Talking Points: Another ex-Mariners doing well



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The Mariners have traded away many players who eventually became really good somewhere other than Seattle.

The latest is Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles.

Jones agreed to an $85.5 million, six-year contract through 2018 on Saturday, the largest deal in Orioles’ history.

And why not? The 26-year-old has a 17-game hitting streak (as of Saturday) and leads Baltimore in homers and RBI.

Jones was part of the deal that brought Erik Bedard to the Mariners. At the time, it was thought to be a good trade.

Now … not so much.


Jack Ramsay has seen it all in six decades around pro basketball. He ranks seventh among coaching wins. He won rings as a coach (including with the Trail Blazers 35 years ago next month) and general manager.

Ramsay tries to sum up, really sum up, what he thought watching LeBron James and Dwyane Wade play together these last three games in one simple, declarative sentence:

“I’ve never seen two players like them together,” says Ramsay, 86.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen?

“No, no,” he says. “Michael, of course, is the best. But Pippen didn’t attack offensively like these two do. He couldn’t do what they do.”

Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

“Great individual players, but nothing like these two in the manner they work the court at both ends,” Ramsay says.

Jerry West and Elgin Baylor?

“Maybe that’s the closest,” Ramsay says.

— Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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