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July 12, 2008 2:17 PM

Hulett makes debut

Posted by Geoff Baker

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They just took the tarps off the field. It's been raining most of the day in Kansas City, but the sun is just starting to peek out. Not in time for batting practice. That's been cancelled. Remember, it's a 4:10 p.m. (Pacific) start time.

Tug Hulett makes his major league debut tonight at...DH. Yes, you read that right. A 5-foot-8 designated hitter. Believe me, he was a bit surprised at it as well. But sounds confident. Can't do any worse than the other guys this team has run through there. No, he isn't "protecting'' Raul Ibanez. That'll still be Jose Vidro, tonight's first baseman. Hulett will bat eighth. He was primarily a second baseman and shortstop in Class AAA Tacoma.

"I'm not really your prototype DH,'' Hulett said, not realizing that -- on this team at least -- he actually is. "I know that's what everybody's saying. A five-eight DH? Let's see that.''

Anyhow, Hulett proving that size doesn't always matter was nothing new during his climb to the big leagues.

"I've always had to do that,'' he agreed.

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Posted by 5' 6" Chris from Bothell

2:34 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Insert daily Vidro lament here. I can't even be bothered to rant in detail on that one anymore.

Anyway. Mr. Hulett, on behalf of short men everywhere, thank you, and best of luck.

Here's hoping you have enough success in the majors to form some sort of short-baseball-players-super-crime-fighting team with David Eckstein or something.

Posted by M Dogg

2:35 PM, Jul 12, 2008

"That'll still be Jose Vidro, tonight's first baseman." Oh boy, better start checking to see what else is on around 4:00

Posted by ethan

2:41 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Jose Vidro should rub his bat with 1000's of crushed Viagra.

Posted by Adam

2:46 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Vidro's place in the lineup is proof that whatever stupidity resided in the Mariner organization didn't leave with McLaren and Bavasi.

Heaven help us.

Posted by dave from the coast

2:46 PM, Jul 12, 2008

What with all the trials and tribulations the Mariners have had this's very difficult to believe that the season is only Halfway Over. Still in front of us is another half-season in which the M's will play for nothing at all, and just go thru the motions of Being a Baseball Team. I'll listen, I'll be a fan, I guess...I know we've had lackluster teams in the past, but I can't recall a season in which the M's have ended up twisting in the wind so early in the season. So yeah, I'll listen/watch tonite, although I, at some point, have to ask myself, why do I continue to do this? Oh well...

Posted by NB

2:48 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Man I cannot figure out why this team has such a poor track records developing young players. You'd think they would learn that if you struggle for a month your playing time is going to be diminished. That's not just for young people either. It doesn't matter how much success you've had in the past.

Oh wait, nevermind.

Holding out for a new GM. So desperately holding out for a new GM.

Posted by Jar

2:49 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Edgar only had 3" on Tug.

Anyways, I'll be at the game tonight, Go Mariners!

Posted by Maui Mariner

2:51 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Heaven help us indeed Adam..................and all the Baseball Gods whether they be in Heaven or Hell, we sure could use a little fire and brimstone in this lineup.
Let's go M's......................

Posted by the sniper

3:00 PM, Jul 12, 2008

"Jose Vidro should rub his bat with 1000's of crushed Viagra."

Why? Are you suggesting he sit on it and spin?

Posted by M's Fan

3:01 PM, Jul 12, 2008

"Vidro's place in the lineup is proof that whatever stupidity resided in the Mariner organization didn't leave with McLaren and Bavasi." Ain't that the truth!

Posted by Lenny Randle's Breath

3:06 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Why are they so patient with Vidro I wonder? I pray they do something before the deadline. Please. I don't want to keep watching this.

Posted by Jay

3:08 PM, Jul 12, 2008

I've never been to Kauffman, but I've always enjoyed the look of it on TV and thought that I might like to go there sometime. But I have to say that maybe i"m old fashioned, but that giant scoreboard looks ridiculously out of place to me. The low, almost open outfield really appeals to me, I don't know why you'd want to stick that behemoth in the middle of it.

