Ichiro’s swing ‘a thing of wonder, not a thing of beauty’

Here’s an interesting tribue to Ichiro that was posted in deadspin.com.

Ichiro’s unique batting stroke “is a thing of wonder, not a thing of beauty,” writes Barry Petchesky.

He doesn’t address Ichiro’s base-running, another thing of wonder. You wonder how such a talented player could make so many bone-headed plays while running the bases. It baffles the mind to see him picked off first, or take off for third on a ball hit at the shortstop. But Petchesky’s right: bad base running and all, he’s still a sure-fire Hall of Famer.

Any thoughts on the M’s deal that sent pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley to Detroit for outfielder Casper Wells, reliever Charlie Furbush, third-base prospect Francisco Martinez and a player to be named?

“We felt that today’s deal provided us the opportunity to acquire several players that are at or near Major League-ready and we could control for five to six years, all of whom have upside potential,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement.

This seems like a really good deal for the Tigers, and it has the potential to be a really good deal for the Mariners. the player to be named later is reportedly one of the Tigers’ top young prospects.

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