Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 3/11/13
Despite losing the opening charity game, the Seattle Mariners are playing well, sporting an 11-4 record. Still, the best news to report from Mariners camp at Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona, was that Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez and Dan Wilson were all present—signing autographs, and possibly sharing their expertise and advice with the current players. Justin Smoak is batting .429, and hitting the ball hard. Before Spring Break began, Mariners writer Greg Johns reported that due to our acquisitions, Smoak was happy to have support in the line-up—meaning that he could have a bit more freedom. Perhaps his hitting hotness is due to supporting hitters who have already built names for themselves; to be a hitter is hard work, and those who have proven themselves have every right to be confident, and deserve much respect. I’m sure this “prowess” has rubbed off on Smoak, and is enabling him to grow. I think this year will be about his growth as a person and as a player...
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