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Quotable Quote re: Dave Niehaus

“It’s a damn shame that the Mariners never lived up to their play-by-play man” — Art Thiel, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, re: Seattle play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus, who of a heart attack this week at age 75. Full Thiel column here.

Thiel: M’s Land Long-Term Slugger

Playing off the Yankees against the under-the-radar Rangers Friday morning, general manager Jack Zduriencik shrewdly snatched first baseman Justin Smoak, a 23-year-old with 30 home run power and plus-.900 OPS potential. Smoak may not be ready this season, his first in the majors, but every scouting report on him has a variation on the theme “studhoss.” ESPN’s Keith Law ranked him before the season as the No. 15 prospect in all baseball, and Baseball Prospectus ranked him a five-star (of five) prospect. The comparisons include Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez. Lee, magnificent as he has been, was never going to re-sign with the Mariners in free agency, just as he will never re-sign with the Rangers — two of the three teams left in baseball who have never made the World Series/Art Thiel, Seattle P-I. More here. (AP file photo: Justin Smoak doubing against Houston on June 20.)

Question: Could it be that Seattle will be the team that ultimately comes out on top — way on top — in this trade?

Griffey Sleeping His Way To Retirement?

Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. flies out to end the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning Thursday in an 8-0 loss to the Rays in Seattle. Seattle P-I columnist Art Thiel discusses a recent incident in which Griffey was in the clubhouse asleep late in a game when he was needed to pinchhit — and suggests that it’s time that Junior retires. Column here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Question: Have you ever fallen asleep at work?