Mackey Malarkey

Remember the days of Little League. The days where sunflower seeds were our currency. The days where you were only cool if you wore high socks. The days where we spent as much time perfecting the bend of our cap as we did our ability on the field. But with all that, there was something that always bothered me: All Stars.

It wasn’t the fact that I should have made the team. I was the Chone Figgins of my league when it came to batting. I lived at the bottom of the order for years and never really saw any improvement. I made my bread in the field, though. Third base. Hot corner. Ever heard of it? But that is beside the point. Every year there would be an all star team compiled of the best players in the league, and for the most part this was true. But every year I could not help but notice that almost every coach’s son made the team. Even the ones that just flat out sucked. I was always bothered by this, and was happy to see that go as I left Little League in fifth grade and went on to bigger and better things (not really).

On Wednesday morning I woke up and heard some news; news that could not help but remind me of those tainted all star teams of Little League. How outside forces and not on-field production and skill affected the selection. This news I speak of is the 2012 Mackey Award, handed out each season in college football to the best TE in the country.

Let’s do a quick exercise. I am going to list three candidates’ stat lines, without divulging their names or team, and you decide for yourself who should have won:

Player A: 66 receptions, 837 yards, 6 touchdowns

Player B: 66 receptions, 791 yards, 6 touchdowns

Player C: 44 receptions, 624 yards, 4 touchdowns

I think we would all agree that Player A had the best year, with Player B a close second, and Player C a fair distance behind the two (Here’s where my Little League analogy begins to make sense, I promise).

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Mike Cameron Calls it Quits

Former Mariners center fielder Mike Cameron, who played in Seattle for 4 years (’00 -’03), has chosen to retire from baseball after a seventeen year career that included many great memories. Cammy was always my favorite player back in the early 2000’s when the Mariners were the class of the AL West. I was even lucky enough to get an autographed picture, baseball, and vintage bobble head of the guy. Here are a few highlights from his years in Seattle, the first one being commentated by the legendary Dave Niehaus. Just click each photo to see the video.

4/7/00: Cammy robbing Jeter of a HR.

5/2/02: Mike hit 4 home runs against the White Sox, becoming one of only 15 players to do so in MLB history.

 Cameron’s Career By-The-Numbers (Seattle numbers in parentheses):

  • Batting Average: .249 (.257)
  • Home Runs: 278 (87)
  • Runs Batted In: 968 (344)
  • Stolen Bases: 297 (106)

Awards:

  • 3-Time Gold Glove Winner (’01, ’03, ’06), two of which that were with the Mariners.
  • All-Star (’01)
Cammy will always be one of my favorite Mariners and hopefully we can find someone who can carry the same swagger that Mike did out in center at the Safe. Thanks for the memories #44.