Tuesday, September 5, 2006
By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
August 23, 2006
No matter what Andy Baldwin accomplishes in his professional baseball career, he can always have “traded for an all-star” on his resume.
The 2001 HRVHS grad was traded to the Seattle Mariners by the Philadelphia Phillies along with another minor league pitcher in exchange for pitcher Jamie Moyer over the weekend.
Baldwin was a shining star in a dismal 2001 season for Hood River Valley in which the team failed to win any league games and finished the season 2-23.
After graduating Baldwin played two seasons at Oregon State before being drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2004 draft.
He has spent the past season with the Single-A Clearwater Thrashers, where he has amassed an 8-8 record with a 4.04 ERA. He was rated the 38th-best prospect in the Phillies organization by Scout.com.
“Its a strange feeling,” Baldwin said. “(Being traded) is not something you really expect.”
The Mariners have assigned Baldwin to the Single-A Inland Empire Sixty Sixers of the California League.
In a free fall after the All-Star break, the Mariners are now looking to build for the future, something that General Manager Bill Bavasi feels they accomplished by acquiring Baldwin.
“Our priority was to acquire young pitching prospects in the deal,” Bavasi said. “We think Andrew fits that mold and we like his size, his arm, and his control,” Bavasi said.
Two players currently on the Mariner’s pitching staff, Mark Lowe and Eric O’Flaherty, started the season at the Single-A level before being promoted to the big league club.
Baldwin grew up a Mariner fan and hopes that he will soon get a chance to show his stuff to the big league team.
“I’m a lot more apt to make it to the major leagues with the Mariners than the Phillies,” Baldwin said.
For now however, Baldwin will have to focus on helping a Sixty-Sixer team that is 2.5 games out of first place in its division. He also becomes the co-leader in wins for the team, tied with lefthander Justin Thomas with eight.
In a press release after the trade, Bavasi touched on the Mariner’s need to acquire young pitching as it continues the rebuilding process.
“We saw this as a good opportunity to acquire two young pitching prospects and to move two other young pitchers into our rotation right now. Jamie has been a great pro in his decade in Seattle, but we are in a position of looking beyond just this season. Making this trade allows us to continue to build the franchise,” Bavasie said.
Baldwin said that he had never been nervous before pitching, but he says he is now. His first start was scheduled for Tuesday as he tries to keep the Sixty Sixers in the hunt for a division title.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge