to win, and he loves to be a Mariner. He's my kind of guy.
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This week our baseball family lost two wonderful ballplayers. Jose Pagan died on June 7th from complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 76. Born in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, Pagan broke in with the San Francisco Giants in 1959. Primarily an infielder, and chiefly playing 3rd base and shortstop, Pagan was one of those nifty glove guys. He was a useful bat, and could do the little things, bunt and hit and run. Pagan had one of his better years with the Giants in their pennant year of 1962. He was traded in '65 to the Pirates, where he may be better remembered as a contributor to the Clemente-led world championship. Pagan finished his career with the Phillies in 1973. Pagan died in Seabring, Florida.
|Jim Northrop's two run triple off Bob Gibson (!!!) beats the beloved Cardinals in the 1968 World Series. I've never forgiven him.|
|Jose Pagan was a handy utility infielder by the time he was willing silly Pirates hats on the 1972 World Championship team.|