Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/20/12
Google: North West Ozzie I’m just throwing this out there. Brendan Ryan needs to lose 160 pounds before April. Entering spring training for the Mariners the season, veteran shortstop Brendan Ryan is looking to lose some weight, 165 pounds to be exact. It isn’t that he has been into eating too many burritos or playing too many video games this offseason.  In fact the weight gain happened virtually overnight as the Mariners picked up an extra short shortstop, Munenori Kawasaki. The 30 year old Kawasaki is about as physically intimidating as an oopma loompa and is only in camp as a non-roster invitee, but he could bully Ryan out of the starting job if his array of skills proves to be as good as his stats. Here is a side by side comparison of the two M’s short-stop competitors. STAT Kawasaki Ryan (Per Season Average) Hits 150.6 84 Stolen Bases 29.4 10.4 Batting Avg. .295 .256 Fielding % .983 .978 So on paper it looks like Ryan should call up Jenny Craig and pack up his bags,
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