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A Stroll Down Memory Lane

From Christina Kahrl's first ever Transaction Analysis entry on the Mariners, from 10/23/97:

Outrighted LHP Marc Holzemer to Tacoma, and released LHP Greg Hibbard. [10/17]

Claimed OF Decomba Conner off of waivers from Detroit, and placed him on the 40-man roster. [10/18]

Conner's aspirations to graduate from being the next Kerwin Moore to being the next Gary Pettis still aren't going well; what this move really spells out is the extent to which the Mariners are in very poor shape after their desperate stretch drive acquisitions from the last three years, that they have the roster space handy for Conner now.

This might finally be the end of Greg Hibbard's career, since he's stuck around as an excuse for postseason roster juggling the last few years. If the rules dictating eligibility for postseason roster are, at long last, changed, they should probably be named the "Hibbard Rule," although the "Wolcott Rule" or the "Cloude Rule" are equally appropriate. At any rate, I'd like to take the time to mention that regardless of what his career descended into, "Bulldog" was a lonely highlight in the nearly deserted spaces of Old Comiskey in the summer of '89, and for this member of those happy few, always a pitcher I'll remember fondly.

Sum contributions of those three players to the organization, in case you were curious: 8.43 RA in 89.2 ML innings pitched.

I think I speak for all of us when I say that, even with the magical late-summer run and Edgar's double, I don't miss the 90s one bit.