The Mariners are faring well in this spring's World Baseball Classic, the international tournament that's like the Olympics but with pro players. In particular, Jose Lopez--the 2nd baseman who struggles with 300-yard sprints like Michael Scott struggles with fun runs--is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball. In 12 plate appearances (hey, that's all we've got to go on!), he has one home run, seven doubles, two walks, and an astronomical 2.250 OPS.
Only Adam Dunn and Carlos Delgado are hitting better than Lopez, but they have fewer plate appearances. If the young Venezuelan can maintain this pace, he will shatter numerous hitting records this summer. But Lookout Landing warns us not to credit that impending dominance to Lopez's new batting stance.
Finally, on the spring training end of things, it's worth noting that wunderkind pitcher Brandon Morrow--profiled last summer by SW's Jesse Froehling--may lose his spot in the rotation because of a forearm injury.