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degrees of separation ... from the seattle mariners

The first person who paid me to write about baseball was John Benson, who was one of the first popular Rotisserie baseball "gurus." He put out two annual books, one an "A-Z" guide to baseball players, the other a more general view of the fantasy season. I was the "expert" on the Giants and their players. I contributed to several of his books in the 1990s. One specialty book was on the top 100 individual seasons of all time ... I wrote a chapter on Orlando Cepeda. Bill James had a chapter in that book, too, which made me feel famous for another fifteen minutes. Eventually, I moved to the Baseball Prospectus, but it was fun working with John in those years.

He had a lot of people working for him, many of them more knowledgeable than I was. One name rose to the top fairly quickly: Tony Blengino. His specialty was prospects, and he ended up writing his own annual books for Benson, called Future Stars. Blengino was also the co-editor of the "Top 100 Seasons" book, which some years later was updated (without my Cepeda essay, it must be admitted).

Today's Baseball Prospectus web site has an interview with Tony Blengino, who has been named a special assistant to the general manager of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. (The interview is part of their subscription-only pages ... I'm biased, but the subscription is well worth it for any and all baseball fans.) Who knew that one day, I'd have a marginal connection to the Mariners? Since the same day, my old friend Annalee Newitz has a piece in the Washington Post, I confess that I feel like a real-life Rosencrantz or Guildenstern!



Coolness. I used to go to Mariners games back in the days of the Kingdome, and I know you through Bruce, hence, I am connected too. You know why there is no major league team in Fresno? Cause then the people in San Francisco would want one, too.

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