It takes about 30 seconds to figure out that Goff's statement is accurate. Tall, lanky, with shaggy blonde hair and a quick smile, Evert is flat out hilarious.">
It takes about 30 seconds to figure out that Goff's statement is accurate. Tall, lanky, with shaggy blonde hair and a quick smile, Evert is flat out hilarious.">

Evert Adjusting to New Surroundings

Peoria Javelinas manager Mike Goff has maybe the best quote of the Arizona Fall League when he's asked about Brett Evert. <br><br> "He's the righty over there who acts like a lefty," says Goff, matter of factly. <br><br> It takes about 30 seconds to figure out that Goff's statement is accurate. Tall, lanky, with shaggy blonde hair and a quick smile, Evert is flat out hilarious.

First question: What are you working on in the AFL?

"Man, I'm just tryin' to get somebody out," says Evert, who came over to the Mariners organization late last season after spending his entire six-year career in Atlanta's farm system.

It's that simple. Evert has struggled a bit in the AFL, but mechanics, pitch selection, location - these things are not the focus of Evert's mind.

He specifies.

"Well, I either don't want them to hit the ball, or if they hit it, I'd like them to hit it to somebody on my team," says Evert.

He laughs, knowing he's being difficult, and he appreciates it when the reporter laughs with him.

Leaving the Braves organization, a hotbed for young pitching, might be seen as a demotion for some people. Evert doesn't look at it that way.

"The Braves have a really good organization, but part of the reason is that there are a lot of great pitchers there, so I think maybe I've got a better opportunity to move up with the Mariners," said the right-hander.

There are other reasons for Evert's excitement.

"I'm really pretty close to home now," he says. "My family is in Salem, Oreg. so they have a lot more opportunities to see me, and that's pretty cool."

But not without its downside, right?

"Yeah, I mean sometimes it gets a little lame when I've got to get like 30 tickets at a time for a game, but whatever, I'll deal with it."

That roll-with-the-punches attitude should suit Evert just fine in Seattle, but that might not have been the case when he was with the Braves.

"I can't say anything bad about the Braves, but they are really more into discipline than they are into letting you pitch. I had a lot of friends in that organization, and I hated to leave them, but there's some..." he pauses, obviously wondering if he should finish, then shrugs before finishing his though, "sometimes I just felt like there was over coaching going on.

Everybody throws a little different, everybody has a little different mentality, and I felt like sometimes that wasn't allowed when I was with the Braves."

What works in one place sometimes doesn't work in another. When Evert was first picked up by the M's he was added to their 40-man roster, but ended up being replaced by the team when they needed to open a spot for catcher Rene Rivera. He feels that he'll have an opportunity to make the big league club, either as a back end of the rotation starter, or in middle relief, and he's ready for that challenge.

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