As most of you may now know, Richie Sexson and disaster go hand in hand. When there was a rally that started bringing the Mariners one run closer to winning, he, of course, was that final out.
What some thought to be the treasure of the 2004-05 free agent class, is now nothing more than a memory we try to forget day after day.
After the Mariners let Sexson walk the plank, they had to pull up their AAA first baseman, Bryan Lahair, who was among the worst, if not the worst, offensive first baseman in the Major League last season.
It's been a time for change as far as the Mariners go. They have added plenty of first basemen via trade and free agency. They include, Mike Sweeney, Russell Branyan, Chris Shelton, and Mike Carp.
Carp is thought to be the future first baseman for the potent M's so he is not quite a candidate.
So that leaves a very plentiful list of possible first basemen, some have experience, some don't. Some have power, some are average. Some have a decent glove on their hand, others don't. But they have a nice group of candidates:
My personal preference would be a platoon option of Russell Branyan and Chris Shelton with Branyan hitting against right-handed pitchers and Shelton against the south paws.
Sweeney was contemplating retirement and if he doesn't make the Mariners' Opening Day roster I would likely bet that the All-Star first baseman will indeed retire.
Morse is like everyone else in this cousin, he just wants a job, only his includes getting paid millions a year to hit a baseball—what a country!
Lopez was thought to be the every day first baseman if the Mariners signed Orlando Hudson so he should probably be scratched from that list.
Clement is the likely odd man out at catcher and first base. At catcher he is sandwiched between Kenji Johjima and the soon-to-be everyday catcher, Adam Moore.
Who will be the Mariners first season on Opening Day? Will it be a platoon of Shelton and Branyan? Does Mike Sweeney have anything left in the tank to give the M's?