Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/14/13
I love spring training It is a time speculation and expert opinion about what the coming year will look like, where the M’s will place in their division and what players will make the 40 man roster for opening day. It is a chance to see the possibilities of the future as the Mariners prospects play alongside the veterans. What is bad about spring training are the skewed stats that make one believe that the Mariners are going to win every game. However, I am going into this spring with a game plan to help me prepare myself for reality. Justin Smoak’s swing Smoak ended last season on a tear that snapped his season long “warm up”. With the Mariners adding so many players as eligible 1st base candidates, the leash for Smoak with be short. When Smoak comes to bat I am going to be looking for a consistent, smooth and quick bat. Last season he swung at a lot of bad pitches and couldn’t catch up with the good pitches. This is a strong young guy that was once the top 1st base pro...
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