Posted by vertigoman

3:18 PM, Jul 12, 2008

"I'm not really your prototype DH,'' Hulett said, not realizing that -- on this team at least -- he actually is. "I know that's what everybody's saying. A five-eight DH? Let's see that.''

Funny Geoff
That keeps me coming back.

Posted by payaso

3:19 PM, Jul 12, 2008

...and the circus continues

Posted by Capo

3:35 PM, Jul 12, 2008

just simply mind has it come to this......even with the crap littering the 25 man roster, a mentally challenged Chimpanzee could construct a better lineup.

If they are going to use Tug....why not put him at 2B and get Lopez's mental lapses off the field? Or instead, move Ibanez to DH, and put Bloomquist in LF.......I guess too much thinking involved.

This team is deservedly the laughing stock of professional sports.

Posted by TimsHead

3:42 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Tuglett at DH is intriguing. But hey, I'm all for giving a youngster who has done well in the minors an opportunity.

Posted by cesame

3:55 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Absolutely ridiculous. Clement should be the DH, not Hulett. CLEMENT IS YOUR BEST HITTING PROSPECT. GET HIM AS MANY ABS AS YOU CAN.

This is retarded. Absolutely retarded.

Posted by GripS

4:27 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Error at first base by Vidro..... Whoa no way REALLY? ;)

Posted by M's Fan

4:30 PM, Jul 12, 2008

That's ok, he'll make up for it by going 0 for 4 today...

Posted by Al

4:30 PM, Jul 12, 2008

I'm not watching tonight. I am absolutely sick of this sh_t night after night.

I don't care if Clement goes 0-4 with 4 SO every game, I still would rather see him play everyday over the likes of Vidro, Cairo, Bloomquist and now Hulett, all of which will be lucky to even be in baseball next year. What the eff is the point of playing these nobodys? Are they trying to field the first all middle-infield, utility man lineup?

How could a team that was supposed to contend even have guys like this on the roster? It's mind-boggling that anyone even thought a team this bad would even have a chance to finish anywhere but last place. What an embarassment.

Posted by downonstrikes

4:31 PM, Jul 12, 2008

I enjoy your video tours Geoff. Thanks. In fact they act to buffer my negative comments a little.

But, no buffering today. A baboon could have made a better lineup. I really don't understand what is going on with this team. Wow.

Good luck Tug. We wish you well. Wish you were playing SS in place of Beteancourt. He needs a bit of a jolt, a challenge, to pick up his game again. Not sure why you are DHing in the eight spot.

And Vidro remains our star. Can't wait to see how he does at the All Star Game. He is so good. Great players on this team.

Purge the team and the FO!

Posted by doug

4:46 PM, Jul 12, 2008

wow clement just cant hit big leagers!!! suckitude defined!

Posted by vader

4:52 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Long time reader, first time poster on this site.

I'm a longtime Mariner fan living in Austin, Texas who cringes everytime I have to look at the lineup. Why on earth do Riggleman/Pelekoudas continue to be patient with Vidro and his 500 OPS yet sit Clement down everytime he has an 0-fer. So much for giving him a real look this time around.

Since his two-homer game last week, they've played him every other day. That is not how to build up the confidence of a young player. This is getting beyond laughable.

Posted by downonstrikes

5:07 PM, Jul 12, 2008

Okay, Tug's average is now .000
He's going to fit in here just fine!

Posted by downonstrikes

9:23 AM, Jul 13, 2008

Poor Tug. This blog thread was supposed to be about him. He comes to the bigs and gets trashed along with the rest of this team. He did go 1 for 3, so with a .333 average now he is our shining star. Go Tug!

Wonder what great lineup Riggleman will bring to the table today? Anybody want to guess who's hitting cleanup?

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