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Todd was born and raised in the Seattle area and after attending college in the Midwest, he found himself in Southern California. An educator by trade, Todd has discovered the wondrous world of writing about those teams he loves so much. He enjoys spirited debates surrounding sports, and some of his favorite social events throughout the year include watching games with friends and family.

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  • mark gunderson posted 590 days ago

    mark gunderson

    Todd,

    Thank you for your timely response. I may be wrong, but as i understand it, Jack Z has to reach minimum as well as a maximum dollar amount for his payroll. The total cost of payroll offers the team the opportunity for maximum profit. This minimum amount would give the GM the opportunity to bring in vetrans.

    Eric Wedge may be changing it up as you suggest, I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for the caliber of a coach he is, so I can see the validity in that for sure.

  • mark gunderson posted 590 days ago

    mark gunderson

    Hey Todd,

    I was wondering something, but thought i would run it by a writer as well as someone who has the resources and time to do better research. Do you think Jack Z is money balling the mariners. With his strict salary i wouldn't blame him for giving it a shot.

    The more I think about the off season acquisitions and watching the games, it is beginning to make sense. The mariners barely ever steal, they don't take pitches and they don't seem to go for sacrifices. These are all traits of money ball. As I look further into it, I have to think of the cheap vetrans they aquired to supplement the young guys. Justin Smoak gets a lot of crap from people, but he has the highest OBP on the team. In money ball OBP is more important that average. Also, Ibanez has the highest slugging percentage, he hits behind Smoak often. All this also makes me wonder if Brenden Ryan is worth his spot if he hits above 200 when you account for his defense.

    I have more thoughts, but I thought maybe you could tell me what you think about this.

    Oh and Felix's huge contract is ok, because the kings court and retail value easily pays for it. Just thought i would throw that in, because it could be an argument against the money ball scheme. Once a person understands the dynamic between the owners and the front office, this kind of a deal makes sense while money balling everything else.

    This scheme might be an accident, but it may also be the missing piece to the money ball equation.

    Sorry for typos, I don't have time to edit.

  • mark gunderson posted 590 days ago

    mark gunderson

    Hey Todd,

    I was wondering something, but thought i would run it by a writer as well as someone who has the resources and time to do better research. Do you think Jack Z is money balling the mariners. With his strict salary i wouldn't blame him for giving it a shot.

    The more I think about the off season acquisitions and watching the games, it is beginning to make sense. The mariners barely ever steal, they don't take pitches and they don't seem to go for sacrifices. These are all traits of money ball. As I look further into it, I have to think of the cheap vetrans they aquired to supplement the young guys. Justin Smoak gets a lot of crap from people, but he has the highest OBP on the team. In money ball OBP is more important that average. Also, Ibanez has the highest slugging percentage, he hits behind Smoak often. All this also makes me wonder if Brenden Ryan is worth his spot if he hits above 200 when you account for his defense.

    I have more thoughts, but I thought maybe you could tell me what you think about this.

    Oh and Felix's huge contract is ok, because the kings court and retail value easily pays for it. Just thought i would throw that in, because it could be an argument against the money ball scheme. Once a person understands the dynamic between the owners and the front office, this kind of a deal makes sense while money balling everything else.

    This scheme might be an accident, but it may also be the missing piece to the money ball equation.

    Sorry for typos, I don't have time to edit.

  • Connor Mitchell posted 600 days ago

    Connor Mitchell

    No problem!

  • Flores posted 627 days ago

    Flores

    No problem. Always enjoy great articles.

  • Dan Riaz posted 668 days ago

    Dan Riaz

    Hi :)

  • AJ Singh posted 685 days ago

    AJ Singh

    No problem Todd! Great article.

  • J.J. Matthews posted 702 days ago

    J.J. Matthews

    Thanks a lot Todd! I appreciate it!

  • Matthew Buening posted 711 days ago

    Matthew Buening

    No problem Todd! I'm enjoying your Seahawks articles!

  • Tyson Langland posted 716 days ago

    Tyson Langland

    You're welcome Todd and keep up the good work!

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