My name is Pam Bradley. I am the daughter of ex-Indians catcher Hal Naragon.
My dad just brought it to my attention that there is a national competition sponsored by MLB and People Magazine to win tickets to the All-Star Game for a military veteran.
Dad has been in communication for a long period of time with a veteran named Phil Kiver from the state of Washington. Phil’s favorite player was Bob Feller, but with Bob’s passing and Dad having caught Bob, Phil selected my dad as his favorite player, which would mean that both would get tickets if Phil should win.
Phil has made the final three for the Mariners. If he gets the most votes, it’s off to the All-Star game for this fine, young man.
Pam Naragon Bradley
You wanted a little publicity for your cause, and since I am noted for being a soft touch, I thought publishing your e-mail would serve as my good deed for the decade.
For those who would like to support you and your dad, log onto www.tributeforheroes.com and look for the Mariners’ logo to vote for their representative.
Everyone would agree with your observation about the Indians’ brutal schedule over recent weeks, and you are correct that the loss of Chris Perez to the DL has had a domino effect on the bullpen.
However, the bullpen has the second worst ERA in the American League, and I doubt they reached that basement only since Perez went down.
It’s also hard to agree with your assessment that Ubaldo Jimenez can hold his own against any lineup. He has an ERA over 5.00, and since no MLB team has a scoring average of five runs or more per game, I don’t think you can view him as a reliable starter that will give his team a chance to win more often than not.
All in all, this stretch of games has exposed all of the team’s weaknesses, and as much as we might wish otherwise, they are likely to finish below .500 again.
The bullpen has not performed well. No secret about that. I’m not sure what a team’s average runs per game has to do with Jimenez’s effectiveness.
You have chosen to take his overall ERA as representing reality. I choose to put my money on what he has done lately. In that regard, Jimenez has a 3.04 ERA in his past 10 starts.
I would weigh that inasmuch as the Indians have only 20 games left with first- or second-place teams, they have a reasonable chance to win more than they lose.