“He likes the ball out over the plate.” “You gotta keep the ball down.” “Those leadoff base on balls will come around to kill you.” “There are good outs and there are bad outs.” “If you don't have your A stuff you have to go to your B stuff.” “He's a first ball fastball hitter.” “Edgar's bat will heat up with the weather.” “You have to make all the plays you need to make.” If you watched Mariners baseball between 1993 and 2006, you know these lines. You have heard them again and again. You may even find yourself idly repeating them at times. “You know, the hardest play an outfielder has to make on a ball hit right at him,” you, or, uh, a friend, may absent-mindedly throw out there every so often.
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